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Hockey Is Next - The NHL And The NHLPA Have Ratified Return To Play And The CBA

from Chris Johnston of Sportsnet,

The NHL is back in business. And a Stanley Cup tournament unlike any other is on the horizon.

Call it all systems go on the league’s summer restart following Friday’s ratification of protocols governing the return-to-play plan and an extension to the collective bargaining agreement running through September 2026.

That paves the way for training camps to open Monday in 24 cities — more than four months after the season was paused because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

This promises to be an ambitious undertaking.

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added 7:15pm,

TORONTO (July 10, 2020) - The National Hockey League Players’ Association (NHLPA) membership has ratified the new Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) with the National Hockey League (NHL) and the resumption of the 2019-20 season. With the NHL also having ratified the CBA today, the agreement comes into effect immediately.

Combined release is below.

NEW YORK – TORONTO (July 10, 2020) – Following a 142-day pause, the National Hockey League will drop the puck with a five-game schedule of Stanley Cup Qualifiers on Saturday, Aug. 1, as the National Hockey League Players’ Association (NHLPA) and NHL ratified a four-year extension to the Collective Bargaining Agreement (through 2025-26) and a Return to Play Plan. The sweeping agreements pave the way for the resumption of the 2019-20 NHL season toward the crowning of a Stanley Cup champion by early October and provide an updated economic framework for the League and its Players, including addressing the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic.

When competition resumes, the 12 participating Eastern Conference teams will play in Toronto, while the 12 participating Western Conference teams will compete in Edmonton. The Conference Finals and Stanley Cup Final will take place in Edmonton. Each team will be permitted to bring a maximum of 52 individuals into the Secure Zones in the hub cities, including a maximum of 31 players.

In keeping with the League’s commitment to the health and safety of all participants, each of the 52 Club personnel will live inside a secure “bubble” – the Phase 4 Secure Zone – and will be tested daily for COVID-19 as well as being administered daily temperature checks and symptom screenings. As well, individuals who might have direct or indirect contact with NHL teams will be tested daily. Any person inside the Secure Zone who tests positive will immediately be isolated.

“Today, the NHL and the NHLPA announced a significant agreement that addresses the uncertainty everyone is dealing with, the framework for the completion of the 2019-20 season and the foundation for the continued long-term growth of our League,” NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said. “I thank NHLPA Executive Director Don Fehr and Special Assistant to the Executive Director Mathieu Schneider, the more than 700 NHL Players – particularly those who worked on our Return to Play Committee – and the NHL’s Board of Governors for coming together under extraordinary circumstances for the good of our game. While we have all worked very hard to try to address the risks of COVID-19, we know that health and safety are and will continue to be our priorities. We know that all of our fans are excited about our return to the ice next month and that has been our goal since we paused our season on March 12.”

“This agreement is a meaningful step forward for the players and owners, and for our game, in a difficult and uncertain time.  This would not have happened but for the enormous contributions that the players made throughout, particularly those who served on the Negotiating and Return to Play Committees, as well as those on the Executive Board,” said Don Fehr, NHLPA Executive Director.  “I also thank Gary Bettman, Bill Daly and the NHL staff for their efforts towards finding solutions to the problems we face.  Most importantly, we are pleased to be able to bring NHL hockey back to the fans.  We look forward to the NHL’s continued growth here in North America and on the world stage.”

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Paul's avatar

Chris Johnston tweet,

The last possible day for the Stanley Cup Final is Oct. 4—which would be 368 days after the 2019-20 season officially started.

Chris has more tweets...

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 07/10/20 at 07:21 PM ET

Paul's avatar

NEW YORK - TORONTO (July 10, 2020) – Representatives from the NHLPA and NHL will conduct a joint media availability on Saturday, July 11, at 1 p.m. ET after the two parties today announced the ratification of a four-year extension to the Collective Bargaining Agreement and a Return to Play Plan. The availability will be conducted via Zoom and streamed live on NHL.com and the NHL’s Facebook page.


WHO:

Donald Fehr, NHLPA Executive Director

Mathieu Schneider, NHLPA Special Assistant to the Executive Director

Gary Bettman, NHL Commissioner

Bill Daly, NHL Deputy Commissioner

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 07/10/20 at 07:38 PM ET

The Meal's avatar

Good job, League (on the CBA).

Please be smart about enacting the RTP.

Posted by The Meal from Firestone, CO on 07/10/20 at 08:57 PM ET

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