NHL players have been self-isolating under the league's instruction since the time of the NHL pause on March 12 due to the COVID-19 pandemic under its Phase 1 protocol. 

With coronavirus restrictions easing in North America and under the NHL's 24-team playoff format, the league and it's players are working towards phases 2 and 3 of the program.

Phase 2 includes players working in small groups on and off ice, and as stated by NHL commissioner Gary Bettman on Tuesday, is expected to begin in early June.

Bettman also said formal training camps included in Phase 3 wouldn't begin before the first half of July. 

The date for Phase 3 crystalized a little more on Thursday when Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman reported that players were informed Phase 3's training camps "won’t start before July 10."


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