When Does the 2020 NHL Season Start?

The 2020 NHL season is scheduled to start on October 2nd.


It’s official! The 2020 NHL season will begin on January 13th.

The league announced the date on December 19th, along with the full schedule for all 31 teams.

The regular season will run until May 8th, with the Stanley Cup Playoffs set to begin on May 11th.

This will be the first time since 2013 that the NHL season has started in January.

Are you excited for the 2020 NHL season?

2020 NHL Season

The 2020 NHL season is expected to start on October 2nd, 2020. The regular season will end on April 4th, 2021. The NHL playoffs will start on April 16th and the Stanley Cup Finals will be held in June 2021.


The National Hockey League (NHL) pre-season is an exhibition series played prior to the start of the regular season. Teams may split their training camp roster (of up to 31 players) between their main camp and a rookie tournament. Exhibition games may be held in North America, Europe, or Asia.

The 2020 NHL pre-season will be composed of eight teams playing 27 games from September 16 to October 4, 2020.

Regular season

The regular season began on October 2, 2020, and is currently scheduled to end on May 8, 2021. Each team will play 56 games during the regular season. The Stanley Cup playoffs will begin on May 11, 2021, and is scheduled to conclude no later than July 10, 2021.

Stanley Cup playoffs

The Stanley Cup playoffs (sometimes unofficially referred to as the Stanley Cup tournament) is an elimination tournament in the National Hockey League (NHL) consisting of four rounds of best-of-seven series to determine the league champion and the winner of the Stanley Cup. Eight teams from each of the two conferences qualify for the playoffs based on regular season points totals. The final round of the playoffs, a best-of-seven series between the conference champions, determines the Stanley Cup champion. Although it is officially considered a championship tournament, the Stanley Cup is nonetheless correctly identified as a trophy, rather than a cup.

The origins of the Stanley Cup playoff system are unclear. The Playoff Beard tradition dates back to at least 1980, when players on some teams started growing beards during their playoff run, and has since become commonplace among players in other sports.

The 2020 NHL season will be the 103rd season of operation (102nd season of play) for the National Hockey League.
Regular season play will commence on October 2, 2020,
and is currently scheduled to conclude on April 11, 2021.


The 2020 NHL season is set to start on October 2nd.

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