NHL targeting Jan. 1 to begin next season

NHL targeting Jan. 1 to begin next season
(Jason Franson)

Commissioner Gary Bettman says the NHL is targeting a Jan. 1 start for next season. That came after recent talks between the league and NHL Players' Association.

The new date is a month after the initial tentative Dec. 1 start. The estimated start for training camps will be announced at a later date. Bettman made the announcement at the start of the NHL draft, just over a week since the Tampa Bay Lightning won the Stanley Cup to complete the 2019-20 season.

It’s still unclear what next season will look like. But Bettman has said the league hopes each team plays a full 82 games.