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NHL commissioner Gary Bettman stresses importance of normalcy for 2020-21 season

NHL commissioner Gary Bettman speaks to the media prior to the All-Star Skills Competition at Enterprise Center on Jan. 24 in St Louis, Mo. Credit: Getty Images/Bruce Bennett

NHL commissioner Gary Bettman didn’t give an exact date for when it would be impossible to continue the 2019-20 season, but he made clear the priority will be to have a full and normal season in 2020-21.

Bettman spoke with Mike Greenberg on ESPN’s “Get Up’’ Thursday morning, a week after the NHL paused its season due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“I believe that under the current circumstances, we can go later than we’ve ever gone,’’ Bettman said.