With the announcement of NHL players being able to compete in the Winter Olympics in Sochi, the NHL released the schedule for the upcoming 2013-13 NHL season. This season will include the Winter Classic, which was cancelled last season due to the lockout, but will include the two teams that were meant to play in the Winter Classic, the Detroit Red Wings and the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Also included are five more outdoor games as well as the Winter Classic. Ottawa and Vancouver will contest the 2014 Tim Horton’s NHL Heritage Classic, and the Coors Light NHL Stadium Series will be four matchups, involving the Anaheim Ducks against the Los Angeles Kings at Dodger Stadium, New York Rangers versus New Jersey Devils and New York Rangers versus New York Islanders, both taking place in Yankee Stadium and Pittsburgh Penguins vs Chicago Blackhawks at Soldier Field.
There will be a break from Feb 9-25, to make way for the Winter Olympics, where the majority of NHL players will be taking part.
DATES OF IMPORTANCE
Training Camp Opens — Wednesday, Sept. 11 2013
Exhibition Games Begin — Friday, Sept. 13
Regular Season Opens — Tuesday, Oct. 1
Hall of Fame Game — Friday, Nov. 8
Christmas Break — Tuesday, Dec. 24 – Thursday, Dec. 26
2014 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic — Tuesday, Jan. 1 2014
Hockey Day In Canada — Saturday, Jan. 18
NHL Stadium Series — Ducks @ Kings — Saturday, Jan. 25
NHL Stadium Series — Rangers @ Devils — Sunday, Jan. 26
NHL Stadium Series — Rangers @ Islanders — Wednesday, Jan. 29
NHL Stadium Series — Penguins @ Blackhawks — Saturday, March 1
2014 Tim Horton’s NHL Heritage Classic — Senators @ Canucks — Sunday, March 2
Olympic Break — Sunday, Feb. 9 – Tuesday, Feb. 25
Last Day of Regular Season — Sunday, Apr. 13
Stanley Cup Playoffs Begin — Wednesday, Apr. 16
For full schedule details, including team by team schedules, visit NHL.com.