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The NHL Is Planning a Return for Playoffs in Summer & Fall Amid Pandemic

The National Hockey League is plotting its return.

Gary Bettman, the NHL’s Commissioner, addressed the return of the sports organization on Tuesday (May 26).

According to the official, teams might return to play in the summer and fall, with a plan to have post-season playoffs and the Stanley Cup in two “hub cities” to be announced.

“Let me assure you that the reason we are doing this is because our fans are telling us in overwhelming numbers that they want us to complete the season. While nothing is without risk, ensuring health and safety has been essential to our plan so far, and will remain so,” he said in a statement.

With the current plan, the NHL would consider regular season play completed, and would have “24 of 31 teams try to start training camps no earlier than July 1.”

If that went well, teams would compete in two different cities, where they would have “secure transportation and lodging, as well as a venue for play.”

This will depend on “conditions of players as well as policies set by various local authorities,” according to Variety‘s report.

Here’s what other major events and organizations were postponed amid the pandemic.

NHL Suspends Season Due to Coronavirus Outbreak

The NHL is suspending the season due to the ongoing coronavirus outbreak.

The league made the announcement on Thursday (March 12) with 189 games and a three and a half weeks still remaining in the season.

“The NHL has been attempting to follow the mandates of health experts and local authorities, while preparing for any possible developments without taking premature or unnecessary measures. However, following last night’s news that an NBA player has tested positive for coronavirus — and given that our leagues share so many facilities and locker rooms and it now seems likely that some member of the NHL community would test positive at some point — it is no longer appropriate to try to continue to play games at this time,” they said in a statement.

“We will continue to monitor all the appropriate medical advice, and we will encourage our players and other members of the NHL community to take all reasonable precautions — including by self-quarantine, where appropriate. Our goal is to resume play as soon as it is appropriate and prudent, so that we will be able to complete the season and award the Stanley Cup. Until then, we thank NHL fans for your patience and hope you stay healthy.”

Plenty of other sports leagues and major events are being canceled or postponed due to coronavirus. Find out what else…