NHL/NHLPA reach tentative deal for 2020-21 season

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TORONTO — The NHL and the NHL Players' Association have settled on a framework for the upcoming season, pending the approval of each side's executive board and Canadian health officials.

NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly confirmed on Friday night that the two sides have a tentative deal that will include a 56-game schedule for the 2020-21 campaign, with puck drop for the regular season set for Jan. 13.

The NHLPA was to hold a conference call Friday night, while an NHL Board of Governors meeting is scheduled this weekend, where both sides are expected to vote on the agreement. Approval from health officials in the five Canadian provinces that have teams is still needed before the NHL can go ahead with the season.

Training camps are scheduled to open Dec. 31 for the seven non-playoff teams, and Jan. 3 for the other 24.

It's unclear whether teams would play in their home arenas or in “hub” cities, though an all-divisional schedule is expected.

The tentative NHL/NHLPA agreements calls for no exhibition games and will go straight into the regular season following camp.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published December 18, 2020.

The Canadian Press