NHL RE­TURN MOVES TO PHASE 2

Calgary Herald - - SPORTS -

Some Nh­lers can put on their happy phase starting Mon­day. The league an­nounced late Thurs­day it was mov­ing to Phase 2 of its four-step Re­turn To Play Plan, which should see more play­ers trickle back to their team train­ing bases next week. It’s sub­ject to the fa­cil­i­ties be­ing san­i­tized for COVID-19 and play­ers ob­serv­ing the ba­sics of physical distancing. The catch is that it’s still on a vol­un­tary ba­sis with some play­ers nat­u­rally still fear­ful of the pan­demic, and the play­ers’ as­so­ci­a­tion is still ne­go­ti­at­ing de­tails of the 24-team play­off tournament. Only small groups, a max­i­mum of six play­ers at any one time, plus a lim­ited num­ber of club staff, will be al­lowed on and off the ice. “The var­i­ous measures set out in the Phase 2 pro­to­col are in­tended to pro­vide play­ers with a safe and con­trolled en­vi­ron­ment in which to re­sume their con­di­tion­ing,” a state­ment from the league said.

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