The National Hockey League does not want to maintain the Canadian division beyond the 2021 season, according to Assistant Commissioner Bill Daly.
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“It’s quite the opposite,” Daly told Sportsnet on Thursday. From a league perspective, there is a desire to get back to regular structure as quickly as possible. ”
While waiting for the return to normal, Daly is however convinced that the Canadian division will put on a very good show.
“There are a number of aspects this season that are unique that add to the interest. The Canadian division is definitely one of them. ”
Due to restrictions at the Canada-U.S. Border to curb the COVID-19 pandemic, the seven Canadian NHL teams have been consolidated into one division. The three US divisions were also formed from geographic considerations to limit travel.
So far, all Canadian teams except the Winnipeg Jets have obtained permission from provincial authorities to play games in their home city, but without spectators.
The regular season will consist of 56 games and will begin on January 13.