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Canada approves cross-border travel exemption for NHL playoffs

The Montreal Canadiens and Winnipeg Jets play in the North Division's Game 3 Sunday night.

NEW YORK — The NHL has received an exemption from Canadian health officials to allow cross-border travel for teams starting in the semifinal round of the Stanley Cup playoffs.

When in Canada, teams will be required to stay in a bubble and be tested daily for COVID-19, similar to the tight restrictions that allowed the NHL to stage and complete its playoffs in two hub cities last year.

Teams will be assigned designated hotels and have no interaction with the public.

The exemption means the winner of the NHL’s West Division second-round playoff series between Colorado and Vegas will be allowed to travel to face the winner of the North Division second-round series between Winnipeg and Montreal. 

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