2020-2021 NHL Season to Be Played in Entirety, According to Commissioner Gary Bettman

By Chris Pennington on June 1, 2020 at 8:05 am
The Columbus Blue Jackets celebrate the win against the Vancouver Canucks during the third period at Rogers Arena.
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Fear not, your hockey intake next year will likely be as scheduled.

Despite the current season likely going into the late fall (should it continue), next season is still planning on being a full 82-game campaign, according to NHL commissioner Gary Bettman.

This news came following Bettman's press conference on May 26 that gave massive amounts of information to the return-to-play plan that the league is attempting to put in place.

Bettman also is said to have mentioned that the 2020-2021 campaign will be scheduled to begin in the November-January range to kick off the full season. 

Logistically, it's anyone's guess at this point what that means for how they will fit all 82-games in when starting in potentially January. Does this mean the next two-three seasons will all have start dates pushed back slightly in response? Will next offseason just be a bit shorter? It seems time will tell, or Bettman will tell, eventually.

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