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Winnipeg Jets, NHL playoff teams to begin full training camps on July 10

Winnipeg Jets forward Blake Wheeler (26) controls the puck during the second period of an NHL hockey game against the Buffalo Sabres, Sunday, Feb. 23, 2020, in Buffalo, N.Y. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Jeffrey T. Barnes

The National Hockey League and the NHL Players’ Association (NHLPA) have jointly announced that Phase 3 of the return-to-play plan, which would be the start of full training camps, will begin on Friday, July 10.

The NHL has been idle since suspending the season due to the coronavirus pandemic on March 12.

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That July 10 start date would be contingent on securing the go-ahead from health officials that it would be medically safe to do so and the NHL and the NHLPA having reached an overall agreement on the resumption of play.

Once those two important pieces are in place, the length of training camp and a start date to the play-in round of the post-season (Phase 4) would be determined at a later date.

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According to an NHLPA spokesperson, it is “likely” the majority of the training camps would be held in the 24 home cities. In the case of the Winnipeg Jets and the other six Canada-based teams, that would require all of their players arriving on site by June 26 to be ready for Day 1 of camp if the mandatory 14-day quarantine remains in effect for those re-entering the country.

There has been no official word on if that order will be eased or lifted by the federal government.

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