Executive

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

Communications

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

Benny Ercolani

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

September 2019

5

Rookie camps open

12

Training camps open 

15

Preseason schedule begins 

15-Oct. 15

NHL Celebrates National Hispanic Heritage

17

NHL Board of Governors Meeting (New York, NY)

18

2019 Kraft Hockeyville Canada: Montreal Canadiens vs. Florida Panthers (K.C. Irving Regional Centre, Bathurst, N.B.) - Winning community: Renous, N.B. 

26

2019 Kraft Hockeyville™ USA: Detroit Red Wings vs. St. Louis Blues (Calumet Colosseum, Calumet, Mich.) 

29

NHL Global Series Challenge™: Chicago Blackhawks vs. Eisbären Berlin (Mercedes-Benz Arena, Berlin, Germany)

30

NHL Global Series Challenge™: Philadelphia Flyers vs. Lausanne HC (Vaudoise Arena, Lausanne, Switzerland)

 October 2019

1

Opening day playing rosters set (5 p.m. ET) 

2

Opening night of 2019-20 NHL regular season (4 games)

2

St. Louis Blues raise Stanley Cup banner (vs. Washington Capitals) 

4

2019 NHL Global Series™: Chicago Blackhawks vs. Philadelphia Flyers (O2 Arena, Prague, Czech Republic)

5

Buffalo Sabres Home Opener for 50th Anniversary Season at KeyBank Center (vs. New Jersey Devils)

9

Vancouver Canucks Home Opener for 50th Anniversary Season at Rogers Arena (vs. Los Angeles Kings)

21

NHL Alumni Awards Gala – Honorees: TBA (Scotiabank Centre, Toronto, Ont.)

26

2019 Tim Hortons NHL Heritage Classic: Calgary Flames at Winnipeg Jets (Mosaic Stadium, Regina, SK)

 November 2019

1-30

Hockey Fights Cancer Awareness Month 

8 & 9

2019 NHL Global Series™: Buffalo Sabres vs. Tampa Bay Lightning (Ericsson Globe, Stockholm, Sweden)

15

Hockey Hall of Fame Game: Boston Bruins at Toronto Maple Leafs 

18

Hockey Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony (Toronto, Ont.): Inductees: Guy Carbonneau, Vaclav Nedomansky, Hayley Wickenheiser and Sergei Zubov (Player category); Jim Rutherford, Jerry York (Builder category); Frank Brown, Jim Hughson (Media honorees). 

19

NHL General Managers’ Meeting (NHL Toronto Office, Toronto, Ont.) 

26

NHL Founders Day (1917) 

29

2019 NHL Thanksgiving Showdown™: New York Rangers at Boston Bruins

 December 2019

1

Signing deadline for Group 2 free agents (5 p.m. ET) 

9-10

NHL Board of Governors Meeting (Pebble Beach, Calif.)

12

U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame Induction (Washington, D.C.) 

19

102nd Anniversary of League’s first games played

19-27

Holiday roster freeze in effect: For all players on an NHL active roster, injured reserve, or with non-roster and injured non-roster status as of midnight (local time) Dec. 19, a roster freeze shall apply through midnight (local time) Dec. 27, with respect to waivers, trades and loans, subject to the exceptions provided for in CBA Article 16.5 (d). 

24-26

Holiday break (no scheduled practices – dressing rooms closed) 

26-Jan. 5

IIHF World Junior Championship (Ostrava/Trinec, Czech Republic) 

January 2020

1

2020 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic®: Nashville Predators at Dallas Stars (The Cotton Bowl, Dallas, Tex.) 

Week of 13th

NHL Central Scouting Mid-Season Rankings release 

16

CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game (FirstOntario Centre, Hamilton, Ont.) 

20

USA Hockey’s annual All-American Prospects Game (USA Hockey Arena, Plymouth, Mich.) 

23-26

NHL All-Star Break (no games played) 

23-25

No scheduled practices – dressing rooms closed 

24

2020 NHL All-Star Skills Competition™ (Enterprise Center, St. Louis, Mo.)

25

2020 Honda NHL All-Star Game (Enterprise Center, St. Louis, Mo.)

26-27

2020 AHL All-Star Classic (Citizens Business Bank Arena, Ontario, Calif.)

27

NHL regular season resumes 

February 2020

1-29

NHL Celebrates Black History Month

8

Hockey Day in Canada (all 7 Canadian NHL Clubs in action)

8

20th Annual Scotiabank Hockey Day in Canada (Host: Yellowknife, NT) 

15

2020 NHL Stadium Series™: Los Angeles Kings at Colorado Avalanche (U.S. Air Force Academy’s Falcon Stadium, Colorado Springs, Colo.)   

16

Hockey Day in America

16-23

Hockey Week Across America (USA Hockey) 

24

2020 NHL Trade Deadline (3 p.m. ET) 

 March 2020

1-31

NHL Celebrates Gender Equality Month

2-4

NHL General Managers’ Meeting (Boca Raton, Fla.)

