The NHL regular season is officially over. With the 2019-2020 season being on hiatus since COVID-19; it has now been deemed complete by the NHL Commissioner, Gary Bettman.
NHL Season and Coronavirus
Since the coronavirus first impacted the sports world; hockey fans have been waiting to see what would happen with the remaining games. To read more about this; be sure to visit our Coronavirus Sports Cancellations post.
Now, that the 2019-2020 regular season is over; the league will transition into a 24 team conference playoff.
NHL Regular Season
With the season final, the league announced its regular-season awards yesterday. So, the following players and teams won:
- First, the Boston Bruins won the President’s Trophy for the leagues best record (44 – 14 – 12 – 100 points, 714 percentage)
- Second, the leading goal scorer was shared by David Pastrnak and Alex Ovechkin who both had 48 goals and shared the Maurice “Rocket” Richard Trophy
- Also, from the Boston Bruins – Tuukka Rask and Jaroslav Halek won the William M Jennings Trophy awarded to the goaltenders of the team that allowed the fewest goals
- Edmonton Oilers forward, Leon Draisaitl won the Art Ross Trophy as the NHL’s leader in points
NHL Post Season Plans
So, the Post Season plans are as follows:
- First, there is no date for the return of play
- At the same time, there will be two hub cities for the games. One for the Eastern Conference and one for the Western Conference
- Due to COVID-19, teams will be limited to 50 personnel in their respective hub city. However, a small amount of staff will be allowed into a permitted area of the arena
- Moreover, a comprehensive plan will be in place on COVID-19 testing
Although there is no start date to a return to play; many expect it to be either June or July.
In summary, as soon as more details have been announced; we will be providing the schedule for the games at each conference.