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As soon as it was made official that we will have hockey starting on January 13th, 2021, thanks to the National Hockey League and its Players Association officially reaching an agreement, important dates were revealed in order to get a better look at what the 2020-21 campaign would look like.
And these dates were put out there to circle on your own calendar:
Critical Dates for 2020-21 Season
Dec. 31 - Training camps open for seven Clubs that did not participate in the resumption of play for the 2019-20 season (Anaheim, Buffalo, Detroit, Los Angeles, New Jersey, Ottawa, San Jose)
Jan. 3 - Training camps open for the remaining 24 teams
Jan. 13 - 2020-21 regular season begins
April 12 - Trade deadline (3 p.m. ET)
May 8 - Last day of regular season
*May 11 - Stanley Cup Playoffs begin
*July 9 - Last possible day of Stanley Cup Final
July 17 - Deadline for Protection Lists for Expansion Draft (5 p.m. ET)
July 21 - Expansion Draft for Seattle Kraken (8 p.m. ET)
July 23 - Round 1 of NHL Draft
July 24 - Rounds 2-7 of NHL Draft
July 28 - Restricted Free Agent/Unrestricted Free Agent signing period begins (12 p.m. ET)
Now we know of another important date in the calendar as David Pagnotta of The Fourth Period revealed a game that will take place between the San Jose Sharks and Arizona Coyotes from the West Division. While it is announced for January 14th, we know that other games will be revealed to take place on January 13th, but this one remains the first to be announced at the moment.
The entire NHL schedule is expected to be out on Wednesday so, get ready to fill in your agenda with all this great action! What a great Christmas present!