Gary Bettman

JANUARY 24: Commissioner Gary Bettman speaks to the media prior to the 2020 NHL All-Star Skills Competition at Enterprise Center on January 24, 2020 in St Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

The NHL Announces Its Plans to Resume the Season

Find out what the rest of the season will look like

97.3 The Fan
May 26, 2020 - 1:58 pm

NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman has announced that the NHL will resume playing with a 24 team playoff format, involving the top 12 teams in each conference.  Their regular season is officially complete, and the teams outside of the playoff teams will not resume playing.  Each conference's 12 teams will play in a Hub City.  Phase 2 of the league's return will begin with home facilities opening for voluntary, small-group training in early June.  A formal training camp will begin no earlier than July 1st, with a more specific date to be announced at a later time based on medical clearance. With this format, the NHL says they plan on crowning a true champion.