Hockey is back. Or, at least, the plan for hockey to be back is on.
The NHL announced tonight that its return to play plan, along with an extension of the current CBA with some modifications, has been ratified by the NHL’s players, with about 79 percent (502 in favor, 135 opposed) of the NHLPA membership voting to approve the plan to resume play. With this came confirmation of Toronto and Edmonton as the league’s two hub cities, as well as a schedule for the opening round of the tournament and other key dates on the new NHL calendar.
And, of course, we now know the dates of the Flyers’ three round robin games as the tournament gets underway.
Courtesy of Frank Seravalli at TSN, here is the league schedule for the next few months:
(Everything beyond the first round is tentative, as things could move depending on how long each round takes.)
And here is the schedule for the first round of the tournament:
Let’s zoom in on what matters here.
Philadelphia vs. Boston, August 2
Philadelphia vs. Washington, August 6
Philadelphia vs. Tampa Bay, August 9
(Times to be announced.)
There’s a lot that needs to go right and get sorted out over the next few weeks to get all of this underway, but for the first time since early March, we know when the next Flyers game is going to be, as the orange and black will be preparing to fight for the Stanley Cup in just over three weeks’ time.