Rollowing a longer-than-usual holiday break, each team will be allowed to have a taxi squad of up to six players and to make emergency recalls from the minors if COVID-19 absences would cause anyone to play without a full lineup. Taxi squads, which were used during the shortened 2021 season, are set to be in effect until at least the All-Star break in early February.
Data generated by the pucks and from sensors about the size of a thumb on the backs of players will be used by teams to develop their players and to scout opponents. Passing, puck possession, takeaways, giveaways and more can be accurately recorded without the potential subjectivity of a scoring crew in an arena. Perhaps later this season, gamblers are expected to be able to wager on a new wave of bets. How far does the puck travel in a game? Who skates the fastest in the second period? Who has the hardest shot in the game? TV networks will continue to display and talk about some of the information on broadcasts and studio shows.
The league reached an agreement with the International Ice Hockey Federation to pause its schedule in February to allow skaters to represent their countries in Beijing.
Little Caesars has signed a deal to be the official pizza delivery company of the National Hockey League as longtime sponsor Pepsi launches a sweepstakes. The partnership between the league and the pizza restaurant begins immediately and runs through the 2020-21 season. Fans will see the Little Caesars brand displayed in a corner in-ice ad position during every game of the 2020 Stanley Cup Qualifiers and 2020 Stanley Cup Playoffs, as well all exhibition games.
The NHL said Monday that it has reached a tentative deal with its players union for the league to resume its interrupted season. As part of a deal to add four years to its collective bargaining agreement, the league has set August for the start of its playoff-qualifying round. The deal, which still must be approved by the boards of the NHL and the NHL Players Association, sets July 13 for the start of training camps and July 26 for teams to travel to the two “hub cities” of Toronto and Edmonton.
A person with knowledge of the situation said the return-to-play protocols would only go into effect if each side votes to approve the full package of the collective bargaining agreement (CBA) extension and return-to-play agreement. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because CBA talks are still ongoing.
Sinclair’s American Sports Network will air live collegiate hockey games from Hockey East, the National Collegiate Hockey Conference, ECAC Hockey and the Western Collegiate Hockey Association, Friday nights on Sinclair TV stations and other ASN broadcast and cable affiliates around the country.