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Key Dates for the 2020-21 NHL Season

Teams to play 56-game regular season

by Michael Smith @MSmithCanes /

The following are key dates on the calendar for the 2020-21 NHL season.

Jan. 3: Training camps open

Jan. 13: Regular season begins

April 12: Trade deadline (3 p.m. ET)

May 8: Regular season ends

May 11*: Stanley Cup Playoffs begin

July 15*: Last possible date for the Stanley Cup Final

July 21: NHL Expansion Draft (Seattle)

July 23-24: 2021 NHL Draft

July 28: Free agency opens (12 p.m. ET)

* Subject to change

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