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NHL, players agree on protocols to resume pro hockey season

If ratified, it will end a pandemic-forced shutdown for 31 teams across North America that began in mid-March. Games would resume in late July or early August.

Editor's note: The related video above was published last month.

Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly told The Associated Press on Sunday that the NHL and NHL Players’ Association have agreed on protocols to resume the season.

Daly said the sides are still negotiating a collective bargaining agreement extension. A CBA extension is still crucial to the process, and the league’s board of governors and players’ executive committee and full membership must approve that and the return to play protocols to bring hockey back this summer.

If ratified, it will end a pandemic-forced shutdown for 31 teams across North America that began in mid-March. Games would resume in late July or early August with 24 teams taking part in an expanded playoffs, finishing with the Stanley Cup being awarded in October.

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Credit: AP
Philadelphia Flyers' Kevin Hayes, right, takes a shot past Boston Bruins' Chris Wagner during the second period of an NHL hockey game, Tuesday, March 10, 2020, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)