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NHL still examining scenarios to resume season

One plan has players returning to home rinks as early as May 15.
Credit: AP
The NHL hockey Stanley Cup Final logo is seen on the ice before Game 4 between the St. Louis Blues and the Boston Bruins Monday, June 3, 2019, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Scott Kane)

NEW YORK — The leading plan for hockey coming back this summer involves playing at a few empty NHL arenas to finish the season and award the Stanley Cup.     

Unknowns about the coronavirus have kept the league working on multiple scenarios.

 A person familiar with discussions tells The Associated Press the most aggressive timetable would have players returning to their home rinks as early as May 15, followed by a training camp in June. 

The regular season, featuring some if not all 31 teams would then begin in July, with the Stanley Cup awarded in September.

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