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2021–22 NHL season
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League National Hockey League
Sport Ice hockey
Duration October 12, 2021 – June 26, 2022
Number of games 82
Number of teams 32
TV partner(s) Sportsnet, CBC, TVA Sports (Canada)
ESPN/ESPN+/Hulu/ESPN2/ABC, TNT/TBS (United States)
Top draft pick Owen Power
Picked by Buffalo Sabres
Regular season
Presidents' Trophy Florida Panthers
Season MVP Auston Matthews (Maple Leafs)
Top scorer Connor McDavid (Oilers)
Playoffs MVP Cale Makar
Stanley Cup
Champions Colorado Avalanche
  Runners-up Tampa Bay Lightning
NHL seasons
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The 2021–22 NHL season was the 105th season of operation (104th season of play) of the National Hockey League (NHL). The league expanded to 32 teams with the addition of the Seattle Kraken. The league had an October-to-April regular season scheduling and a full 82-game regular season for the first time since the 2018–19 NHL season as the previous two NHL seasons were shortened due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The season began on October 12.[1][2][3]

On December 22, all games were suspended league-wide through at least December 26 (officially termed as an extension of the regularly scheduled Christmas break), in order to reconcile COVID-19 outbreaks that had impacted a large number of teams and resulted in various game postponements. Most teams were scheduled to resume play on December 28, but the home games of all seven Canadian teams through early January were further postponed due to COVID-19 attendance restrictions imposed by provincial health authorities.

The playoffs concluded on June 26, with the Colorado Avalanche defeating the Tampa Bay Lightning in the Stanley Cup Finals in six games, winning their third Stanley Cup in franchise history.

League business


On December 4, 2018, the NHL confirmed that it had granted an expansion franchise in the city of Seattle.[4] The team was named the Seattle Kraken on July 23, 2020.[5][6] On April 30, 2021, the team was permitted to begin making trades and signing players after sending its final expansion payment to the league.[7] The 2021 NHL Expansion Draft was held on July 21, 2021, to fill out the Kraken roster.


The league returned to the previous alignment with Eastern and Western conferences.[3] As planned before the COVID-19 pandemic, the Seattle Kraken were placed in the Pacific Division and the Arizona Coyotes were moved to the Central Division.[4] If the cross-border travel restrictions had continued for another year, the league would have been forced to use a temporary alignment with an all-Canadian division for a second year.[2]

Entry draft

The 2021 NHL Entry Draft was held July 23–24, 2021, with Owen Power being selected first overall by the Buffalo Sabres. For the second consecutive year the draft was conducted in a remote format due to the COVID-19 pandemic, hosted from the NHL Network studios in Secaucus, New Jersey.[8]


As in the previous season, NHL teams were allowed to display sponsor logos (helmet entitlement partner) on their helmets. While the Edmonton and Philadelphia teams have not announced a logo, the remaining teams have the following helmet sponsors for this season:

Coaching changes

Coaching changes
Team 2020–21 coach 2021–22 coach Notes
Arizona Coyotes Rick Tocchet Andre Tourigny On May 9, 2021, Tocchet and the Coyotes mutually agreed to part ways at the end of Tocchet's contract, one day after the team's final game of the 2020–21 season. Tocchet coached the Coyotes for four seasons, compiling a 125–131–34 record, with one playoff appearance in 2020.[32] On July 1, Tourigny was named head coach.[33]
Buffalo Sabres Ralph Krueger
Don Granato*
Don Granato Krueger was fired on March 17, 2021, after parts of two seasons with Buffalo, with the team suffering a 6–18–4 start and a 12-game losing streak. Krueger totaled a 36–49–12 record during his short tenure, and failed to lead the team to the playoffs in his lone complete season. Assistant coach Granato was named interim head coach.[34] Granato was named the permanent head coach on June 29.[35]
Columbus Blue Jackets John Tortorella Brad Larsen On May 9, 2021, one day after the Blue Jackets' last game of the 2020–21 season, Tortorella and the team agreed to mutually parts ways after Tortorella's contract expired.[36] Tortorella coached the Blue Jackets since the 2015–16 season and registered a 227–166–54 record, with four playoff appearances. On June 10, assistant coach Larsen was named head coach.[37]
Montreal Canadiens Claude Julien
Dominique Ducharme*
Dominique Ducharme Julien was fired on February 24, 2021, after parts of five seasons during his second stint as head coach of the Canadiens, which had registered a 9–5–4 record to start the season. Julien compiled a 129–123–35 record during his second stint and the team reached the playoffs twice during his tenure, never advancing past the first round. Assistant coach Ducharme was named interim head coach.[38] On July 13, Ducharme was named the permanent head coach and signed a three-year extension with the team.[39]
New York Rangers David Quinn Gerard Gallant Quinn was fired on May 12, 2021, after serving as team's head coach for three seasons. The Rangers went 96–87–25 under Quinn and made the playoffs once.[40] On June 16, Gallant was named head coach.[41]
Seattle Kraken Expansion team Dave Hakstol On June 24, 2021, the Kraken named Hakstol, who previously served as head coach of the Philadelphia Flyers, as the franchise's first head coach.[42]
Team Outgoing coach Incoming coach Notes
Chicago Blackhawks Jeremy Colliton Derek King* Colliton was fired on November 6, 2021 after parts of four seasons with Chicago, with the team starting the season 1–9–2. In his tenure, Colliton compiled a 87–92–26 record and led the team to the first round of the playoffs in 2020. King, previously the head coach of the Blackhawks' American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate Rockford IceHogs, was promoted to interim head coach.[43]
Edmonton Oilers Dave Tippett Jay Woodcroft Tippett was fired on February 10, 2022, after Edmonton began the season 23–18–3; after starting the season 16–5–0, the Oilers had since registered a record of 7–13–3. In approximately two and a half seasons with Edmonton, Tippett totaled a 95–62–14 record with two playoff berths, failing to advance past the first round. Woodcroft, formerly the head coach of the Oilers’ AHL affiliate Bakersfield Condors, was promoted to head coach.[44]
Florida Panthers Joel Quenneville Andrew Brunette* Quenneville resigned on October 28, 2021, after the results of an internal investigation revealed that he had improperly handled an accusation of sexual assault during his tenure as head coach of the Chicago Blackhawks in 2010.[45] Quenneville totaled a 79–40–13 record in just over two seasons with the Panthers, reaching the playoffs twice but failing to advance past the first round.[46] Assistant coach Brunette was named interim head coach.[47]
Montreal Canadiens Dominique Ducharme Martin St. Louis* Ducharme was fired on February 9, 2022, after the Canadiens began the season 8–30–7, with the team last in the league at his time of departure. In his brief tenure over parts of two seasons, Ducharme registered a 23–46–14 record, reaching the Stanley Cup Finals in 2021.[48] St. Louis was named interim head coach later in the day.[49]
Philadelphia Flyers Alain Vigneault Mike Yeo* Vigneault was fired on December 6, 2021, after the Flyers began the season 8–10–4. Vigneault compiled a 74–54–19 record in just over two seasons with Philadelphia, reaching the second round of the playoffs in 2020. Assistant coach Yeo was retained and named interim head coach.[50]
Vancouver Canucks Travis Green Bruce Boudreau Green was fired on December 5, 2021, after an 8–15–2 start to the season. In just over four seasons with Vancouver, Green totaled a 133–147–34 record, leading the team to the second round of the playoffs in 2020. Boudreau, most recently the head coach of the Minnesota Wild from 2016 to 2020, was named head coach the same day.[51]
Winnipeg Jets Paul Maurice Dave Lowry* Maurice resigned on December 17, 2021, after the Jets started the season 13–10–5. In just under eight and a half seasons with Winnipeg, Maurice totaled a 315–223–62 record, with five playoff appearances. Assistant coach Lowry was named interim head coach.[52]

(*) Indicates interim.

