NHLPA and NHL ratify four-year extension to CBA and return to play plan


NEW YORK – TORONTO (10 juillet 2020) – After a 142-day break, the National Hockey League will drop the puck with a schedule of five Stanley Cup qualifiers on Saturday, August 1, while the National Hockey League Players Association (NHLPA) and the NHL ratify a one-year extension of the collective agreement (until 2025-2026) and a return to the game plan. The large-scale agreements pave the way for the resumption of the 2019-2020 season of the NHL towards the crowning of a Stanley Cup champion by early October and provide an updated economic framework for the League and its players, including meeting the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic.

When competition resumes, the 12 participating Eastern Conference teams will play in Toronto, while the 12 participating Western Conference teams will compete in Edmonton. The conference finals and the Stanley Cup finals will take place in Edmonton. Each team will be authorized to bring a maximum of 52 people into the secure areas of the main cities, including a maximum of 31 players.In accordance with the League’s commitment to the health and safety of all participants, each of the 52 members of the Club will live inside a secure “bubble” – the secure zone of phase 4 – and will be tested daily. for COVID-19 and administered. daily temperature checks and symptom screening. In addition, people who may have direct or indirect contact with NHL teams will be tested daily. Anyone inside the secure area who tests positive will be immediately isolated.

“Today, the NHL and the NHLPA announced an important agreement that addresses the uncertainty everyone faces, the framework for the completion of the 2019-2020 season and the foundations for long-term growth. of our league, “said NHL Commissioner Gary. Said Bettman. “I thank the NHLPA executive director, Don Fehr, and the general assistant to general manager Mathieu Schneider, the more than 700 NHL players – especially those who worked on our return to play committee – and the NHL Governing Council for meeting in extraordinary circumstances for the good of our game. Although we have all worked very hard to try to counter the risks of COVID-19, we know that health and safety are and will continue to be our priorities. We know all of our fans are thrilled to be back on the ice next month and that has been our goal since we ended our season on March 12. ”

“This agreement is a significant step forward for the players and the owners, and for our game, in a difficult and uncertain period. This would not have happened without the huge contributions that players have made throughout, especially those who have served in the negotiation and Return to Play committees as well as those of the Executive Council, “said Don Fehr, Executive Director of the AJLNH. “I also thank Gary Bettman, Bill Daly and NHL staff for their efforts to find solutions to the problems we face. Above all, we are thrilled to be able to bring NHL hockey back to the fans. We look forward to continued NHL growth here in North America and on the world stage. ”

The full text of the memorandum of understanding agreed with the CBA is available here.


Match Schedule The matches were scheduled on a staggered basis, offering hours of continuous action. The start times for the 10 days of the Stanley Cup Playoffs in Toronto (Eastern Conference games) will be: noon, 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. ET. In order to maximize the viewing experience for fans across North America, the start times of the three game windows in Edmonton (Western Conference games) – 2 p.m. ET, 6:30 p.m. ET and 10:30 p.m. ET – may vary up to 30 minutes during the qualifying round.

The Stanley Cup Playoffs featuring the 16 teams that compete in the best of five games to determine the eight teams to advance to the Stanley Cup Playoffs, commonly known as the qualifying round, will begin on Saturday, August 1 with five games: three in Toronto (Carolina against NY Rangers, Florida against NY Islanders and Montreal against Pittsburgh) and two in Edmonton (Chicago against Edmonton, Calgary against Winnipeg).

The Stanley Cup Playoffs featuring the top four teams from each conference to determine their standings in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, commonly known as the Round robin, will begin on Sunday, August 2 with two games, one in each city pivot: Boston vs Philadelphia (in Toronto) and Colorado against Saint-Louis (in Edmonton).

Broadcast information

A full broadcast schedule will be published in the coming days.


For statistical purposes only, all 2020 Stanley Cup qualifiers (round robin and qualifying rounds) are considered part of the 2020 playoffs. Consequently, all skater / goalkeeper / Team accumulated in these games will be included in the statistics of players and teams in the post-season 2020. The achievements of these games and series will be included on Records.NHL.com.

Teams participating in a best of five in the Stanley Cup Playoffs are considered to have made the playoffs and have participated in a playoff series.


NHL Draft Lottery, Phase 2

Phase 2 of the NHL draw will take place between the Stanley Cup Qualifiers and the start of the first round on August 10. Phase 2 will award the first overall choice for the 2020 NHL Entry Draft to one of the eight teams in the qualifying round that fail. To advance.

NHL Draft

The 2020 NHL Entry Draft is tentatively scheduled for October 9-10.


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