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NHL targets January 1 to open new season

NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman made the announcement Tuesday night before the start of the entry draft.
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An NHL logo is shown before the start of the first round of the NHL hockey draft, Friday, June 26, 2015 in Sunrise, Fla. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz)

BUFFALO, N.Y. — The Stanley Cup Champion Tampa Bay Lightning won a 24-team playoff that was conducted in bubble environments in Edmonton and Toronto. In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic and questions about fans being able to attend games, there have been questions as to when the NHL will be able to begin a new season. 

Commissioner Gary Bettman made the announcement before the start of the NHL draft on Tuesday night, that the league is targeting January 1, 2021 to begin a new season.