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NHL announces Training Camp for restart will open on July 10

The League still doesn’t have a concrete date for when the season will resume. The NHL will announce it at a later date.

NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman addresses the media after a press conference announcing the 2020 Navy Federal Credit Union NHL Stadium Series at Falcon Stadium on October 10, 2019 in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Photo by Michael Martin/NHLI via Getty Images

The NHL and NHLPA announced Thursday that the 24 teams competing in the restart of the 2019-20 season will report to Training Camps on July 10.

This is a key date for the NHL returning to action. We still don’t know the exact date in which the playoffs will commence but we do know how things are expected to go down. The 24 teams returning to action will partake in a new playoff format. There will be a qualifying round for the eight teams that normally wouldn’t have qualified for the postseason. After that, they’ll advance to the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs before the top 4 seeds get involved.

So Training Camp would be Phase 3 of the return plan. After that, would be the start of the tournament in Phase 4, so depending on how long it takes for training camp, the season could start a few weeks after July 10. The date that could make a lot of sense would be two weeks after on Monday, July 27. That gives the two-week window for teams to get ready and then we roll right into the playoffs.