Calgary, AB – The Western Hockey League today released its schedule of games for the 2013-14 regular season.
The 2013 WHL Opening Weekend will launch on Thursday, September 19th, with the Regina Pats hosting the Swift Current Broncos at 7pm CST.
The rest of the 2013-14 WHL Regular-Season schedule gets underway on Friday, September 20th , with eight games scheduled, including the 2012-13 WHL Ed Chynoweth Cup Champions Portland Winterhawks’ home opener against the Prince George Cougars.
The busy opening weekend continues with 10 more WHL games set for Saturday, September 21st, including one of the host teams for the 2013 SUBWAY® Super Series, the Red Deer Rebels welcoming their East Division rivals the Kootenay Ice.
As mentioned, the WHL and the Cities of Red Deer and Lethbridge will serve as the official hosts for two games of the 2013 SUBWAY® Super Series in November. The CHL Top Prospects game also makes it way to Alberta, with the Calgary Hitmen hosting the top NHL Draft-eligible prospects on January 15th, 2014.
As in previous seasons, the majority of games will be played on weekends. Of the 792 games, 560 are scheduled for the weekend, with 233 to be played on a Friday, 243 on a Saturday and 62 on a Sunday. Additionally, 18 weekday games occur on various holidays throughout the season, meaning 70% of the schedule is played on a weekend or non-school days. During the week, Wednesday night has 123 matches scheduled, 99 games for Tuesday, 23 games on a Monday, and 10 contests will be played on Thursday.
Day – No. of Games (Percentage)
Monday – 23 (2.9%)
Tuesday – 99 (12.5%)
Wednesday – 123 (15.5%)
Thursday – 10 (1.2%)
Friday – 232 (29.2%)
Saturday – 243 (30.6%)
Sunday – 62 (7.8%)
The 792 game regular season concludes on Sunday, March 16th with the 2014 WHL Playoffs and the battle for the Ed Chynoweth Cup beginning on Friday, March21st.
CLICK HERE to download a copy of the 2013-14 WHL Regular Season Schedule.