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2016 AHL preseason begins Oct. 5

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. … The American Hockey League today announced its composite 2016 preseason schedule, leading up to the start of the league’s 81st campaign next month.

The AHL enters the 2016-17 season with 30 teams — one for each affiliate in the National Hockey League — including two new entries: the Tucson Roadrunners and the Springfield Thunderbirds.

2016 AHL PRESEASON SCHEDULE
Wed., Oct. 5Bridgeport vs. HartfordKoeppel Community Sports Center
Hartford, Conn.
7:00 ET
Thu., Oct. 6San Diego vs. OntarioCitizens Business Bank Arena
Ontario, Calif.
10:00 am PT
Toronto vs. St. John’sStephenville Dome
Stephenville, N.L.
7:30 NT
Binghamton vs. RochesterHarborCenter
Buffalo, N.Y.
7:00 ET
Albany vs. W-B/ScrantonMohegan Sun Arena
Wilkes-Barre, Pa.
7:05 ET
Chicago vs. RockfordBMO Harris Bank Center
Rockford, Ill.
7:00 CT
Texas vs. San AntonioAT&T Center
San Antonio, Texas
7:00 CT
Tucson vs. San JoseSharks Ice at San Jose
San Jose, Calif.
7:00 PT
Fri., Oct. 7Toronto vs. St. John’sCorner Brook Civic Centre
Corner Brook, N.L.
7:30 NT
Providence vs. SpringfieldMassMutual Center
Springfield, Mass.
7:00 ET
Charlotte vs. Lehigh ValleyPPL Center
Allentown, Pa.
7:05 ET
Grand Rapids vs. ChicagoWest Meadows Ice Arena
Rolling Meadows, Ill.
7:00 CT
Rockford vs. MilwaukeeKern Center
Milwaukee, Wis.
7:00 CT
Tucson vs. StocktonStockton Arena
Stockton, Calif.
7:30 PT
Sat., Oct. 8San Antonio vs. TexasH-E-B Center at Cedar Park
Cedar Park, Texas
3:00 CT
Utica vs. SyracuseOnondaga County War Memorial Arena
Syracuse, N.Y.
5:00 ET
Providence vs. BridgeportWonderland of Ice
Bridgeport, Conn.
7:00 ET
Rochester vs. BinghamtonFloyd L. Maines Veterans Memorial Arena
Binghamton, N.Y.
7:00 ET
Hartford vs. SpringfieldMassMutual Center
Springfield, Mass.
7:00 ET
Charlotte vs. Lehigh ValleyPPL Center
Allentown, Pa.
7:05 ET
Hershey vs. W-B/ScrantonMohegan Sun Arena
Wilkes-Barre, Pa.
7:05 ET
Milwaukee vs. ChicagoTriphahn Center Ice Arena
Hoffman Estates, Ill.
7:00 CT
Iowa vs. ManitobaScheels Arena
Fargo, N.D.
7:00 CT
Stockton vs. BakersfieldRabobank Arena
Bakersfield, Calif.
7:00 PT
Sun., Oct. 9Toronto vs. St. John’sGander Community Centre
Gander, N.L.
2:00 NT
Albany vs. HartfordChampions Skating Center
Cromwell, Conn.
1:00 ET
Iowa vs. ManitobaRalph Engelstad Arena
Grand Forks, N.D.
2:00 CT
Syracuse vs. UticaUtica Memorial Auditorium
Utica, N.Y.
5:00 ET
W-B/Scranton vs. HersheyGiant Center
Hershey, Pa.
5:00 ET
Bakersfield vs. San JoseSharks Ice at San Jose
San Jose, Calif.
6:00 PT
Mon., Oct. 10Ontario vs. San DiegoHonda Center
Anaheim, Calif.
7:00 PT

In operation since 1936, the AHL continues to serve as the top development league for the players, coaches, managers, executives, broadcasters and staff of all 30 National Hockey League teams. More than 88 percent of today’s NHL players are American Hockey League graduates, and more than 100 honored members of the Hockey Hall of Fame spent time in the AHL in their careers. In 2015-16, over 7.1 million fans attended AHL regular-season and playoff games across North America, the highest total attendance in league history.

The AHL’s 2016-17 regular season begins Fri., Oct. 14.