The National Hockey League is ready for another season of good old hockey action. Franchises in the United States and Canada will be ready to throw down yet again. You have the Original Six (Montreal Canadiens, Boston Bruins, New York Rangers, Chicago Blackhawks, Toronto Maple Leafs, and the Detroit Red Wings) and the various other teams. You never know what you can expect when you have three 20-minute periods of action. As the temperatures wind down, the action heats up on the ice. All we know is that the Los Angeles Kings are the team to beat. Can the Kings retain their throne, or will a new challenger acquire Lord Stanley's Cup at the end of the season? We have many months and hundreds of games to determine contenders from pretenders. This is the first time in my 10.5 years on GTPlanet that I've started a thread on the NHL. I invite all NHL fans to this thread. I don't usually watch hockey or consider myself a hockey fanatic. However, I do want to try to make active discussions regarding NHL hockey. So welcome to the new season! Tonight (as of this post) marks the first of the Preseason games. The Preseason runs between September 23, 2014 through October 5, 2014. The regular season begins October 8, 2014; and the season ends on April 11, 2015. Welcome to the new season's thread! Good luck to all of your teams this season. [UPDATE] For more news and info on the NHL, please visit http://www.nhl.com.