Phase 2 has started already early this week for the NHL to resume play. The NHL has announced another key date in its plan to resume and finish the 2019-20 season. Phase 2 is currently voluntary small-group individualized workouts at team practice facilities. In one month we move to Phase 3 according to the announcement yesterday.
As we inch closer to the 24-team tournament, the NHL announced formal training camps will open July 10. This is known as Phase 3. “This is all provided that medical and safety conditions allow and the parties have reached an overall agreement on resuming play,” the NHL noted in their statement on Thursday. “The length of training camp and, therefore, the start date for formal resumption of play (Phase 4) will be determined at a future date.”
After the season was suspended March 12 because of the COVID-19 outbreak this news has me excited. The NHL remains on the heels of the NBA on the resumption of play.
If training camps last about two weeks and go as planned, the implementation of Phase 4 (resuming play) could be as early as late July but most likely early August. A two-week camp would end July 24, giving the league one more week that month to begin the 24-team tournament. The NHL could also look to begin the qualifying round and round-robin that week so the first round of the tournament can start in early August. (Wishful Thinking) There are still many variables to consider prior to resuming play in Phase 4.
The Flyers are currently the Eastern Conference’s fourth seed and with an opportunity to move up in the round-robin. July 10th couldn’t come any quicker. How do you feel about the Flyer’s chances once they resume play? Maybe the MLB and MLBPA can take some notes.