It feels like just yesterday the Golden Knights lifted the franchise’s first-ever Stanley Cup. However, the NHL is already moving on to next season.
The 2023-24 schedule has been released, with 1,213 total games mapped out from October to April.
There are a plethora of marquee matchups and events that will take place throughout the campaign, from outdoor events to rivalry nights to games played overseas.
Here are some of the key dates to mark down from the 2023-24 NHL calendar.
2023-24 NHL season start date
The 2023-24 NHL season kicks off on Tuesday, Oct. 10, as ESPN (and Sportsnet in Canada) has a triple header to start the campaign.
First, it’s the Lightning hosting the Predators early in the afternoon. Then it’s Connor Bedard’s likely NHL debut as the Blackhawks travel to face Sidney Crosby and the Penguins.
Finally, to wrap up opening night, the Golden Knights raise their 2023 Stanley Cup banner at home against the Kraken.
For the full 2023-24 schedule click here.
Key dates for 2023-24 NHL season
September 23-24: NHL Global Series Melbourne
The NHL’s first major event in 2023-24 will happen before the start of the regular season. As a part of the 2023 NHL Global Series, the league is headed down under, as there will be two preseason games played in Melbourne, Australia.
It’s the first time the NHL is making its way to Australia. The Kings and Coyotes will play two preseason games at the Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne.
October 10: NHL Opening Night
The 2023-24 NHL regular season kicks off on Tuesday, Oct. 10 with a triple header on ESPN, headlined by Connor Bedard vs. Sidney Crosby and the Golden Knights banner-raising ceremony.
October 29: 2023 NHL Heritage Classic
After no Heritage Classic last season, the outdoor Canadian event is back in 2023.
It will be the Battle of Alberta taking place at Commonwealth Stadium in Edmonton, home of the CFL’s Edmonton Elks, as the Flames and Oilers face off in the 2023 Heritage Classic on Sunday, Oct. 29.
November 16-19: NHL Global Series Sweden
The second part of the 2023 NHL Global Series takes place in Sweden, as the Red Wings, Senators, Wild and Maple Leafs all are headed to Stockholm in mid-November.
Detroit faces Ottawa on Thursday, Nov. 16, then it’s Detroit vs. Toronto on Friday, Nov. 17. Ottawa and Minnesota will play on Saturday, Nov. 18 before Minnesota vs. Toronto wraps up the Global Series action on Sunday, Nov. 19. All four contest will be played at Avicii Arena.
December 23: Stanley Cup Final rematch
The Golden Knights will raise their Stanley Cup banner much earlier in the season, however, the rematch of the 2023 Stanley Cup Final is set for Saturday, Dec. 23, with the Panthers hosting the defending champions.
Vegas welcomes Florida two weeks late on Thursday, Jan. 4 for the second and final matchup of the regular season between two counterparts.
January 1: 2024 NHL Winter Classic
The second outdoor event on the 2023-24 schedule is the 2024 Winter Classic. The annual New Year’s Day event is headed to the Pacific Northwest, as the Kraken will host the Golden Knights at T-Mobile Park in Seattle, the home of the MLB’s Seattle Mariners.
It is the first Winter Classic for both clubs.
February 2-3: 2024 NHL All-Star Weekend
The league takes its break the first week of February, as All-Star Weekend is scheduled to take place Friday, Feb. 2, and Saturday, Feb. 3. There will be no games from Thursday, Feb. 1 to Sunday, Feb. 4, with the schedule resuming on Monday, Feb. 5.
This year’s All-Star Weekend will be held in Toronto at Scotiabank Arena.
February 17-18: 2024 NHL Stadium Series
The NHL continues its outdoor events with two Stadium Series contests at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J.
On Saturday, Feb. 17, the Devils and Flyers will take part in the first of two games. The next day, Sunday, Feb. 18, it will be the Rangers and Islanders facing off.
April 18: End of regular season
The final day of the 2023-24 regular season is set for Thursday, April 18. There will be six games on the date, with Kings vs. Blackhawks scheduled as the last matchup.