05/25 11:22 CDT NHL plans move to small-group training as Phase 2 of return
NHL plans move to small-group training as Phase 2 of return
TORONTO (AP) --- The NHL is hoping to move to Phase 2 of its return-to-play
protocol, including the opening of practice facilities and allowing small group
workouts, early next month.
The league, which was forced to pause its season on March 12 because of the
COVID-19 pandemic, released a 22-page memo detailing the plan Monday. The
document stresses there's no exact date for the start of Phase 2 or a timetable
for how long it will last.
Only six players will be allowed in team facilities at one time for the
voluntary workouts, and no on-ice coaching or instruction is permitted.
On-ice sessions will be non-contact and players will be expected to maintain
physical distancing at all times. Players will be required to wear masks when
entering and exiting facilities and when not able to physically distance,
except for when they're practicing/exercising.
The final two phases of the return-to-play protocol -- training camps followed
by a resumption of play -- were not mentioned in the memo.
The NHL/NHL Players' Association Return to Play Committee has been hashing out
details of what the game will look like if it's allowed to return this summer.
The union's executive board approved further negotiations on a 24-team format
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