Thursday morning, the NHL and NHLPA announced that they have set July 10th as the target to begin Phase 3 of their Return To Play (RTP) plan. Phase 3 is the “formal training camp” step in the league’s plan to complete the 2019-20 season. This comes after the NHL entered Phase 2 - small groups of players in team facilities - earlier this week.
The NHL and NHLPA have still not agreed on the length of training camp, so there is no formal date set for games to begin but speculation is that it will be in early August.
That means that baring any setbacks, the Colorado Avalanche will assemble their complete roster at the Pepsi Center in a little under a month’s time.
There is a still a lot to be worked out before the season can be resumed but this announcement is a big one for the NHL. Players now have a specific date to target when it comes to making travel plans to get back to their home cities.
The next step will be for the NHL to pick the hub cities to resume games in. Las Vegas is all but a certainty for the Western Conference with rumors that Columbus is the front runner for the East. Once the hub cities are decided upon, the NHL will be able to start scheduling the rest if the summer as we progress towards crowning a 2020 Stanley Cup champion.
The Avalanche have announced that they will not be using the Family Sports Center and that the Pepsi Center will be used by the team as they get set to return.
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