SPRINGFIELD, Mass. … The American Hockey League has announced that this week’s regular-season outdoor game between the Rochester Americans and Lake Erie Monsters will be televised live to audiences across the United States and Canada from Frontier Field in Rochester, N.Y.
The sixth outdoor game in the American Hockey League’s 78-year history will take place this Friday, December 13, at 7 p.m. ET. In the U.S., the game will air live on Time Warner Cable SportsChannel to customers in Western New York, and on SportsTime Ohio in northeast Ohio; SportsTime Ohio is also available nationally on DirecTV (channel 662), Dish Network (channel 431/5431) and AT&T U-Verse (channel 735/1735).
In Canada, the broadcast will air live across the country on Sportsnet in all four of the network’s broadcast regions.
Live video streaming of the game will also be available to subscribers of AHL Live (ahllive.com), and the game will re-air on NHL Network in the U.S. on Saturday at noon ET.
The Americans, top development team of the NHL’s Buffalo Sabres, are hosting the Monsters, top affiliate of the NHL’s Colorado Avalanche, to kick off the Greater Rochester Area Honda Dealers “Frozen Frontier” presented by Labatt. The 10-day outdoor hockey festival at Frontier Field, home of baseball’s Rochester Red Wings, will include college, junior and high school games, a Sabres/Amerks alumni game, open skate sessions and a 3-on-3 pond hockey tournament. For more information, visit frozenfrontier2013.com.
The Amerks have been members of the American Hockey League since 1956, winning six Calder Cup championships. Cleveland, home of the Monsters since 2007, was a charter member of the American Hockey League when the league formed in 1936, and the Cleveland Barons were nine-time champions between 1939 and 1964. Both the Amerks and Monsters will be wearing specially-designed jerseys for Friday’s game, inspired by their rich American Hockey League histories.
In operation since 1936, the American Hockey League continues to serve as the top development league for the players, coaches, managers, executives and broadcasters of all 30 National Hockey League teams. More than 85 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.
AHL Outdoor Game History
Feb. 20, 2010 – Syracuse vs. Binghamton, New York State Fairgrounds (Syracuse, N.Y.)
Feb. 19, 2011 – Connecticut vs. Providence, Rentschler Field (East Hartford, Conn.)
Jan. 6, 2012 – Adirondack vs. Hershey, Citizens Bank Park (Philadelphia, Pa.)
Jan. 21, 2012 – Hamilton vs. Toronto, Ivor Wynne Stadium (Hamilton, Ont.)
Jan. 20, 2013 – Hershey vs. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, Hersheypark Stadium (Hershey, Pa.)
Dec. 13, 2013 – Rochester vs. Lake Erie, Frontier Field (Rochester, N.Y.)
Dec. 30, 2013 – Grand Rapids vs. Toronto, Comerica Park (Detroit, Mich.)