Friday, TSN's Bob McKenzie reported some key dates being targeted for the NHL's Return To Play plan, including the start of the 24-team playoff format.
McKenzie said the new slated date for team training camps (Phase 3) is July 13. Teams would report to the hub cities (reportedly Edmonton and Toronto) on July 26 with games and Phase 4 beginning on August 1.
Bob also shed some light on when Phase 2 of the NHL Draft Lottery and the conclusion of the playoffs may pan out.
"The second phase of the NHL draft lottery will occur immediately following the best-of-five, play-in qualifying series, so around Aug. 10-12 if all were to go well. Stanley Cup final would wrap up in early October. NHL draft would happen soon after that," he tweeted Friday.
In Phase 1, the No. 1 overall pick for the 2020 NHL Draft went to a placeholder team. Each of the eight teams that lose in the qualifying round of the postseason format will have a 12.5 percent chance of getting the top pick in Phase 2.
During the 2010s, the Stanley Cup visited the City of Chicago three times and no one knows the details of those visits like Keeper of the Cup, Philip Pritchard, does.
Pat Boyle is joined by Pritchard to discuss his frequent trips to Chicago during the championship runs, why was the Cup late arriving in 2015 and other stories of the Cup's adventures with the Blackhawks.
(1:14) - Missing Cup during the 2015 championship
(8:12) - Reasons why the Stanley Cup isn't present at the start of close out games
(13:10) - Adventures of the Cup during the 2013 Hawks championship
(18:06) - Most bizarre story of the Hawks championship with the Cup
(24:05) - Which Hawks team had the most fun with the Cup
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Blackhawks Talk Podcast