NHL Training Camps to Open July 10 as Part of Return Plan

Brayton Wilson
June 11, 2020 - 12:06 pm

The National Hockey League has taken another big step in its Return To Play initiative as the league and the NHL Players' Association have agreed to open Phase 3 of the plan on Friday, July 10.

The length of Phase 3 and how long training camp will last has yet to be determined, and the NHL and the NHLPA are still in negotiations about the start date for Phase 4 (formal resumption of play) of the Return To Play plan.

Phase 2 of the league's Return To Play initiative was officially set in motion on Monday, where players could begin returning to their home cities to take part in voluntary, individualized on- and off-ice workouts in groups of six players.

However, Phase 3 of the plan could have a bit of a snag for the six Canadian teams involved in the 24-team format.

Multiple reports are indicating that teams like the Calgary Flames, Edmonton Oilers, Montreal Canadiens, Toronto Maple Leafs, Vancouver Canucks and Winnipeg Jets could look to hold their training camps in the United States with the 14-day quarantine period that the Canadian government requires for anyone entering the country. However, talks are ongoing with teams to see if there is a possible solution.

According to Chris Johnston of Sportsnet, if everything continues to go according to plan with Phase 2 and if Phase 3 gets started on time, the likely start of Phase 4 and the resumption of the season will begin in early August.