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Important NHL dates

Important dates in the NHL and the world of hockey:
All times Eastern

July 1, 2017
Free agency begins, noon

July 5, 2017
Deadline for player-elected salary arbitration notification, 5 p.m.

July 6, 2017
Deadline for team-elected salary arbitration notification, 5 p.m.

July 20-Aug. 4, 2017
Salary arbitration hearings

Aug. 6, 2017
Deadline for salary arbitration decisions to be rendered

Sept. 21, 2017
China Games, Vancouver Canucks vs. Los Angeles Kings, Mercedes-Benz Arena, Shanghai

Sept. 23, 2017
China Games, Los Angeles Kings vs. Vancouver Canucks, Wukesong Arena, Beijing

Nov. 10-11, 2017
Global Series, Colorado Avalanche vs. Ottawa Senators, Ericsson Globe, Stockholm, Sweden

Dec. 16, 2017
NHL100 Classic, Ottawa Senators vs. Montreal Canadiens, Lansdowne Park, Ottawa

Dec. 26, 2017, to Jan. 5, 2018
World junior championships, New Era Field, HarborCenter and KeyBank Center, Buffalo

Jan. 1, 2018
Winter Classic, New York Rangers vs. Buffalo Sabres, Citi Field, New York

Jan 27-28, 2018
All-Star weekend, Amalie Arena, Tampa

March 3, 2018
Stadium Series, Washington Capitals vs. Toronto Maple Leafs, Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, Annapolis, Maryland

April 11, 2018
First day of the Stanley Cup playoffs