Las Vegas, Toronto and Edmonton are the other three cities in contention. Ten cities were initially in consideration. A decision on the hub cities could be announced later Tuesday, TSN reported, but there has been no clear timeline revealed by the league.
Chicago last hosted a professional sporting event on March 11 when the Blackhawks played a game at the United Center. The NHL suspended its season a day later due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The NHL is set to conduct its Stanley Cup playoffs with a unique 24-team format. The Blackhawks are the No. 12 seed in the Western Conference and will play the No. 5-seeded Oilers in a best-of-five series in the play-in round.