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Key 2022 Offseason Dates For The Carolina Hurricanes

Getting your calendar ready with all the imperative dates of the summer

by Walt Ruff @WaltRuff /

Already missing Canes hockey?

Here are some dates to mark on your calendar for the next few months.


July 7 & 8: NHL Draft

Week of July 11: Prospect Development Camp

July 13: Free Agency Opens

Mid-July: 2022-23 Regular Season Schedule Release

August 9-20: IIHF World Junior Championships

Mid-September: Prospects Showcase Tournament


Thursday, July 7 & Friday, July 8: NHL Draft at Bell Centre in Montreal

Carolina currently owns eight picks in this year's draft, which will take place in-person for the first time since 2019.

Round 1 will be Thursday night and Rounds 2-7 will transpire over the course of the day Friday. Set times will be announced by the league closer to the event.

The Canes do not own a first round selection, as it was moved to Montreal as compensation for the offer sheet acquisition of Jesperi Kotkaniemi. The Canadiens subsequently traded the pick to Arizona, who will now be selecting at #27.

ESPN holds the broadcast rights in the United States.


Week of Monday, July 11: Prospect Development Camp

The Canes 2022 draft selections, plus picks from recent years, will make their way to the Triangle for a week of familiarizing themselves with the organization, both on and off the ice.

This summer's event is expected to be held at Invisalign Arena on the campus of Wake Competition Center.

More information regarding dates, times and the potential ability to attend will be announced soon.


Wednesday, July 13: NHL Free Agency Period Opens

When the clock hits 12 p.m., players without contracts for the 2022-23 season can begin signing with new clubs.

To learn more about who is either an unrestricted or restricted free agent, view the Hurricanes Contract Tracker here.


Mid-July: 2022-23 NHL Schedule Release

Adding to what will certainly already be a busy stretch of two weeks, the league is expected to release the schedule for the upcoming season not long after free agency opens.

Commissioner Gary Bettman announced in early May that he anticipates that the league will be able to get back to their pre-COVID-19 calendar year, which means the regular season will begin in the opening days of October once again. For reference, the Canes opened their 2021-22 campaign on October 14.


Tuesday, August 9 - Saturday, August 20: 2022 IIHF World Junior Ice Hockey Championships

Take two!

The tournament that fans have become accustomed to seeing around the holidays will now be taking place this summer. After just four days of tournament play in December of 2021, the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) suspended, and then eventually rescheduled, the event due to issues with COVID-19.

This is important for the Canes because when the rosters were announced in December, the team had 10 prospects representing participating countries. Only three organizations have had that amount since the tournament's inception in 1977.

Players born in 2002 or later will remain eligible for the tournament and the schedule will begin anew, washing away previous results.

What will be different is that Russia has been disqualified from the tournament and has since been replaced by Latvia.


Mid-September: Prospects Showcase Tournament

Canes President & General Manager Don Waddell shared in April that the team will be playing host for the 2022 Prospects Showcase Tournament, the first time in the organization's history.

The Florida Panthers, Nashville Predators and Tampa Bay Lightning will bring a team of their prospects to Wake County and over the span of four days go head-to-head in games that will be split between Invisalign Arena & PNC Arena.

The event normally serves as an unofficial kickoff for the upcoming season, with training camp beginning in just the days following. From training camp comes preseason and the exhibition contests lead right into regular season play.

A schedule for the Prospects Showcase Tournament, as well as rosters and ticket information, will be announced closer to the event.



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