Vancouver Canucks release 2013-14 NHL schedule

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      The John Tortorella era begins on October 3 when the Vancouver Canucks visit the San Jose Sharks.

      The Canucks will play their first home game of the new season two nights later when they host Edmonton at Rogers Arena. Tortorella’s Canucks will have to be road warriors in the early going as the team plays 13 of its first 20 games away from home.

      Tortorella leads the Canucks to Madison Square Garden to face Alain Vigneault’s New York Rangers on November 30. The Rangers will visit Vancouver on April 1 (although they will be here during September’s preseason).

      The Boston Bruins make their return to Rogers Arena on December 14. It’ll be their first trip here since winning the Stanley Cup in June 2011.

      The reigning champs, the Chicago Blackhawks, make two treks to town: November 23 and January 29.

      Montreal makes an early season appearance in Vancouver stopping in for a visit on October 12. Toronto is in on November 2. And Ottawa plays the Canucks in the Heritage Classic at B.C. Place on March 4. That game comes on the heels of a two-week league break for the 2014 Sochi Olympics.

      The Canucks also have a week-long Christmas break from December 22 to 29.

      The full schedule can be found here.

      Jeff Paterson is a talk-show host on Vancouver’s all-sports radio Team 1040. Follow him on Twitter at @patersonjeff.