The 2023-24 season's crucial dates come to the forefront with the NHL Trade Deadline set for March 8.


The 2023-24 season’s crucial dates come to the forefront with the NHL Trade Deadline set for March 8.

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Global Series, Bedard debut with Blackhawks, 4 outdoor games also on tap

The 2023-24 NHL season is marked by significant dates, with the NHL Trade Deadline scheduled for March 8, the commencement of the Stanley Cup Playoffs on April 20, and a series of outdoor games in October, January, and February, all capturing the spotlight on the league’s calendar.

This season’s trade deadline arrives five days later than the previous one, which saw 21 trades involving 34 players on March 3.

The deadline follows two weeks after the 2024 Navy Federal Credit Union NHL Stadium Series at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey, featuring the New Jersey Devils hosting the Philadelphia Flyers on Feb. 17 (8 p.m. ET) and the New York Islanders hosting the New York Rangers on Feb. 18 (3 p.m. ET). These games mark the 40th and 41st outdoor games in NHL history.

The 38th outdoor game is scheduled for Oct. 29, as the Edmonton Oilers host the Calgary Flames in the 2023 Tim Hortons NHL Heritage Classic at Commonwealth Stadium in Edmonton (7 p.m. ET).

Following that, the 39th outdoor game will be the 2024 Discover NHL Winter Classic on Jan 1, featuring the Vegas Golden Knights facing off against the Seattle Kraken at T-Mobile Park in Seattle (3 p.m. ET).

Other notable dates include:

  • Training camps opening on Wednesday, Sept. 20.
  • The regular season commencing on Oct. 10, highlighted by the debut of Chicago Blackhawks forward Connor Bedard, the No. 1 pick of the 2023 NHL Draft, facing Sidney Crosby and the Pittsburgh Penguins, and the Vegas Golden Knights defending their Stanley Cup title against the Seattle Kraken.
  • The NHL’s return to Europe, with the Detroit Red Wings, Minnesota Wild, Ottawa Senators, and Toronto Maple Leafs participating in the NHL Global Series – Stockholm. Four games will be played from Nov. 16-19 at Avicii Arena.
  • Two occasions during the season when all 32 teams will play on the same day: Oct. 24 and Jan 13.
  • The NHL All-Star Weekend celebration taking place on Feb. 2-3 at Scotiabank Arena in Toronto.

The season also features several notable player returns to their former teams’ homes, including Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Erik Karlsson returning to San Jose (Nov. 4), New York Islanders forward Bo Horvat returning to Vancouver (Nov. 15), Nashville Predators forward Ryan O’Reilly returning to St. Louis (Nov. 24), New York Rangers goalie Jonathan Quick returning to Los Angeles (Jan. 20), and New Jersey Devils forward Timo Meier returning to San Jose (Feb. 27).


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