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Alberta, Jul 24 (Canadian-Media): The following statement was issued by Alberta's Premier Jason Kenney on the National Hockey League (NHL)’s selection of Edmonton as a hub city.
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“The Government of Alberta is thrilled that the NHL has officially selected Edmonton as one of its hub cities for the restart of the 2019-2020 NHL season, the 2020 NHL Playoffs and the Stanley Cup Finals.
“Edmonton has tremendous advantages that make it a prime choice, and Alberta has been enthusiastically promoting that message over the past few months.
“With a world-class facility in Rogers Place, the unique infrastructure of the Ice District, and strong guidelines from Alberta’s chief medical officer of health, there is no safer place for the NHL to have the playoffs than in Edmonton.
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“This is a huge win for Alberta. The advantages to our local economy for hotels, restaurants and many other industries, including attracting future visitors to our province, will be substantial. In fact, it means upwards of 2,000 jobs here in Edmonton that will be created as a result, and $60 million of economic activity when we need it most. And, more importantly, we will be doing this safely.
“Every year, millions of travellers head to our province to experience its beauty, our diverse culture and our one-of-a-kind destinations – and when the time is right, they will be back.
“This is a unique opportunity to showcase the incredible sights and experiences of Alberta to the world and kick-start our economic recovery – all the while protecting the health of Albertans, players and personnel, and their families.
“Alberta has so much to offer – from our thriving restaurant and hospitality industry in the heart of downtown Edmonton around the Ice District, to the breathtaking views of the mountain vistas of Banff and Jasper. We look forward to showcasing all Alberta has to offer as we get ready to watch the puck drop.
“Hockey has always had a special place in the hearts of Albertans, and we are incredibly thrilled to bring the best game you can name back into the living rooms of homes across Canada.”
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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."