Training camps around the NHL open after another short period

Training camps around the NHL open Thursday after another short period of the season, the third in a row that the pandemic has diminished. That doesn’t bother Colorado Avalanche star Nathan McKinnon a bit.

For one of hockey’s best players and teammates, it’s already time to get back on the ice and defend the Stanley Cup title, less than three months after they ousted back-to-back champion Tampa Bay Lightning.

“I still feel like I was just playing,” McKinnon said. “I took a couple of weeks off, and then started skiing again. It’s just fun. I enjoy it, and I love short summers. It feels like the season is just kind of rolling in again.”

The NHL is entering a fall from an entertaining and final playoffs with a chance to finally return to the regular schedule. This means full boot camps for teams that get new coaches and the benefits of a regular routine.

That means just 88 days between game six of the final and the first snowboarding practice session.