The NHL is looking to begin its next season on Jan. 1, 2021. The league has previously said it could begin as soon as Dec. 1, but after talks with the NHL Players’ Association following the conclusion of the Stanley Cup Final, it’s looking at a later start.
Commissioner Gary Bettman has said that the league is going to try to play a full 82-game schedule, but it’s not clear where it will happen. Last week, NHLPA executive director Don Fehr said that holding the full season in a bubble-like environment is not on the table.
Teams are expected to have training camps that are at least two weeks long, with estimated start dates to be announced.