NHL Training Camps Will Return On July 10, Host Cities Being Determined

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The National Hockey League (NHL) and the National Hockey League Players’ Association (NHLPA) agreed on Thursday that players will return to training camps at their respective facilities on July 10.

The announcement signals the start of Phase 3 of the NHL’s Return to Play Plan which has players training in full camps. Currently the NHL is operating under Phase 2 of the plan, which permits small groups of up to six players to practice at their respective training facilities if allowed by local governments. (RELATED: NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman Details The Return Of Hockey)

The statement by the NHL states that the beginning of Phase 4 will be determined at a later date. Phase 4 will consist of the tournament-style playoffs outlined a few weeks ago by NHL commissioner Gary Bettman. 

Hockey writer Adrian Dater and broadcaster Rob Fai speculated on Twitter that the NHL’s western conference tournament will be hosted by Las Vegas. This information has not been confirmed by the NHL and will likely not be released until a later date. 

John Horgan, the premier of British Columbia, Canada, said that he has submitted a letter to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau asking for approval of Vancouver as an NHL hub city, according to Sportsnet. Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry has said that he “wholly supports” the use of Vancouver as a hub city. 

The possible hub cities, as outlined by Gary Bettman, are Chicago, Columbus, Dallas, Edmonton, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Pittsburgh, Toronto, and Vancouver.