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The NHL is ramping up for a return to action sooner than later

Reports indicate players have been advised to prepare in May for June training camps.

New York Islanders v Vancouver Canucks
Vancouver Canucks’ bench pre Covid-19.

Former NHL All Star fighter John Scott set off Twitter with this tweet yesterday.

This morning Irfaan Gaffar added to the return buzz.

Satiar Shah of Sportsnet then chimed in.

Larry Brooks of the New York Post then provided details of the preparations.

Brooks is reporting that the NHL has formed a Return to Play Committee that involves both NHL and NHLPA officials plus active NHL players John Tavares, Connor McDavid, James van Riemsdyk and Ron Hainsey.

They are considering everything including expanded rosters for teams to allow for Covid-19 roster deletions that occur once the season is restarted.

It also appears that Edmonton is now out of the mix as one of the neutral sites for NHL games. I wonder if this puts Vancouver now as a front runner as a neutral site assuming Dr. Bonnie Henry eventually provides her seal of approval?

Brooks reports that Toronto and Columbus are now the top two front-runners to be designated as host cities for the resumption of NHL play.

Brooks also says that NHL teams would hold their training camps for about three weeks at their assigned centralized locations prior to the resumption of play.

If the NHL can safely restart and complete their season it will certainly be a welcome distraction from their current reality for hockey fans.