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Important NHL dates

Important dates in the NHL and the world of hockey:
All times Eastern

Sept. 16, 2017
Preseason begins

Sept. 21, 2017
China Games, Vancouver Canucks vs. Los Angeles Kings, Mercedes-Benz Arena, Shanghai

Sept. 23, 2017
China Games, Los Angeles Kings vs. Vancouver Canucks, Wukesong Arena, Beijing

Oct. 4, 2017
Regular season begins

Oct. 10, 2017
First regular-season NHL game in Las Vegas, Arizona Coyotes vs. Vegas Golden Knights, 10 p.m.

Nov. 10-11, 2017
Global Series, Colorado Avalanche vs. Ottawa Senators, Ericsson Globe, Stockholm, Sweden

Dec. 16, 2017
NHL100 Classic, Ottawa Senators vs. Montreal Canadiens, Lansdowne Park, Ottawa

Dec. 26, 2017, to Jan. 5, 2018
World junior championships, New Era Field, HarborCenter and KeyBank Center, Buffalo

Jan. 1, 2018
Winter Classic, New York Rangers vs. Buffalo Sabres, Citi Field, New York

Jan 27-28, 2018
All-Star weekend, Amalie Arena, Tampa

March 3, 2018
Stadium Series, Washington Capitals vs. Toronto Maple Leafs, Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, Annapolis, Maryland

April 11, 2018
First day of the Stanley Cup playoffs

June 22-23, 2018
Draft, Dallas