The NHL is taking another huge step towards getting players back on the ice under their return-to-play plan, with the start of the NHL’s qualifying rounds and the path to the Stanley Cup reportedly set.
According to the New York Post‘s Larry Brooks, the Stanley Cup Playoffs will begin with the qualifying rounds on July 30. It would mark Phase 4 of the NHL’s return-to-play plan, which the league is moving forward with.
Phase 3 is scheduled to start on July 10th and will conclude with travel to hub cities on or around July 24th. Las Vegas has unofficially been chosen as the hub city for the East with Toronto the leading candidate for the West.