It feels like forever since the Flyers played hockey, and that’s because it has. The last time the Flyers played was in March where they lost 2-0 to the Boston Bruins. They then went to Florida, and never touched the ice before all of professional sports shut down. Right now we would be elbow deep in the playoffs, if it wasn’t for this damn virus.
But yesterday Fox Sports Reporter Andy Slater reported that the NHL and its execs were in discussion of the NHL getting back on the ice in July, and finishing out the 2019-2020 season. He reported “NHL looking at restarting season in July. Games would be played at 4 or 5 neutral sites with limited or no fans, according to Florida Panthers president Matt Caldwell. On the conference call he said the plan is not finalized”.
JUST IN: NHL looking at restarting season in July.
Games would be played at 4 or 5 neutral sites with limited or no fans, according to Florida Panthers president Matt Caldwell.
On the conference call, he said this plan is not finalized.
— Andy Slater (@AndySlater) April 22, 2020
NHL insider Dave Pognotta is now reporting that “well placed league sources” are saying that NHL players and certain staff will be allowed to return to their arenas and hold mini camps at some point in June, with playoffs starting in July.
Its unsure where these neutral sites will be, it was previously reported that all 31 teams would play out of the Ralph Engelstad Arena in North Dakota but ESPN’s Emily Kaplan is saying that they may be in Raleigh, Minnesota, and Edmonton. Doesn’t sound very neutral if you are the Wild, Oilers or Hurricanes.
Whatever capacity the return is, I am sure all sports fans will be happy to see the NHL back.