It’s a wonderful day in the world of hockey.
Tuesday afternoon, NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman elaborated on some of the best news fans have heard in a long time … hockey is most likely returning. While a detailed layout of the league’s Phase 2 had already been released earlier in the week, this is the first time Bettman, himself, spoke about the subject.
There is a tentative timeline in place for such things to begin — but everything seems more tangible now than ever.
If there had never been a stoppage in play during March and the season progressed normally, only two teams would have been left in the race for the Stanley Cup. Now, with a promising future and the approved 24-team playoff format, we’re looking ahead to summer hockey.
Which honestly doesn’t seem too bad, right?
We know there are many more steps that need to be put in place before the playoffs do take off, but that doesn’t mean the excitement is going to dwindle. In fact, this has been one of the most optimistic days on social media since the league was put on hold 76 days ago — especially with Flyers fans.
Here are some of the best instant reactions to Bettman’s press conference — feelings you are probably all experiencing now, as well.
This is the most surreal playoff clinching day in Flyers history— jsaquella (@jsaquella) May 26, 2020
Me all quarantine without hockey vs me learning the Flyers are in the playoffs and back in business later this summer pic.twitter.com/nWNtxnuklS— Kyle P (@Kyle_Phillippi) May 26, 2020
I saw the Flyers logo in the top 4 and I got the feeling back instantly. LETS GO.— Rich Elles (@RichardElles) May 26, 2020
Flyers chose the best season to be a top four conference team in March.— Spencer Chorney (@SpencerChorney) May 26, 2020
Flyers stanley cup back on— the german moses (@steviehand) May 26, 2020
Best of both worlds for the Flyers, they get a bye into the field of 16 and also can better their seeding through the round robin while not being able to drop any lower than 4th. #TheOrangeandTheBlack— Derek DeMaria (@thedeem10) May 26, 2020
Flyers winning the cup this year, everyone get out of the way!— kyle meagher (@Flepodcast1) May 26, 2020
Hi.— Marc Farzetta (@MarcFarzetta) May 26, 2020
The Flyers are a Top 4 NHL team. pic.twitter.com/kCMlr7CyBY
Well I for one am FLYERED UP. #CupCrazy— Natalie Egenolf (@NatalieEgenolf) May 26, 2020
Flyers one of the top teams in the NHL pic.twitter.com/vIXx9YkwCV— Nick (@Frost48__) May 26, 2020
Hang on Flyers fans, I have a feeling we're about to have one crazy summer!
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