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NHL, NHLPA have tentative agreement to start season Jan. 13

According to multiple reports, the National Hockey League and the NHL Players’ Association have reached a tentative agreement on the logistics for the 2020-21 season. Sportsnet hockey insider Elliotte Friedman was the first to report the news.

With this agreement reached by both parties, the 2020-21 NHL season is expected to start on Wednesday, Jan. 13 and will likely feature a 56-game schedule.

According to reports, the NHLPA executive board will have a conference call on Friday night to begin the process of approval for the plan. Meanwhile, the NHL’s Board of Governors will have a conference call for their vote of approval at a later date.

TSN hockey insider Darren Dreger reports that a formal announcement of the agreement between both parties for the season could come as soon as Sunday or Monday.

While all the details of the logistics for the 2020-21 season have yet to be formally announced, here are some of the details that are being reported as of Friday night:

– Training camps for the 24 teams that played in the Return To Play plan this past summer will start on Sunday, Jan. 3.
– Training camps for the seven teams that failed to qualify for the Return To Play plan will be able to start on Thursday, Dec. 31.

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