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NHL clubs can open facilities beginning June 8

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The NHL will initiate Phase 2 of its Return to Play Plan on June 8, meaning teams will be permitted to reopen training facilities and host up to six players and limited staff for voluntary individual workouts, the league announced Thursday.

"The various measures set out in the Phase 2 Protocol are intended to provide players with a safe and controlled environment in which to resume their conditioning. Phase 2 is not a substitute for training camp," the NHL said in the release.

The 2019-20 season was put on pause March 12. The league decided to end the regular season May 26 and announced its plans for a 24-team playoff played within a timeline yet to be determined.

Phase 3 will include training camps, which won't begin before July 10. Cities will also need clearance from medical and civil authorities before the NHL can proceed.

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