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AHL announces alignment for 2015-16

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. … American Hockey League President and CEO David Andrews announced that the league’s Board of Governors, convening for its Spring Meeting today in Chicago, Ill., has approved the following division alignment for the 2015-16 AHL season:

Eastern ConferenceAtlanticCentralWestern Conference
BridgeportCharlotte
HartfordChicago
HersheyGrand Rapids
Lehigh ValleyIowa
PortlandLake Erie
ProvidenceManitoba
SpringfieldMilwaukee
WBSRockford
  
NorthPacific
AlbanyBakersfield
BinghamtonOntario
RochesterSan Antonio
St. John'sSan Diego
SyracuseSan Jose
TorontoStockton
UticaTexas
  
2015-16 NHL affiliations list

The format for the 2016 Calder Cup Playoffs will be finalized by the Board of Governors at its Annual Meeting in Hilton Head Island, S.C., July 6-9, and the complete playing schedule for the 2015-16 regular season, which begins Oct. 9, 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 88 percent of today’s NHL players are American Hockey League graduates, and for the 14th year in a row, more than 6 million fans attended AHL games across North America in 2014-15.