Critical dates for 2021-22 season announced by NHL, NHLPA


NEW YORK/TORONTO – The National Hockey League (NHL) and National Hockey League Players’ Association (NHLPA) announced today transition rules and critical dates for the 2021-22 season.

The full text for both items can be found here, with several critical dates noted below.

REMINDER: The NHL previously released the COVID-19 Protocol for the 2021-22 season.


Critical Dates for 2021-22 Season

Monday, March 21 – Trade Deadline (3 p.m. ET)

Friday, April 29 – Last Day of Regular Season

Monday, May 2 – Stanley Cup Playoffs Begin

Thursday, June 30 – Last Possible Day of Stanley Cup Final

Thursday, July 7 – Round 1 of 2022 NHL Draft

Friday, July 8 – Rounds 2-7 of 2022 NHL Draft

Wednesday, July 13 – RFA/UFA Signing Period Begins (12 p.m. ET)

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