NHL considering hybrid “bubbles” for 2021 season

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KOLKATA, INDIA – 2020/03/25: In this photo illustration a National Hockey League (NHL) logo seen displayed on a smartphone with a computer model of the COVID-19 coronavirus the background. (Photo Illustration by Avishek Das/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)

The NHL reports Covid-19 perfection from their hockey “bubbles” of Toronto and Edmonton. The league used both Canadian cities for its Stanley Cup Playoffs this year and move exclusively to Edmonton for the Conference Finals and Stanley Cup Final.

The NHL claims zero positive tests among more than 33,000 tests administered begining July 27.

The Vegas Golden Knights made it to the Western Conference Finals before losing to the Dallas Stars.

The NHL has given no start date for the upcoming hockey season. December 1 has been reported as the target date for the league, but they have considered using a hybrid of the bubble system for the 2021 season. Here’s the story from TSN Sports in Canada.

NHL Players’ Association executive director Donald Fehr told the Associated Press on Sunday that it won’t be for a full season.

“Nobody is going to do that for four months or six months or something like that,” Fehr said.

But what Fehr did admit is a possibility is the idea of a hybrid bubble to start next season. 

In Fehr’s words: “Protected environments that people would be tested, and they’ve be clean when they came in and lasted for some substantially shorter period of time with people cycling in and out is one of the things I suspect we will examine.”

A meeting is likely to be scheduled between the NHL and the NHLPA for some time next week to begin discussions. The NHLPA is in the process of finalizing a committee of players to participate in the discussion directly with the league, similar to the Return to Play committee that was created shortly after the pandemic put this season on pause in March.

One concept for a hybrid bubble that has been kicked around on a preliminary basis — but not in a formal manner yet — includes four to six ‘bubbles’ in various locales around the NHL, preferably in cities where fans would be allowed inside arenas.

One concept for a hybrid bubble that has been kicked around on a preliminary basis — but not in a formal manner yet — includes four to six ‘bubbles’ in various locales around the NHL, preferably in cities where fans would be allowed inside arenas.

Fans have already been permitted to attend NFL games in a limited capacity this season in Florida, Ohio, Colorado, Texas, Tennessee and Missouri. That list is expected to grow to include North Carolina, Arizona and Louisiana in upcoming weeks.

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