The National Hockey League announced their 2011-2012 regular season schedule today. Among the highlights as detailed in the league's official news release:
Season begins on October 6th (NHL Face-Off)
Three games in North America are slated to be played.
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The Anaheim Ducks, Buffalo Sabres, Los Angeles Kings and New York Rangers will participate. The games are in three European cities, which are Berlin, Germany, Helsinki, Finland and Stockholm, Sweden. See each team schedule for the which days and sites of each game.
Stanley Cup championship defense
The Boston Bruins open their new season on October 6th when they host the Philadelphia Flyers at TD Garden in Boston. It will be the Bruins' first hoisting of a Stanley Cup championship banner to their arena rafters in 39 years.
NHL returns to Winnipeg
After a 15-year absence, the highest brand of professional hockey returns to Winnipeg, Manitoba. Following the original team's exodus to Arizona in 1996, the former Atlanta Thrashers officially replaced them two days ago. The newly re-branded Winnipeg Jets host the Montréal Canadiens on October 9th at MTS Centre. It will be the only game on the league schedule that day.
2011 Stanley Cup Finals rematch
The Vancouver Canucks will visit Boston on January 7, 2012 to play the Bruins, the team that defeated them for the 2011 Stanley Cup championship.
2012 NHL All-Star Game
The Senators will be the host franchise with the game being played at Scotiabank Place in Ottawa on January 29, 2012.
5th edition of Winter Classic game
Even though there has not been a formal announcement yet, the game is expected to be played on January 2, 2012 at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia. In their second Winter Classic appearance and first time as the home team, the Flyers will host the Rangers.
no Heritage Classic
There will not be a Heritage Classic game for 2012.
national broadcast schedules
The national television schedules will be released at a later date.
National Hockey League official news release (June 23):
Bruins-Flyers opener highlights schedule release
North American home openers for 2011-2012 season
2011-2012 schedule highlights
Team-by-team 2011-2012 schedules
2011-2012 Anaheim Ducks regular season schedule
2011-2012 Boston Bruins regular season schedule
Buffalo Sabres announce 2011-2012 regular season schedule
2011-2012 Calgary Flames regular season schedule
Hurricanes 2011-2012 regular season schedule released
2011-2012 Chicago Blackhawks regular season schedule
2011-2012 Colorado Avalanche regular season schedule
Avalanche time changes
Avs open their season with rival Red Wings
Columbus Blue Jackets
Blue Jackets announce 2011-2012 regular season schedule
Stars' 2011-2012 schedule announced
Detroit Red Wings
Wings announce '11-12 schedule
2011-2012 Edmonton Oilers regular season schedule
Panthers announce 2011-2012 regular season schedule
Schedule is out
Los Angeles Kings
Kings announce 2011-2012 regular season schedule
Wild 2011-2012 regular season schedule released
Habs unveil 2011-2012 calendar
Preds 2011-2012 season schedule released
New Jersey Devils
2011-2012 New Jersey Devils regular season schedule
New York Islanders
Islanders 2011-2012 regular season schedule released
New York Rangers
2011-2012 Rangers schedule announced
Senators roll into Motor City to begin 2011-2012 slate
Flyers 2011-2012 regular season schedule announced
Coyotes announce 2011-2012 schedule
Coyotes announce schedule changes
Coyotes announce game time changes
Penguins to begin 2011-2012 regular season with three-game road swing to western Canada
San Jose Sharks
Sharks release 2011-2012 schedule
Sharks announce additional changes to schedule
St. Louis Blues
Blues release 2011-2012 season schedule
Tampa Bay Lightning
Lightning announce 2011-2012 regular season schedule
Toronto Maple Leafs
Leafs release regular season schedule
Canucks release 2011-2012 regular season schedule
Canucks announce schedule changes for the 2011-2012 regular season
Capitals announce 2011-2012 regular season schedule
Regular season schedule announced for Winnipeg NHL franchise
NBC Sports' NHL page (June 23):
Highlights and key dates from the newly announced 2011-2012 NHL schedule