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LAS VEGAS, NV - JUNE 07: T.J. Oshie #77 of the Washington Capitals hoists the Stanley Cup after the team's 4-3 win over the Vegas Golden Knights in Game Five of the 2018 NHL Stanley Cup Final at T-Mobile Arena on June 7, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

By Ty Anderson,

The National Hockey League is willing to play the long game.

And even with the league’s self-quarantining period extended once again on Tuesday — this time through Apr. 30 — the league remains focused on what they do for the 2019-20 season. So much so that they’re willing to delay the 2020-21 season if it means awarding the Stanley Cup this summer.

According to hockey columnist¬†Pierre LeBrun, that would mean pushing the start of the next season from October to November, canceling every team’s bye week and the All-Star Game, and then playing the playoffs into late June 2021. That would be a one-year tweak that would create some pain next season but essentially allow the NHL to return to normalcy for the 2021-22 season.

That desire to return to normalcy is a sentiment shared by everybody in the world right now, really, as the COVID-19 pandemic has paused our entire way of life, and with no set end date in sight.

Read more on this story at the Sportshub.