Phase 2 (small group training sessions) will begin next week, the source confirmed. NHL teams will be allowed to open their training facilities according to the protocols in phase 2. Please note that not all clubs will be able to open immediately. I don’t think all teams will open facilities right away
– Pierre LeBrun (@PierreVLeBrun) June 5, 2020
The league announced on Twitter Thursday evening that Phase 2 – the small group workouts – will begin next week.
“NHL teams will be allowed to open their training facilities in accordance with the protocols for Phase 2. Remember, not all clubs will be able to open immediately. I don’t think all teams will open facilities immediately, “TSN Hockey Insider Pierre LeBrun tweeted after the announcement.
LeBrun added that many players will stay put for the time being and wait to see how the NHL-NHLPA negotiations will unfold in phases 3 and 4 before deciding whether to return to their NHL markets.
The league revealed last week that it plans to bring a total of 24 teams to play in two main cities with training camps starting on July 10 at the earliest. Negotiations between the league and the union continue on the return to play the details.
Here is the full statement released by the league:
“The National Hockey League announced today that it will move on to phase 2 of its return to play plan effective Monday, June 8.
From June 8 – subject to the satisfaction of each club of all the requirements set out in the phase 2 protocol – clubs will be allowed to reopen their training facilities in their hometown to allow players to participate individualized training activities (off-ice and on-ice). Players will participate on a voluntary basis and be scheduled in small groups (i.e. a maximum of six players at a time, plus a limited number of club staff). The various measures set out in the phase 2 protocol aim to provide players with a safe and controlled environment in which to resume their conditioning. Phase 2 does not replace the training camp.
All preparations necessary for phase 2, including those that require the player’s participation (education, diagnostic tests, planning of medical examinations, etc.), can start immediately. The NHL and NHLPA continue to negotiate an agreement to resume play. ”