NHL Hockey Is Back, Season Schedule Released

Fans can see the Sharks practice for free tomorrow at the North Rink

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    NEWSLETTERS

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    Hockey is back - and soon; with the season beginning on Jan. 19

    A labor dispute nearly ended the 2012-2013 hockey season, but on Saturday night the NHL announced a deal had been struck and the season was on.

    The NHL's regular season will begin next Saturday, Jan. 19 with 26 of the 30 teams in action.

    The San Jose Sharks will begin their season the following day at Calgary. The home opener will be Thursday, Jan. 24 against Phoenix. 


    CSN Bay Area's Brodie Brazil said the Shark's first official practice is Sunday at 1:30 p.m. at the North Rink and it is open to the public.

    The season will consiste of 720 games in 99 days to determine who will be in the playoffs for the Stanley Cup.

    The regular season will end Saturday, April 27. The playoffs begin Tuesday, Apr. 30.

    It took another lengthy negotiation to end the four-month lockout. The sides worked on the deal all week, after a tentative deal was reached last Sunday morning -- the 113th day of the lockout -- and needed all day Saturday to finish it.

    The announcement that the deal was signed came several hours after the union easily ratified the tentative agreement that was reached after an all-night, 16-hour bargaining session last weekend.

    The more than 700 union members had a 36-hour window from Thursday night until Saturday morning to vote electronically. The NHL board of governors unanimously approved the deal on Wednesday.

    The NHL hoped to open camps on Sunday, and that prospect seemed in jeopardy Saturday until the document was signed at 10 p.m. EST. 

    The new deal is for 10 years, but either side can opt out of it after eight.

    Schedule notes from the NHL:

    Opening Day: Saturday, Jan. 19

    SEASON OPENERS

    ANAHEIM – Saturday, Jan. 19, at Vancouver
    BOSTON – Saturday, Jan. 19, vs. NY Rangers
    BUFFALO – Sunday, Jan. 20, vs. Philadelphia
    CALGARY – Sunday, Jan. 20, vs. San Jose
    CAROLINA – Saturday, Jan. 19, at Florida
    CHICAGO – Saturday, Jan. 19, at Los Angeles
    COLORADO – Saturday, Jan. 19, at Minnesota
    COLUMBUS – Saturday, Jan. 19, at Nashville
    DALLAS – Saturday, Jan. 19, vs. Phoenix
    DETROIT – Saturday, Jan. 19, at St. Louis
    EDMONTON – Sunday, Jan. 20, at Vancouver
    FLORIDA – Saturday, Jan. 19, vs. Carolina
    LOS ANGELES – Saturday, Jan. 19, vs. Chicago
    MINNESOTA – Saturday, Jan. 19, vs. Colorado
    MONTREAL – Saturday, Jan. 19, vs. Toronto
    NASHVILLE – Saturday, Jan. 19, vs. Columbus
    NEW JERSEY – Saturday, Jan. 19, at NY Islanders
    NY ISLANDERS – Saturday, Jan. 19, vs. New Jersey
    NY RANGERS – Saturday, Jan. 19, at Boston
    OTTAWA – Saturday, Jan. 19, at Winnipeg
    PHILADELPHIA – Saturday, Jan. 19, vs. Pittsburgh
    PHOENIX – Saturday, Jan. 19, at Dallas
    PITTSBURGH – Saturday, Jan. 19, at Philadelphia
    ST. LOUIS – Saturday, Jan. 19, vs. Detroit
    SAN JOSE – Sunday, Jan. 20, at Calgary
    TAMPA BAY – Saturday, Jan. 19, vs. Washington
    TORONTO – Saturday, Jan. 19, at Montreal
    VANCOUVER – Saturday, Jan. 19, vs. Anaheim
    WASHINGTON – Saturday, Jan. 19, at Tampa Bay
    WINNIPEG – Saturday, Jan. 19, vs. Ottawa

    HOME OPENERS

    ANAHEIM – Friday, Jan. 25, Vancouver
    BOSTON – Saturday, Jan. 19, NY Rangers
    BUFFALO – Sunday, Jan. 20, Philadelphia
    CALGARY – Sunday, Jan. 20, San Jose
    CAROLINA – Tuesday, Jan. 22, Tampa Bay
    CHICAGO – Tuesday, Jan. 22, St. Louis
    COLORADO – Tuesday, Jan. 22, Los Angeles
    COLUMBUS – Monday, Jan. 21, Detroit
    DALLAS – Saturday, Jan. 19, Phoenix
    DETROIT – Tuesday, Jan. 22, Dallas
    EDMONTON – Tuesday, Jan. 22, San Jose
    FLORIDA – Saturday, Jan. 19, Carolina
    LOS ANGELES – Saturday, Jan. 19, Chicago
    MINNESOTA – Saturday, Jan. 19, Colorado
    MONTREAL – Saturday, Jan. 19, Toronto
    NASHVILLE – Saturday, Jan. 19, Columbus
    NEW JERSEY – Tuesday, Jan. 22, Philadelphia
    NY ISLANDERS – Saturday, Jan. 19, New Jersey
    NY RANGERS – Sunday, Jan. 20, Pittsburgh
    OTTAWA – Monday, Jan. 21, Florida
    PHILADELPHIA – Saturday, Jan. 19, Pittsburgh
    PHOENIX – Sunday, Jan. 20, Chicago
    PITTSBURGH – Wednesday, Jan. 23, Toronto
    ST. LOUIS – Saturday, Jan. 19, Detroit
    SAN JOSE – Thursday, Jan. 24, Phoenix
    TAMPA BAY – Saturday, Jan. 19, Washington
    TORONTO – Monday, Jan. 21, Buffalo
    VANCOUVER – Saturday, Jan. 19, Anaheim
    WASHINGTON – Tuesday, Jan. 22, Winnipeg
    WINNIPEG – Saturday, Jan. 19, Ottawa

    Scotiabank Hockey Day in Canada: Saturday, Feb. 9 

    Hockey Day in America: Sunday, Feb. 17 

    Regular season concludes: Saturday, Apr. 27 
    NHL Draft Drawing: Monday, Apr. 29 
    Stanley Cup Playoffs begin: Tuesday, Apr. 30 
    Latest possible date for Stanley Cup Final: Friday, June 28