Las Vegas will be named one of two hub cities to host the NHL postseason, according to a report Friday by SportsNet's Chris Johnston. The NHL has not yet made the news official, but commissioner Gary Bettman said on May 26 that it would be about three weeks until the cities are finalized meaning the announcement should come soon.
Las Vegas has long been considered among the front-runners to be a hub city as an obvious location that could host multiple teams quite easily, though it may be harder to enforce the "bubble" that will be required based on whatever health and safety protocols are ultimately agreed on. It will be tough to convince players who have not been able to do much for the last few months to stay in their hotels while being isolated in Sin City.
Johnston also reports that the league still would like to have a Canadian city serve as the second hub, but this is complicated by Canada's requirement of a 14-day quarantine for everyone entering the country. Having teams hold their training camps and then have to quarantine for 14 days just to reach a hub city would be a non-starter for the league. A deal would have to be reached with the government to allow an exemption for those teams in order for a Canadian city to be feasible.
With training camps set to begin July 10, a decision on the final hub city will have to come soon. Just where Canadian teams may hold training camp remains in question. If Canada will not bend on its 14-day quarantine rule, there is a possibility that the Canadian teams remaining in the playoffs may train in the United States instead, rather than have all players have to sit for the 14-day quarantine just for camp before going to an American hub. If camps are held in Canada, players would have to arrive by June 26 in order to finish the quarantine in time for the July 10 start of camp.
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Report: Las Vegas to be named one of two hub cities for the NHL postseason originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington