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Important NHL dates

Important dates in the NHL and the world of hockey:

July 1
Free agency opens, noon ET

July 20-Aug. 4
Arbitration hearings

Sept. 4
World Cup of Hockey training camps begin, various locations

Sept. 17-Oct. 1
World Cup of Hockey, Air Canada Centre, Toronto

Oct. 23
Heritage Classic, Edmonton Oilers at Winnipeg Jets, Investors Group Field

Jan. 1, 2017
Centennial Classic, Detroit Red Wings at Toronto Maple Leafs, BMO Field

Jan. 2, 2017
Winter Classic, Chicago Blackhawks at St. Louis Blues, Busch Stadium

Jan. 29, 2017
All-Star Game, Staples Center, Los Angeles

Feb. 18, 2017
Stadium Series game, Philadelphia Flyers at Pittsburgh Penguins, Heinz Field