Hockey Night in Canada returns Oct. 1

CBC's Hockey Night in Canada is set to begin its 61st season on Oct. 1 with an all-Canadian doubleheader on opening night of the 2013-14 NHL regular season.

All-Canadian doubleheader on tap

Carey Price and the Canadiens play host Oct. 1 to the Maple Leafs on Hockey Night in Canada. (Jana Chytilova/Getty Images)

CBC's Hockey Night in Canada is set to begin its 61st season on Tuesday, Oct. 1, with the first two of 94 games on its schedule for the 2013-14 NHL regular season.

A doubleheader involving four Canadian teams highlights the NHL's opening night. The Toronto Maple Leafs visit the Montreal Canadiens (7 p.m. ET), while the Edmonton Oilers host the Winnipeg Jets (10 p.m. ET).

Hockey Night will also feature the 2014 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic in Detroit on Jan. 1, 2014, as the Detroit Red Wings host the Maple Leafs at Michigan Stadium (1 p.m. ET).

Three other outdoor games will also be broadcast on CBC, and streamed live online at CBCSports.ca, including the all-Canadian 2014 Tim Hortons Heritage Classic between the Ottawa Senators and the Vancouver Canucks at BC Place on March 6 (4 p.m. ET).

The Anaheim Ducks and the Los Angeles Kings meet at Dodger Stadium on January 25, and the New York Rangers host the New Jersey Devils at Yankee Stadium the day after. Both games are part of the new 2014 Coors Light Stadium Series.

A total of 33 all-Canadian matchups are part of Hockey Night's 2013-14 slate, with three anchoring a full day of coverage on Hockey Day in Canada on January 18.

The schedule also features 16 Original Six games and four installments of the "Battle of Alberta" between the Calgary Flames and Edmonton Oilers. Viewers will also see the defending Stanley Cup Champion Chicago Blackhawks five times, the reigning Eastern Conference Champion Boston Bruins four times, Sidney Crosby and the Pittsburgh Penguins three times and Alex Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals three times.

Seven games are featured in February, including a Super Bowl Sunday matinee special between the Jets and the Canadiens at Bell Centre on February 2 (1 p.m. ET).

A triple-header six days later ends a short schedule for February, leaving three weeks available during the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics. A deal between the league, the Players' Association, the International Ice Hockey Federation, and the International Olympic committee was announced Friday, clearing the way for NHL representation in Sochi.

In addition to being broadcast on CBC Television, all Hockey Night in Canada games will be streamed live on CBCSports.ca.

Hockey Night in Canada fans can connect online through Twitter (@HockeyNight) and Facebook.