Important dates for the 2022 off-season for the Carolina Hurricanes

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Here are some dates to mark on your calendar for the next few months.

July 7 & 8: NHL draft

Week of July 11: Perspective Development Camp

July 13: Free agency is opened

Mid July: 2022-23 regular season schedule released

August 9th to 20th: IIHF Junior World Championships

mid-September: Prospects Showcase Tournament

Thursday, July 7th & Friday, July 8th: NHL Draft at the Bell Center in Montreal

Carolina currently has eight picks in this year’s draft, which will be the first in-person draft since 2019.

Round 1 takes place on Thursday evening and rounds 2-7 take place over the course of Friday. The set times will be announced by the league shortly before the event.

The Canes do not own a first-round selection, having been relocated to Montreal as compensation for acquiring the supply sheet Jesperi Kotkaniemi. The Canadians then traded the pick for Arizona, who will now pick in 27th place.

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Week of Monday, July 11: Prospect Development Camp

Canes 2022 draft picks, as well as picks from previous years, will make their way to the Triangle for a week to familiarize themselves with organization on and off the ice.

This summer’s event is expected to be held at the Invisalign Arena on the Wake Competition Center campus.

Further information on dates, times and possible participation opportunities will be announced shortly.

Wednesday, July 13: Start of NHL free agency period

At 12:00 noon players without a contract for the 2022/23 season can start signing with new clubs.

To learn more about who is an unrestricted or restricted free agent, check out the Hurricane Contract Tracker here.

Mid-July: Release of 2022-23 NHL schedule

Adding to what is sure to be a busy two weeks already, the league is expected to release the schedule for the upcoming season not long after free agency opens.

Commissioner Gary Bettman announced in early May that he expects the league to be able to return to its pre-COVID-19 calendar year, meaning the regular season will start again in the early days of October. For reference, the Canes opened their 2021-22 campaign on October 14.

Tuesday, August 9 – Saturday, August 20: IIHF World Junior Ice Hockey Championships 2022

Take two!

The tournament that fans have become accustomed to around the holiday season is now taking place this summer. After just four days of tournament play in December 2021, the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) suspended and eventually rescheduled the event due to issues with COVID-19.

This is important for the Canes because when the squads were announced in December, the team had 10 prospects from the participating countries. Since the tournament began in 1977, only three organizations have had that amount.

Players born in 2002 or later will remain eligible to play in the tournament and the schedule will start over, with previous results washed away.

What will be different is that Russia has been eliminated from the tournament and has since been replaced by Latvia.

mid-September: Prospects Showcase Tournament

Canes President and General Manager Don Waddell announced in April that the team will be hosting the 2022 Prospects Showcase Tournament for the first time in the organization’s history.

The Florida Panthers, Nashville Predators and Tampa Bay Lightning will bring a team of their prospects to Wake County and compete in games split between Invisalign Arena and PNC Arena over a four-day period.

The event usually serves as an unofficial kick-off for the upcoming season, with the training camp already starting in the following days. From the training camp comes the pre-season and the exhibition competitions lead straight into the regular season.

A schedule for the Prospects Showcase tournament, along with rosters and ticket information, will be announced shortly before the event.

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