2020-21 NHL Regular Season Could Be Played Inside Bubble Cities, Per Report

By Jacob Nitzberg on August 25, 2020 at 7:00 am
Aug 9, 2020; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; NHL graphic displays before game five of the Eastern Conference qualifications between the Columbus Blue Jackets and Toronto Maple Leafs at Scotiabank Arena.
John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports

Bubble Hockey 2: Electric Boogaloo may be on the horizon, folks.

According to a report from John Shannon, one of the possibilities that the NHL and NHLPA are discussing would see the regular season played out in four bubble cities, with the teams rotating in and out of those cities.

You can say what you want about the empty seats or the general awkwardness of it all, but there's no question that the two bubbles in Toronto and Edmonton continue to be the safest and most reliable option.

On Monday, the NHL announced that there were no positive tests out of 4,644 administered over the last week:

If the NHL and NHLPA choose to not have bubbles, they'll have to navigate frequent U.S.-Canada travel as well as domestic travel within the U.S. and Canada. Major League Baseball has tried that approach, and they've struggled mightily with COVID-19.

Nothing is set in stone yet, but with the success of the playoff bubbles, the NHL and NHLPA could very well agree to a bubble plan for the regular season, too. 

View 4 Comments