It’s been six weeks since we’ve seen NHL action and we can finally feel the return of action as there now seems to be an actual plan to finish the season, do a playoffs and award the Stanley Cup.
While there are still a lot of things to sort out to resume play, Bob McKenzie revealed on Thursday’s edition of Insider Trading on TSN that plan is in motion and we finally know what to expect:
“Everything is subject to health officials, government officials, from region-to-region and country-to-country and so forth. All of that said, the National Hockey League is looking at this in phases. And we’re currently in Phase 1 and we have been for a while. And that is basically quarantine, lockdown, self-isolation, nothing tangibly really happening. But the NHL is optimistic that at some point here — and when that is we can talk about some more – maybe to go into Phase 2. And Phase 2 would be players in Europe coming back to North America. Players from all over the world basically reporting back to their base camps, their teams, if permitted. And getting into a quarantine for a two-week period where they would train, small group training. Start to ramp it up. At that point, maybe after two weeks, they can get to Phase 3, which would be the much talked about four divisional cities that would host multiple teams in those locations. And there would be a two-to-three week training camp there. And then of course, Phase 4, if all goes well, would be games. And the NHL is still stressing regular season games plus playoff games. That’s kind of what the big picture looks like. In a perfect world.”
That would be in a perfect world and we are hoping it comes true!