As NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman tries to guide the league through the coronavirus outbreak, players have been informed that training camps won't open until at least July 10.  Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports

Report: NHL training camps won't start before July 10

When NHL commissioner Gary Bettman announced the league's 24-team model to crown a Stanley Cup champion amid the coronavirus pandemic on Tuesday, he made it clear fans shouldn't expect to see live hockey back on television until at least late July.

Even that may be overly optimistic.

On Thursday afternoon, Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman‏ tweeted that players have been informed training camps won't begin until July 10 at the earliest:

While all dates and proposals are penciled-in on NHL calendars because of ever-changing situations regarding the virus outbreak and government guidelines and restrictions, it's reasonable to believe coaches, general managers, and players could want camps to last three weeks before they resume significant on-ice action, meaning the league could remain on hiatus until the weekend of August 1. 

Bettman explained on Tuesday that the Stanley Cup Final may finish after summer officially ends. 

The league suspended play on March 12 because of the pandemic. When contests resume, all round-robin playoff seeding, play-in, and postseason games will occur in one of two hub cities that haven't yet been announced by the NHL and NHL Players' Association. 

It's believed all games will occur behind closed doors and without fans in attendance. 

Zac Wassink is a football and futbol aficionado who is a PFWA member and is probably yelling about Tottenham Hotspur at the moment. Erik Lamela and Eli Manning apologist. Chanted for Matt Harvey to start the ninth inning of Game 5 of the 2015 World Series at Citi Field. Whoops. You can find him on Twitter at @ZacWassink

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