The NHL and NHLPA have announced a target date of January 1, 2021 to start the 2020-21 season.
The league is reportedly still looking to have a full 82-game season at this time, ideally with at least some fans in attendance.
Of course, all of this will be based on what happens with COVID-19 between now and that target date for the start of the next season.
Previously, December 1 was set as the target date for next season, but what’s one more month of waiting?
Training camp dates will be announced at a later time.
It will be interesting to see what the NHL does with that January 1 date, as it’s normally set aside for the Winter Classic, the league’s biggest non-Final event.
It’d probably be a logistical nightmare, but it’d be interesting to see the league kick off the slate with an outdoor game, a setting that might make it at least slightly more likely to allow a few fans to attend.
Still, it’s probably a fool’s errand to even bother speculating that far ahead. For now, we’ll just hope that January 1 date is doable.