The National Hockey League and the NHL Players’ Association are continuing to hammer out the logistics for the upcoming 2020-21 season. While nothing has officially been finalized between both sides, there is still hope that the league can get the season started in mid-January, preferably its most recent target start date of Jan. 13, 2021.
Sources on both the NHL & NHLPA side have told me Jan. 13 is still what they're working towards and aiming for, but time's tight and some folks believe the start date could be pushed if things aren't hammered out soon — which both sides are feverishly working on. Hope it sticks.
— David Pagnotta (@TheFourthPeriod) December 16, 2020
When speaking in a panel discussion on “Holding Domestic and International Competitions in the Modern Conditions of a Pandemic” at the World Hockey Forum in Moscow, Russia, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman addressed a number of the ongoing discussions via video conference. Bettman said that the league is going to try and get in as many games as possible this upcoming season, and that both the NHL and NHLPA are working with local and state government regulations to put together a plan that works and is safe for all parties involved.