Commissioner Gary B. Bettman
Deputy Commissioner William Daly
Senior Executive Vice President of Hockey Operations Colin Campbell

Hockey Operations

Senior Vice President of Hockey Operations Mike Murphy
Senior Vice President of Hockey Operations Kris King


Executive Vice President, Communications Gary Meagher
Senior Vice President, Event Communications & Player Development Jamey Horan
Senior Vice President, Communications John Dellapina
Vice President, Corporate Communications Jennifer Neziol
Vice President, Statistics & Information Russ Levine
Senior Director, Communications Greg Inglis
Senior Director, Corporate Communications Nirva Milord
Director, Event Communications & Player Development Chris Wojcik
Director, Communications Jennifer Moad
Director, Communications Julie Young
Senior Manager, Communications Trevor Bjergso
Senior Manager, Communications Jasmine Ghafour
Senior Manager, Event Communications & Player Development David Keon
Manager, Communications Josh Bernstein
Manager, Communications Brendon Crossman
Manager, Communications Stuart McComish
Manager, Communications Scott Rodgers
Manager, Event Communications & Player Development Casey Blossom
Coordinator, Event Communications & Player Development Megan Cooper
Coordinator, Event Communications & Player Development Jeff Day
Coordinator, Event Communications & Player Development Gina Morra


Date Event
3 Training camps open
13 Regular Season begins


Date Event
1 Commencement of period for Clubs to request that a Player “waive” his “No Move” clause for purposes of the Expansion Draft.
11 Signing Deadline for Group 2 Free Agents


Date Event
12 Trade Deadline - 2:00 p.m. CT


Date Event
8 Last day of the regular season
11 Stanley Cup Playoffs begin



Date Event
1 Deadline for Bona Fide Offers to 2020 Draft Choices (5:00 p.m.
New York Time)
Deadline for signing Unsigned Draft Choices (5:00 p.m. New
York Time)


Date Event
13 Deadline for Clubs to request that a Player “waive” his “No
Move” clause for purposes of Expansion Draft
15 Last Possible Day of Stanley Cup Playoffs
24 hours after the Stanley
Cup Playoffs
First Buy-Out Period Begins

Deadline for First Club-Elected Salary Arbitration Notification

16 Last day to place Player on Waivers prior to Expansion Draft
Trade/Waiver Freeze
17 Commencement of the Expansion Draft Trade/Waiver Freeze
Commencement of Expansion Draft Signing Moratorium on all NHL SPCs
Deadline for each Club to simultaneously submit its Protection List to Central Registry and the NHLPA
18 Deadline for Central Registry to approve and simultaneously distribute the Protection Lists (with each Player’s Expansion Draft Value) to all NHL Clubs (including the Expansion Club) and the NHLPA
Opening of UFA/RFA Interview Period (only applies to Players that are available for selection in the Expansion Draft) for the Expansion Club only
21 Deadline for the Expansion Club to simultaneously submit their Expansion Draft Selections to Central Registry and the NHLPA
Deadline for the Expansion Club to submit SPCs for any pending UFA/RFAs that are signed and selected by the Expansion Club
Official distribution and announcement of the Expansion Club’s Selections
22 Expansion Draft Signing Moratorium and Trade/Waiver Freeze are lifted
23 2021 NHL Draft – Round 1
24 2021 NHL Draft – Rounds 2-7
26 Deadline for Qualifying Offers, which are not open for
acceptance prior to July 28


Schedule Matrix

Each club will play an 56-game schedule, with 28 home games and 28 road games. Each will only play opponents within their own division. For the North Division, the teams will play four teams nine times and one team 10 times. The other three divisions will play each team eight times. 

Stanley Cup Playoff Format

Playoff qualification will be division-based, with the top four finishers in each division qualifying for  the Stanley Cup Playoffs. The No. 1 seed will play the No. 4 seed and the No. 2 seed will play the No. 3 seed. After playing off to determine a division champion, the four division winners will be seeded based on regular season points and will play off to determine the Stanley Cup Champion. 

How to Figure


An assist is awarded to the player or players (maximum of two) who touched the puck prior to the goal, provided no defender plays or possesses the puck in between.

Game Played                                

A player receives credit for playing in a game if: i) he steps on the ice during time played or; ii) serves any penalty.

Game-Winning Goal                  

After the final score has been determined, the goal which leaves the winning Club one goal ahead of its opponent is the game-winning goal (example: if Team A beats Team B 8-3, the player scoring the fourth goal for Team A receives credit for the game-winning goal).


A goal is awarded to the last player on the scoring Club to touch the puck prior to the puck entering the net.

Goals-Against Average            

Multiply goals allowed (GA) by 60 and divide by minutes played (MINS). 


A goaltender receives a “W” for a win in regulation, overtime or shootout; an “L” for a loss in regulation; or an “OT” for a loss in overtime or shootout.

Penalty-Killing Pct.                   

