When Is The End Of Hockey Season? [Expert Guide!]

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When is the end of the hockey season? Officially, it’s September 21st. Unofficially, it’s pretty close to Christmas.

The start of hockey season is typically in October or early November. The season generally runs through the spring and into the summer. The Stanley Cup playoffs and the World Championships are the two biggest events that confirm the start of the season. Here’s a guide as to when each element of the hockey season comes to an end.

Wondering When The NHL Season Starts.. And When It Ends?

The first step to understanding when the hockey season is over is to determine when the National Hockey League (NHL) season starts. Technically, the season starts on October 16th but, like many sports leagues, the NHL adjusts to the local time zones. Thus, the season starts a couple of days earlier in the northern parts of the country and, conversely, the season starts later in the southern parts of the country. So, if you’re in the North, you’ll want to start watching hockey sooner than the rest of the country.

The good news is the NHL website includes a schedule of the upcoming season. This is also the case for most major American sports leagues. The information is updated daily, so if you don’t have access to the website, you can at least monitor NHL games on your TV.

The answer to the question of when the season starts is pretty simple. The NHL season starts in the northern and southern hemispheres once the NHL schedule is released. If you’re in the northern hemisphere, you’ll want to start watching hockey in October. If you’re in the southern hemisphere, you’ll want to wait until November.

When Does The 2017 NHL Trade Deadline Come?

The next step is to determine when the trade deadline for the 2017 NHL season comes. Actually, the trade deadline is several days before the end of the NHL season. The purpose of the trade deadline is to allow teams to complete their rosters for the playoffs. Before the trade deadline, no trades can be made, except in special circumstances, like if a team is going to be severely depleted of players due to a major injury.

The 2017 NHL trade deadline is set for October 1st. This means the trade deadline will be at the end of the third and final week of the season. If a team is going into the playoffs as a contender, they’re most likely going to be looking to make some last-minute additions to their roster.

The good news is that the NHL releases a complete schedule of the 2017–18 season, well ahead of the actual start of the season. Thus, if you don’t want to miss a single game, you can at least monitor the schedule and know when major events are going to take place.

September Versus October For The NHL

The next step is to compare the season start and the trade deadline between the Eastern and Western Conferences. The Eastern Conference teams typically play a more traditional football schedule in the fall, while the Western Conference teams don’t play as many games in the fall, compared to the rest of the year. Thus, there’s less competition in the Western Conference. The result is that the trade deadline in the Western Conference comes earlier than in the Eastern Conference. This year, the trade deadline in the Eastern Conference is on October 8th, while the Western Conference trade deadline is on October 1st.

The good news for Canucks fans is that while the majority of the NHL season is played in the eastern time zone, the majority of the season-ending events, like the All-Star Game and the Stanley Cup playoffs, take place in the western time zone.

International Hockey

Finally, we come to international hockey. Like the NHL, the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) adjusts its schedule to take into consideration the time zones. Thus, the IIHF season starts in the southern parts of the country in October and November and ends in March. This year, the IIHF season starts early, in October, but runs on into the summer.

The IIHF World Championships are usually the last major international hockey event of the season. The tournament, which features six teams from around the world, including Canada, takes place every year in the summer and early fall. The winners of the tournament are determined by event organizers. There’s also a smaller tournament held in between the Worlds, the IIHF World Junior Championships. The winners of this tournament are determined by fans. The World Juniors, in particular, are a big deal. This year, the tournament is scheduled for December 26th to January 6th, 2018.

The IIHF website includes a schedule of the upcoming season, which you can access here: IIHF Schedule.

It’s important to keep in mind that, for the most part, international hockey seasons are shorter than the NHL season. In most cases, the IIHF season only has five or six months, while the NHL season has seven or eight months. Also, while the World Juniors and the Worlds are important events, they don’t have the same magnitude as an NHL season.

In terms of planning your hockey season, the key is to keep on top of the schedules, both national and international. This is going to help you determine when the season is over and, above all, what has happened during that season.

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