The NHL released a return-to-play informational video Thursday night detailing the look and feel of the upcoming playoff tournament. Here’s a breakdown of the key information:
The NHL Secure Zone in Edmonton will include four luxury hotels, with a wide variety of restaurants, bars, pubs, food trucks and cafes on-site – where those in the zone can enjoy everything from tacos to Tim Horton’s. . – according to an information video on the return to play broadcast by the league on Thursday evening.
The zone will also include eight cinemas, dining rooms and activity spaces. Among the activities available will be the swimming pool, table tennis, cornhole, basketball, football and running areas.
Inside Rogers Place, each team will have a team suite and a player lounge that will include areas for viewing games, watching TV and playing cards.
Edmonton’s secure zone will also feature 13 dedicated fitness centers, including weight-training facilities and training rinks.
The Toronto Secure Zone will consist of two separate zones, one at Exhibition Place and the other in downtown Toronto.
Exhibition Place includes Hotel X – which will include game rooms, meeting rooms, dining areas, workout facilities, and other amenities such as a swimming pool and movie theater – and BMO Field , which will be used as a space for exercise and outdoor activities.
The downtown Toronto area will be located at the Fairmont Royal York hotel. A secure footpath connecting the Fairmont to the Scotiabank arena, which will be used exclusively by authorized persons, will allow movement between the two locations, while maximizing safety.
In the downtown area, players will be able to participate in activities such as pickleball and tennis.
The NHL said it is establishing a concierge service, working with local delivery companies, that will allow players and staff to order items at drugstores, department stores, grocery stores and food in local stores. restaurants in Toronto and Edmonton.
Part of the stated focal point of the NHL is ensuring the safety of its players and staff during the restart. To that end, in Toronto there will be 64 security guards on foot and at the hotel, as well as 33 health ambassadors at the Scotiabank Arena. In Edmonton, there will be a total of 125 Safety Members and Health Ambassadors.
When matches are taking place, players who are not participating will be able to watch and attend the matches.
Support for frontline workers and social justice
As part of its effort to do more than just put on a fun hockey spectacle, the NHL also announced a new initiative that includes special theme nights.
On August 1, two games – Chicago vs. Edmonton and Montreal vs. Pittsburgh – will be dedicated to frontline workers in the event of a pandemic and those fighting for social justice.
To advance the cause of social justice, the NHL will be implementing a new campaign on August 1 called #WeSkateFor.
The “We Skate For” initiative will be featured on sites and on helmets, and may include customizable messages based on the desired statement by the team and player.
#WeSkateForBlackLivesMatter and #WeSkateForEquality are two examples provided by the league.
The league promises a unique look and feel with every game played, including local goal horns and songs from each participating team.
Fans of each of the 24 participating teams sang chants that will be played in the arena. These in-game sounds will be combined when streaming with additional crowd noise provided by EA Sports. Broadcasts will also be delayed for five seconds.
From the start of opening night, there will be a uniquely Canadian feel to the presentation, according to the league, as Michael Buble, four-time Grammy winner and big Vancouver Canucks fan, will sing the national anthems.
The puck falls into action starting August 1 with a packed five-game roster on Sportsnet and SN NOW, starting with the New York Rangers vs. the Carolina Hurricanes at 12 p.m. ET / 9 a.m. PT.