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Breaking News – 2021-22 NHL Season Schedule has been released!

It’s finally here!

Just as we expected Opening Night will be October 12th.

Commissioner Gary Bettman confirmed Wednesday night the 2021-22 NHL schedule would include a break for the Winter Games, which will take place in February in Bejing. However, Bettman stopped short of announcing whether NHL players will participate in the Games.

“I don’t believe there will be an update on the Olympics by the time we release the schedule,” Bettman said. “We’ll do what we need to do under the circumstances to release the schedule, and then if things change we’ll do what needs to be done.”

NHL players competed in five consecutive Olympics between 1998 and 2014. However, the league pulled out of the 2018 Olympics.

The NHL sent teams two versions of the 2021-22 schedule — one that includes an Olympic break to pause the season so players can go to Beijing and another version of what the calendar would look like if they do not.

Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly confirmed all 32 teams have seen each schedule and that as of Thursday afternoon there was not an agreement in place between the league, the NHLPA, the International Ice Hockey Federation and the International Olympic Committee for players to return to the Winter Olympics.

The schedule the NHL has unveiled below includes the Olympic break in the hope that a deal gets worked out. That would push the end of the Stanley Cup Final back to late June and include some more frenetic stretches of play during the regular season.

Now go mark your calendars and see for yourself (click link)

Igor Burdetskiy

Igor Burdetskiy

Founder, Editor-in-Chief, & CEO at Hooked on Hockey Magazine
I grew up playing Ball and Roller Hockey day and night somewhat religiously throughout elementary and middle school. The two don't compare though when I lace up the skates and hit the ice. I live and breathe hockey beyond the perspective of "it's just a game" and I will gladly talk hockey for hours with anyone. Hockey is more than just a lifestyle, it's a culture of passionate people who make memories every time the puck is dropped. Hockey has not only helped me get through some of the hardest times in life but has created some of the best memories to date. Want to talk hockey with me? Shoot me an email: iburdetskiy@hookedonhockey.com and let's talk some hockey!
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