Following a thrilling 2015-16 regular-season and Stanley Cup Playoffs, millions of fans of the NHL were waiting with anxious anticipation for the official announcement and release of the 2016-17 regular-season schedules.
NHL Release Dates for the 2016 Season
That day has come, and fans throughout North America are already circling big games on the calendar.
2016 ended with a bang, as the Pittsburgh Penguins dominated the Stanley Cup Finals and prevailed over a feisty San Jose Sharks team, four games to two. It was San Jose’s first visit to the championship round in their history, although they are known for perennial success after several sizable playoff runs since the early 90’s.
Both of those fan bases are entirely rejuvenated heading into a long and demanding 82-game season that will span October 12 through April 19 of next year. This will be the 99th year of hockey in the illustrious Intercontinental league. It will be the 100th year of its operation, as higher-ups put the pieces in place in 1916 before unleashing the high-stakes and fast-paced action to fans.
This will be the first year in which teams have what is being called a “bye week.” This means that every team in the league will be given at least a five-day stretch without any games in January or February, obviously promoting rest and recovery as the squads head into the final push of a long and demanding schedule.
— NHL (@NHL) July 5, 2016
October 2016 – February 2017
As has been the case for the last several years, a handful of outdoor games will take place in unpredictable conditions, harkening back to the initial days of when hockey was invented. The first game will occur in late October, when Winnipeg hosts Edmonton at Investors Group Field. The Maple Leafs will be involved in the New Year’s Day game with the Red Wings, and the St. Louis Blues will stage the Winter Classic at Busch Stadium on January 2 against the Chicago Blackhawks. The series will finish up with a February 25 showdown between the defending champion Pittsburgh Penguins and the Philadelphia Flyers at Heinz Field.
The 2017 NHL All-Star game will go down at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Sunday, January 29. Big news recently circuited through Southern California and southwestern Nevada when the city of Las Vegas was officially rewarded in an expansion franchise, set to begin play following next season.
2016 NHL Tickets
The move is a clear indication that the NHL plans on staying on the very cutting edge of modern sports evolution. TicketProcess.com has already stocked an array of affordable tickets to nearly every game on every team’s schedule for the upcoming season.