San Jose Sharks To Open New Season in Arizona

According to reports from the Associated Press, the San Jose Sharks are on their way to Arizona to open up training camp and the start of their regular season. This is due to the local COVID-19 restrictions that are in place in Santa Clara County.

The government in the area has banned contact sports through to January 8th, and the Sharks are left without a choice, much like the San Francisco 49ers of the NFL who have also made way to Arizona.

The Board of Governors will be voting on the proposed agreement on Sunday and it's expected to be approved and an official announcement of the league's return will soon follow. The 56-game season will begin on January 13th, and training camp for the Sharks and the other teams who didn't make the playoffs will begin on December 31st. 

With the COVID numbers coming out of California right now at an all-time high, there could be news coming for the Los Angeles Kings and Anaheim Ducks as well.

It's going to be an interesting year, and one with a lot of changes, but hey, at least it sounds like hockey is coming back soon!

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