Blackhawks' Danny Wirtz issues statement on NHL's selection of hub cities

Friday evening, after the NHL and NHLPA agreed on the Return To Play plan and a new collective bargaining agreement, Blackhawks Interim President Danny Wirtz issued a statement on the league's selection of the two hub cities for the 24-team playoff format: Edmonton and Toronto.

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NHL to resume virus-interrupted season next month with Stanley Cup tournament in Canada

SHOWS: ARLINGTON, VIRGINIA, UNITED STATES (FILE - JUNE 27, 2020) (WASHINGTON CAPITALS - Broadcaster and Digital: MUST COURTESY 'WASHINGTON CAPITALS') 1. ALEX OVECHKIN WALKING OUT OF LOCKER ROOM AT MEDSTAR CAPITALS ICEPLEX WHERE WASHINGTON CAPITALS TRAIN 2. VARIOUS OF OVECHKIN AND CAPITALS TEAM PRACTICE SESSION TORONTO, ONTARIO, CANADA (FILE - MARCH 12, 2020) (USA TODAY SPORTS IMAGES - Broadcasters and Digital: MUST COURTESY 'USA TODAY SPORTS IMAGES') (MUTE) 3. STILL PHOTO OF EXTERIOR OF SCOTIABANK ARENA WHERE TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS PLAY HOME GAMES AND WILL SERVE AS HUB CITY FOR EASTERN CONFERENCE TEAMS TORONTO, ONTARIO, CANADA (FILE - FEBRUARY 29, 2020) (USA TODAY SPORTS IMAGES - Broadcasters and Digital: MUST COURTESY 'USA TODAY SPORTS IMAGES') (MUTE) 4. STILL PHOTO OF TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS PLAYERS CELEBRATING AFTER SCORING GOAL AGAINST THE VANCOUVER CANUCKS AT SCOTIABANK ARENA EDMONTON, ALBERTA, CANADA (FILE - MARCH 13, 2020) (USA TODAY SPORTS IMAGES - Broadcasters and Digital: MUST COURTESY 'USA TODAY SPORTS IMAGES') (MUTE) 5. STILL PHOTO OF EXTERIOR OF ROGERS PLACE WHERE EDMONTON OILERS PLAY HOME GAMES AND WILL SERVE AS HUB CITY FOR WESTERN CONFERENCE TEAMS AND THE STANLEY CUP FINALS EDMONTON, ALBERTA, CANADA (FILE - JANUARY 18, 2020) (USA TODAY SPORTS IMAGES - Broadcasters and Digital: MUST COURTESY 'USA TODAY SPORTS IMAGES') (MUTE) 6. STILL PHOTO OF EDMONTON OILERS FORWARD CONNOR MCDAVID (#97) CELEBRATING WITH TEAMMATES AFTER SCORING A GOAL AGAINST THE ARIZONA COYOTES AT ROGERS PLACE BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS, UNITED STATES (FILE - JUNE 12, 2019) (USA TODAY SPORTS IMAGES - Broadcasters and Digital: MUST COURTESY 'USA TODAY SPORTS IMAGES') (MUTE) 7. STILL PHOTO OF THE ST. LOUIS BLUES POSING FOR PHOTO AFTER DEFEATING THE BOSTON BRUINS AT TD GARDEN TO WIN STANLEY CUP AND FINISH THE 2018-19 NHL SEASON INTERNET (JULY 10, 2020) (SOCIAL MEDIA WEBSITE - ACCESS ALL) (MUTE) 8. STILL IMAGE FROM NHL PUBLIC RELATIONS TWITTER PAGE, SAYING: "NHL and NHLPA ratify four-year CBA (Collective Bargaining Agreement) extension and Return to Play Plan. #StanleyCup Qualifiers to begin August 1." 9. STILL IMAGE FROM THE STANLEY CUP'S TWITTER PAGE, SAYING: "I'm Back." STORY: The National Hockey League will resume its viru

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NHL, players approve plan to resume season, extend CBA

Hockey became the latest sport to finalize a return during a global pandemic after NHL owners and players approved an agreement Friday to resume the season - and with it an assurance of labor peace through September 2026. Games are scheduled to begin Aug. 1 in Toronto and Edmonton, Alberta, with coronavirus cases in the U.S. pushing the league into Canada for the summer and fall until the Stanley Cup is awarded in late September or early October. ''I don't think you're going to see a lot of players saying I don't want to go,'' Minnesota forward Zach Parise said.

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NHL, players union agree to restart season on August 1

The National Hockey League's board of governors and the players' union approved a deal Friday that paves the way for the pandemic-disrupted season to resume on August 1. The package also includes a four-year extension of the collective bargaining agreement which will run through the 2025-26 season. "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.

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