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After Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey announced that major professional sports could resume in the state with certain stipulations as of Saturday, it seemed to open up the possibility the region could be a top contender to host postseason hockey. However, that's apparently not the case.
The idea that Arizona - which will have its stay-at-home order expire on Friday - is now a leading candidate to be a hub for the Stanley Cup Playoffs is "completely false," a league source told The Athletic's Craig Morgan on Tuesday.
After initially considering holding games at neutral sites, the NHL has more recently been entertaining the notion of hosting games in several hub cities if and when it proceeds with its paused campaign.