'Tis the season … for hockey!
The National Hockey League and its Players' Association today announced an agreement for the 2020-21 regular season, which will feature a 56-game schedule for each team. The season is set to begin on Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2021, and conclude on May 8, with the top four teams in each of the league's temporarily realigned divisions qualifying for the Stanley Cup Playoffs, which begin on May 11. The Stanley Cup will be awarded around mid-July.
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The Carolina Hurricanes will play the entirety of their schedule within the newly formed Central Division, as a part of the league's temporary realignment. The Central Division also includes the Chicago Blackhawks, Columbus Blue Jackets, Dallas Stars, Detroit Red Wings, Florida Panthers, Nashville Predators and Tampa Bay Lightning.
Formal training camps are set to begin on Sunday, Jan. 3, and there will be no preseason games.
The league will release its health and safety protocols, transition rules, critical dates calendar and the full 2020-21 schedule in the coming days.