NHL opening schedule confirmed for a 48-game season, January 19 season start being expected

By on Jan 7, 2013 in Ice Hockey, Sports, United States Comments

The NHL opening schedule has been reportedly confirmed, and is being expected to start on Saturday, January 19, 2013. This is after all the parties involved agreed on a tentative Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) this Sunday, January 6, suggesting that the current NHL lockout is about to end.

NHL sends memo to clubs indicating no camps before Saturday (and may not open until Monday), 48-game season to begin Jan. 19.” CBC SportsElliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC), this Sunday, who also appears in a segment at ‘Hockey Night in Canada’ titled “The Headliner.”

However, this is quite different from what ESPN.com NHL columnist Pierre LeBrun (@Real_ESPNLeBrun) revealed on his official Twitter account on the same day, “NHL sent out memo to teams tonight saying Jan 19 puck drop is most probable, however if ratification process goes fast, Jan 15 still in play.”

Almost on the same time, Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie), a Canadian hockey commentator who has been covering ice for decades at TSN (The Sports Network), tweeted, “No question target is 50-game, not 48-game, season. Speculation is it would be 5 games vs 4 division rivals and 3 games vs 10 Conf rivals.”

On Sunday early morning, representatives of the National Hockey League (NHL) and National Hockey League Players’ Association (NHLPA) ended a lengthy meeting. NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman and NHLPA Executive Director Don Fehr and talked to some reporters, but did not reveal further details.

“We have to go through a ratification process and the Board of Governors has to approve it from the League side and, obviously, the players have to approve it as well. We are not in a position to give you information right now about schedule, when we are starting.” Bettman told reporters.

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