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NHL, NHLPA approve restart, extend CBA

(AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)

Hockey became the latest sport to finalize a return during a global pandemic after NHL owners and players approved an agreement Friday to resume the season - and with it an assurance of labor peace through September 2026.

Games are scheduled to begin Aug. 1 in Toronto and Edmonton, Alberta, with coronavirus cases in the U.S. pushing the league into Canada for the summer and fall until the Stanley Cup is awarded in late September or early October.

Training camps open across North America on Monday, which is also the deadline for players to opt out of participating with no penalty. Minnesota's Zach Parise said earlier this week he doesn't think a lot of players will choose not to play, but the NHL already has one example.

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1t D. Pastrnak, Bos48
3 A. Matthews, Tor47
4 L. Draisaitl, Edm43
5 M. Zibanejad, NYR41
6t S. Aho, Car38
6t K. Connor, Wpg38
8 J. Eichel, Buf36
9 N. MacKinnon, Col35
10 C. McDavid, Edm34
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2 T. Rask, Bos.929
3 D. Kuemper, Ari.928
4 E. Merzlikins, Cls.923
5 P. Francouz, Col.923
6 C. Hellebuyck, Wpg.922
7 A. Raanta, Ari.921
8 T. Jarry, Pit.921
9 B. Bishop, Dal.920
10 R. Lehner, VGK.920
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