What Exactly Does a Jan. 1 Start to the NHL Season Look Like?

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In the lead-up to the NHL draft Tuesday night, commissioner Gary Bettman announced that the league and the NHL Players’ Association have targeted Jan. 1 for the start of the 2020-21 season. (Which would actually just make it the 2021 season, no?) He was short on details, just as he was when he informed the league’s board of governors prior to making the announcement.

Bettman also said the determination was based on “what we’ve learned and what we know.” It’s important to point that out, because clearly the league has been listening to the experts who have told them to wait as long as possible to start. Otherwise, the league likely would have started a month earlier.