NHL targeting January 1 for start of 2020-21 season originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington
The NHL is targeting Jan. 1 as the new start date for the 2020-21 season, the league and players' association announced Tuesday.
Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman first reported on the sudden switch from the previous Dec. 1 target date.
Hearing new “target date” of Jan 1 is being planned for by NHL/NHLPA. This does not guarantee season starting New Year’s Day, but replaces Dec 1 as the current target. (Potential training camp would be beforehand.) This could change in the future — but that is where we stand now.— Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) October 6, 2020
As Friedman noted in his report, the date is susceptible to change dependent upon any strides or regressions made during the global coronavirus pandemic. The NHL also has to work through the barrier that is cross-border travel restrictions and how that impacts a handful of Canadian-based teams. The NHL has more teams in Canada than any American sports league.
The league says estimated timing for the start of training camp will be announced at a later date.