Patrice Bergeron(Photo Credit: Boston Hockey Now)

By: Evan Michael | Follow me on Twitter @00EvanMichael

The same week the Bruins won the Stanley Cup almost a decade ago in June now “bears” another marker worth remembering: hockey’s return having a tentative date!

Per the league’s official announcement on the B’s website, “the National Hockey League Player’s Association (NHLPA) and the National Hockey League (NHL) announced today that formal training camps (Phase 3) for the 24 teams resuming play will open on Friday, July 10th.”

That’s right, hockey could be back in under a month, Bruins fam (“provided that medical and safety conditions allow and the parties have reached an overall agreement on resuming play” to refer back to the official wording of the release).

Of course, we already had reason to celebrate the B’s this week when team leaders like Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand hit the Warrior Ice Arena to get their hockey legs (and timing) back after a long, but necessary, hiatus.

And talented members of our very own Black N’ Gold Hockey Blog have hit the books expertly breaking down how the new playoff format will work and which B’s could fill out a potential playoff roster… not to mention all the amazing activism Bruins players have taken part in “Beyond The Ice” recently.

So, even though “the length of training camp and, therefore, the START DATE for formal resumption of play (Phase 4) will be determined at a future date” as the official release reminds us, it’s still good to know the return of hockey is heading in the right direction.

And that our hunger for B’s hockey, just like David Pastrnak’s ever-growing trophy case, will soon be filled by actual, meaningful games with the ultimate trophy — The Stanley Cup — still well-within reach!  

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