NHL announces season return plan

By • Jun 3rd, 2020 • Category: NHL Jerseys News

NHL has announced plans to return to the season, focusing on two cities in the playoffs

The North American professional hockey league (NHL) today announced the 2019-2020 “season return” plan, and the unfinished regular season is over. Before the suspension, the top 12 teams in the East and West will compete for the Stanley Cup in two hub cities later this summer.

NHL’s regular season has ended. Figure / NHL official website

Affected by the novel coronavirus pneumonia, NHL3 12 was suspended. At that time, the regular season 2019-2020 has been 85% of the Games (1271 regular season games completed 1082).

According to NHL’s “season return” plan, the regular season of this season is officially terminated. The results of each team will be as of March 11, and the remaining regular season games originally scheduled for March 12 to April 4 will not be held. The top 12 teams in the eastern and Western leagues will play the rest of the game, which will be determined by their rankings as of March 11.

According to the NHL’s phased schedule, the league has entered the first phase since the suspension of the season on March 12, and all teams are advised to isolate themselves as much as possible. The second phase, from now until early June, will allow the team to return to the home training base, but only for small-scale, voluntary ice and land training. The third phase is not earlier than early July, and the formal training camp will be opened under the guidance of medical and civil authorities.

In the fourth stage, all 24 playoff teams will be gathered in two key cities to participate in the round robin and promotion of East West Seed seats, as well as the Stanley Cup playoffs based on the East West alliance. The specific time and location of the competition will be determined in the future in combination with the development of the new crown epidemic, local detection capacity and relevant government regulations.

With regard to the selection of the eastern and western hub cities, the NHL alliance is still under investigation. The specific candidate cities include Chicago, Columbus, Dallas, Edmonton, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, Sao Paulo, Pittsburgh, Toronto and Vancouver. According to the requirements of the league, the number of all teams to the hub city shall not exceed 50 people / team, and only a small number of logistics personnel can go to the competition area.

According to the competition rules agreed by the NHL, the first four teams in the eastern and Western leagues will have a round robin to determine the seed ranking of the first round of the playoffs, and the remaining eight teams in each division will compete for the first round of the playoffs through the five game three win competition system. At present, the competition system of the first and second round of the playoffs has not been determined, but the division finals and Stanley Cup finals will adopt the competition system of 7 games and 4 wins.

“During the suspension of the season, we firmly believe that the season can only be resumed in a proper and prudent way. We hope that the ‘return to the season’ plan will allow us to complete this season and compete for the Stanley Cup on the premise of ensuring the health and safety of all players, referees, team staff and related personnel. ” Gary Bateman, President of the North American professional hockey league, said that a very important part of the season’s return plan is to strictly carry out regular virus testing.

Gary Bateman said that the “season back” plan reflects the league’s ability to effectively balance all parties while respecting the Stanley Cup playoff tradition. “This plan is the result of several weeks of constructive dialogue with the players’ Union, and we are very grateful for their cooperation. We also want to thank the health experts who have helped us solve many complex problems, as well as the authorities in various regions and all over the country. ”

First hub city


The first round of seed ranking is decided by the round robin

1. Boston Bruins

2. Tampa Bay Lightning

3. Washington Capitals

4. Philadelphia Flyers

The first hub city (5 games, 3 wins, promotion to the first round of playoffs)

Pittsburgh Penguins (5) vs Montreal Canadians (12)

Carolina Hurricanes (6) vs New York Rangers (11)

New York Islanders (7) vs Florida Panthers (10)

Toronto Maple Leafs (8) vs Columbus blue (9)

Second hub city

The first round of seed ranking is decided by the round robin

1.St. Louis Blues

2. Colorado Avalanche

3. Vegas Golden Knights

4. Dallas Stars

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