NHL RETURN MOVES TO PHASE 2
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.