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2017-18 NHL calendar: Key dates you need to know, from opening night to the draft

2017-18 NHL Calendar


4 Penguins raise Stanley Cup banner as part of four-game opening night schedule.
5 Red Wings host Wild in first regular season game at Little Caesars Arena.
6 Golden Knights play first regular season game at Dallas.
10 Golden Knights play first regular season home game vs. Coyotes.


10-11 Avalanche vs. Senators at Stockholm, Sweden.
10 Hockey Hall of Fame luncheon and game: Bruins at Maple Leafs.
13 Hockey Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony in Toronto: Dave Andreychuk, Jeremy Jacobs, Danielle Goyette, Paul Kariya, Mark Recchi, Teemu Selanne, Clare Drake.
17 NHL General Managers Meeting at Montreal.


16 NHL 100 Classic: Canadiens at  Senators (Lansdowne Park).
19 Next Century Game: Hurricanes at Leafs, with Toronto wearing Arenas jerseys to mark 100th anniversary of NHL's first games.
19-27 Holiday roster freeze.
24-26 Holiday break (no games or practices).
26 – Jan. 5 World Junior Championships, Buffalo

January 2018

1 Winter Classic: Rangers vs. Sabres (Citi Field, New York).
26-29 NHL All-Star break.
27 All-Star Skills Competition, Tampa.
28 All-Star Game, Tampa.


26 Trade Deadline, 3 p.m. ET.


3 Stadium Series: Maple Leafs vs. Capitals at Annapolis, Md.
19-21 NHL General Managers Meeting at Boca Raton, Fla.


7 Last day of regular season.
11 Stanley Cup Playoffs begin.
TBA 2018 Draft Lottery.


May 27 – June 2 Scouting Combine (KeyBank Center/HarborCenter).


13 Last possible day for Stanley Cup final.
20 NHL Awards, Las Vegas.
22-23 Entry Draft (American Airlines Center, Dallas).

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