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Key Dates

NHL Key Dates 2015-16

Mark your calendars, hockey fans @NHL

Get out the sharpie, it's time to mark your calendars for the 2015-16 NHL Season.

Oct. 7: Opening night - Regular season begins: 
2015 Molson Canadian NHL Face-Off (Fort Calgary, Alta.) 
Blackhawks raise Stanley Cup banner (New York Rangers @ Chicago Blackhawks) 
New York Islanders play first regular-season NHL game at Barclays Center (vs. Chicago Blackhawks) 

Oct. 19-Nov. 13: Hockey Fights Cancer Awareness Month 

Nov. 6: Hockey Hall of Fame Game: Detroit Red Wings at Toronto Maple Leafs 

Nov. 9: Hockey Hall of Fame Induction Celebration (Toronto, Ont.)

Inductees: Sergei Fedorov, Phil Housley, Nicklas Lidstrom, Chris Pronger and Angela Ruggiero (Player category); Bill Hay and Peter Karmanos Jr. (Builder category); Media honorees: Bob McKenzie and Nick Nickson 

Nov. 27: 2015 Discover NHL Thanksgiving Showdown 
New York Rangers at Boston Bruins (1:00 p.m. ET) 

Dec. 17: U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony

Inductees: Ron DeGregorio, Chris Drury, Angela Ruggiero and Mathieu Schneider) & Celebration of Lester Patrick (Recipients: Bob Crocker and Jeremy Jacobs) (Boston, Mass.) 

Dec. 26-Jan. 5: IIHF World Junior Championship (Helsinki, Finland) 

Jan. 1: 2016 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic: Montreal Canadiens vs. Boston Bruins (Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, Mass.) 

Jan. 12: USHL/NHL Top Prospects Game (Omaha, Neb.) 

Jan. 28: CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game (Vancouver, B.C.) 

Jan. 28-Feb. 1: NHL All-Star Break

Jan. 30: 2016 Honda NHL All-Star Skills Competition (Bridgestone Arena, Nashville, Tenn.) 

Jan. 31: 2016 Honda NHL All-Star Game (Bridgestone Arena, Nashville, Tenn.) 

Jan. 31-Feb. 1: AHL All-Star Classic (Syracuse, N.Y.) 

Feb. 1-29: Hockey is for Everyone Month 

Feb. 6: 16th Annual Scotiabank Hockey Day in Canada (Host: Kamloops, B.C.) 

Feb. 19-21: 9th Annual Hockey Weekend Across America presented by CCM (USA Hockey) 

Feb. 21: 2016 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series: Chicago Blackhawks vs. Minnesota Wild (TCF Bank Stadium, Minneapolis, Minn.) 

Feb. 27: 2016 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series: Detroit Red Wings vs. Colorado Avalanche (Coors Field, Denver, Colo.) 

Feb. 29: 2016 NHL Trade Deadline (3:00 p.m. ET) 

March 1: 2016 World Cup of Hockey Roster Deadline: Each national association to announce at least 16 members of its 2016 World Cup of Hockey roster.

April 7-9: NCAA Frozen Four (Tampa Bay, Fla.) 

April 10: Last day of regular season 

April 13: Stanley Cup Playoffs begin 

April 14-24: IIHF Under-18 World Championship (Grand Forks, N.D.) 

April 30: 2016 NHL Draft Lottery 

May 6-22: IIHF World Championship (Moscow and St. Petersburg, Russia) 

May 19-29: CHL Memorial Cup (Red Deer, Alta.) 

May 27:  2016 World Cup of Hockey Deadline: Each national association to announce balance of its team's roster (20 skaters and three goaltenders) 

May 29-June 4: 2016 NHL Combine (Buffalo, N.Y.) 

June 22: 2016 NHL Awards (Las Vegas, Nev.) 

June 24-25: 2016 NHL Draft (First Niagara Center, Buffalo, N.Y.) 

July 1: Free agency begins (12:00 p.m. ET) 

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