I find it interesting how we’re creeping closer and closer to that supposed July 10th training camp start date and we still don’t know where it will even take place.
The debates and discussions have been going on for weeks now, but it finally seems as if the league is narrowing things down. Vegas is still in the running down in the states while a Canadian city seems to be an option for the second hub with one of Toronto, Vancouver and Edmonton up for getting the gig.
Edmonton wants to be named the second hub city so badly that the Premier of Alberta, Jason Kenny, had a “detailed” promotional video made to attract eyes.
It’s the obvious choice to bring the @NHL to #Edmonton.— Jason Kenney (@jkenney) June 22, 2020
We look forward to welcoming the league and players here to Alberta to take in the beautiful province we have to offer. pic.twitter.com/kp0iN86vCP
Vancouver has prided themselves on the handling of COVID-19 while Toronto is a go-to candidate with the proximity of their hotel space to the arenas as well as access to other facilities in the city.
So who will it be?
Right now, it looks to be a battle between Toronto and Edmonton as Vancouver was seemingly taken out of the running for the time being. Global BC Reporter Richard Zussman broke down the information in a Twitter thread.
The big hold up as reported by Sportsnet yesterday is the issue of what happens if a player or staff member gets sick while in the hub quarantine. We are hoping to get more clarity on this today from Dr. Henry. #bcpoli— Richard Zussman (@richardzussman) June 25, 2020
BC Health officials are ensuring any NHL plan is in the best interest of the health of British Columbians. The province still believes Vancouver offers the league the best option in terms of low COVID-19 risk and world class facilities. #bcpoli #covid19bc— Richard Zussman (@richardzussman) June 25, 2020
You’d like to think a final decision will come sooner rather than later. Although some have pitched the idea of having both Edmonton and Toronto being the hub cities, it seems as if the NHL is dead-set on Vegas getting hosting duties.
So which city do you think is going to be chosen, and why is it Toronto?
Which Canadian city will be the second hub city?
Top 25 Under 25!
Top 25 Under 25: Egor Korshkov improves to #17 in 2020 - Pension Plan Puppets
Korshkov moves up 4 spots thanks to an 82 goal pace!
Around the Hockey World
Not hockey, but have to respect this man’s career. Vince Carter forever.
Dear @mrvincecarter15,— Toronto Raptors (@Raptors) June 25, 2020
Thank you for inspiring a nation to believe.
Thank you for laying the foundation of basketball in Canada.
Thank you for letting us fly with you.
Thank you for a lifetime of memories.
Love, Canada pic.twitter.com/vTkWLfss4M
Black Lives Matter
In a virtual town hall with MLSE employees last week, Brendan Shanahan and Kyle Dubas reinforced the Leafs intention to lead anti-racism efforts and stand up to intolerance while fostering sustainable inclusivity and positive change within the game from the grassroots level & up. pic.twitter.com/hsdZHUUaU9— Toronto Maple Leafs (@MapleLeafs) June 25, 2020
Which Philadelphia Flyers opinion of yours were you most wrong about? - Broad Street Hockey
They can’t all be winners.
Breakdown in talks leaves Vancouver out of running as NHL hub city - Sportsnet.ca
More on the Vancouver fallout
NHL/NHLPA talks on CBA include escrow cap, salary deferral for players - Sportsnet.ca
What's escrow again?
10 Years Later, the Blues Still Relish in a Steal - St. Louis Game Time
10 years ago today, the Blues managed one of the greatest Draft-day trades ever.
Ayers' emergency goaltender performance ranked 'Greatest Moment of NHL Season ... So Far' :: WRALSportsFan.com
It never ends