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Sport The NHL is targeting a July return

22:55  26 april  2020
22:55  26 april  2020 Source:   sbnation.com

NHL deputy commisioner: League is entertaining the idea of neutral site games

  NHL deputy commisioner: League is entertaining the idea of neutral site games Bill Daly specifically names Saskatoon, Saskatchewan in addition to Grand Forks, N.D., and Manchester, N.H., but the list keeps growing.Of every possible way for the NHL to continue its season, the idea with the most traction appears to be neutral-site locations where teams could play multiple games free of fans and the accompanying risks of the coronavirus.

The National Hockey League and Players Association have agreed to open formal training camps on July 10 as part of Phase 3 of its return -to-play strategy. NEW YORK – The NHL has circled July 10 for the opening of Phase 3 of its return -to-play protocol, according to Sportsnet’s Chris Johnston.

Top-tier sports, including the NBA, NHL and Major League Baseball, are likely to return to action in July or August, according to Chris Ripley, CEO Based on his own conversations with league officials, as well as the increasing sense that restarting without fans in attendance is the leagues ’ priority, “ July

Despite the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the National Hockey League may finish its season after all. Florida Panthers president Matt Caldwell said on a conference call on April 22 that the league hopes to resume play in July.

a hockey player on the field © Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

The Miami Herald reported on April 22 the tentative plan was to hold games at “four or five neutral sites with limited or no fans.”

The NHL season paused on March 12 and players are quarantined through April. Caldwell expects quarantine to be extended into May. The hope had been to hold games at a single neutral site. That idea didn’t pan out due to issues with player accommodations, facilities for staff, and the ability to bring broadcasting crews to cover postseason games according to ESPN’s Greg Wyshynski.

NHL extends self-quarantine through April 30

  NHL extends self-quarantine through April 30 This recommendation is for league activities, but there are other states and cities that have recommended isolation for even longer. It is not clear how players or facilities in those areas would resume normal activity even after April 30 has passed. There have been eight confirmed cases of COVID-19 among NHL players to this point, five from the Ottawa Senators and three from the Colorado Avalanche. All other players have been told to self-isolate and the league has shutdown all practices, facilities and even informal team workouts.

The NHL and its players union have agreed on a date for clubs to begin formal training camps as Phase 3 of the league 's reopening plan kicks in. Read details of the league ’s reopening plans below. PREVIOUSLY, May 26: Sharpen the skates and ice down those pucks: The NHL is coming back.

Another NHL update video where I've followed up from my previous videos on ideas that's been floated around for the National Hockey League ( NHL ) to salvage

What does wrestling have to do with hockey?

Florida itself could be an option to hold games. The Ultimate Fighting Championship, the industry leader in mixed martial arts, will be holding events in Jacksonville on May 9, May 13, and May 16.

Sports organizations can thank a controversial memo from Governor Ron DeSantis classifying sports as an essential business. This has allowed pro wrestling leader WWE, which has a performance center in Orlando, to continue with TV taping during the pandemic.

Vince McMahon, Maria Kanellis are posing for a picture © Photo by Mark A. Wallenfang/Getty Images

On the same day this decision came from DeSantis’ office, news broke that the America First Action Committee, a-pro President Trump PAC led by former WWE executive Linda McMahon and wife to CEO Vince McMahon, pledged $18.5 million to Florida.

Cam Fowler to represent Ducks in NHL Player Gaming Challenge

  Cam Fowler to represent Ducks in NHL Player Gaming Challenge The NHL is now an Esports league.From the release:

The NHL and NHL Players Association finalized an agreement on official protocols for Phase 3 and 4 of the “ Return to Play” plan for the 2019-20 season, but continue to work through details for According to TSN, the NHL is targeting July 26 for teams to report to their respective hub cities and Aug.

Willkommen auf NHL .com, der offiziellen Seite der National Hockey League . The format was determined in meetings of the Return to Play Committee, which included executives from the NHL and NHL Players' Association, and five players: Ottawa Senators defenseman Ron Hainsey, Edmonton

Linda McMahon served as the head of Trump’s Small Business Administration and Trump is also a part of the WWE Hall of Fame.

Essential services in Florida now include “employees at a professional sports and media production with a national audience — including any athletes, entertainers, production team, executive team, media team and any others necessary to facilitate including services supporting such production — only if the location is closed to the general public.”

Specific sports were not specified in the above quote, which could give hope to the NHL. Multiple outlets have mentioned the possibility of the NHL moving straight into the playoffs when play resumes.

  The NHL is targeting a July return © Photo by Steve Babineau/NHLI via Getty Images

What now?

CBS Sports reported TSN’s Darren Dreger conducted a “flash poll” with 24 general managers, and 20 said that they would be in favor of a best-of-five series from the opening round until the conference final. Those general managers still prefer a seven-game series to determine the Stanley Cup Champion. The other four want to leave the postseason as all seven-game series.

Currently the Blues are the top team in the Central Division and all of the Western Conference. The defending Stanley Cup champion last played the Anaheim Ducks on March 11 before the season pause, earning a 4-2 win on the road.

St. Louis Game Time is monitoring this situation for more information as it develops.

Ex-NHL player Georges Laraque, who contracted COVID-19, says it makes 'no sense' to resume season .
Former NHL player Georges Laraque, hospitalized with COVID-19 last week, says quarantining players for two to three months would be "unfair."So he speaks from experience when he says it makes "absolute no sense" to play the rest of the NHL season amid the coronavirus pandemic.

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