The Boston Bruins will pick up where they left off and play the Philadelphia Flyers in the round-robin tournament of the NHL Return To Play plan on August 2 in Toronto. Yes! You read that right!
The NHL Board of Governors and the NHLPA announced Friday night that they have both voted to ratify the Return to Play protocol and Collective Bargaining Agreement which means that Phase 3 of the NTP will begin with Training Camp Monday and then the NHL will return to action with five games on August 1 to kick off the NHL Qualifying Round.
From here on in, it’s just as Wayne and Barth said: Game on!
Unless we have to say ‘Car’ because of the Coronavirus, which is a very real possibility.
Here’s the official statement from NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman:
“Today, the NHL and the NHLPA announced a significant agreement that addresses the uncertainty everyone is dealing with, the framework for the completion of the 2019-20 season, and the foundation for the continued long-term growth of our league. I thank NHLPA Executive Director Don Fehr and Special Assistant to the Executive Director Mathieu Schneider, the more than 700 NHL players — particularly those who worked on our Return to Play Committee — and the NHL’s Board of Governors for coming together under extraordinary circumstances for the good of our game. While we have all worked very hard to try to address the risks of COVID-19, we know that health and safety are and will continue to be our priorities. We know that all of our fans are excited about our return to the ice next month, and that has been our goal since we paused our season on March 12.”
And NHLPA Executive Director Donald Fehr:
“This agreement is a meaningful step forward for the players and owners, and for our game, in a difficult and uncertain time. This would not have happened but for the enormous contributions that the players made throughout, particularly those who served on the Negotiating and Return to Play Committees, as well as those on the Executive Board. I also thank Gary Bettman, Bill Daly, and the NHL staff for their efforts towards finding solutions to the problems we face. Most importantly, we are pleased to be able to bring NHL hockey back to the fans. We look forward to the NHL’s continued growth here in North America and on the world stage.”
The Bruins also released their round-robin schedule.
— Boston Bruins (@NHLBruins) July 11, 2020
The Bruins will play their first 2020 Stanley Cup playoffs game on August 11.