Front office changes

General managers
Team Outgoing general manager Incoming general manager Notes
Anaheim Ducks Bob Murray Jeff Solomon*
Pat Verbeek
Murray resigned on November 10, 2021, one day after being placed on administrative leave due to an investigation of alleged unprofessional conduct. Murray had joined the Ducks organization in 2005 as Senior Vice President of Hockey Operations, winning a Stanley Cup in 2007, before being promoted to general manager in 2008. He had also briefly served as the Ducks' interim head coach during the 2018–19 season. Assistant general manager and vice president of hockey operations Solomon was named interim general manager.[53] Verbeek, who most recently was general manager of the Grand Rapids Griffins, the AHL affiliate of the Detroit Red Wings, was named general manager on February 3, 2022.[54]
Chicago Blackhawks Stan Bowman Kyle Davidson Bowman resigned on October 26, 2021, after the results of an internal investigation revealed that he had improperly handled an accusation of sexual assault within the Blackhawks organization in 2010. Bowman had been with the organization since 2001, and was named general manager in 2009, before ultimately being promoted further to President of Hockey Operations in 2020. His tenure included three Stanley Cup victories. Assistant general manager Davidson was named interim general manager, before being promoted to permanent general manager on March 1, 2022.[55][56]
Montreal Canadiens Marc Bergevin Jeff Gorton*
(As executive vice president of hockey operations)
Kent Hughes
Bergevin was fired on November 28, 2021, after the Canadiens started the season 6–15–2. Bergevin had served as general manager of the Canadiens since 2012, overseeing three division championships and a Stanley Cup Finals appearance in 2021. Gorton, most recently general manager of the New York Rangers, and who had been hired earlier in the day, was retained and named executive vice president of hockey operations in order to "assure the continuity of day-to-day operations," effectively serving as the interim general manager.[57] Hughes, formerly a player agent, was named general manager on January 18, 2022.[58]
San Jose Sharks Doug Wilson Joe Will* Wilson resigned on April 7, 2022, with the Sharks holding a record of 29–31–9. Wilson had served as general manager of the Sharks since 2003, overseeing fourteen playoff appearances, five Pacific Division titles, one Presidents' Trophy, and one Stanley Cup Finals appearance. Will, the assistant general manager at the time, assumed the role of interim general manager.[59]
Vancouver Canucks Jim Benning Stan Smyl*
Jim Rutherford*
Patrik Allvin
Benning was fired on December 6, 2021, after the Canucks started the season 8–15–2. Benning had served as general manager of the Canucks since 2014, overseeing two playoff appearances. Smyl, who had served as Senior Advisor to the general manager since 2008, was promoted to interim general manager. On December 9, Rutherford, most recently general manager of the Pittsburgh Penguins, was hired as president of hockey operations, and assumed the role of interim general manager.[60] Allvin, who was most recently an assistant GM for the Pittsburgh Penguins and briefly served as interim general manager after Rutherford resigned at Pittsburgh, was named general manager on January 26, 2022.[61]

(*) indicates interim.

Arena changes and regulations

  • The city of Glendale announced on August 19, 2021 that it would not be renewing its year-to-year lease of Gila River Arena with the Arizona Coyotes following the season, effectively evicting the team.[62]
  • The Florida Panthers' home arena BB&T Center was renamed FLA Live Arena, after Truist Financial (formed from the merger of BB&T and SunTrust) declined to renew its naming rights.[63]
  • The New York Islanders began playing at the newly-constructed UBS Arena for the 2021–22 season.[64]
  • The Seattle Kraken began playing at Climate Pledge Arena, a redevelopment of KeyArena—former home of the Seattle SuperSonics of the National Basketball Association (NBA).[65][66] Amazon bought the naming rights to the arena, and chose to brand it as part of its partnership with Global Optimism on a pledge for its operations (and by extension, the arena) to become carbon neutral.[67]
  • The Winnipeg Jets' home arena Bell MTS Place was renamed Canada Life Centre, as part of a naming rights agreement with Canada Life.[68][69]
  • The Los Angeles Kings' home arena Staples Center was renamed Arena on December 25, 2021, as part of a naming rights agreement with[70]

COVID-19 restrictions

Current COVID-19 restrictions in Canada
Team Restrictions Source
Calgary 100% capacity since March 1, 2022 [71][72][73][74]
Edmonton 100% capacity since March 1, 2022 [71][72][73]
Montreal 100% capacity since March 12, 2022, indoor face masking required [75][76][77][78]
Ottawa 100% capacity since March 1, 2022 [79][80][81]
Toronto 100% capacity since March 1, 2022 [82][80][83]
Vancouver 100% capacity since February 16, 2022 [84][85][86]
Winnipeg 100% capacity since February 16, 2022, proof of vaccination required [87][88][89]

Unlike the previous season (where most games were either played behind closed doors or with a reduced spectator capacity), with the loosening of restrictions across Canada and the United States due to COVID-19 vaccination progress, the NHL anticipated that every team would be able to have capacity crowds (if not near-capacity) at the start of the 2021–22 season.[90][91] Some teams, including all Canadian teams, are requiring attendees to present proof of vaccination in order to enter.[92][93][94]

In December 2021, all Canadian NHL teams began to reintroduce capacity restrictions due to concerns over the local spread of the highly-infectious[95] Omicron variant.[96][78] By December 21, all Canadian NHL teams besides Montreal had been restricted to 50% capacity per provincial public health orders,[97][85] with Alberta and Ontario also restricting the consumption of food and drink in order to enforce face mask mandates.[98][96] One initial exception was the Montreal Canadiens; after requesting that the Canadiens December 16 home game be played behind closed doors, the Quebec provincial government formally prohibited spectators at all professional sporting events effective December 20.[77][78] On December 27, the Manitoba government restricted all public gatherings to a maximum of 250 people, including sporting events;[99] the Jets therefore announced that all home games will be played behind closed doors until further notice.[88]

On December 28, the NHL announced that nine games in Canada (four in Montreal, two in Winnipeg, one each in Calgary, Ottawa and Toronto) would be postponed as a result of attendance restrictions in these cities.[100] Effective December 31, 2021, large venues in Ontario were also restricted to a maximum of 1,000 spectators; MLSE announced that all Maple Leafs home games will be played behind closed doors until further notice.[101] At this time, the NHL began to postpone some Canadian home games, specifically citing attendance restrictions as reasoning.[102][103] On January 3, 2022, the Ontario government rolled back the province to modified Stage 2 restrictions, which effectively mandated that sporting events be held behind closed doors.[83] Although the province began to lift some of these restrictions beginning January 31, large venues remained capped at a maximum of 500 spectators.[104] The Ottawa Senators began to re-admit spectators within this limitation.[81]

On February 8, 2022, Alberta ended the "Restrictions Exemption Program", which required non-essential venues to mandate proof of vaccination or a negative test in order to operate at the maximum allowed capacity—then 50% in large venues, and expected to be increased back to 100% later in the month. This means that proof of vaccination is no longer required to attend Flames or Oilers games. Alberta also began to allow concessions to be consumed in seats.[74][105] Manitoba also allowed sporting events to return to 50% capacity.[89]

On February 15 and 16, the Manitoba and British Columbia governments lifted restrictions on venue capacity, although their respective proof of vaccination requirements remain in force.[84][87] Manitoba lifted proof of vaccination on March 1, but B.C. will maintain it through at least the end of June.[106][107] The next day, the Ontario government eased attendance restrictions to allow 50% capacity, before allowing venues to return to full capacity March 1.[80] On February 21, the Quebec government eased attendance restrictions to allow 50% capacity; before returning to full capacity crowds on March 12.[76]

Regular season

The league returned to its normal October-to-April, 82-game regular season.[2] The entire schedule was released on July 22, with October 12 planned for opening night.[1][108]

Outdoor games

The league plans to hold the following outdoor games:

