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NHL targeting July 10 for Phase 3 of return-to-play plan

Last Updated Jun 11, 2020 at 2:01 pm EDT

Edmonton Oilers star Connor McDavid (97) leaves the ice after training camp in Edmonton on Friday, Sept. 13, 2019. (Jason Franson/CP)

NEW YORK – The NHL has circled July 10 for the opening of Phase 3 of its return-to-play protocol, according to Sportsnet’s Chris Johnston.

The third phase of the league’s four-step plan to resume the 2019-20 campaign will mark the opening of training camps.

Johnston notes that the proposed date must still be agreed upon by the NHL Players’ Association.

The NHL opened Phase 2 on Monday, giving clubs the go-ahead to open practice facilities at their own discretion and offer small-group on- and off-ice training sessions for players.