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Important NHL dates

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

April 12, 2017
Stanley Cup playoffs begin

April 29, 2017
Draft lottery, 5 p.m. ET, Toronto

May 5-21, 2017
IIHF World Championship, Cologne, Germany/Paris, France

May 18-28, 2017
CHL Memorial Cup, Windsor, Ontario

May 28-June 3, 2017
Draft combine, Buffalo, N.Y.

June 14, 2017
Last possible day for Stanley Cup finals

June 20, 2017
Humanitarian Awards, Encore at Wynn Las Vegas

June 21, 2017
Awards ceremony, Expansion draft unveiling, T-Mobile Arena, 8 p.m.

June 23-24, 2017
Draft, United Center, Chicago

July 1, 2017
Free agency begins, noon ET

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