It was fair that Wednesday was Canada Day, as a report indicated that the National Hockey League would choose two Canadian cities to host their return to play later this summer.
– Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) July 1, 2020
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said last month that the Canadian government was "open" to receive one or both NHL central cities, provided that local governments and health authorities approve the plans.
Seven American cities – Chicago, Columbus, Dallas, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Minneapolis / St. Paul and Pittsburgh – were in the running from the start. None of them were selected. Vancouver was also a candidate.
Las Vegas was seen as the top spot for weeks. "Sin City" also tried to land the NBA and WNBA reboots. Instead, the city appeared empty.
New cases of coronavirus have increased in recent days in Nevada – and elsewhere in the United States – while being suppressed in Canada.
Although not as attractive as a destination like Toronto and Vancouver on paper, Edmonton supposedly did a “lifestyle presentation” for the NHL that promised, as part of its bubble, a golf course for NHL players to use on their days off.
The NHLThe company's plan called for two central cities so that each city could host a conference. It was not immediately clear whether the Eastern Conference, including Washington's capitals, would act in Toronto or Edmonton. Commissioner Gary Bettman suggested that there may be "perceived" advantages if a playoff team plays in their home market, and both the Toronto Maple Leafs and Edmonton Oilers will participate in the return to game plan.
Games in Toronto it would happen at the Maple Leafs house, Scotiabank Arena, with the neighboring Coca-Cola Coliseum, an option to practice ice. Oilers' Rogers Place would host games in Edmonton, and the arena is attached by air to a hotel where players can be accommodated.