October 6th is the day to circle on your calendar that's the night that NHL returns to regular season action, as three cities host the debut for a brand new season.
The first game of the 2006-07 season will feature the Buffalo Sabres traveling to Raleigh, sitting through one of those unbearable banner raising ceremonies and then beginning the cause to dethrone the Stanley Cup Champion Hurricanes.
The final game of the regular season will be on April 8th, a match up between the Vancouver Canucks and the Phoenix Coyotes. By the time the Canucks and Coyotes call it a night, 1,230 games will have been played on the way to the Stanley Cup playoffs in April.
The playoffs begin April 11th and could go on until June 11th if all series go their distance.
An interesting note for this season is that after March 23rd all games will be in conference as teams jockey for the playoff spots down the stretch.
Hockey Day in Canada is January 13th this year as all six Canadian teams match up for the annual showcase of all that's holy in Canada.
The entire 1,230 games are listed here, for those wishing to keep track of their favourite squad!