The NHL is Officially Back!

The NHL is on track to drop the puck in August and complete the 2019-2020 season. The league and players association came to terms on a four-year collective bargaining agreement.

The 24-team playoff tournament will be split into two hubs: Toronto for Eastern Conference and Edmonton for the Western. As part of the “bubble” environment, players and staff will be taking COVID-19 tests daily.

However, those test results will not be made public. The NHL is prohibiting teams from releasing the COVID test data or injury information during the restart, ESPN said. The league will continue to provide details on testing capacity and the less-specific positive test result numbers.

Mathieu Schneider of the NHLPA told ESPN that medical privacy was a “high priority” for players in resuming the season.