By Ty Anderson, 985TheSportsHub.com
After almost three months of its players adhering to self-quarantine protocols, the NHL will move into Phase 2 of their four-phase Return To Play on June 8, the league confirmed.
“Beginning June 8 — subject to each Club’s satisfaction of all of the requirements set out in the Phase 2 Protocol — clubs will be permitted to reopen their training facilities in their home city to allow players to participate in individualized training activities (off-ice and on-ice),” the league’s release stated. “Players will be participating on a voluntary basis and will be scheduled to small groups (i.e., a maximum of six Players at any one time, plus a limited number of Club staff). The various measures set out in the Phase 2 Protocol are intended to provide players with a safe and controlled environment in which to resume their conditioning.
“Phase 2 is not a substitute for training camp.”
For the Bruins, that would mean a return to Warrior Ice Arena, which has been closed to the Bruins since the league’s pause on Mar. 12, and closed to the public since Mar. 13. Some of the other ‘various measures’ mentioned in the guidelines for this move to Phase 2 includes zero face-to-face interaction between the coaching staff and players, off-ice personnel wearing gloves and masks, players wearing masks when not on the ice, and daily self-temperature checks by players before reporting to the facility.
If Phase 2 starts and finishes without an incident or significant medical setback, the NHL will move ahead to Phase 3, which will be a three-week training camp in preparation for Phase 4’s return to game action. (You could argue that the league has already had an incident, too, as the Penguins confirmed a positive test for one of their players on Thursday.)