Postponed games


  • Three Ottawa Senators games (on the road at the New Jersey Devils on November 16, and at home against the Nashville Predators and New York Rangers on November 18 and 20) were postponed after 10 Ottawa players and an assistant coach were placed on the COVID-19 protocol list.[116] The road game at New Jersey was made up on December 6.[117]
  • Two New York Islanders games (both road games at the New York Rangers and Philadelphia Flyers on November 28 and 30) were postponed after eight Islanders players were placed on the protocol list. The Islsanders won all their COVID-19 protocol rescheduled games this season.[118] The road game at the Rangers was rescheduled on March 17,[119] and the road game at the Flyers was rescheduled on January 18.[120]
  • Six Calgary Flames games (two road games at the Chicago Blackhawks and Nashville Predators on December 13 and 14, and four home games against the Toronto Maple Leafs on December 16, the Columbus Blue Jackets on December 18, the Anaheim Ducks on December 21, and the Seattle Kraken on December 23) were postponed after 19 Flames players and 12 staffers, including head coach Darryl Sutter, were placed on the protocol list.[121]
  • A Carolina Hurricanes road game against the Minnesota Wild on December 14 was postponed after six Hurricanes players and one staff member were placed on the protocol list.[122]
  • Four Boston Bruins games (road games at the Montreal Canadiens on December 18 and Ottawa Senators on December 19, and home games against the Carolina Hurricanes on December 21 and Colorado Avalanche on December 23) were postponed after eight Bruins players were placed on the protocol list.[123] The Avalanche also postponed three games in addition to the December 23 game in Boston (home game against the Tampa Bay Lightning on December 18, and road games at the Detroit Red Wings and Buffalo Sabres on December 20 and 22) due to five Avalanche players entering protocol.[124] The Red Wings' road game at the Minnesota Wild on December 23 was also postponed due to nine Red Wings players and three coaches entering protocol.[125]
  • Three Florida Panthers games (two road games at the Minnesota Wild and Chicago Blackhawks on December 18 and 21, and a home game against the Nashville Predators on December 23), were postponed after seven Panthers players were placed on the protocol list.[124] The Predators also postponed two games in addition to the December 23 game at Florida (road game at the Carolina Hurricanes on December 19, and a home game against the Winnipeg Jets on December 21) due to eight Predators players entering the protocol list.[123]
  • Two Toronto Maple Leafs road games (at the Vancouver Canucks on December 18 and Seattle Kraken on December 19) were postponed after seven Maple Leafs players were placed on the protocol list. The Canucks' home game against the Arizona Coyotes on December 19 was also postponed due to five Canucks players entering protocol.[126] The Coyotes–Kraken game on December 21 was also postponed.[127]
  • On December 19, the NHL and NHLPA agreed to postpone all cross-border games through the regularly-scheduled Christmas break. This impacts 12 games through December 23.[128]
  • The Columbus Blue Jackets postponed both of its games against the Buffalo Sabres (road game on December 21, home game on December 23) due to COVID-19 concerns. The Pittsburgh Penguins' home game against the New Jersey Devils, and the Philadelphia Flyers' home game against the Washington Capitals on December 21 were also postponed for the same reason.[127][129]
  • On December 21, the NHL and NHLPA agreed to postpone all games and close all team facilities from December 22 through the regularly-scheduled Christmas break (ending December 26).[130][131] On December 24, it was announced that this suspension of play will continue through December 27, but that teams would be allowed to resume practices on December 26.[132] On December 26, the NHL announced that it would return to play on December 28. However, six games were later postponed due to COVID-19 concerns. These include two games involving the Chicago Blackhawks (home game against the Columbus Blue Jackets on December 28, and road game at the Winnipeg Jets on December 29), two games between the Dallas Stars and the Colorado Avalanche (at Colorado on December 29, at Dallas on December 31), and two games scheduled on December 29 (Pittsburgh Penguins at the Toronto Maple Leafs, and the Boston Bruins at the Ottawa Senators). The league also announced that it would reinstate the temporary rule from the previous season allowing teams to have taxi squads, in an effort to reduce the impact of players entering the protocol list.[133][134][135]
  • Twenty NHL games hosted by the seven Canadian teams were postponed due to attendance restrictions. As announced on December 28, these initially included four Montreal Canadiens home games (January 4 against the Washington Capitals, January 5 against the Toronto Maple Leafs, January 8 against the Buffalo Sabres, and January 10 against the Columbus Blue Jackets), three Winnipeg Jets games (on the road at the Calgary Flames on December 31, and home games against the Seattle Kraken and the Minnesota Wild on January 8 and 10), the Ottawa Senators' home game against the Pittsburgh Penguins on December 31, and the Toronto Maple Leafs' home game against the Carolina Hurricanes on January 3. The Boston Bruins–Montreal Canadiens game on January 12 was moved from Montreal's Bell Centre to Boston's TD Garden, with a game in Montreal to be played at a later date. In addition, the December 29 game between the Detroit Red Wings and the New York Islanders was postponed due to COVID-19 concerns.[100] On December 31, a further eight Canadian games were postponed, including three New York Islanders road games (against the Vancouver Canucks on January 5, the Edmonton Oilers on January 8, and the Calgary Flames on January 11), two Minnesota Wild road games (against Ottawa on January 3 and Edmonton on January 12), two Vegas Golden Knights road games (against Edmonton on January 14 and Calgary on January 15), and Winnipeg's home game against Edmonton on January 16. On January 5, the New Jersey Devils' road games at the Montreal Canadiens (January 15) and the Toronto Maple Leafs (January 17), and the Chicago Blackhawks' road game at the Edmonton Oilers on January 18, were also postponed for the same reason.[103] Additionally, due to the postponement of their other road games, the Islanders' game at Seattle on January 4 was also postponed.[102]
  • The January 2 game between the Dallas Stars and the Arizona Coyotes was postponed due to COVID-19 concerns involving the Stars.[136]
  • The January 6 game between the Ottawa Senators and the Seattle Kraken was postponed due to COVID-19 concerns involving the Senators.[137] The Senators' road games at the Vancouver Canucks (January 8) and the Winnipeg Jets (January 15) were also postponed due to attendance restrictions in Canada.[138] On January 9, the NHL rescheduled the Senators' road game at the Edmonton Oilers from January 10 to January 15 due to COVID-19 concerns affecting the Oilers.[139]
  • To accommodate the rescheduled New York Islanders–Philadelphia Flyers game (see above), the Flyers' home game against the Detroit Red Wings, and the Islanders' home game against the Columbus Blue Jackets, were rescheduled from January 18 to a date to be determined. In addition, due to the aforementioned attendance restrictions in Canada, the Islanders' game against the Toronto Maple Leafs on January 22 was moved from Toronto's Scotiabank Arena to New York's UBS Arena, with the original game in Toronto rescheduled to April 17.[120]
  • The January 6 game between the Detroit Red Wings and the Anaheim Ducks was rescheduled to January 9 due to COVID-19 concerns involving the Ducks.[140]
  • The January 10 game between the Tampa Bay Lightning and the New Jersey Devils was postponed due to COVID-19 concerns involving the Devils.[139]
  • The January 11 game between the Carolina Hurricanes and the Philadelphia Flyers was postponed due to COVID-19 concerns involving the Flyers.[141]
  • On January 19, the NHL published substantial updates to its regular season schedule, most notably rescheduling 95 prior COVID-19-affected games to the former Olympic break between February 7 and February 22. A number of other games scheduled in March and April were rescheduled to either February or later in the season to accommodate the rescheduled games.[142]


  • The January 29 game between the Seattle Kraken and the New York Islanders was postponed due to the January 2022 North American blizzard. The game was rescheduled to February 2.[143]
  • The April 13 game between the Seattle Kraken and the Winnipeg Jets was postponed due to the expected extreme weather conditions in Winnipeg. The game was rescheduled to May 1.[144]


The collective bargaining agreement (CBA) that the league and the National Hockey League Players' Association (NHLPA) signed on July 10, 2020, included a provision opening the possibility for the NHL to explore participation at the Beijing 2022 and Milan-Cortina 2026 Winter Olympics.[145] By the time the league released the regular schedule on July 22, discussions were still ongoing with the International Olympic Committee on sending players to the 2022 Winter Olympics, particularly in regards to health protocols and insurance issues.[146][147] Two working schedules were thus created that were not released to the public, one with an Olympics break and one without.[3] The schedule released on July 22 included a break for the Games from February 7 to 22,[147][148] with the intention that the other schedule without the Olympics break would be used instead if the league and the IOC could not reach a deal, and some teams would have to reschedule as many as 16 home dates.[149]

On September 3, 2021, a deal was officially reached to send players to the Olympics, with an opt-out clause should COVID-19 health conditions worsen.[150] On December 22, the NHL and NHLPA announced that it would opt out of sending its players to the Olympics, nor schedule a break in the season, citing the ongoing COVID-19 issues within the league and the "profound disruption" to the schedule that came as a result. The NHL then used the Winter Olympics' window to reschedule postponed games.[151]

