Shorts and skates don't usually mix. Maintaining NHL-quality ice in August or holding a Stanley Cup Final in September? Those are far from the norm, too.
With the NHL playoffs, which were to begin Wednesday, on indefinite hold because of the coronavirus pandemic, anything and everything is on the table if Commissioner Gary Bettman's objective to complete the season is to be realized.
What the format will be, when play might realistically resume and whether the NHL might require games at neutral sites - how's North Dakota sound? - is anyone's guess.