When Did the NHL Resume Play?

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After a lockout lasting over three months, the NHL finally resumed play on January 13, 2013. The lockout, which began on September 15, 2012, was the NHL’s fourth since 1992 and resulted in the cancellation of 510 games, as well as the 2013 All-Star Game.


In 2004, the NHL became the first professional sports league in North America to cancel an entire season due to a labor dispute. A new collective bargaining agreement was finally reached in 2005, and the NHL resumed play the following year.

The NHL Resumes Play

After a long hiatus, the National Hockey League (NHL) finally resumed play on August 1st, 2020. The league had been on pause since March 12th due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

All teams will be playing in a “hub” city, with Western Conference teams playing in Edmonton and Eastern Conference teams playing in Toronto. Each team will play a round-robin to determine seeding for the playoffs.

The first game back will be the defending Stanley Cup champions, the St. Louis Blues, taking on the Colorado Avalanche.

The NHL Season

The National Hockey League (NHL) is a professional ice hockey league in North America, currently composed of 31 teams: 24 in the United States and 7 in Canada. Headquartered in New York City, the NHL is considered to be the premier professional ice hockey league in the world, and one of the major professional sports leagues in the United States and Canada. The Stanley Cup, the oldest professional sports trophy in North America, is awarded annually to the league playoff champion at the end of each season.

The National Hockey League was established in 1917 as the successor to the National Hockey Association (NHA). After a further series of mergers and folds, it assumed its current form in 1926 with the absorption of five more minor organizations. From 1942 to 1967, six more teams joined the NHL, along with six WHA teams after that organization’s merger with the NHL.

The NHL Playoffs

After a four-month pause due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the National Hockey League (NHL) resumed play on August 1, 2020 with the Stanley Cup Playoffs. The playoffs were originally scheduled to start on April 11, 2020, but were postponed due to the pandemic. The playoffs began with 24 teams instead of the usual 16, and were held in two “bubbles” in Toronto and Edmonton.

The NHL Stanley Cup

After a COVID-19 pause, the NHL resumed play with the 2020 Stanley Cup Qualifiers on August 1, 2020. The qualifiers determined the 16 teams that advanced to the 2020 Stanley Cup Playoffs. The playoffs began on August 11, 2020, and ended on September 28, 2020, with the Tampa Bay Lightning winning the Stanley Cup.

The NHL All-Star Game

January 29, 2017 was the date of the NHL All-Star Game. The game was originally scheduled for January 28, but was postponed due to the severe weather conditions in the area. It was held at Staples Center in Los Angeles, California.

The NHL Winter Classic

The National Hockey League (NHL) Winter Classic is an annual event, held on or around New Year’s Day, in which one game of the NHL regular season is played outdoors, in a professional football or baseball stadium, typically in a chilled market in the northern United States. First held in 2008, the Winter Classic has been called “the most successful and most important regular-season game” in the NHL’s history. The most recent Winter Classic was played on January 1, 2020, at Cotton Bowl Stadium in Dallas, and featured the Nashville Predators and Dallas Stars.

The concept of an outdoor hockey game was first proposed by then-NHL Chief Operating Officer John Ziegler in November 2003. At the time, Ziegler worried that “the hockey world and sports fans have become so specialized and so parochial that any time you step out of your particular niche or interest…commerce suffered as a result.” In an effort to broaden the appeal of hockey and attract new fans to the sport, he proposed playing one regular-season game outdoors, where it would be “visible to everybody.”

The NHL Heritage Classic

The NHL Heritage Classic is an annual outdoor ice hockey game held by the National Hockey League. The game features two Canadian teams, and is typically held in late February or early March. The first NHL Heritage Classic was held on November 22, 2003, between the Edmonton Oilers and the Montreal Canadiens at Commonwealth Stadium in Edmonton, Alberta.


On August 1, 2020, the NHL announced that the playoffs would resume on August 2. All games will be played at Rogers Place in Edmonton, Alberta, and the Stanley Cup Final will be played in Toronto, Ontario.

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