It's official: Canucks begin 5-game series vs Wild on August 2

Jul 10 2020, 4:57 pm

It’s official.

The NHL and NHLPA have ratified a four-year extension of the Collective Bargaining Agreement, ensuring labour peace until at least 2026 and a return to the next two Olympic Games.

The deal also makes the NHL’s return-to-play plan official, with teams beginning training camp on Monday.

The NHL also released a schedule of games for the qualifying round, to be played in the hub cities of Toronto and Edmonton, beginning on August 1.

The Canucks will kick off their best-of-five series against the Wild on August 2, with all games being played without fans at Rogers Place in Edmonton. Vancouver and Minnesota will also play on August 4 and 6, as well as August 7 and 9 if necessary.

Teams will travel to the hub cities on July 26, with exhibition games taking place July 28-30. Other key dates are as follows:

“Today, the NHL and the NHLPA announced a significant agreement that addresses the uncertainty everyone is dealing with, the framework for the completion of the 2019-20 season and the foundation for the continued long-term growth of our league,” NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said in a media release. “We know that all our fans are excited about our return to the ice next month and that has been our goal since we paused our season on March 12.”

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