As we hit the midway point of June, it sure feels like we’re getting closer to hockey becoming a reality.

A tentative date of July 10 was set for the start of 24 training camps and the NHL and NHL Players’ Association have entered into the early stages of negotiations for the return to play protocols. Looking at the math, if July 10 is going to work, these protocols must be agreed upon and approved by the players in an official vote in the next 10 days in order for players outside the continent to return and satisfy quarantine requirements. Also, the league probably needs at least a month to lay a foundation in each hub city in order to prepare the logistics of operations at the hotels, contracted restaurants, practice facilities and arena.

Return to play later this summer is still not a slam dunk, however.

Both sides still must work out the terms of COVID-19 testing protocols, the specifics of what the protected bubbles these players could live…

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