27-29

NCAA Men’s Ice Hockey Regionals 

 April 2020

1-30

NHL Celebrates Earth Month

4

Last day of 2019-20 regular season (15 games)

Week of 6th

NHL Central Scouting Final Rankings release 

8

Stanley Cup Playoffs begin 

9-11

NCAA Frozen Four (Little Caesars Arena, Detroit, Mich.) 

16-26

IIHF Under-18 World Championship (Ann Arbor/Plymouth, Mich.) 

TBD

2020 NHL Draft Lottery 

 May 2020

8-24

IIHF World Championship (Zurich/Lausanne, Switzerland) 

22-31

2020 CHL Memorial Cup (Prospera Place, Kelowna, B.C.) 

 June 2020

1-30

NHL Celebrates Pride Month

1-6

2020 NHL Scouting Combine (Buffalo, N.Y.) 

13

Last possible day for 2020 Stanley Cup Final 

17

2020 NHL Awards™ (Las Vegas, Nev.)

26-27

2020 NHL Draft™ (Bell Centre, Montreal, Que.)

July 2020

1

Free agency begins (12 p.m. ET) 

5

Deadline for player-elected salary arbitration notification (5 p.m. ET) 

6

Deadline for club-elected salary arbitration notification (5 p.m. ET) 

20-Aug. 4

Salary arbitration hearings held 

 August 2020

6

Deadline for salary arbitration decisions to be rendered 

Alignment

Schedule Matrix

Each club will continue to play an 82-game schedule, with 41 home games and 41 road games.
The schedule matrix, which ensures that all teams play in all arenas at least once each season, will be adjusted to the following in 2018-19:

Eastern Conference

Atlantic and Metropolitan Divisions

Within Conference (Division): 28 games
* 7 Teams: 2 Home / 2 Away
* 7 x 4 = 28 games
Within Conference (Non-Division): 24 games
* 4 Teams: 2 Home / 1 Away
* 4 Teams: 1 Home / 2 Away
* 4 x 3 = 12 games
* 4 x 3 = 12 games
Non-Conference: 30 games
* 15 Home / 15 Away
* 2 x 15 = 30

Western Conference

Central Division

Within Conference (Division): 26 games
* 4 Teams: 2 Home / 2 Away
* 1 Team: 3 Home / 2 Away
* 1 Team: 2 Home / 3 Away
* 4 x 4 = 16
* 1 x 5 = 5
* 1 x 5 = 5
Within Conference (Non-Division): 24 games
* 4 Teams: 2 Home / 1 Away
* 4 Teams: 1 Home / 2 Away
* 4 x 3 = 12 games
* 4 x 3 = 12 games
Non-Conference: 32 games
* 16 Home / 16 Away
* 2 x 16 = 32 games

Pacific Division

Within Conference (Division): 29 games
* 6 Teams: 2 Home / 2 Away
* 1 Team: 3 Home / 2 Away
* 6 x 4 = 24 games
* 1 x 5 = 5 games
Within Conference (Non-Division): 21 games
* 4 Teams: 2 Home / 1 Away
* 3 Teams: 1 Home / 2 Away
* 4 x 3 = 12 games
* 3 x 3 = 9 games

Non-Conference: 32 games
* 16 Home / 16 Away
* 2 x 16 = 32 games

Stanley Cup Playoff Format

Playoff qualification will be primarily division-based, with the top three finishers in each division qualifying for the first 12 spots in the Stanley Cup Playoffs (and the first three "seeds" in each division). The two additional playoff spots in each conference, designated as "Wild Cards," will be awarded to the next two highest-placed finishers in each conference, ranked on the basis of regular-season points and regardless of division.
"Seeding" of the Wild Card teams within each divisional playoff will be determined on the basis of regular season points. The first-place finisher with the highest number of regular-season points in the conference will be matched against the Wild Card team with the lowest number of regular-season points, and the first place finisher with the second-highest number of regular-season points in the conference matched against the Wild Card team with the second-lowest number of regular-season points.
The Playoffs will proceed on a "Divisional Basis" as follows:
* #1 vs. #4 / #2 vs. #3 -- winners play each other for Division Championship
* Conference Finals -- Pacific Division Champion vs. Central Division Champion and Atlantic Division Champion vs. Metropoliton Division Champion
* Eastern and Western Conference Champions will meet in Stanley Cup Final

How to Figure

Assist                                             

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).

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). 

Goaltender                                   

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.

Plus-Minus                                   

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”.

Shutout                                         

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

REFEREES

NAME

NUMBER

Anderson, Reid*

49

Blandina, Brandon*

39

Brenk, Jacob

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*

39

O’Halloran, Dan

13

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

LINESMEN

NAME

NUMBER

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

Driscoll, Scott

68

Flemington, Kyle*

55

Fournier, Julien*

56

Galloway, Ryan

82

Gawryletz, Brandon

64

Gawryletz, Travis

67

Gibbons, Ryan

58

Gibbs, Darren

66

Knorr, Trent

63

Kovachik, Brad

71

Mach, Brian

78

MacPherson, Matt

83

Marquis, Jesse*

86

Miller, Steve

89

Mills, Bevan

53

Murchison, Kiel

79

Murphy, Brian

93

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