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2012-13 NHL Calendar: Revised After the End of the Lockout

Key dates in the 2012-13 NHL season, with other major hockey events noted.


Updated January 13, 2013

The calendar of events for the 2012-13 NHL season was hastily revised following the end of the lockout, with a new schedule drawn up and released after the new CBA was ratified.

The NHL Winter Classic (originally scheduled for January 1 in Detroit) and NHL All Star Game (originally scheduled for January 27 in Columbus) have been cancelled.

January 13 - NHL training camps open.
January 19 - 2012-13 NHL regular season begins with 13 games on opening night. Games include Chicago Blackhawks at Los Angeles Kings, which includes a ceremony to raise the Kings' 2012 Stanley Cup banner.
Each team plays a 48-game regular season, as opposed to a full season of 82 games. All games are played within conferences.

February 9 - Hockey Day in Canada celebrations. NHL schedule includes Edmonton Oilers at Detroit Red Wings, Winnipeg Jets at Ottawa Senators, Toronto Maple Leafs at Montreal Canadiens, and Calgary Flames at Vancouver Canucks. Coverage by CBC and NHL Network.
February 17 - Hockey Day in America celebrations. NHL schedule includes Pittsburgh Penguins at Buffalo Sabres (NBC), Los Angeles Kings at Chicago Blackhawks (NBC), and Washington Capitals at New York Rangers (NBC Sports Network).

March 22-24 - 2013 NCAA “Frozen Four” Women’s Hockey Championship. Played at Ridder Arena in Minneapolis.

April 3 - NHL Trade Deadline.
April 11-13 - 2013 NCAA “Frozen Four” Men’s Hockey Championship. Played at Consul Energy Center in Pittsburgh.
April 2-9 – IIHF 2013 World Women's Hockey Championship. Played in Ottawa, Ontario.
See a Brief History of Women's Hockey.
April 27 - NHL regular season ends.
April 29 - NHL Draft Lottery.
The draft lottery, a weighted lottery used to determine the draft selection order for non-playoff teams, has been revised. All 14 non-playoff teams now have a chance to win the number-one pick.
April 30 - 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs begin.
See a Guide to the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

May 3-19 - IIHF 2013 World Men’s Hockey Championship. Played in Helsinki, Finland and Stockholm, Sweden.
May 16-26 – 2013 Memorial Cup Tournament. Hosted by the Saskatoon Blades in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. The tournament is the annual national championship of major junior hockey in Canada.

June 28 - Latest possible date that the Stanley Cup Final can end.
June 30 – 2013 NHL Entry Draft. Hosted by the New Jersey Devils at the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J.
Originally scheduled for June 28-29, the revised schedule will see all seven rounds of the draft conducted in one day.
See a Guide to the NHL Entry Draft.

July 5 - NHL Free Agent market opens.
This change is in effect only for 2013. In future season, the start of free agency will return to its usual date of July 1.

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