Report: NHL, NHLPA reach agreement on season pending board of governors vote

Arun Srinivasan
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TORONTO, ONTARIO - JULY 29: A general view of the in ice logos prior to the exhibition game between the Colorado Avalanche and the Minnesota Wild before the 2020 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Scotiabank Arena on July 29, 2020 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.  (Photo by Andre Ringuette/Freestyle Photo/Getty Images)
The upcoming NHL season may be quickly approaching, but there are still a few hurdles that need to be cleared before the puck can drop next month. (Photo by Andre Ringuette/Freestyle Photo/Getty Images)

The NHL and NHLPA reached an agreement toward a framework for the upcoming season, TSN’s Pierre LeBrun reports.

As expected, both parties agreed to a 56-game schedule, according to Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman.

While no details have been confirmed regarding opening night, it’s been widely reported that the league is targeting a Jan. 13 start date that would feature the defending Stanley Cup champion Tampa Bay Lightning hosting a yet-to-be named opponent. According to Sportsnet’s Chris Johnston, no preseason games will be played.

In order for the season to be ratified, the agreement must get approval from the league’s board of governors, who will hold a meeting this weekend at a yet to be confirmed date.

It has been previously reported that this season will feature an All-Canadian division, due to the current Canada-United States border restrictions. However, health authorities in Ontario, British Columbia, Quebec, Manitoba and Alberta would all have to approve teams traveling within Canada, and at this juncture, the federal government doesn’t appear eager for the NHL to resume expeditiously.

“The Government of Canada's priority is to protect the health and safety of Canadians. The resumption of sports events in Canada must be undertaken in adherence to Canada's measures to mitigate the importation and spread of COVID-19," the Public Health Agency of Canada said in a statement Thursday.

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