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We don’t know about you, but we at the Pink Puck have been anxiously awaiting the release of the 2013-2014 NHL schedule. Originally, it was supposed to come out on Wednesday, but was pushed back. The NHL had to wait to see if NHL players would be competing in the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.

This morning, the announcement came that the NHL and NHLPA had reached an agreement with IIHF and IOC to allow players in the NHL to participate in the fifth straight Winter Olympics. That means that they NHL will halt the schedule after February 8th and resume games on February 26th.

Today, the NHL also unveiled the names of the names for the new division. The Eastern Conference will now have the Atlantic and Metropolitan divisions. The Western Conference will now have the Pacific and Central divisions. With the new division setup, each one of the 30 teams will play in each of the 30 arenas at least once during the regular season. You can find the new divisions here.

The schedule is highlighted by 6 outdoor games. In addition to the Winter Classic, this year played between Detroit and Toronto, there are also four games as part of the Coors Light NHL Stadium Series and one game billed as the 2014 Tim Hortons NHL Heritage Classic. You can find the highlights for the season here and the full schedule here.

Let us know what you think and what games you’re most looking forward to!

A New England girl, born and raised, Jessica Higham has grown up loving few things more than hockey. Although she has never considered herself to be a good skater, she fell in love with hockey back when boys still had cooties and that love has only grown since. She genuinely wishes she had been alive to enjoy ‘Miracle on Ice’ and considers it to be one of the greatest moments in US history. Nothing compares to the feeling of September coming and signaling the start of a new season, complete with a whole new set of ups and downs. After having been an avid reader and occasional writer, Jessica wanted to try putting the two loves together and writing about hockey. Aside from hockey, Jessica also loves music, going to concerts, animals, and walking on the beach. Email: jessica@thepinkpuck.com @JessicaHigham

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