NHL Cuts List of Hub City Candidates by Four

Cities like Columbus, Dallas, Minneapolis and Pittsburgh have been informed that they are no longer in consideration

Brayton Wilson
June 23, 2020 - 1:31 pm

The National Hockey League has trimmed its list of hub city candidates for the 2020 Return To Play plan from 10 cities to six.

On Monday, it was reported that cities like Columbus, Ohio and Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota were no longer in consideration to be a hub city location. Tuesday saw two more cities be notified by the league that they were out of the running - Dallas, Texas and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Here are the cities that the NHL are still considering for this summer's Return To Play format:

- Chicago
- Edmonton
- Las Vegas
- Los Angeles
- Toronto
- Vancouver

It had been reported by the Las Vegas Review-Journal a week-and-a-half ago that Las Vegas was preparing to be named as one of the two hub cities for the Return To Play plan later this summer.

There have also been plenty of reports that the NHL is targeting to have at least one Canadian city being a hub city for the Return To Play format. The Canadian federal government issued an order in council last Thursday that would allow the three cities still in the running to serve as a hub cities this summer.

It is still expected that the league will officially announce the two hub city locations some time this week.

The NHL currently remains in Phase 2 of the Return To Play initiative with players taking part in voluntary, individualized workouts in groups of now up to 12 players.

Phase 3 of the plan will commence on Friday, July 10 with the start of formal training camps for all teams in their home city. After a two-week period of practice time, teams will then report to their respective hub city to take part in one exhibition game before the officially start of Phase 4, which is reportedly set to open on Thursday, July 30.

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