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Key Offseason Dates for the Hurricanes

Mark your summer calendars with these important dates

by Michael Smith @MSmithCanes /

A run to the Eastern Conference Final in the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs truncated the Carolina Hurricanes' summer - not that anyone is complaining about that - but ahead are a busy few offseason months.

With that in mind, let's take a look at some key dates leading up to puck drop in the 2019-20 season.

June 19: 2019 NHL Awards in Las Vegas

Justin Williams is a finalist for the Mark Messier NHL Leadership Award, and Don Waddell is a finalist for General Manager of the Year. The 2019 NHL Awards will be broadcast live on Wednesday, June 19 at 8 p.m. on NBCSN.

Mid-June: 2019-20 NHL Schedule Release

Mark your calendars to mark your calendars! The NHL's 1,271-game regular-season schedule for 2019-20 will be released in mid-June.

June 21-22: 2019 NHL Draft in Vancouver

The Hurricanes currently own 10 picks in the 2019 NHL Draft. The Canes hold the 28th overall pick in the first round, plus the fifth (36th overall) and sixth (37th overall) picks in the second round from Buffalo and the New York Rangers, respectively.

Please note: The Hurricanes will not host a Draft Party this year.

June 24-29: Summerfest and Prospects Development Camp

The Hurricanes will host their 7th annual Summerfest from June 24-29 at PNC Arena. The team's annual midsummer week of hockey encompasses Prospects Development Camp, the Summerfest Celebration, summer hockey clinics, a school supply drive and more.

June 29: Summerfest Celebration

The highlight of this midsummer week of hockey is the Summerfest Celebration, which will take place on Saturday, June 29 at PNC Arena. Parking and admission are free for this event, which features the final on-ice session of Prospects Development Camp, a chance to get autographs from the Canes' top prospects, an equipment sale and more.

July 1: Free agency opens

When the clock strikes noon on the first of July, free agency is officially open. Keep tabs on all Hurricanes contracts with our regularly updated contract tracker.

Sept. 7-10: 2019 NHL Prospects Showcase in Nashville

After nine years and two titles in the NHL Prospects Tournament in Traverse City, Mich., the Hurricanes' top prospects will square off against their counterparts with the Predators, Capitals and Lightning in the 2019 NHL Prospects Showcase, which will take place Sept. 7-10 in Nashville. A schedule and roster for the tournament, which rotates hosts each year, will be announced in the coming months.

Sept. 8: Canes 5k

The 7th annual Canes 5k presented by UNC REX Healthcare and assisted by Raleigh Orthopaedic is set for Sunday, Sept. 8 at 9:30 a.m. at PNC Arena. Race registration includes a ticket to a pre-selected 2019-20 Hurricanes home game, commemorative t-shirt, customized race bib, post-race breakfast, a chance to win raffle prizes and a post-race beer for participants 21 years and older. All proceeds benefit the Carolina Hurricanes Foundation.

Sept. 12: Training Camp opens

The first official day of training camp is slated for Thursday, Sept. 12, a day that typically begins team physicals and testing before the big groups take the ice. A complete schedule and training camp roster will be announced in early September.

Early October: 2019-20 Regular Season begins

Is it October yet?

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