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NHL targeting Jan. 1 to begin next season

Commissioner Gary Bettman says the NHL is targeting a Jan. 1 start for next season.
Credit: AP
Tampa Bay Lightning's Steven Stamkos (91) is presented the Stanley Cup from NHL commissioner Gary Bettman as they celebrate after defeating the Dallas Stars in the NHL Stanley Cup hockey finals, in Edmonton, Alberta, on Monday, Sept. 28, 2020. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP)

Commissioner Gary Bettman says the NHL is targeting a Jan. 1 start for next season.

That came after recent talks between the league and NHL Players' Association. 

The new date is a month after the initial tentative Dec. 1 start. 

The estimated start for training camps will be announced at a later date. 

Bettman made the announcement at the start of the NHL draft, just over a week since the Tampa Bay Lightning won the Stanley Cup to complete the 2019-20 season. 

It's still unclear what next season will look like. But Bettman has said the league hopes each team plays a full 82 games.