REPORT: 2021 NHL Draft set for July
The National Hockey League will hold the 2021 NHL Draft on July 23-24 as expected, according to Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman.
Many leagues either had their season delayed or cancelled as COVID-19 restrictions have prevented certain activities, limiting player development and scouting opportunities for NHL clubs.
Sorry, July. Old habits
— Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) March 16, 2021
The Manitoba Junior Hockey League will not return to action in 2020-21, and the British Columbia Hockey League approved a shortened 2020-21 season after the Provincial Health Office (PHO) accepted the league’s proposal for a safe return to play under its COVID-19 Safety Plan on March 12.
Some European leagues have paused or cancelled play as well.
The NHL was reportedly considering several options, including a December option and a summer 2022 date.