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Ottawa, Jul 6 (Canadian-Media): The National Hockey League (NHL) and NHL Players' Association, located in the United States (US) and Canada, agreed Jul 5 on protocols to resume the return of hockey this summer, NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly told the Associated Press, media reports said.
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Although there was an agreement on protocols for training camps and games, the sides are still negotiating an extension of the collective bargaining agreement, said daly, which is crucial to the process.
According to the collective bargaining agreement, two-thirds of the league's board of governors and majorities of the players' executive committee and full membership must vote in favour.
Nearly three months after hockey the halt March 12 due to COVID-19 pandemic outbreak, with 189 regular-season games remaining, players have been able to skate and train off-ice in voluntary, small-group workouts since June 8.
Teams are expected to open training camps July 13, subject to approval, before travelling to two "hub" cities for game and games would resume in late July or early August.
The players would be tested daily by the league once they get to their game city.
24 teams would be taking part in an expanded playoffs, finishing with the Stanley Cup being awarded in October.
"The players will be pretty well-protected from being exposed," Montreal Canadiens owner Geoff Molson said during a conference call in June. "It's going to be a completely different way for you all and us watching hockey and being around a team because players will be really well protected throughout the process."