The Canadian authorities authorised a border journey exemption for the ultimate two rounds of the NHL playoffs, immigration minister Marco Mendicino introduced Sunday, permitting the North Division champion and its opponent to play a third-round sequence of their respective dwelling markets.
“Along with NHL’s COVID Protocol, NHL gamers and personnel should abide by all native public well being guidelines,” Mendicino mentioned in a press release to the CBC. NHL gamers and employees will journey into and out of Canada by way of non-public aircraft and be topic to each day COVID-19 testing.
The league’s seven Canadian groups have performed your entire season in their very own division as a result of nation’s closed border. The winner of the second-round playoff sequence between the Winnipeg Jets and the Montreal Canadiens will face both the Colorado Avalanche or the Vegas Golden Knights within the semifinals.
Montreal led Winnipeg 2-0 coming into Sunday’s Sport 3, whereas Colorado led Vegas 2-1 coming into Sunday’s Sport 4.
Canada’s first NHL recreation with followers since March 2020 was performed Might 29 in Montreal, with 2,500 in attendance at Bell Centre. On Monday, 550 vaccinated frontline health-care employees attended Scotiabank Area for the Canadiens’ Sport 7 win at Toronto.
Canada shortened the quarantine period for NHL gamers from 14 days to seven in late March, forward of the commerce deadline in April.
This story can be up to date