In a letter to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Alberta Premier Jason Kenney asked the federal government to exempt NHL players and personnel from the country's travel protocol to facilitate Edmonton's bid to be a hub city in the NHL's potential return to play.
Kenney outlined Edmonton's case as a hub in his letter to Trudeau before writing, "This is why Alberta is eager to work with the Government of Canada to facilitate the NHL playoffs taking place in Edmonton. On May 22, 2020, the Government of the United States, through Acting Homeland Security Secretary Wolf, allowed for an exemption that enabled the entry of certain foreign professional athletes, their staff, and league leadership into the United States. Such an exemption from the Canadian government would be necessary to enable the OEG bid to play host to the NHL playoffs. The Government of Alberta believes there are effective strategies in place to mitigate any risk for our province if such an exemption was granted."
Edmonton is one of the 10 cities NHL commissioner Gary Bettman said is under consideration to be one of two hub cities for the league's potential return.