Trudeau: Canada 'open' to hosting NHL restart
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Tuesday the country was "open" and "comfortable" with the possibility that one of its cities would serve as a hub for the NHL restart this summer despite current travel restrictions.
Edmonton, Toronto and Vancouver are among the ten cities considered by the NHL. Two hub cities are selected, one for each conference.
"Three Canadian cities ask about it," said Trudeau at his daily meeting. "Obviously the decision has to be made by the NHL and the cities and provinces. Canada is open to it as long as it is approved by local health authorities."
Also on Tuesday, Canada extended its border closure for non-essential travel until at least July 21, four months after the start. However, the restriction has not prevented NHL players from traveling back and forth since they recently returned to their teams to volunteer in phase 2 of the restart plan.
As part of the NHL restart plan with 24 teams, the teams will open training camps on July 10th. They will then move into the hub of their conference for games that are expected to start in late July or early August.
Other cities that serve as hubs include Chicago, Columbus, Dallas, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Minneapolis / St. Paul, and Pittsburgh.
ESPN reported Monday that the NHL "still really wants" to choose a Canadian city as one of the hubs, adding that no decisions have been made, but this could be done this week.
Sportsnet reported last week that Las Vegas will likely be one of the major cities.
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