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Long Weekend FTB: The next hockey season has already begun

Some of the Maple Leafs’ prospects have begun their 2022/23 seasons.

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You may not have realized this, but the 2022/23 season has already begun for some leagues — including two Maple Leafs prospects. All the European leagues have been in their pre-season for a month now, and they are just starting their regular season games. The CHL leagues have been in their training camps, and began their pre-season games on Friday night. Other leagues, like the USHL or NCAA, are not far behind.

The Maple Leafs will of start their pre-season on September 24th, and then their regular season on October 12th. But if you are interested in following or watching any prospects, here are the dates to know:

Europe

  • Nikita Grebyonkin — Metallurg (KHL): regular season started September 1st
  • Dmitri Ovchinnikov — Sibir (KHL): regular season started September 2nd
  • Dennis Hildeby — Farjestad (SHL): Champions League started September 2nd and their regular season starting September 17th
  • Artur Akthyamov — Neftyanik (VHL): regular season starts September 8th
  • Vyacheslav Peksa — Bars Kazan (VHL): regular season starts September 8th
  • Roni Hirvonen — HIFK (Liiga): regular season starts October 14th
  • Topi Niemelä — Karpat (Liiga): regular season starts October 14th
  • Kalle Loponen — KooKoo (Liiga): regular season starts October 14th

North America

  • Brandon Lisowsky — Saskatoon (WHL): Pre-season starts September 6th, regular season starts September 23rd
  • Fraser Minten — Kamloops (WHL): Pre-season starts Septenber 9th, regular season starts September 23rd
  • Ty Voit — Sarnia (OHL): Pre-season starts September 9th, regular season starts September 30th
  • Braeden Kressler — Flint (OHL): Pre-season starts September 9th, regular season starts October 1st
  • Nicholas Moldenhauer — Chicago (USHL): Pre-season starts September 9th, regular season starts September 22nd
  • Matthew Knies and Mike Koster — Minnesota (NCAA): Regular season starts October 1st
  • Veeti Miettinen — St. Cloud (NCAA): Regular season starts October 1st
  • Wyatt Schingoethe — West Michigan (NCAA): Regular season starts October 1st
  • Ryan Tverberg — UConn (NCAA): Regular season starts October 7th
  • Toronto Marlies (AHL): Regular season starts October 14th
  • Joe Miller — Harvard (NCAA): Regular season starts October 20th

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Enjoy your long weekend everyone!