NHL to Play, 56-Game Season, in 2021.
The NHL and its players have finally come
to an agreement over the 2021 season. .
The NHL’s Board of Governors voted to
approve the NHL Players’ Association-backed
agreement on Sunday. .
The NHL will hold a 56-game season
beginning January 13. .
The regular season is scheduled
to run until May 8.
A 16-team playoff will follow and last into
July with a Stanley Cup finale. .
In order to minimize travel and potential
COVID-19 transmission, the league will operate in
four divisions: North, South, East and West. .
Teams will play within their divisions through
the first two rounds of playoffs. .
It is the current plan to play games
in the home arenas of participating teams
while understanding that most arenas will
not, at least in the initial part of the season,
be able to host fans. , NHL, via statement.
Most NHL teams will open training camps
starting January 3. There will not be any
exhibition games before the season. .
The players are pleased to have finalized
agreements for the upcoming season, which
will be unique but also very exciting … During
these troubled times, we hope that NHL
games will provide fans with some
much-needed entertainment as the
players return to the ice, NHLPA Executive Director Don Fehr, via AP News