The NHL says it hopes Canadian teams will have an agreement with provincial governments on the conditions for playing the 2021 season from their home markets.
“Based on the discussions we have had over the past week and the exchanges we have made over the past 24 hours, we hope to be united and agree on the terms under which each of our Canadian owners can start playing in their own buildings,” Deputy Commissioner Bill Daley said Thursday at the start of the 2020-21 NHL season.
CBC News confirmed the report, first announced by athlete Pierre LeBron.
Seven Canadian teams are grouped together and play each other only for the duration of the 56-game schedule, which is set to begin on January 13th.
The Toronto Maple Leafs are scheduled to host the Montreal Canadians, while the Edmonton Oilers are set to face Vancouver Connaught, who arrives as part of a five-game schedule early in the night.
The Winnipeg Jets are set to open on January 14 against the arrival of the Coal Flames, while the Oilers and Knox meet again in Edmonton.
The Ottawa Senators begin their season against coming to Toronto on January 15, the first of two games in several days between rivals in the nation’s capital, Ontario.
The baseball style series under the revised schedule is common because the league is trying to reduce travel. For example, Canadians and senators each play three straight games in Vancouver in January.