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NHLPA Forms Committee, While NHL Considers Letting Players Back Into Arenas

There is news the NHLPA has formed a committee about a return to play and there is news the NHL might be trying to find ways to get players back into their facilities.

The NHLPA has formed a committee of players, meant to act as player reps, in respect to an eventual return to play. According to the New York Post’s Larry Brooks, NHLers John Tavares, Connor McDavid, James van Riemsdyk, Mark Scheifele and Ron Hainsey are part of the committee from the player’s side. They’ll join Don Fehr, Mathieu Schneider, general counsel Don Zavelo and divisional rep Steve Webb representing the Players’ Association along with league reps Gary Bettman, Bill Daly, Colin Campbell and Steve Hatze Petros.

The group will discuss possible scenarios about how the league, if possible, will return to playing the rest of this season or just the playoffs if this season isn’t possible. There have been a couple of conference calls to date but meetings haven’t discussed specific plans.

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There Might Be Some Good News

According to a report from ESPN’s Emily Kaplan on Saturday, the NHL has begun the process of looking into players having access to team facilities. This lead comes from NBA reporter Adrian Wojnarowski who reported that the NBA is opening some facilities in states where stay-at-home restrictions have been loosened. Kaplan said the NHL is thinking about following suit if possible.

Wojnarowksi reports:

Many team executives have been clamoring for the chance to get players back into their facilities, which they believe to be among the safest possible environments around the pandemic. On a conference call with general managers and Silver on Thursday, some GMs said they had players asking about the possibility of traveling to Atlanta to work out in fitness centers with gymnasiums, an idea that concerned many team executives, sources said.

He adds that the league is working with states who are loosening restrictions and trying to find accomodations for teams in states where the restrictions are still tight.

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