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NHL Return to Play: League and players agree to July 10 target date for formal training camp

Phase 3 will commence next month should everything go according to plan.

Vegas Golden Knights v Calgary Flames Photo by Derek Leung/Getty Images

The NHL and the NHL Players’ Association have tentatively agreed to a target date of July 10 to hold formal training camps, enacting Phase 3 of the league’s return to play plan.

Moving forward with the training camps for the 24 teams that will conclude the 2019-20 NHL season is contingent on medical and safety conditions are deemed safe for players to return.

Phase 2 went into effect on Monday, allowing teams to open their training facilities. A maximum of six players at a time can take part in on-ice training.

The length of training camp and the start date for the season’s resumption are still to be determined. Once resumed, the NHL will hold a best-of-5 qualifying round series to determine who will advance to the Stanley Cup Playoffs. The top four teams in each conference will participate in a round-robin format to determine seeding.

The Vegas Golden Knights will take part in the three-game round-robin setting with the St. Louis Blues, Colorado Avalanche and Dallas Stars. Vegas began its voluntary on-ice workouts Monday. Among those confirmed to skate were Marc-Andre Fleury, Mark Stone, Max Pacioretty and Paul Stastny.