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NHL, Players Approve Plan to Resume Season, Extend CBA

NHL, Players Approve Plan to Resume Season, Extend CBA

The Associated Press
Updated: July 10, 2020 07:20 PM

Pro hockey's return is potentially three weeks away, and with it an assurance of labor peace through September 2026.

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In separate votes announced Friday, the NHL board of governors and members of the NHL Players’ Association ratified a return-to-play plan slated to have games begin in Toronto and Edmonton, Alberta, on Aug. 1.  

NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly says coronavirus cases spiking in the Las Vegas area contributed to the NHL’s decision to complete its season in Canada.

The voting process also included both sides approving a four-year extension to the current collective bargaining agreement which provides the league a comprehensive path out of the economic challenges raised by the new coronavirus pandemic.

Daly also said one player testing positive when play starts isn’t expected to shut down the playoffs, but an outbreak would change the equation. He didn’t say what the league considered an outbreak.

Training camps open across North America on Monday, which is also the deadline for players to opt out of participating with no penalty.

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