NHL 2020-21 season: when the Stanley Cup could be awarded


The NHL is still targeting a Jan. 1 start for the 2020-21 season despite a rise in COVID-19 cases. According to a report on Tuesday from The Athletic's Pierre LeBrun, a finish time is being eyed as well.

Per LeBrun, the NHL and NHL Players' Association are hoping to award the Stanley Cup by July 15 "at the latest". 

The NHL and NHLPA have also discussed having 60-plus games during the regular season to reach the target end date according to LeBrun.

The Tampa Bay Lightning lifted the Stanley Cup on Sep. 28 following the league's 24-team 2020 postseason in hub cities Toronto and Edmonton. The NHL paused due to the COVID-19 pandemic on March 12 and resumed play Aug. 1.

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