All-Star Game

The 2022 All-Star Game took place at T-Mobile Arena in Paradise, Nevada, home of the Vegas Golden Knights, on February 5, with the skills competition held on February 4.[148] During seasons when the league sends players to the Olympics (most recently in 2014), the All-Star Game is not normally held. On June 28, 2021, with still no deal signed with the IOC, the league announced that it had decided to schedule an All-Star Game anyway.[109][152][153] It was originally scheduled as the last event before the Olympic break, and the NHL had reportedly chosen to host it on the west coast to ease travel to Beijing afterward.[108][154]


Eastern Conference

Top 3 (Metropolitan Division)
1 y – Carolina Hurricanes 82 54 20 8 47 278 202 +76 116
2 x – New York Rangers 82 52 24 6 44 254 207 +47 110
3 x – Pittsburgh Penguins 82 46 25 11 37 272 229 +43 103
Source: National Hockey League[155]
Rules for classification: 1) Fewer number of games played (GP, only during regular season); 2) Greater number of regulation wins (RW); 3) Greater number of wins in regulation and overtime, excluding shootout wins (ROW); 4) Greater number of total wins, including shootouts (W); 5) Greater number of points earned in head-to-head play; if teams played an uneven number of head-to-head games, the result of the first game on the home ice of the team with the extra home game is discarded; 6) Greater goal differential (GD); 7) Greater number of goals scored (GF)
x – Clinched playoff spot; y – Clinched division.
Top 3 (Atlantic Division)
1 p – Florida Panthers 82 58 18 6 42 340 246 +94 122
2 x – Toronto Maple Leafs 82 54 21 7 45 315 253 +62 115
3 x – Tampa Bay Lightning 82 51 23 8 39 287 233 +54 110
Source: National Hockey League[155]
Rules for classification: 1) Fewer number of games played (GP, only during regular season); 2) Greater number of regulation wins (RW); 3) Greater number of wins in regulation and overtime, excluding shootout wins (ROW); 4) Greater number of total wins, including shootouts (W); 5) Greater number of points earned in head-to-head play; if teams played an uneven number of head-to-head games, the result of the first game on the home ice of the team with the extra home game is discarded; 6) Greater goal differential (GD); 7) Greater number of goals scored (GF)
p – Clinched Presidents' Trophy; x – Clinched playoff spot.
Eastern Conference Wild Card
Pos Div Team GP W L OTL RW GF GA GD Pts
1 AT x – Boston Bruins 82 51 26 5 40 255 220 +35 107
2 ME x – Washington Capitals 82 44 26 12 35 275 245 +30 100
3 ME e – New York Islanders 82 37 35 10 34 231 237 −6 84
4 ME e – Columbus Blue Jackets 82 37 38 7 26 262 300 −38 81
5 AT e – Buffalo Sabres 82 32 39 11 25 232 290 −58 75
6 AT e – Detroit Red Wings 82 32 40 10 21 230 312 −82 74
7 AT e – Ottawa Senators 82 33 42 7 26 227 266 −39 73
8 ME e – New Jersey Devils 82 27 46 9 19 248 307 −59 63
9 ME e – Philadelphia Flyers 82 25 46 11 20 211 298 −87 61
10 AT e – Montreal Canadiens 82 22 49 11 16 221 319 −98 55
Source: National Hockey League[156]
Rules for classification: 1) Fewer number of games played (GP, only during regular season); 2) Greater number of regulation wins (RW); 3) Greater number of wins in regulation and overtime, excluding shootout wins (ROW); 4) Greater number of total wins, including shootouts (W); 5) Greater number of points earned in head-to-head play; if teams played an uneven number of head-to-head games, the result of the first game on the home ice of the team with the extra home game is discarded; 6) Greater goal differential (GD); 7) Greater number of goals scored (GF)
e – Eliminated from playoff contention; x – Clinched playoff spot.

Western Conference

Top 3 (Central Division)
1 z – Colorado Avalanche 82 56 19 7 46 312 234 +78 119
2 x – Minnesota Wild 82 53 22 7 37 310 253 +57 113
3 x – St. Louis Blues 82 49 22 11 43 311 242 +69 109
Updated to game(s) played on April 29, 2022. Source: National Hockey League[155]
Rules for classification: 1) Fewer number of games played (GP, only during regular season); 2) Greater number of regulation wins (RW); 3) Greater number of wins in regulation and overtime, excluding shootout wins (ROW); 4) Greater number of total wins, including shootouts (W); 5) Greater number of points earned in head-to-head play; if teams played an uneven number of head-to-head games, the result of the first game on the home ice of the team with the extra home game is discarded; 6) Greater goal differential (GD); 7) Greater number of goals scored (GF)
x – Clinched playoff spot; z – Clinched conference.
Top 3 (Pacific Division)
1 y – Calgary Flames 82 50 21 11 44 293 208 +85 111
2 x – Edmonton Oilers 82 49 27 6 38 290 252 +38 104
3 x – Los Angeles Kings 82 44 27 11 35 239 236 +3 99
Updated to game(s) played on April 29, 2022. Source: National Hockey League[155]
Rules for classification: 1) Fewer number of games played (GP, only during regular season); 2) Greater number of regulation wins (RW); 3) Greater number of wins in regulation and overtime, excluding shootout wins (ROW); 4) Greater number of total wins, including shootouts (W); 5) Greater number of points earned in head-to-head play; if teams played an uneven number of head-to-head games, the result of the first game on the home ice of the team with the extra home game is discarded; 6) Greater goal differential (GD); 7) Greater number of goals scored (GF)
x – Clinched playoff spot; y – Clinched division.
Western Conference Wild Card
Pos Div Team GP W L OTL RW GF GA GD Pts
1 CE x – Dallas Stars 82 46 30 6 31 238 246 −8 98
2 CE x – Nashville Predators 82 45 30 7 35 266 252 +14 97
3 PA e – Vegas Golden Knights 82 43 31 8 34 266 248 +18 94
4 PA e – Vancouver Canucks 82 40 30 12 32 249 236 +13 92
5 CE e – Winnipeg Jets 82 39 32 11 31 252 257 −5 89
6 PA e – San Jose Sharks 82 32 37 13 22 214 264 −50 77
7 PA e – Anaheim Ducks 82 31 37 14 22 232 271 −39 76
8 CE e – Chicago Blackhawks 82 28 42 12 16 219 291 −72 68
9 PA e – Seattle Kraken 82 27 49 6 23 216 285 −69 60
10 CE e – Arizona Coyotes 82 25 50 7 18 207 313 −106 57
Updated to game(s) played on April 29, 2022. Source: National Hockey League[156]
Rules for classification: 1) Fewer number of games played (GP, only during regular season); 2) Greater number of regulation wins (RW); 3) Greater number of wins in regulation and overtime, excluding shootout wins (ROW); 4) Greater number of total wins, including shootouts (W); 5) Greater number of points earned in head-to-head play; if teams played an uneven number of head-to-head games, the result of the first game on the home ice of the team with the extra home game is discarded; 6) Greater goal differential (GD); 7) Greater number of goals scored (GF)
e – Eliminated from playoff contention; x – Clinched playoff spot.



In each round, teams compete in a best-of-seven series following a 2–2–1–1–1 format (scores in the bracket indicate the number of games won in each best-of-seven series). The team with home ice advantage plays at home for games one and two (and games five and seven, if necessary), and the other team is at home for games three and four (and game six, if necessary). The top three teams in each division make the playoffs, along with two wild cards in each conference, for a total of eight teams from each conference.

In the First Round, the lower seeded wild card in the conference plays against the division winner with the best record while the other wild card plays against the other division winner, and both wild cards are de facto #4 seeds. The other series match the second and third place teams from the divisions. In the first two rounds, home ice advantage is awarded to the team with the better seed. In the Conference Finals and Stanley Cup Finals, home ice advantage is awarded to the team with the better regular season record.

