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AHL announces alignment for 2013-14

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. … American Hockey League President and CEO David Andrews announced that the league’s Board of Governors, convening this week for its Annual Meeting in Hilton Head Island, S.C., has approved the following division alignment for the 2013-14 AHL season:

EASTERN CONFERENCE WESTERN CONFERENCE
Atlantic Division North Division
Manchester Hamilton
Portland Lake Erie
Providence Rochester
St. John's Toronto
Worcester Utica
   
Northeast Division Midwest Division
Adirondack Chicago
Albany Grand Rapids
Bridgeport Iowa
Hartford Milwaukee
Springfield Rockford
   
East Division West Division
Binghamton Abbotsford
Hershey Charlotte
Norfolk OKC
Syracuse San Antonio
WBS Texas
   
2013-14 NHL affiliations list

Changes from last year’s alignment include Abbotsford moving to the renamed West Division, Iowa being placed in the Midwest Division and Utica being slotted in the North Division.

The format for the 2014 Calder Cup Playoffs was also approved by the Board of Governors, and remains the same as 2013: Eight teams in each conference will qualify for the postseason, with the three division winners earning the top three seeds and the next five best teams in order of regular-season points seeded fourth through eighth. The conference quarterfinals will be best-of-five series; the conference semifinals, conference finals and Calder Cup Finals will be best-of-seven series. Teams will be re-ordered after the first round so that the highest-remaining seed plays the lowest-remaining seed.

The playing schedule for the 2013-14 regular season, which begins Oct. 4, will be announced later this summer.

In operation since 1936, the AHL continues to serve as the top development league for all 30 National Hockey League teams. More than 87 percent of today’s NHL players are American Hockey League graduates, and for the 12th year in a row, more than 6 million fans attended AHL games across North America in 2012-13.