When Is The Start Of The NHL Season?

Find out when the NHL season starts, so you can be prepared for all the action!

When Is The Start Of The NHL Season?


NHL fans rejoice, the long wait is nearly over! The NHL season is just around the corner and we can’t wait to see what this year has in store.

Last season was full of drama, from the first overall draft pick to the Stanley Cup Finals. This year is shaping up to be just as exciting with a number of marquee match-ups already scheduled.

So when does it all start? When is the first puck drop of the NHL season? Read on to find out!

NHL Season

The National Hockey League (NHL) is a professional ice hockey league in North America, composed of 31 member clubs: 24 in the United States and 7 in Canada. The NHL is considered to be the premier professional ice hockey league in the world, and one of the major professional sports leagues in the United States and Canada.


Pre-season is a time for NHL teams to start to gel as a unit. Veterans work on their game and rookies try to make an impression. NHL teams play exhibition games against other professional teams and sometimes against European or college teams. Usually, each NHL team plays about eight pre-season games.

Regular Season

The NHL regular season typically runs from October to early April, with each team playing 82 games. The Stanley Cup playoffs then begin in late April, with the top 16 teams in the league competing for the coveted championship.


The Stanley Cup playoffs (French: Les séries éliminatoires de la Coupe Stanley) 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. seedling teams play a best-of-five series under playoff overtime rules to eliminate low seeds. The two series winners in each conference then meet in the Conference Finals, followed by the Stanley Cup Final to determine the champion.


The NHL season usually starts in October and ends in early April. The Stanley Cup playoffs start in mid-April and can last into late May or early June.

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