(Reuters) - Key dates for the upcoming 2012-13 National Hockey League season.
January 19 - Regular season opens with 13 games, including the defending Stanley Cup champion Los Angeles Kings at home against the Chicago Blackhawks.
April 3 - Trade deadline
April 27 - Last day of regular season
April 30 - Stanley Cup playoffs begin
June 28 - Last possible day for Stanley Cup finals
June 28-29 - 2013 NHL Draft at Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey
July 5 - Free agency opens
Compiled by Frank Pingue in Toronto; editing by Julian Linden