  First Round Second Round Conference Finals Stanley Cup Finals
A1  Florida 0  
WC  Washington 0  
A2  Toronto 0
A3  Tampa Bay 0  
Eastern Conference
M1  Carolina 0  
WC  Boston 0  
M2  NY Rangers 0
M3  Pittsburgh 0  
C1  Colorado 0  
WC  Nashville 0  
C2  Minnesota 0
C3  St. Louis 0  
Western Conference
P1  Calgary 0  
WC  Dallas 0  
P2  Edmonton 0
P3  Los Angeles 0  

  • A1, A2, A3 – The first, second, and third place teams from the Atlantic Division, respectively
  • M1, M2, M3 – The first, second, and third place teams from the Metropolitan Division, respectively
  • C1, C2, C3 – The first, second, and third place teams from the Central Division, respectively
  • P1, P2, P3 – The first, second, and third place teams from the Pacific Division, respectively
  • WC – Wild Card teams


Scoring leaders

The following players led the league in regular season points at the completion of games played on April 29, 2022.[157]

Player Team GP G A Pts +/– PIM
McDavid, ConnorConnor McDavid Edmonton Oilers 80 44 79 123 +28 45
Gaudreau, JohnnyJohnny Gaudreau Calgary Flames 82 40 75 115 +64 26
Huberdeau, JonathanJonathan Huberdeau Florida Panthers 80 30 85 115 +35 54
Draisaitl, LeonLeon Draisaitl Edmonton Oilers 80 55 55 110 +17 40
Kaprizov, KirillKirill Kaprizov Minnesota Wild 81 47 61 108 +27 34
Matthews, AustonAuston Matthews Toronto Maple Leafs 73 60 46 106 +20 18
Stamkos, StevenSteven Stamkos Tampa Bay Lightning 81 42 64 106 +24 36
Tkachuk, MatthewMatthew Tkachuk Calgary Flames 82 42 62 104 +57 68
Miller, J. T.J. T. Miller Vancouver Canucks 80 32 67 99 +15 47
Marner, MitchMitch Marner Toronto Maple Leafs 72 35 62 97 +23 16

Roman Josi, ranked eleventh in the scoring list with 96 points, became NHL's highest-scoring defenseman in 29 years.[158]

Leading goaltenders

The following goaltenders led the league in regular season goals against average at the completion of games played on April 29, 2022, while playing at least 1,920 minutes.[159]

Shesterkin, IgorIgor Shesterkin New York Rangers 53 !!!!3,070:32 3,070:32 36 13 4 106 6 .935 2.07
Andersen, FrederikFrederik Andersen Carolina Hurricanes 52 !!!!3,070:53 3,070:53 35 14 3 111 4 .922 2.17
Markstrom, JacobJacob Markstrom Calgary Flames 63 !!!!3,695:50 3,695:50 37 15 9 137 9 .922 2.22
Sorokin, IlyaIlya Sorokin New York Islanders 52 !!!!3,072:17 3,072:17 26 18 8 123 7 .925 2.40
Swayman, JeremyJeremy Swayman Boston Bruins 41 !!!!2,390:14 2,390:14 23 14 3 96 3 .914 2.41
Jarry, TristanTristan Jarry Pittsburgh Penguins 58 !!!!3,415:11 3,415:11 34 18 6 138 4 .919 2.42
Ullmark, LinusLinus Ullmark Boston Bruins 41 !!!!2,330:26 2,330:26 26 10 2 95 1 .917 2.45
Vasilevskiy, AndreiAndrei Vasilevskiy Tampa Bay Lightning 63 !!!!3,760:45 3,760:45 39 18 5 156 2 .916 2.49
Oettinger, JakeJake Oettinger Dallas Stars 48 !!!!2,707:36 2,707:36 30 15 1 114 1 .914 2.53
Kuemper, DarcyDarcy Kuemper Colorado Avalanche 57 !!!!3,258:45 3,258:45 37 12 4 138 5 .921 2.54

NHL awards

See also: List of 2021–22 NHL Three Star Awards

Voting concluded immediately after the end of the regular season. Statistics-based awards such as the Art Ross Trophy, Maurice "Rocket" Richard Trophy, William M. Jennings Trophy and the Presidents' Trophy are announced at the end of the regular season. The Stanley Cup and the Conn Smythe Trophy are presented at the end of the Stanley Cup Finals. The Lester Patrick Trophy is announced following the conclusion of the playoffs.

The NHL announced the return of the NHL Awards ceremony which will take place on June 21. However, only the Calder, Hart, Norris, Vezina, Lindsay and Gregory awards will be presented. The other major awards will be presented during the conference finals.[160]

2021–22 NHL awards
Award Recipient(s) Runner(s)-up/Finalists
Stanley Cup Colorado Avalanche Tampa Bay Lightning
Presidents' Trophy
(Best regular-season record)
Florida Panthers Colorado Avalanche
Prince of Wales Trophy
(Eastern Conference playoff champion)
Tampa Bay Lightning New York Rangers
Clarence S. Campbell Bowl
(Western Conference playoff champion)
Colorado Avalanche Edmonton Oilers
Art Ross Trophy
(Player with most points)
Connor McDavid (Edmonton Oilers) Johnny Gaudreau (Calgary Flames)[Notes 9]
Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy
(Perseverance, sportsmanship, and dedication)
Carey Price (Montreal Canadiens) Zdeno Chara (New York Islanders)
Kevin Hayes (Philadelphia Flyers)
Calder Memorial Trophy
(Best first-year player)
Moritz Seider (Detroit Red Wings) Michael Bunting (Toronto Maple Leafs)
Trevor Zegras (Anaheim Ducks)
Conn Smythe Trophy
(Most valuable player, playoffs)
Cale Makar (Colorado Avalanche) N/A
Frank J. Selke Trophy
(Defensive forward)
Patrice Bergeron (Boston Bruins) Aleksander Barkov (Florida Panthers)
Elias Lindholm (Calgary Flames)
Hart Memorial Trophy
(Most valuable player, regular season)
Auston Matthews (Toronto Maple Leafs) Connor McDavid (Edmonton Oilers)
Igor Shesterkin (New York Rangers)
Jack Adams Award
(Best coach)
Darryl Sutter (Calgary Flames) Andrew Brunette (Florida Panthers)
Gerard Gallant (New York Rangers)
James Norris Memorial Trophy
(Best defenceman)
Cale Makar (Colorado Avalanche) Victor Hedman (Tampa Bay Lightning)
Roman Josi (Nashville Predators)
King Clancy Memorial Trophy
(Leadership and humanitarian contribution)
P. K. Subban (New Jersey Devils) Ryan Getzlaf (Anaheim Ducks)
Darnell Nurse (Edmonton Oilers)
Lady Byng Memorial Trophy
(Sportsmanship and excellence)
Kyle Connor (Winnipeg Jets) Jaccob Slavin (Carolina Hurricanes)
Jared Spurgeon (Minnesota Wild)
Ted Lindsay Award
(Outstanding player)
Auston Matthews (Toronto Maple Leafs) Roman Josi (Nashville Predators)
Connor McDavid (Edmonton Oilers)
Mark Messier Leadership Award
(Leadership and community activities)
Anze Kopitar (Los Angeles Kings) N/A
Maurice "Rocket" Richard Trophy
(Top goal-scorer)
Auston Matthews (Toronto Maple Leafs) Leon Draisaitl (Edmonton Oilers)
Jim Gregory General Manager of the Year Award
(Top general manager)
Julien BriseBois (Tampa Bay Lightning)
Chris Drury (New York Rangers)
Joe Sakic (Colorado Avalanche)
Vezina Trophy
(Best goaltender)
Igor Shesterkin (New York Rangers) Jacob Markstrom (Calgary Flames)
Juuse Saros (Nashville Predators)
William M. Jennings Trophy
(Goaltender(s) of team with fewest goals against)
Frederik Andersen and Antti Raanta
(Carolina Hurricanes)
Alexandar Georgiev and Igor Shesterkin
(New York Rangers)
Lester Patrick Trophy
(Service to ice hockey in U.S.)

