May 6, 2021

State of the League Address!

Well, the NHL has completed their season and draft, now into free agency. I’m very pleased with how the season was handled and completed by the higher ups, by creating extreme safety measures and bubble sites to keep players safe from coronavirus. the Tampa Bay Lightning are the Stanley Cup Champions, the draft has been completed and now here we are in the thick of free agency!

Now the plan was to start the new season December 1st, which was just a rough estimate. Now the tentative date is January 1st. The NHL has cancelled the Winter Classic, which is played on New Year’s day, and was scheduled for Target Field in Minneapolis where the Minnesota Wild and St.. Louis Blues were to battle. The all star break, (January 29th and 30th) which was supposed to be held in BB&T Center, home of the Florida Panthers.

The League has said that it wants to complete an 82 game season. There is still a ton of uncertainty as to the coronavirus status as numbers again rise. A list of questions still remain! Is the League going to setup bubble sites again? Is the league going to allow a limited amount of fans in arenas? Is the league really going to be able to fit an 82 game schedule? Answers will come here as the days turn into weeks. Unfortunately, it will only be one answer at a time. With as widespread as hockey is in the world and continually growing, how will it affect international play, olympics and world tournaments?

I do believe that the NHL hit a homerun with having the qualifying round to get in the playoffs. Then, giving us early day hockey! I wasn’t complaining! Especially when I get hockey on my birthday, (August 1st) in the summer time! I don’t see a lot of changes coming yet, but that is past my horizon as of now. Either way of what does happen, you can always bet that opening night of the NHL, I will be watching!