Important NHL dates


Important dates in the NHL:

Wednesday, April 15
First day of the Stanley Cup playoffs

Saturday, April 18
Draft lottery

June 2015
Buyout period begins, 48 hours after Stanley Cup finals end

June 26-27
Draft, BB&T Center, Sunrise, Fla.

July 1
Free agency opens

Jan. 1, 2016
Winter Classic: Montreal Canadiens at Boston Bruins, Gillette Stadium

Feb. 21, 2016
Stadium Series: Chicago Blackhawks at Minnesota Wild, TCF Bank Stadium, University of Minnesota

Feb. 27, 2016
Stadium Series: Detroit Red Wings at Colorado Avalanche, Coors Field

March 1, 2016
World Cup of Hockey teams must announce 16-man rosters

Sept. 4, 2016
World Cup of Hockey training camps begin

Sept. 17-Oct. 1, 2016
World Cup of Hockey, Toronto