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NHL, NHLPA ratify CBA extension, return to play

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Training camps are set to open July 13, with play to resume in August.

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UPDATE: The National Hockey League Board of Governors and the NHLPA have both ratified the Return to Play and CBA extension.

Players have until Monday evening to opt out of the return of play without penalties.

The schedule for the play-in round has also been officially announced with the Montreal Canadiens opening play on August 1.

The Draft Lottery has been officially announced for August 10 with the Draft set for October 9 and 10.

The original article remains below.


The National Hockey League and National Hockey League Players Association have tentatively agreed to a return to play plan that also extends the collective bargaining agreement four years, until the end of the 2025-26 season.

Training camps are set to start on July 13, which was originally set for July 10. Teams will travel to the hub cities - Edmonton and Toronto - on July 26 where they will play their exhibition games before the qualification round is set to begin August 1.

The CBA extension also includes participation in the 2022 Olympics. This tentative agreement was likely announced to make sure players have enough time to return to their home cities for training camp.

All players are required to undergo medical testing before they are allowed to take part in Phase Three, which is the start of training camps.

Additionally, players like Alexander Romanov are eligible to sign their entry-level contracts but will be ineligible to take part in the remainder of the 2019-20 season.