The NHL season regular season will begin January 13th with the playoffs starting on July 15th. The seven Canadian hockey teams will be playing a shortened schedule of 68 games. To ensure social distancing, teams may play 3 head-to-head games during a week at one location. Each province is detirmining their own restrictions. I believe spectators will be allowed but in an uncrowded fashion. South of the border, the 22 American teams will do similar. If the pandemic continues, the NHL will ask the Ontario government run by Doug Ford to allow the Stanley Cup finals in April to be played in Toronto.