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TAMPA, FLORIDA - SEPTEMBER 30: Andrei Vasilevskiy #88of the Tampa Bay Lightning holds the Stanley Cup above his head during the 2020 Stanley Cup Champion rally on September 30, 2020 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Douglas P. DeFelice/Getty Images)

It has been a whirlwind since the Tampa Bay Lightning won the Stanley Cup in the NHL Bubble. We all celebrated with a boat parade and a rally at Raymond James Stadium with thousands of Bolts fans thanking the team for delivering some much needed good news in 2020.

Yes, the Rays and the Bucs have filled the void with some great wins this last week, but if you miss hockey, last night the NHL Commissioner made a BIG announcement.

The league hopes for games to kick off on January 1, 2021. According to the league’s Twitter account, “The NHL and NHL Players’ Association have agreed to target Jan. 1, 2021, as the start date for the 2020-21 season, NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said Tuesday at the 2020 #NHLDraft.” 

A date for the start of training camp has yet to be determined.

Many of the Tampa Bay Lightning players have headed to their off-season homes for a short respite, including Andrei Vasilevskiy and Mikhail Sergachev who, according to their social media, appear to be back in Russia.


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