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Canadian prime minister says NHL players will need to quarantine upon entering country

Bob McKenzie joins the Our Line Starts crew to discuss the NHL's potential timeline for a return, the financial impact on the league and how the remainder of the regular season and playoffs may look.

The NHL could face another hurdle if the league decides to continue the 2019-20 season in the near future - getting non-Canadian resident players across the border to join their teams.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Sunday that players would - at a minimum - need to follow quarantine protocols if they were to arrive in Canada while the border remains closed due to the pandemic.

''I think it’s a question we’ll have to look into,’' Trudeau said. ''Certainly at a strict minimum, anyone who arrives from another country will have to follow all the rules of quarantine in an extremely strict manner, but we’re not there yet in our discussions with the NHL.’'

''We recognize that it’s a possibility, but it depends on an enormous amount of things, and I don’t want to speculate on this until there’s more discussion,’' he said.

The Associated Press reported earlier this week that Edmonton and Toronto were being looked at as possible ''hockey pod’’ cities that could host the remainder of the NHL season during the summer months. Games would be played in air-conditioned arenas without fans.