June 10, 2020

Several Blackhawks players returned to the team's practice facility, Fifth Third Arena, in Chicago on Wednesday for voluntary workouts in conjunction with Phase 2 of the NHL's Return To Play plan.

It was the first time any player has set foot in the arena since the NHL paused due to the COVID-19 pandemic on March 12.

Photos of forwards Patrick Kane, Alex DeBrincat and Alex Nylander, plus goalie Malcolm Subban all making their way into the rink wearing masks and carrying gear were posted by the Blackhawks' Instagram account along with the announcement. 

Teams were allowed to open up their practice facilities beginning Monday for a maximum of six players, with limited staff, to hold small group workouts on a voluntary basis. The players are required to adhere to social-distancing guidelines and to wear masks when entering and leaving the facility and at times when social distancing isn't possible. 

It was recently reported that team training camps to lead up to the 24-team postseason format wouldn't begin ahead of July 10. Under the format, the Blackhawks are set to take on the Edmonton Oilers in a best-of-5 play-in round.

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