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The 2009–10 NHL season will be the 92nd season of the National Hockey League (NHL) and the 100th season since the founding of the predecessor National Hockey Association (NHA). It will run from October 1, 2009 with four games in Europe, until April 12, 2010, with the Stanley Cup playoffs to follow, all the way up to early June 2010. A mid-season break from February 15 to February 28 will occur to allow participation of NHL players in the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver. Because of the Winter Olympics break there will be no NHL All Star Game for 2010.


League business



The 2009 NHL Entry Draft was held June 26-27, 2009 at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec.

The Colorado Avalanche will retire the #19 of Joe Sakic at their home opener on October 1.

New uniforms

Several teams (Florida, Calgary, Minnesota, Nashville and Colorado) will debut third uniforms this season, while BuffaloTemplate:Citation needed and Philadelphia will be making their third uniforms their primary home jerseys, and Chicago will make the jersey they wore for last season's Winter Classic their new alternate. In addition, NHL officials will have new uniforms, which debuted at last season's All-Star Game.


The 2009–10 preseason for most teams started on September 14, 2009.

2009 Kraft Hockeyville

Since 2006, Kraft Foods has sponsored a sweepstakes called Kraft Hockeyville, in which various small cities across Canada compete against eachother with the hopes of winning the privilege of having an NHL preseason game played in a local sports complex or arena, along with a hockey festival named the Stanley Cup Jamboree. The 2009 winner was the city of Terrace, British Columbia. The preseason matchup was between the hometown favorite Vancouver Canucks and the New York Islanders.

Regular season

Salary cap

The salary cap will see just a minor increase for 2009–10 season. It is set at $56.8 million, which is $100,000 higher than in 2008–09 season. The salary floor is at $40.8 million. [1]

Premiere in Europe

File:NHL Premiere09 Logos.jpg
Premiere series logo

The NHL will start the season with the NHL Premiere series; four teams (Detroit Red Wings, Chicago Blackhawks, Florida Panthers and St. Louis Blues) each playing two regular-season games in Europe. Detroit will play St. Louis in Stockholm, Sweden at Ericsson Globe and Chicago and Florida will play in Helsinki, Finland at Hartwall Areena on October 2 and October 3.[2] This is the second-straight season that the NHL will begin play in Sweden, and the third year for the Premiere series beginning the NHL season in Europe.

Victoria Cup

Main article: 2009 Victoria Cup

The IIHF has announced that the Zürich ZSC Lions will be the challenger to the NHL's Chicago Blackhawks in the 2009 Victoria Cup game to be held in Zürich, Switzerland on September 29, 2009, just prior to the regular-season games.[3] The Blackhawks will also play an exhibition game against HC Davos while in Zürich.

Winter Classic

Main article: 2010 NHL Winter Classic

On July 15, 2009, the NHL announced that the third installment of the Winter Classic will take place on January 1, 2010, at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts with the Boston Bruins hosting the Philadelphia Flyers. Because the NHL will not host an All-Star Game in the 2009-10 season, this will become the league's showcase event.


Main article: Ice hockey at the 2010 Winter Olympics

The NHL will not hold an All-Star Game this season. Instead, many of the league's players will participate in the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. The Olympic ice hockey tournament is scheduled to be played from February 16 to February 28, 2010. This will mark the first time since the NHL allowed its players to compete in an Olympics that a Winter Olympics will be held in an NHL market, as well as the first to use an NHL-sized ice rink (as opposed to the bigger one normally used for international play). General Motors Place, the Vancouver Canucks' home arena, will be known as "Canada Hockey Place," for being the primary ice hockey venue. The temporary arena name change reflects the fact that the International Olympic Committee does not sell or promote naming rights for its competition venues.

The Olympics will also affect the Canucks, as they will be faced with the longest road trip in NHL history, having to play 14 straight road games from January 27 to March 13, 2010[4] so that GM Place could be prepared for the Olympics.[5] One example of this is that the ice surface and dasher boards will need to be redone to reflect said banning of selling or promoting said naming rights.[5]


  1. "2009-10 salary cap set at $56.8 million",, June 26, 2009. Retrieved on 2009-06-28. 
  2. "4 NHL teams to start '09-10 season in Europe", CBC, February 19, 2009. Retrieved on 2009-02-19. 
  3. Hawks against the top of Europe. IIHF. Retrieved on 2009-06-11.
  4. Olympics put Canucks on record road grind. CBC Sports (2009-07-16). Retrieved on 2009-07-16.
  5. 5.0 5.1 Sekeres, Matthew (2009-07-15). Canucks take one for the Olympic team. The Globe and Mail. Retrieved on 2009-07-16.

External links

  • Hockey Database
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