If you haven’t already begun counting down the days until the 2017-18 NHL regular season, it’s time to get on it.

Training camps around the league open the second weekend of September. The first preseason game is Sept. 16. And then, without further ado, the Maple Leafs and Jets officially drop the puck on a new year in hockey Oct. 4 (7 p.m. ET, Sportsnet). An hour later, the Penguins will raise another Stanley Cup banner in front of the Blues (8 p.m. ET, NBCSN). For the West Coast (or an Easterner’s late-night entertainment), it’s Canucks vs. Oilers (10 p.m. ET, HNIC) and Sharks vs. Flyers (10:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN).

Limited Womens Michael Grabner Jersey After a heart-stopping 5-4 shootout victory, it’s clear this group will at some point assist its elders in giving the U.S. a bigger profile on that stage.

Limited Womens Trey Hendrickson Jersey The Americans essentially played eight periods of playoff hockey in a 27-hour span between Wednesday’s shootout win over Russia and Thursday’s victory. Adding to the degree of difficulty: They twice had to erase a two-goal deficit in the final, the second time during a dizzying sequence in the third period. That ability to power through is a testament to this group’s mental toughness, and can only be a plus for those who move on to senior tournaments.

When we got together in Michigan for our camp this summer, there was something special with these guys, U.S. coach Bob Motzko told reporters after the game. This team had great camaraderie, tremendous heart and always battled. This is a special group who will forever walk together.