New York Rangers can begin voluntary workouts on June 8

New York Rangers, Chris Kreider

New York Rangers players will be allowed to have voluntary workouts at their team facility beginning Monday, June 8 with the NHL’s announcement that they will transition into Phase 2.  NHL players have been kept off the ice and in quarantine since the league issued a pause in the regular season on Mar.12.

Clubs will be permitted to reopen their training facilities in their home city to allow players to participate in individualized training activities both on and off the ice.

Per the NHL’s Return To Play guidelines, players will be able to work out in small groups, a maximum of six players at any one time, plus a limited number of team staff. The limited amount of players scheduled to workout is to help keep players safe and healthy.

On Mar. 24, New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo authorized professional sports teams to start training in the state immediately. The Rangers and the NHL were not ready to start any workouts at that time.

The Blueshirts training facility is located in Tarrytown, NY. The organization has not made any statements regarding the start of Phase 2 but is expected to be open when players are ready to begin workouts. These voluntary workouts are not considered a training camp.

Players such as Mika Zibanejad, Kaapo Kakko, and Henrik Lundqvist who are currently overseas are not required to report to New York during Phase 2, but in order for then to return for training camp (Phase 3), they will have to stay in quarantine for 14 days upon their arrival to the United States.

The NHL is not anticipated to begin Phase 3 any earlier than July 10.


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