The NHL season is just under two weeks from starting, and Chicago Blackhawks fans should be excited.
With the Chicago Blackhawks season just around the corner, I thought it might be important to have a few days circled on everyone’s calendar to know about. This season looks different, and certain days like the trade deadline will not be occurring when they usually do.
This is a shorter season than usual. Things will be a little more condensed, especially considering the NHL plans to have their 2021-22 season starting in October. So here are the dates to remember:
January 3: The Blackhawks report to training camp.
Now some teams have already reported to training camp, but that group of teams were the ones that did not play in the qualifying round back in August. Such teams like Anaheim, Buffalo, Detroit, New Jersey, Los Angeles, San Jose, and Ottawa all already reported back on December 31 for training camp. It will be interesting to see who will be with the ‘Hawks and who will be missing from the roster due to injuries with Chicago begins their camp in just a few days.
January 13: 2021 Season begins
The Tampa Bay Lightning and Chicago Blackhawks have a date on night one of the regular season. Even though Chicago is not favored to be a playoff team, watching Chicago face off against the defending Stanley Cup Champions during their banner raising ceremony will be fun.
April 12: Trade Deadline (3 p.m. ET)
With the Blackhawks most likely going to be sellers this year during the season, it will be fun to see who they can trade at the deadline.
May 8: Last day of the regular season
Either Chicago will be gearing up for an unlikely playoff run or getting excited about a more likely draft lottery.
The NHL will have their expansion draft on July 21. Honestly, this will be a fun event to watch. Seeing how Seattle can do in comparison to Vegas in picking their new team will be fun. July 23-24 will be the NHL draft, an event that might shape the franchise’s future.
If you are looking for the full NHL schedule, check out this link for everything to look forward to. Here is to a fun season to come!