The Chicago Blackhawks are going to have to wait a few more months before they hit the ice again for some hockey in the NHL.
Enjoy the NHL draft, because we are not going to have hockey until January if everything goes right in the NHL. Right now, the NHL is targeting January 1st for the beginning of the 2021 NHL season. Things might, and probably will, change but it is nice to have a tentative date out there.
This would not be the first time in recent years that we have seen a season start in January. The 2012-13 season did not start until January 19th due to a lockout in the NHL that year. That season ended up working out very nice for the Blackhawks in the end if I remember correctly.
There are still a lot of things that need to be worked out for the NHL to come back next year. Obviously logistically the league needs to decide whether or not they are going to have a bubble again in host cities, or if they are going to play games over the course of a few different cities. Also, they are going to have to figure out how many games to play and when the season will end.
This article is not meant to mention all of the things that we do not know when it comes to Blackhawks hockey next season. Rather, I just wanted to point out that hockey will be back and Blackhawks fans should be excited.
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The Blackhawks are going to get another crack to show whether or not they are taking strides in the right direction. We are going to get another year of Patrick Kane passing milestones, and Jonathan Toews being serious on the ice. We are also going to have another opportunity to see our young player in action, and by then we should know who the Blackhawks goalie of the future will be.
The NHL’s playoff run this past August was truly remarkable and I am happy to see what they manage to do for next season. The slogan during the NHL offseason is usually “Is it October yet?” Now I am ready to start asking “Is it January yet?” We are only 86 days away from January first, so get ready for some more Blackhawks hockey!