The schedule prior to the start of the game is defined below.
- Four minutes prior to the puck drop all the players line up at their blue line for the presentation of the national anthems of the participating teams.
- Two minutes prior to the puck drop the starting six players line up at their blue line with helmets in hand. Goalies remain in their goal crease with helmet in hand. First the starting six of the visiting club then the starting six of the home club. Players remain at their blue line during introduction until the home goalie has been introduced. The remaining players must take a seat on their players' benches.
- The introduction of the starting six is done by the stadium announcer. At first two defenders, then three forwards and finally the goalkeeper are introduced (e.g., with personal information or statistics). This introduction must be carried out in a neutral manner and without any form of provocation. It is not permitted to mention penalty times, suspensions, etc. in these announcements.