NHL, NHLPA targets Jan. 1 as start date of new regular season
League previously aimed for Dec. 1 as opening night of 2020-2021 campaign
There won't be any more NHL hockey in 2020.
Commissioner Gary Bettman made the announcement at the kick off of the NHL draft, which is being held virtually Tuesday and Wednesday.
A joint release from the league and players' union said estimated timing for the start of training camp will come "at a later date."
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The league previously stated that Dec. 1 was the target date for beginning the 2020-21 season.
The NBA has said it will not begin its season until January at the earliest.
The 2019-20 regular season was cut short in March due to the global COVID-19 pandemic.
An unconventional post-season began in August with teams stationed in bubbles in Edmonton and Toronto.
Tampa Bay won the Stanley Cup in Edmonton on Sept. 28 with a 2-0 win over the Dallas Stars.
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