NHL commissioner Gary Bettman. Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports

Report: NHL teams to have 28-man rosters, unlimited goaltenders for training camp, playoffs

As part of the 24-team format to crown a Stanley Cup champion amid the coronavirus pandemic officially announced on Tuesday by NHL commissioner Gary Bettman , clubs will be limited to 50 personnel at hub cities for round-robin seeding games, all best-of-five play-in series, and the traditional Stanley Cup tournament.

Roster breakdowns for that allotment are now known.

On Wednesday afternoon, the Associated Press (h/t ESPN) confirmed that general managers have been told they can carry 28-man rosters and an unlimited amount of goaltenders for training camp and the playoffs.

The NHL hasn't yet declared official dates for upcoming phases of the Return-to-Play process due to government regulations and safety guidelines, and also because the results of coronavirus tests across the league could postpone original plans.

During Tuesday's announcement, Bettman explained that training camps won't begin until at least early July. It is possible games may not get underway until August, and the playoffs could run through the start of autumn.

All portions of the 24-team proposal are subject to change based upon any setbacks, such as additional coronavirus waves impacting several hockey markets, or players having second thoughts about returning to teams during the pandemic.  

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