New York Was Reportedly 'Explored' as NHL Hub City

John Healy
June 23, 2020 - 4:33 pm

The NHL has narrowed down its potential hub cities to six different locations, none of which are New York.

But the Big Apple was under consideration.

According to Larry Brooks of The New York Post, NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly said that “New York was explored” as a possible hub city, but creating and maintaining a “bubble” was unattainable.

Instead, the NHL is eyeing Chicago, Edmonton, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Toronto and Vancouver as part of this summer’s Return to Play format.

The league plans to choose two cities – one for each conference – but would like to avoid giving a team home-ice advantage.

That could create some complications considering that five of the six cities are in the Western Conference.

Las Vegas is reportedly preparing to be named one of the cities, which means the Knights would have to play in another city – making Vegas the default Eastern Conference hub, but it would also mean that Toronto would be the only remaining city where a home-ice advantage would not be a factor.

The NHL is currently in Phase 2 of their Return to Play strategy, which means players can participate in voluntary, individualized workouts in groups of up to 12.

Rangers goalie Igor Shesterkin is expected to resume his training at the Rangers facility in Westchester after traveling back from Florida over the weekend.

Players who return from out of state must go through the proper protocols, including getting a COVID-19 test, before they can hit the ice.


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