PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – The NHL and NHLPA have reached a tentative agreement to start playing on Aug. 1.

The league announced Monday an agreement had been reached with the players union.

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Formal training camps will start on July 13. On July 26, teams will travel to hub cities. Then, on Aug. 1, the qualifying round will start.

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“The tentative agreement is now subject to approval by the NHL’s Board of Governors, as well as the NHLPA’s Executive Board followed by the full NHLPA membership,” says a press release.


The NHL has decided that it will skip the rest of the regular season and go straight into a 24-team playoff.

If play does resume and the league launches into playoffs, the Penguins will face off against the Montreal Canadiens.

The NHL and NHLPA also agreed on a “memorandum of understanding that adds an additional four years to the term of the current collective bargaining agreement and includes transition rules and a new critical dates calendar,” the press release says.

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Returning to competition is phase 4 of the league’s return to play plan.