The NHLPA announced Friday it "has ratified the new Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) with the National Hockey League (NHL) and the resumption of the 2019-20 season."
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The CBA now is in place through the 2025-26 season, which ensures labor peace for at least six more years. The agreement on the return to play protocols also means the league can begin its plan to finish the 2019-20 season. Formal training camps will open Monday, July 13, and the first non-exhibition games start Aug. 1.
With the CBA now ratified, NHL players can officially opt-out of this summer's training camp and playoffs without penalty until 5 p.m. ET on Monday.— Chris Johnston (@reporterchris) July 10, 2020
Players must notify their teams in writing before that deadline. No reason needs to be provided.
Here are the key dates for the remainder of the season:
July 13: Start of formal training camps
July 26: Teams travel to hub cities
July 28-30: Exhibition games
Aug. 1: Stanley Cup Qualifiers begin
Aug. 10*: Phase 2 of NHL Draft Lottery
Aug. 11: First round of Stanley Cup Playoffs begins
Aug. 25*: Second round of Stanley Cup Playoffs begins
Sept. 8*: Conference Finals begin
Sept. 22*: Stanley Cup Final begins
Oct. 4*: Last possible day of Cup Final
Oct. 9-10*: 2020 NHL Draft