Vancouver's possibilities of turning into one of the National Hockey League's "center cities" could be like a defenceman's slapper from the point-- a bit of a long shot.

NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman revealed some information about how the league plans to resume its 2019-20 season Tuesday, consisting of a 24-team playoff format. Among the details was an announcement that the league is intending on having two center cities where several groups would play their video games. One city would host Western Conference groups, the other would host the Eastern Conference groups. Ten cities made the shortlist, including 3 from Canada: Vancouver, Edmonton and Toronto. Watch a two-minute recap of Commissioner Gary Bettman's interview:

Commissioner Bettman outlined the NHL's 24-team playoff format, and the draft lotto. 2:11 NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly, nevertheless, stated the Canadian cities would not be possible locations unless Canada rescinded its 14-day quarantine requirements for international tourists."If we're not able to truly get an analysis of the quarantine constant

with our players'ability to travel in and not have to do a stringent self-quarantine in a hotel room ... we won't remain in a position to use any of the Canadian cities as a hub city,"Daly stated."So we're faced with having to discover a solution to that. And hopefully we can. " NHL commissioner Gary Bettman announced the 24-team straight-to-playoffs format at a Tuesday afternoon news conference. Nevertheless, there is still no timetable for the resumption of video games due to the COVID-19 pandemic.(Bruce Bennett/Getty Images/File)

Border issues

Offering NHL teams a hand down quarantine requirements is not on the mind of B.C.'s Provincial Health Officer, Dr. Bonnie Henry.

She stated Tuesday she hasn't seen a plan from the NHL however any exceptions for professional hockey would be offside.

"I would like to have hockey however ... we're not flexing the guidelines in any method that would put what we have attained here in B.C. at danger."

"I'm pleased to see what we can do but we will not be changing any rules that would put anyone at threat."

Premier John Horgan has made no secret of his desire to see B.C. as a venue for NHL action but speaking later on Tuesday, he supported Henry's position.

"We wish to support the Canucks in whatever endeavour they move forward in but we want to make sure the rules are the exact same for everybody," Horgan said.

UBC speaker Aziz Rajwani, sporting a classic Trevor Linden Canucks jersey, stated there are some aspects working versus Canadian cities as NHL centers. (CBC)

Aziz Rajwani, a lecturer at the University of British Columbia's Sauder School of Business stated if Vancouver did end up being a hub city, it would be fantastic for the moribund hospitality industry and provide a shot of civic pride.

He thinks if any Canadian city has an opportunity, it's likely to be Toronto in the east.

He also points out it's hard to imagine the league desiring to play on both sides of the border.

"You're gon na need to navigate through two federal governments, their guidelines, their regulations, their health authorities," Rajwani said.

"If you adhere to one nation, that procedure is a lot easier."

One city would host Western Conference groups, the other would host the Eastern Conference groups. NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly, nevertheless, said the Canadian cities would not be possible locations unless Canada rescinded its 14-day quarantine requirements for international travellers."If we're not able to really get an analysis of the quarantine consistent

with our gamers'capability to take a trip in and not have to do a strict self-quarantine in a hotel room ... we won't be in a position to utilize any of the Canadian cities as a center city,"Daly stated. NHL commissioner Gary Bettman revealed the 24-team straight-to-playoffs format at a Tuesday afternoon news conference.