New York / Toronto – The National Hockey League Players Association (NHLPA) and the National Hockey League (NHL) announced a regular season of the 56 January game starting today, 2020-21, January 13, 2021 and ending on May 8. Part of the agreement, the Stanley Cup playoffs will feature 16 teams in the traditional seven-best, four-round format and conclude in mid-July with plans to return to the “normal” hockey calendar for the 2021-22 season. (Regular season start in October). The NHL and NHLPA will release a 2020-21 schedule in the coming days, along with a calendar of health and safety protocols, transition rules, and important dates.
Given the unpredictability of the COVID-19 pandemic, the NHLPA and NHL intend to be flexible and adaptable in their approach during the coming weeks to ensure compliance with directives from both local and national government and health authorities and on health and safety Are focused. Players, personnel related to other sports and the communities in which we play. Priority will remain focused on the health and safety of our fans and players and club, league, NHLPA and arena personnel.
NHL Commissioner Gary Bateman said, “The National Hockey League looks forward to the start of our 2020-21 season, especially since Return to Play in 2019-20 succeeded in winning the crown of a Stanley Cup champion.” “While we are well aware of the challenges ahead, as happened last spring and summer, we are prioritizing the health and safety of our participants and the communities in which we live and play. And, as Happened last spring. And over the summer, I thank the NHLPA, especially Executive Director Don Fahr, for working cooperatively with us to take our league on ice. “
NHLPA Executive Director Don Fehr said, “The players are pleased to be finalized for the upcoming season, which will be unique and very exciting for fans and players.” “During these troubled times, we hope that the NHL game will provide fans with some much needed entertainment as players return to the ice.”
In reaching agreement for the format for the 2020-21 season, the NHL and NHLPA determined that the ongoing closure of the US-Canada border required revaluation and that the league and players had specifically shifted the team travel to a minimum. Contradictory drama seeking to reduce. It is the current plan for the participating teams to play the game in home arenas, while realizing that most of the arenas, at least in the early part of the season, will not be able to host fans. However, depending on local markets and the conditions prevailing across North America, the league will be prepared to play games in one or more “neutral site” locations, which should become necessary.
For the 2020-21 season, the teams will be re-aligned:
answer: Calgary, Edmonton, Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto, Vancouver, Winnipeg
West: Anaheim, Arizona, Colorado, Los Angeles, Minnesota, St. Louis, San Jose, Vegas
Central: Carolina, Chicago, Columbus, Dallas, Detroit, Florida, Nashville, Tampa Bay
East: Boston, Buffalo, New Jersey, NY Islanders, NY Rangers, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Washington
Each team in the East, Central and West divisions will play every other team eight times in their division, while each team in the North Division will play every other team in their division nine or 10 times.
The top four teams in each division will qualify for the Stanley Cup playoffs, with the first two rounds being intermittent games (# 1 vs. # 4; # 2 vs. # 3). The four teams advancing to the semifinal round will receive their regular season points with the No. 1 seed playing the No. 4 seed in one series and the No. 2 seed and No. 3 seed in the other.
Formal training camps will begin on January 3. 3. There will not be pre-season games. Seven teams that did not participate in the 2019–20 Return to Play will be allowed to open their training camps in early December 31.