All-Star teams

Position First Team Second Team Position All-Rookie
G Igor Shesterkin, New York Rangers Jacob Markstrom, Calgary Flames G Jeremy Swayman, Boston Bruins
D Roman Josi, Nashville Predators Victor Hedman, Tampa Bay Lightning D Alexandre Carrier, Nashville Predators
D Cale Makar, Colorado Avalanche Charlie McAvoy, Boston Bruins D Moritz Seider, Detroit Red Wings
C Auston Matthews, Toronto Maple Leafs Connor McDavid, Edmonton Oilers F Michael Bunting, Toronto Maple Leafs
RW Mitch Marner, Toronto Maple Leafs Matthew Tkachuk, Calgary Flames F Lucas Raymond, Detroit Red Wings
LW Johnny Gaudreau, Calgary Flames Jonathan Huberdeau, Florida Panthers F Trevor Zegras, Anaheim Ducks


League changes

  • The 2021–22 season will be the first for Adidas' new Primegreen jerseys across the league; the new line is intended to be more environmentally-friendly, being manufactured with a minimum of 50 percent of recycled materials. These jerseys will be used in-game and sold commercially.[161]

Wholesale team changes

  • The Arizona Coyotes changed their road uniform to the original Kachina design from 1996 to 2003, replacing the road uniform they wore from 2015.[162]
  • The Los Angeles Kings changed their alternate uniform to a modernized white version of the Wayne Gretzky-era uniforms they wore from 1988 to 1998. This set replaced the silver alternate uniforms they wore from 2016.[163]
  • The New Jersey Devils unveiled their first full-fledged alternate uniform,[Notes 10] featuring a black base with white stripes and red accents. The uniform was designed by Devils legend Martin Brodeur and was largely influenced by the history of ice hockey in New Jersey.[164]
  • The Pittsburgh Penguins changed their alternate uniform to a modernized version of the black "PITTSBURGH" diagonal uniforms worn from 1992 to 1997, similar to the previous season's white Reverse Retro uniforms. The uniform replaces the yellow alternate uniforms worn from 2018 onward.[165]
  • For its inaugural season, the Seattle Kraken are wearing home deep sea blue and road white uniforms with ice blue, boundless blue, shadow blue and red accents.[166]
  • The Toronto Maple Leafs unveiled a reversible alternate uniform, a first in North American professional sports. The primarily black uniform featured the traditional Maple Leafs logo and blue accents in front, while the reverse side has Justin Bieber's drew house insignia, modified inside a yellow Maple Leafs logo.[167]
  • The Winnipeg Jets changed their alternate uniform to the throwback design they wore in the 2019 Heritage Classic, replacing the aviator blue script uniform they wore from 2018.[168]


First games

The following is a list of notable players who played their first NHL game during the 2021–22 season, listed with their first team.

Player Team Notability
Moritz Seider Detroit Red Wings 2021–22 Calder Memorial Trophy winner
Owen Power[169] Buffalo Sabres First overall pick in the 2021 Draft

Last games

The following is a list of players of note who played their last NHL game in 2021–22, listed with their team:

Player Team Notability
Dustin Brown[170] Los Angeles Kings Over 1,200 games played, NHL Foundation Player Award winner, Mark Messier Leadership Award winner, one-time NHL All-Star
Ryan Getzlaf[171] Anaheim Ducks Over 1,100 games played, one-time NHL All-Star team selection, three-time NHL All-Star
Tuukka Rask[172] Boston Bruins Vezina Trophy winner, William M. Jennings Trophy winner, two-time NHL All-Star team selection, two-time NHL All-Star
Jason Spezza[173] Toronto Maple Leafs Over 1,200 games played, two-time NHL All-Star

Major milestones reached

  • On October 13, 2021, Washington Capitals forward Alexander Ovechkin scored his 732nd goal, surpassing Marcel Dionne for fifth in all-time goals scored.[174]
  • On October 13, 2021, Washington Capitals head coach Peter Laviolette surpassed John Tortorella for the most NHL wins by an American-born head coach, with 674 total.[175]
  • On October 21, 2021, Florida Panthers goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky recorded his 300th win, becoming the 38th goaltender to reach the mark.[176]
  • On November 6, 2021, New York Islanders general manager Lou Lamoriello became the third general manager to reach 1,500 NHL wins (regular season and playoffs).[177]
  • On November 15, 2021, New York Islanders defenseman Andy Greene played his 1,000th NHL game, becoming the 358th player to reach the mark.[178]
  • On November 16, 2021, Anaheim Ducks forward Ryan Getzlaf recorded his 1,000th NHL point, becoming the 92nd player to reach the mark.[179]
  • On November 26, 2021, Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy became the second-fastest goaltender to reach 200 wins, accomplishing the milestone in 318 games.[180]
  • On November 27, 2021, Edmonton Oilers defenseman Kris Russell blocked his 1,999th shot, becoming the all-time leader in blocked shots since the statistic began to be tracked; later in the same night, Russell became the first player to block 2,000 shots.[181]
  • On November 30, 2021, Dallas Stars head coach Rick Bowness became the first coach in NHL history to reach 2,500 games coached (as head coach or assistant).[182]
  • On November 30, 2021, Dallas Stars goaltender Braden Holtby recorded his 293rd win in his 500th game, surpassing Jacques Plante for the most goaltender wins through their first 500 games.[183]
  • On December 5, 2021, Winnipeg Jets forward Blake Wheeler played his 1,000th NHL game, becoming the 359th player to reach the mark.[184]
  • On December 6, 2021, Arizona Coyotes forward Loui Eriksson played his 1,000th NHL game, becoming the 360th player to reach the mark.[185]
  • On December 7, 2021, Chicago Blackhawks goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury played his 900th NHL game, becoming the eighth goaltender to reach the mark.[186]
  • On December 9, 2021, Chicago Blackhawks goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury recorded his 500th win, becoming the third goaltender to reach the mark.[187]
  • On December 31, 2021, Washington Capitals forward Alexander Ovechkin scored his 275th power play goal, becoming the all-time leader in power play goals, and surpassing the record previously held by Dave Andreychuk.[188]
  • On January 6, 2022, Columbus Blue Jackets forward Jakub Voracek played his 1,000th NHL game, becoming the 361st player to reach the mark.[189]
  • On January 11, 2022, Pittsburgh Penguins forwards Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin and defenseman Kris Letang played their first game of the season as a trio, setting a new record for most seasons (16) as a trio in NHL history.[190]
  • On January 17, 2022, San Jose Sharks forward Timo Meier scored five goals in one game, becoming the 47th player in NHL history to do so.[191]
  • On January 23, 2022, Vancouver Canucks head coach Bruce Boudreau became the 29th head coach in NHL history to coach 1,000 games.[192]
  • On January 25, 2022, Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Keith Yandle played his 965th consecutive NHL game, setting a new record for consecutive games played, and surpassing the record previously held by Doug Jarvis.[193]
  • On January 27, 2022, Los Angeles Kings defenseman Drew Doughty played his 1,000th NHL game, becoming the 362nd player to reach the mark.[194]
  • On February 15, 2022, Pittsburgh Penguins forward Sidney Crosby scored his 500th goal, becoming the 46th player to reach the mark.[195]
  • On February 15, 2022, Washington Capitals head coach Peter Laviolette became the tenth head coach in NHL history to win 700 games.[196]
  • On February 24, 2022, New York Islanders defenseman Zdeno Chara played his 1,652nd NHL game, becoming the all-time leader in games played by a defenseman, and surpassing the record previously held by Chris Chelios.[197]
  • On March 1, 2022, Colorado Avalanche defenseman Jack Johnson played his 1,000th NHL game, becoming the 363rd player to reach the mark.[198]
  • On March 1, 2022, Vegas Golden Knights head coach Peter DeBoer became the 28th head coach in NHL history to win 500 games.[199]
  • On March 5, 2022, Toronto Maple Leafs forward Wayne Simmonds played his 1,000th NHL game, becoming the 364th player to reach the mark.[200]
  • On March 5, 2022, Seattle Kraken defenseman Mark Giordano played his 1,000th NHL game, becoming the 365th player to reach the mark.[201]
  • On March 8, 2022, Washington Capitals duo Alexander Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom played their 1,000th game together, becoming the ninth pair in league history to reach the mark.[202]
  • On March 9, 2022, Washington Capitals forward Nicklas Backstrom recorded his 1,000th point, becoming the 93rd player to reach the mark.[203]
  • On March 10, 2022, Buffalo Sabres goaltender Craig Anderson recorded his 300th win, becoming the 39th goaltender to reach the mark.[204]
  • On March 11, 2022, New York Islanders head coach Barry Trotz became the third head coach in NHL history to win 900 games.[205]
  • On March 12, 2022, Detroit Red Wings defenseman Marc Staal played his 1,000th NHL game, becoming the 366th player to reach the mark. Additionally, Staal joined his brothers Eric and Jordan as the first trio of brothers in NHL history to each record 1,000 games played.[206]
  • On March 15, 2022, Boston Bruins forward Nick Foligno played his 1,000th NHL game, becoming the 367th player to reach the mark.[207] Additionally, he and his father Mike became the second father-and-son duo in NHL history to each record 1,000 games, after Bobby and Brett Hull.[208]
  • On March 17, 2022, Philadelphia Flyers forward Claude Giroux played his 1,000th NHL game, becoming the 368th player to reach the mark.[209]
  • On March 31, 2022, Chicago Blackhawks forward Jonathan Toews played his 1,000th NHL game, becoming the 369th player to reach the mark.[210]
  • On March 31, 2022, Florida Panthers forward Jonathan Huberdeau recorded his 71st assist of the season, becoming the all-time single-season leader in assists by a left winger, and surpassing the record previously held by Joe Juneau.[211]
  • On April 7, 2022, Toronto Maple Leafs forward Auston Matthews scored his 56th goal of the season, setting a new single-season record for goals scored by a United States-born player, and surpassing the record previously held by Jimmy Carson and Kevin Stevens.[212]
  • On April 20, 2022, Washington Capitals forward Alexander Ovechkin scored his 50th goal of the season, becoming the third player to do so nine times, tying Wayne Gretzky and Mike Bossy for having the most 50-goal seasons in NHL history. He also became the oldest player to record a 50-goal season at 36 years and 215 days of age, surpassing the record previously held by Johnny Bucyk.[213]
  • On April 20, 2022, Arizona Coyotes forward Andrew Ladd played his 1,000th NHL game, becoming the 370th player to reach the mark.[214]
  • On April 24, 2022, the Eastern Conference became the first conference to have eight teams reach 100 points in the same season.[215]
  • On April 26, 2022, Toronto Maple Leafs forward Auston Matthews scored his 60th goal of the season, becoming the 40th player to reach the mark, and first United States-born player to do so.[216]
  • On May 9, 2022, Pittsburgh Penguins forward Sidney Crosby became the sixth player in league history to score 200 playoff points.[217]
  • On May 14, 2022, Edmonton Oilers forward Connor McDavid scored two points in game 7 of the Oilers' first-round series against the Los Angeles Kings, becoming the second player in NHL history to record six multi-point games in a single playoff series, and first since Rick Middleton did so for the Boston Bruins in 1983.[218]