Subtract total number of power-play goals allowed from total number of shorthanded situations to get total number of power-plays killed.  Divide the total number of power-plays killed by the total number of shorthanded situations.


A player receives a “plus” if he is on the ice when his Club scores an even-strength or shorthand goal.  He receives a “minus” if he is on the ice for an even-strength or shorthanded goal scored by the opposing Club.  The difference in these numbers is considered the player’s plus-minus statistic.

Power-Play Goal                         

A goal scored by a Club while it has a manpower advantage due to an opponent’s penalty.  Following are some examples of what is and is not considered a power-play goal:

  • if a Club has an advantage on a minor penalty starting at 2:02 of the period and it scores at 4:02, the goal is not a power-play goal.
  • if a Club scores on a delayed penalty, the goal is not a power-play goal.
  • if a Club has an advantage due to a five-minute major or match penalty, that Club is always credited with having one more advantage than the number of power-play goals it scores during that advantage, because the penalty does not  expire.  A new advantage begins after each power-play goal.  For example, if Team A scores three goals during a major penalty, it is credited with four advantages.
  • if a Club is on a power-play for any length of time, it is considered to have had an advantage.
  • if a minor penalty is incurred by a Club on a power-play due to a major penalty, a new advantage is given to that Club when its minor penalty expires, provided the opponent’s major penalty is still in effect.
Power-Play Percentage          

Total number of power-play goals divided by total number of power-play opportunities.

Save Percentage                       

Subtract goals allowed (GA) from shots against (SA) to determine saves.  Then divide saves by shots-against.

Shooting Percentage              

Divide the number of goals scored by the number of shots taken.

Shorthanded Goal                     

A goal scored by a Club while it is at a manpower disadvantage.  The same cases apply for shorthand as for power-play goals, but in the opposite manner.

Shot on Goal                                

If a player shoots the puck with the intention of scoring and if that shot would have gone in the net had the goaltender not stopped it, the shot is recorded as a “shot on goal”.


If two goaltenders combine for a shutout, neither receives credit for the shutout.  Instead it is recorded as a Club shutout.

Tenths of a Second                  

If a penalty or goal occurs in the last minute, the time is rounded off to the previous second (ex:  if a penalty is called with 12.4 seconds left in a period, the time is indicated as 19:47 and not 19:48.)\

Coaches Record                        

A coach receives a “W” for a win in regulation, overtime or shootout; an “L” for a loss in regulation; or an “OT” for a loss in overtime or shootout.

** NOTE: No individual skater/goaltender statistics apply for the shootout


Anderson, Reid* 49
Blandina, Brandon* 39
Brenk, Jake 26
Charron, Francis 6
Chmielewski, Tom 18
Dunning, Mitch* 43
Dwyer, Gord 19
Furlatt, Eric 27
Halkidis, Beaudry* 48
Hanson, Trevor 14
Hebert, Ghislain 22
Hebert, Jean 15
Joannette, Marc 25
Kelly, Dan* 45
Kozari, Steve 40
Lambert, Pierre 37
L’Ecuyer, Frederick 17
Lee, Chris 28
Luxmore, Thomas John 21
MacDougall, Peter 38
Markovic, Michael* 47
McCauley, Wes 4
McIsaac, Jon 2
Meier, Brad 34
Morton, Dean 36
Nicholson, Kendrick 30
O’Donnell, Conor* 41
O’Rourke, Dan 9
Peel, Tim 20
Pochmara, Brian 16
Pollock, Kevin 33
Rank, Garrett 7
Rehman, Kyle 10
Rooney, Chris 5
Schlenker, Chris 3
Schrader, Brandon* 46
Skilliter, Graham 24
South, Furman* 44
St-Laurent, Francois 8
St. Pierre, Justin 12
Sutherland, Kelly 11
Syvret, Corey* 42
Walsh, Ian 29



Alphonso, Shandor 52
Amell, Derek 75
Baker, Tyson* 88
Barton, Steve 59
Berg, Devin 87
Brisebois, David 96
Cherrey, Scott 50
Cormier, Michel 76
Daisy, Ryan 81
Devorski, Greg 54
Flemington, Kyle* 55
Fournier, Julien* 56
Galloway, Ryan 82
Gawryletz, Brandon 64
Gawryletz, Travis 67
Gibbons, Ryan 58
Knorr, Trent 63
Kovachik, Brad 71
Mach, Brian 78
MacPherson, Matt 83
Marquis, Jesse* 86
Miller, Steve 89
Mills, Bevan 53
Murchison, Kiel 79
Murray, Jonny 95
Nagy, Kory 97
Nansen, Derek 70
Pancich, Bryan 94
Racicot, Pierre 65
Rody, Vaughan 73
Sericolo, Anthony 84
Shewchyk, Mark 92
Smith, Andrew 51
Suchanek, Libor 60
Tobias, James 61
Toomey, Travis* 90

* minor league official