The big, extra obstacle NHL could face in any restart plan

The big, extra obstacle NHL could face in any restart plan

Baseball, football, basketball and hockey all face common obstacles as these respective sports leagues spitball plans that would allow for either the 2020 opening of MLB and the NFL or the 2020-21 resumption of the NBA and NHL.

But there is a distinction that the NHL will have to address if it does indeed become possible to get back onto the ice this summer, and that is how to integrate the athletes returning from Europe into the general playing population.

Different countries have developed different guidelines in the response to the coronavirus. And while most European nations have enacted restrictions similar to those in the U.S. and Canada, Sweden has stood as an outlier, opting instead for more of a “herd immunity” philosophy.

The country has yet to enact a lockdown order. Though social distancing has been recommended and gatherings of 50 or more persons have been banned, primary and secondary schools and recreation facilities, including gyms and rinks, have remained open.

So The Post asked deputy commissioner Bill Daly whether the NHL would have to adopt different protocols for those players returning from Sweden upon reconvening for either training camp or pre-camp practices? For instance, would these players be required to self-isolate for 14 days upon landing in the US?

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