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Players, teams share excitement for return of NHL hockey on social media

Everyone's fired up for Stanley Cup Qualifiers in Edmonton, Toronto on Aug. 1

by Pat Pickens @Pat_Pickens / NHL.com Staff Writer

The NHL is coming back.

Social media was ablaze after the NHL unveiled its Return to Play Plan and the schedule for the Stanley Cup Qualifiers on Friday.

Tweet from @StanleyCup: I���m back.

The NHL has been paused due to concerns about the coronavirus since March 12. The League revealed that qualifier and round-robin play will begin with Western Conference games at Rogers Place in Edmonton and Eastern Conference games at Scotiabank Arena in Toronto on Aug. 1.

The New York Rangers, who will play the Carolina Hurricanes in a Stanley Cup Qualifier, released two chills-inducing videos that announce their excitement for hockey's return and playing in Toronto.

Tweet from @NYRangers: Hockey. Is. Back. #NoQuitInNY pic.twitter.com/yFNd5sv40r

Tweet from @NYRangers: Is it O��c��t��o��b��e��r�� August yet? pic.twitter.com/H3GNFYrICP

Many players seemed even more excited at the opportunity to win the Stanley Cup in 2020. Colorado Avalanche defenseman Ian Cole and forward Nazem Kadri voiced their excitement on Twitter.

Tweet from @ICole28: ���Did you hear?! We get to play for The Cup!!���#backtowork #stanleycup #stanleycupplayoffs pic.twitter.com/6jnbSjCEll

Tweet from @43_Kadri: Show time @NHL

Andrei Svechnikov, a Hurricanes forward, is among the many getting fired up for the NHL in August for the first time.

Tweet from @ASvechnikov_37: Ready for August 😤 pic.twitter.com/rnrFog3n1c

Tampa Bay Lightning forward Blake Coleman was also ready to go.

Tweet from @BColes25: We���re baaaackk https://t.co/J1S2KitBcf

The Los Angeles Kings, who did not qualify for either the round robin or qualifiers, also took submissions for whose bandwagon they should join for the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Some member clubs nominated themselves as well.

Tweet from @Canes: follow your heart

Tweet from @BlueJacketsNHL: #Lumbus volunteers as tribute

Tweet from @Avalanche: We nominate ourselves 😇

 Let's get everyone to choose a side, because puck drop will be here before you know it.

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