Broadcast rights

Canadian media


This is the eighth season of the league's 12-year Canadian national broadcast rights deal with Sportsnet. This includes Sportnet's sub-licensing agreements to air Saturday Hockey Night in Canada games on CBC Television and French-language broadcasts on TVA Sports, and games streamed on Sportsnet Now, (for games televised by CBC), or the subscription service NHL Live.[219] This season NHL Live will be available at no extra cost to subscribers of Sportsnet Now+.[220] After a one-year hiatus due to the pandemic, the Hometown Hockey games have returned to Sportsnet's schedule, moving to Monday nights.[221]


On September 21, 2021, Hockey Night in Canada/Sportsnet lead play-by-play announcer Jim Hughson announced his retirement from broadcasting.[222]

On April 28, 2022, Winnipeg Jets play-by-play announcer Dennis Beyak announced his retirement. Beyak served as the voice of the Jets since relocating from Atlanta in 2011. He also worked play-by-play duties for the Edmonton Oilers and the Toronto Maple Leafs.[223]

U.S. media


The 2021–22 season is the first of the NHL's new national media rights agreements in the United States,[224][225] following the expiration of the league's contract with NBC Sports after the previous season. In negotiating its media rights, the NHL aimed to surpass the US$2 billion total that NBC paid over the life of their 2011–21 contract.[226] The league explored splitting its media rights between multiple broadcasters,[227] and over-the-top services (such as DAZN, ESPN+, and Peacock).[228]

On March 10, 2021, the NHL announced that ESPN would serve as one of the new rightsholders under a seven-year contract, with games airing on ESPN, ESPN+, and ABC. The contract marks ABC and ESPN's return to NHL broadcasting for the first time since the 2003–04 season. On April 27, 2021, the NHL announced that Turner Sports would serve as the second rightsholder, with options to air games on TBS and/or TNT, and over-the-top rights to all of its telecasts for HBO Max. The structure of the two new contracts heavily resemble ESPN and TNT's current broadcast rights to the NBA,[224][225] although with the caveat of ABC and TNT also having exclusive, alternating rights to the Stanley Cup Finals (unlike the NBA contract, where the NBA Finals are exclusive to ABC).[229][230]

ESPN's contract allows up to 25 exclusive games per season on ABC or ESPN, 75 exclusive games streamed on ESPN+ (also simulcast on Hulu), exclusive rights to the opening night games, the All-Star Game, and other "special events"., the NHL's digital out-of-market package, will be discontinued in the United States, with all out-of-market games moving to ESPN+,[231] at no extra cost to subscribers. Most of ESPN+'s 75-game slate in 2021–22 will take place on Tuesdays and Thursdays, with a select amount of games on Fridays. ESPN's 2021–22 schedule includes four Tuesday night games in October, six Thursday night games in January, February and March, and eight Tuesday or Thursday night games in April. ABC's 2021–22 schedule includes the Thanksgiving Showdown on November 26, the All-Star Game, eight Saturday afternoon, and one Saturday primetime "Game of the Week" contests during the later months of the regular season.[232]

TNT's contract includes exclusive rights to up to 72 exclusive games per-season, and the Winter Classic. The network also may stream its games on HBO Max, and Bleacher Report will have extended highlights.[230] For the 2021–22 season, TNT will air 50 games, primarily on Wednesday nights (with 15 doubleheaders), seven weeks of games on Sundays in March and April 2022, and all three outdoor games.[233] Due to TNT's prior commitments to air AEW Dynamite, the network only aired a single, west coast game on Wednesday nights from October 27 through December 29, after which Dynamite moved to TBS beginning January 5.[233][234]

NHL Network will continue to nationally televise selected regular season games not broadcast by either ESPN or TNT.[235] NHL Network and TNT games will not be available to stream live on ESPN+, but will be available on-demand 24 hours after they end.[236]

Coverage of the first three rounds of the Stanley Cup playoffs will be split between ESPN and Turner, with each televising half of the first two rounds of playoff games and one conference final per season. ESPN/ABC will have first choice of which Conference Finals series to air. Coverage of the Stanley Cup Finals will alternate annually, with ABC airing it during even-numbered years (marking the first time that it will be broadcast entirely on American network television; under past contracts, two games aired on cable) and TNT televising it during odd-numbered years (marking the first time since 1994 that national coverage will be exclusively on cable television).[230]

The NHL renewed its national radio agreement with Sports USA, which had taken over NHL Radio the previous season on a one-year deal, for an additional four seasons, taking the company's rights through the 2025 Stanley Cup Finals.[237]


  • The Buffalo Sabres' radio agreement with Audacy and flagship station 550 WGR expired in the 2021 offseason.[238] On September 1, 2021, the Sabres and Audacy renewed their agreement for an undisclosed number of years, largely because none of the other ownership groups in Buffalo were prepared to take on sports commitments.[239]
  • The Seattle Kraken's inaugural regional TV broadcaster will be Root Sports Northwest.[240] Seattle's radio rights will be held by iHeartMedia, with 950 KJR as flagship station, and some games on 96.5 Jack FM KJAQ.[241]


On May 26, 2021, it was announced that TNT's lead broadcast team will be current Rangers radio voice Kenny Albert and current Blackhawks analyst Eddie Olczyk — a pairing carried over from NBC, and that Turner Sports had signed Oilers and hockey legend Wayne Gretzky to be their lead studio analyst.[242][243][244][245][246][247]

TNT announced the rest of their personnel on September 14, naming current Islanders and former NBC play-by-play man Brendan Burke,[248] current Blues analyst Darren Pang, and 3x gold medalist and Hockey Night’s Jennifer Botterill as their second broadcast team. Current Flyers lead analyst Keith Jones, also from NBC, will serve as the lead "Inside-the-Glass" reporter, joining Albert and Olczyk on the lead team.[249] Liam McHugh, was named as TNT's lead studio host, continuing that role from NBC, with his colleague Anson Carter, most recent Coyotes head coach Rick Tocchet, and veteran Paul Bissonnette joining Gretzky as studio analysts. NHL Network's Jackie Redmond, and Tarik El-Bashir will also appear as contributors.[250] On September 29, 2021, TNT announced that they added former NHL referee Don Koharski as a rules analyst.[251] TNT later added former Blackhawk Jamal Mayers to their broadcast team as a contributor, Rangers legend Henrik Lundqvist, who also joined MSG, as a studio analyst, former referee Stephane Auger to their team, as another rules analyst, joining Koharski, Nabil Karim, formerly of ESPN, as a fill-in studio host and reporter, Kraken play-by-play announcer John Forslund as a third play-by-play announcer, and Sharks color commentator Bret Hedican as a third color commentator. TNT added a bunch of current players and announcers from Sportsnet, FuboTV, the Flyers, Sharks, Islanders, Vegas Golden Knights, New Jersey Devils, Columbus Blue Jackets, and the Canadian women's national ice hockey team to their Stanley Cup playoff coverage.

