The NHL is reportedly working with well being authorities on a journey plan that might enable the winner of the all-Canadian division and an American opponent to cross the border in the course of the last two rounds of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, in response to The Canadian Press (h/t CBC).
The proposed plan would enable groups to enter Canada with out having to isolate for 14 days. In an e-mail to The Canadian Press, NHL deputy commissioner Invoice Daly mentioned that the hassle was “a piece in progress.”
The NHL solely wants approval from public well being authorities within the provinces and cities that also have groups within the playoffs. The Winnipeg Jets, Toronto Maple Leafs and Montreal Canadiens are the one three Canadian groups left within the postseason.
The winner of Monday’s Sport 7 between the Maple Leafs and Canadiens will play the Jets within the North Division last. The winner of that sequence will face one among three American division winners.
Cross-border journey within the NHL has been nonexistent for the reason that COVID-19 pandemic started. The league completed its 2019-20 season in Canada, however all American groups have been compelled to isolate earlier than starting play in a bubble.
The NHL was compelled to create an all-Canadian division this season to keep away from cross-border journey. The league is contemplating having the North Division winner relocate to the US for the ultimate two rounds of the playoffs until the Canadian authorities permits cross-border journey.
Different Canadian skilled sports activities groups have needed to relocate to the US to keep away from cross-border journey this season. The Toronto Raptors performed their season in Tampa and the Toronto Blue Jays started their season in Dunedin, Fla., and can now name Buffalo, N.Y., residence beginning Tuesday.