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AHL announces alignment for 2013-14

July 11, 2013
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.