The NHL is expected to move to Phase 2 of its return-to-play protocol early next month, which includes the opening of practice facilities as well as allowing small group workouts

NHL was forced to pause its season on March 12 because of the COVID-19 pandemic.  They released a 22-page memo detailing their return-to-play plan on Monday, saying there’s no exact date for the start of Phase 2 or a timetable for how long it will last. Only six players will be allowed in team facilities at one time for the voluntary workouts, and no on-ice coaching or instruction is permitted.

On-ice sessions will be non-contact and players will be expected to maintain physical distancing at all times. Players will be required to wear masks when entering and exiting facilities and when not able to physically distance, except for when they’re practicing/exercising.

The final two phases of the return-to-play protocol — training camps followed by a resumption of play — were not mentioned in the memo.

NHL’s Phase 2 allows for small-group training