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I have a question/concern/problem with AHL Live. Who should I contact?

Please send an e-mail to ahllive@neulion.com to reach AHL Live's customer service or technical support teams.

When is the AHL schedule released?

The American Hockey League's regular-season schedule is usually released each year in early-to-mid August. A full schedule of preseason games is usually available in mid-September.

Where can I find contact information for your teams?

Click here for member club information 

How can I play or work in the AHL?

The AHL serves as the top development league for the National Hockey League, and the vast majority of players in the AHL have been chosen in the NHL Entry Draft and signed to an NHL contract.

Occasionally, players are signed as free agents based on scouting information compiled by AHL teams and their parent clubs. For further information on tryouts, camps or other playing opportunities, please contact our teams individually.

If you're interested in employment or internship opportunities with the AHL office, you can send a cover letter and resume to:

American Hockey League
One Monarch Place, Suite 2400
Springfield, MA 01144

How can I become an off-ice official?

AHL off-ice officials are managed by each club. Contact your local team if you are interested in serving as an off-ice official. 

What is the AHL's development rule?

In the AHL, player development is a top priority. The American Hockey League and the Professional Hockey Players' Association have the following development rule in place:

Of the 18 skaters (not counting two goaltenders) that teams may dress for a game, at least 13 must be qualified as "development players." Of those 13, 12 must have played in 260 or fewer professional games (including AHL, NHL and European elite leagues), and one must have played in 320 or fewer professional games. All calculations for development status are based on regular-season totals as of the start of the season.

How many teams qualify for the Calder Cup Playoffs?

16 teams participate in the AHL's postseason. Click here for the Calder Cup qualification rules

Who qualifies as an AHL rookie?

To be considered a rookie, a player must not have played in a total of twenty-five (25) or more AHL and/or NHL regular-season games in any preceding seasons, nor in six (6) or more AHL and/or NHL regular-season games in each of any two preceding seasons, nor in one hundred (100) regular-season games in any European Elite League. A player who has met these qualifications but did so while playing on an amateur try-out agreement or as a signed junior will not have those games count towards his rookie status. Any player at least twenty-six (26) years of age (by Sept. 15 of that season) is not considered a rookie.

What is the minimum age for an AHL player?

Per AHL By-Laws, the age limit for eligibility to compete in the American Hockey League is 18 years or over, on or before September 15 of each season of competition.

How does the AHL break ties?

In 2004-05, the American Hockey League re-introduced the shootout to break ties. If a game is tied after three periods, teams play a five-minute, sudden-death, four-on-four overtime period. If neither team scores, the game advances to a shootout, with each team getting five attempts. If the score remains tied, the shootout progresses to sudden-death rounds until a winner is determined.

Teams receive two points in the standings for a win (in regulation, overtime or a shootout) and one point for an overtime loss or shootout loss. Standings are kept in a W-L-OTL-SOL format. Goaltenders' and coaches' records are kept as W-L-SOL, where overtime losses are counted in the "L" column.

What do those abbreviations on your transactions page stand for?

SPC = Standard players' contract (also known as an "AHL contract")
PTO = Professional try-out contract
ATO = Amateur try-out contract

AHL players not signed to one of these three contracts are on NHL contracts and assigned to their respective AHL clubs by their parent team.

I found a spelling/factual error in a story. What can I do?

We strive for 100 percent accuracy on theahl.com, so please drop us an e-mail if you see a typographical error or anything else of that nature in one of our news or feature stories.

I found an error in your statistics/rosters/standings. What can I do?

If you think you've spotted an error on a team roster, or in a boxscore, or anywhere else on our statistics pages, please drop us an e-mail at info@theahl.com. Roster information is inputted directly by our teams, and all statistics are derived from the real-time data that is inputted by our off-ice officials in each of our 30 arenas. But if anything seems amiss, we'll look into it.

"Defensemen" is spelled wrong on your roster pages. Don't you have spell check?

Actually, defencemen is the proper spelling of the word in Canadian English. LeagueStat.com, our official real-time scoring and statistical provider, is based in Canada, and that's how they spell it.

I still have a question.

Then drop us an e-mail. You can reach the American Hockey League any time at info@theahl.com.