The NHL has officially released its schedule for their return, and it sure will be a busy time in the world of hockey. First things first, is for training to begin, with teams slated to get together on the 13th. On July 26th, they will travel to one of two cities: Edmonton or Toronto.
That is where the entirety of the playoffs will be played out, making it the first time since 1925 that all of the playoffs will be decided on Canadian soil. The Stanley Cup winners will be crowned within 62 days of the initial restart, so there will be a ton of hockey crammed into a relatively short time frame. The first ten days will be used for what are essentially qualifying games, with the league cutting the number of teams down from 24 to 16. The playoffs are to start on August 1st, and they want to have it wrapped up by the first week of October. It’s also been made clear that players can, for any reason, opt out of going. They must do so by Monday.