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NHL, NHLPA tentatively agree on Return to Play Plan, CBA extension

The agreement also introduces important dates, including when the qualifying round may begin.

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Earlier this evening it was announced that the NHL and NHLPA had reached a tentative agreement on the league’s Return to Play plan, as well as a four-year extension of the collective bargaining agreement (CBA).

With that, they were also able to set dates for the resumption of play. They are as follows:

July 13th — Start of formal training camps in clubs’ cities

July 26th — Clubs travel to hub cities; Edmonton and Toronto

August 1st — Qualifying round begins

The formal training camps are limited to 30 skaters per team; there is no limit for goaltenders. Also important to note is that any player may choose not to participate in the resumption of play, without penalty.

The maximum amount of people a team can bring with them into Phase 4 is 52. Within the 52 cap is the team’s roster, that may not exceed 31 players. Players who leave the secured bubble will not be allowed to continue participating in Phase 4, and players’ families will not be permitted into the bubble until the Conference Finals at the earliest.

The plan still needs to be approved by the NHL’s Board of Governors and the NHLPA’s Executive Board before it becomes official. That should happen in the coming days.

You can read the entire release, detailing all of the requirements that teams and players must follow in Phase 3 and Phase 4, here.

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