ESPN formally confirmed its commentator teams on June 29, 2021. ESPN’s #2 college football play-by-play man Sean McDonough would be the network’s lead play-by-play announcer; Monday Night Football’s Steve Levy would lead studio coverage and contribute to occasional play-by-play commentary. Sportsnet’s Leah Hextall and ESPN’s #3 college football play-by-play man Bob Wischusen were officially named as play-by-play commentators, as well as SportsCenter’s John Buccigross, who will also contribute as an alternate studio host, and serve as the host for The Point. ESPN legend Barry Melrose, 6x Cup champion Mark Messier, and 3x Cup champion Chris Chelios were named strictly as studio analysts while TSN’s Ray Ferraro, NBC’s Brian Boucher, Ryan Callahan, and A. J. Mleczko,[83] NHL Network’s Kevin Weekes, Hockey Night/Sportsnet’s Cassie Campbell-Pascall, WEPN-FM’s Rick DiPietro, and 2018 gold medalist Hilary Knight would contribute as booth, Inside the Glass, and studio analysts. 2016 Isobel Cup champion Blake Bolden was added to join insiders Emily Kaplan and Greg Wyshynski as insiders and rinkside reporters.[227] Linda Cohn continued her duties hosting In the Crease, while also gaining roles as an “Inside the Glass” reporter and backup studio and game break host. On August 4, 2021, ESPN announced that they added most recent Blue Jackets coach and Stanley Cup winning coach John Tortorella as an extra studio analyst.[252][253]

On September 16, after ESPN released their slate of games for the 2021-22 season, SportsCenter anchor and ESPN Social host Arda Ocal would announce himself that he too would host select game broadcasts.[254] On October 2, former referee Dave Jackson joined the network as a rules analyst, an NHL first.[255] Early into the 2021-22 season, ESPN added former NBC analyst Dominic Moore, who had hosted the Expansion Draft with Weekes and ESPN College Football personality Chris Fowler. Laura Rutledge, host of NFL Live and SEC Nation, joined ESPN team for their coverage of the 2022 NHL All-Star Game, in a celebrity interviewer role. After preparing for and playing in the 2022 Winter Olympics, Knight made her ESPN debut on March 10, 2022. Bolden, who has been working as a pro scout for the Los Angeles Kings since 2020, made her official ESPN on-air debut a week later. After the regular season kicked into high gear, Knight and Bolden were the only two who still had to make their on-air debuts with ESPN. Occasionally, other well known ESPN personalities like Jeremy Schaap, Kevin Connors, Michael Eaves, and Max McGee will be added in fill-in roles on The Point and In the Crease. Mike Monaco, Roxy Bernstein, and Caley Chelios, daughter of Chris, have also filled in on game coverage. TSN’s Gord Miller, Ferraro’s broadcast partner for Maple Leafs games on TSN, joined ESPN for the Stanley Cup Playoffs. P.K. Subban joined ESPN for the Playoffs in an expanded role, which includes being a game analyst for select games.

Buffalo play-by-play announcer Rick Jeanneret, after initially stating he expected to retire after his 50th season in 2021,[256][257] announced he would return for one final season in 2021–22.[258] Jeanneret was assigned to call 20 home games (all on the TV/radio simulcast) during his final season, with Dan Dunleavy working the remaining 62 games (52 on the TV/radio simulcast).[259]

Chicago TV play-by-play announcer Pat Foley announced he would retire at the end of this season. Foley, who has served as the Blackhawks' voice for 39 seasons, will call an undisclosed amount of games this season.[260] In games where Foley was off TV, either John Wiedeman, Stephen Nelson, Chris Vosters or Mike Monaco would fill in. In addition, Colby Cohen replaced Steve Konroyd as the substitute TV analyst for Eddie Olczyk. In games where Wiedeman calls TV games, Alan Fuehring, Jason Ross Jr. and Joey Zakrewski would take over on the radio side.[261] Foley called his final Blackhawks game on April 14, a 3–2 shootout win over the Sharks, after which Vosters assumed the play-by-play duties full-time.[262]

On May 17, New Jersey play-by-play announcer Steve Cangialosi stepped down after 11 seasons.[263]

Seattle's inaugural local commentators will include play-by-play announcers John Forslund (TV) and Everett Fitzhugh (radio), and analysts J. T. Brown (TV) and Dave Tomlinson (radio).[240][264][265] On February 10, it was announced that Fitzhugh will join Brown on the television booth for the Kraken's road game at the Winnipeg Jets on February 17, becoming the first all-black NHL TV broadcast team.[266]


With the new U.S. television deals, Sports Business Journal projected that viewership of national games had increased by 18% year-over-year during the regular season. TNT (whose package largely supplanted NBCSN's main package of games) announced a 24% increase in viewership in comparison to cable-televised games during the 2019–20 season, 29% year-over-year in comparison to the shortened 2020–21 season, and a 56% increase in female viewership.[267][268]

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  78. 78.0 78.1 78.2 Bell Centre will be closed to fans for Thursday's Canadiens game against Flyers.
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  93. Flames prepare proof-of-vaccine system to fill Saddledome amid COVID-19 fourth wave concerns.
  94. COVID-19 vaccine proof, no bags: What Edmonton Oilers fans can expect at Rogers Place. “Each NHL rink in Canada will require proof of vaccination for fans to attend.”
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  99. New public health orders coming into effect in Manitoba to curb spread of Omicron variant (2021-12-27).
  100. 100.0 100.1 NHL postpones Red-Wings-Islanders game, nine others.
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  121. Flames games postponed through Dec. 23 due to COVID-19 concerns (December 17, 2021).
  122. Hurricanes game against Wild postponed because of COVID-19 issues (December 14, 2021).
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  125. Red Wings shut down through holiday break (December 19, 2021).
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  128. NHL postpones all cross-border games until after Christmas break.
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  130. NHL to pause season from Wednesday through Christmas Day.
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  132. All NHL games next Monday postponed as league extends pause (2021-12-24).
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  134. NHL delays return to play until Tuesday.
  135. NHL postpones three more games, total up to 70.
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  138. Two Senators games postponed because of attendance restrictions in Canada.
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  140. Red Wings-Ducks game postponed because of COVID-19 issues, total at 99.
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  203. McDavid scores in OT, Oilers beat Capitals to snap skid (March 9, 2022).
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  258. Rick Jeanneret to retire after 2021-22 Buffalo Sabres season. WGRZ (August 20, 2021).
  259. Sabres announce Rick Jeanneret's final 20 regular-season games. Buffalo Sabres (October 13, 2021).
  260. Chicago Blackhawks (June 23, 2021). RELEASE: Pat Foley to Call Final Season of Blackhawks Hockey in 2021-22. Press release.
  261. Chicago Blackhawks (September 30, 2021). RELEASE: Blackhawks Announce Broadcast and Content Team for 2021-22. Press release.
  262. Chicago Blackhawks (April 3, 2022). RELEASE: Chris Vosters Named Voice of the Blackhawks. Press release.
  263. Steve Cangialosi Stepping Down as Devils Broadcaster – BLOG. New Jersey Devils (May 17, 2022).
  264. Wyshynski, Greg. "Brown to retire, join Kraken as television analyst",, June 21, 2021. 
  265. Johnston, Patrick. "From the Canucks to the Kraken: Dave Tomlinson jumps back into radio", The Province, October 23, 2021. 
  266. William Douglas (February 10, 2022). Kraken to feature first all-Black television broadcast crew. National Hockey League.
  267. Strong gains for TNT on cable help NHL to TV viewership uptick (en).
  268. NHL regular-season TV ratings highest in five years (en-US) (2022-04-27).


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