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Full calendar for 2021 NHL season with health & safety protocols

We run down the full list of details courtesy of the NHL.

General view of NHL logo in the stands during the warmup period between the Dallas Stars and the Calgary Flames in game two of the first round of the 2020 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Rogers Place. Sergei Belski-USA TODAY Sports

The NHL and NHL Players Association reached an agreement for starting the 2021 season, and on Tuesday, the parties unveiled a calendar of key dates. The earliest reporting date is December 31, for the seven teams that did not play in the Canada bubble this summer. The regular season start date is January 13 and the playoffs are tentatively scheduled to start on May 11. The playoff dates are subject to change given everything that is going on.

The owners and players had a lot to sort through, including transition rules, health and safety protocols, and more. The league provided documentation with the following:

2021 transition rules
Club travel protocol
Positive test protocol
COVID-19 protocol

NHL calendar, 2021 season

Dec. 31 - Training camps open for seven Clubs that did not participate in the resumption of play for the 2019-20 season (Anaheim, Buffalo, Detroit, Los Angeles, New Jersey, Ottawa, San Jose)

Jan. 3 - Training camps open for the remaining 24 teams

Jan. 13 - 2020-21 regular season begins

April 12 - Trade deadline (3 p.m. ET)

May 8 - Last day of regular season

May 11 - Stanley Cup Playoffs begin

July 9 - Last possible day of Stanley Cup Final

July 17 - Deadline for Protection Lists for Expansion Draft (5 p.m. ET)

July 21 - Expansion Draft for Seattle Kraken (8 p.m. ET)

July 23 - Round 1 of NHL Draft

July 24 - Rounds 2-7 of NHL Draft

July 28 - Restricted Free Agent/Unrestricted Free Agent signing period begins (12 p.m. ET)