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WHL announces 2022-23 season start date, preseason schedule

Edmonton Oil Kings goalie Sebastian Cossa makes a glove save during WHL action against the Calgary Hitmen on March 5, 2022. On Thursday, the WHL announced that the 2022-23 season will begin on Friday, Sept. 23. Larry MacDougal / The Canadian Press

Just three days after the Edmonton Oil Kings were crowned Western Hockey League champions, the league announced its starting date for the 2022-23 season.

The upcoming season will begin on Friday, Sept. 23. The league did not say what teams will be involved on opening day. However, it did release the pre-season schedule, which will run Sept. 6 to 18 and will feature 47 exhibition games.

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On Monday, Edmonton defeated Seattle 2-0 in Game 6 of the league final to win the Ed Chynoweth Cup.

The Oil Kings will now represent the league at the upcoming 2022 Memorial Cup in Saint John, N.B.

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The Prince Albert Raiders were the last team to hoist the Ed Chynoweth Cup, with the league cancelling the 2020 and 2021 playoffs because of COVID-19.

The preseason schedule will also feature two tournaments hosted by the Everett Silvertips and Tri-City Americans.

Games will also be played in out-of-market arenas in B.C., Alberta and Saskatchewan, starting with the Prince Albert Raiders and Saskatoon Blades meeting at Big River First Nation Arena in Debden, Sask., on Sept. 6.

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The league said teams will start announcing their home-opening dates on Monday, June 20, with the remainder of the regular-season schedule to be unveiled during the first week of July.

For more information about the WHL’s preseason schedule, visit the league’s website.

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