Bruins set to head north as NHL reportedly picks Toronto, Edmonton as host cities for Stanley Cup Playoffs

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If the Bruins are going to hoist Lord Stanley’s Cup this fall, it looks as though they’re going to have to head north of the border to see this season through.

According to Bob McKenzie and multiple other outlets, the NHL has finally determined where Phase 4 of its “Return To Play” plan will take place — with both Toronto and Edmonton selected as the “hub cities” for playoff teams in both the Eastern and Western Conference. 

While the official selection of these venues, a CBA extension and multiple other facets of Phase 3 (training camp) and Phase 4 (resumption of games) need to be ratified by both the league and the NHLPA before all parties can truly take the next step — Wednesday’s news (on Canada Day, no less) shouldn’t exactly come as much of a surprise.