Here is what the NHL has been doing over the past couple of weeks to prepare for he league's resumption:MAY 12Marco Rossi, the ninth overall pick of the 2020 NHL Draft by the Minnesota Wild, never made it to camp. After testing positive in November, Rossi was still cleared for the World Junior Championship, but after just four games with Team Austria, he was removed from the lineup do to COVID symptoms. More than six months since his initial diagnosis, things are finally looking up for Rossi. The Athletic’s Scott Wheeler reports that doctors have told the talented forward that he can resume hockey activities. Rossi is expected to begin skating and training immediately. Read more here.Players in the COVID protocol are: Colorado's Devan Dubnyk, St. Louis' Jake Walman and Washington's Evgeny Kuznetsov. Read more here.MAY 11The NHL released the start times for the final three games of the North Division schedule set to be played between the Calgary Flames and Vancouver Canucks. Both teams are out of the playoff race and will finish the year with a pair of afternoon tilts. The game on May 19 is especially noteworthy, as its 1:30 p.m. MT start leaves the possibility for the North to start its playoffs that evening. Starting the playoffs the same day the regular season concludes is something deputy commissioner Bill Daly hinted at Monday as the league tries to get through the 2020-21 season without any further delays. The other three divisions will already be well into their first-round playoff matchups. Things kick off on Saturday with the Washington Capitals hosting the Boston Bruins. As for the future, the league is expected to go back to the schedule matrix and playoff format that was used during the 2018-19 season, according to Nick Cotsonika of NHL.com, with the exception of course of the Seattle Kraken being added to the Pacific Division and the Arizona Coyotes moving to the Central. Read more here.MAY 8With more players getting vaccinated, the NHL plans to relax its COVID-19 protocols for playoff teams once 85% of a club's traveling party has been fully vaccinated for two weeks, according to Sportsnet's Chris Johnston. Read more here.APRIL 29There will not be a traditional Calder Cup playoffs in 2021, but that doesn’t mean the AHL will forgo postseason contests. Each of the four divisions was given the opportunity to decide a postseason format, and while the Atlantic, North, Canadian and Central will all simply award the divisional champion based on regular-season points percentage, the Pacific Division is going to have a playoff tournament. Also in the announcement comes news on the 2021-22 season, which is set to begin on Oct. 15, 2021, and conclude on April 24, 2022. The divisions will likely be put back to normal, but an announcement will come later this summer. Read more here.The NBA's Chicago Bulls and NHL's Chicago Blackhawks are going with a "better late than never" approach to welcoming paying spectators back to the United Center. In a joint statement released on Thursday, the two organizations announced they've been permitted to welcome fans at 25% capacity beginning when the Bulls host the Boston Celtics on May 7. The Blackhawks, meanwhile, will have to wait until their home game against the Dallas Stars on May 9. Read more here.APRIL 28 As Pittsburgh and other postseason hopefuls face continued challenges linked with the COVID-19 pandemic, Penguins president David Morehouse explained in an email sent to season-ticket holders that the club has asked the Pennsylvania Department of Health about the possibility of opening separate sections of PPG Paints Arena to fans fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and also to those who haven't received shots. Read more here.APRIL 27Discussions about teams traveling to and from Canada for the playoffs that are set to begin in mid-May could continue through the first week of June. Per the planned format, the first two rounds of the postseason tournament will involve teams playing only divisional opponents. However, the last club standing from each division will then advance to a semifinal matchup determined by regular-season records. Current Canadian quarantine guidelines would make it impossible for any club to host playoff games up north in June. The NHL is asking that the Canadian government give the North Division winner and its opponent special permission to travel without completing mandatory quarantines, but the league could relocate the Canadian club to the U.S. for the remainder of its playoff journey if necessary. The surviving Canadian team would be moved to a city close to its opponent to reduce travel costs. Read more here.As per a report by Elliotte Friedman, the NHL is going to hold teams accountable to their actions when it comes to the COVID virus and doing their part to stop the spread. Specifically, if players break protocols that lead to multiple illnesses during the playoffs, there could be huge consequences. Essentially, if a player(s) breaks the rules when it comes to COVID protocols and it costs their team a number of players because the virus spreads, the NHL won’t first look to reschedule games. Instead, they’ll look at why the breakout and spread of the virus occurred and the team could be penalized by having to pull out of the NHL postseason. Read more here.APRIL 21According to TSN and RDS hockey insider Pierre LeBrun, the tentative date for the start of the 2021-22 NHL season is currently set for Oct. 12, with training camps hopefully able to open Sept. 22. Read more here.APRIL 20Though it had been clear for the last few weeks, Tuesday brought the death knell for the 2020-21 OHL season. The junior league announced the end of its return-to-play plans, stating that the recent extended stay-at-home order in Ontario along with the increasing cases of COVID-19 has made it impossible to hold a season. Read more here.APRIL 19The Western Hockey League, whose teams did not begin regular season play until late February at the earliest, will play no more than their shortened 24-game season this year. The league has announced that there will be no 2021 WHL Playoffs due to “the ongoing challenges with COVID-19.” Read more here.APRIL 15The NHL has confirmed that the Vancouver Canucks will not return to play from their lengthy COVID-19 pause Friday night versus the Edmonton Oilers as originally hoped. "The decision to extend the period prior to the team’s resumption of play was made to provide Club staff and Players with additional time for recovery and preparation following its recent COVID outbreak," the league said in the prepared statement. Read more here.The 2021 IIHF World Championship, scheduled to take place in Latvia from May 21 to June 6, is proceeding as planned. However, the NHL regular season is currently on pace to end on May 16, if not later, due to the delays created by the recent COVID-19 outbreak within the Vancouver Canucks locker room. This means that when the World Championship begins, the postseason will have just begun and national teams will be without options from 16 NHL teams. Read more here.APRIL 13The WHL and QMJHL have been back in action for a while now, they won’t be chasing a Memorial Cup this season. The CHL has announced that the 2021 Memorial Cup has been canceled. Read more here.The Buffalo Bills and Sabres plan to have full attendance at home games in the fall, though you will only be able to attend if you can provide proof that you have been vaccinated for COVID-19. "Our goal is to have a 100 percent full house for the Bills and the Sabres, starting in the fall," Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz announced via video conference. Poloncarz said that while individuals can make their own choice about getting vaccinated, to ensure that as many fans as possible can attend safely, vaccination will be required. This will make it so mass testing is not required for fans, which will make the entire game-day experience feel more normal and enjoyable. On Twitter, he said that fans can apply for an Excelsior Pass, which will show that they have been fully vaccinated and is already being used by the New York state health department. Read more here.APRIL 4The NHL will reportedly discuss the possibility of returning to a bubble environment for the 2021 playoffs, according to SportsNet's Elliotte Friedman. The news comes amid the Vancouver Canucks major COVID-19 outbreak. Read more here.