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XM Satellite Radio to carry AHL playoff action

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. … The American Hockey League announced today that action from the 2010 Calder Cup Playoff conference finals are scheduled to be heard live on XM Satellite Radio on their all-hockey NHL Home Ice channel this week.

The Eastern Conference Finals are pitting the Hershey Bears (top development team of the NHL’s Washington Capitals) against the Manchester Monarchs (Los Angeles Kings), while the Western Conference championship series sees the Hamilton Bulldogs (Montreal Canadiens) taking on the Texas Stars (Dallas Stars). The following games are scheduled to be heard on NHL Home Ice:

The AHL on XM (all times Eastern):
Mon., May 17 – Hershey at Manchester, 7:00 (Game 3)
Wed., May 19 – Hamilton at Texas, 8:30 (Game 3)
Sat., May 22 – Manchester at Hershey, 7:00 (Game 6, if necessary) or Hamilton at Texas, 8:00 (Game 5, if necessary)

This is the fifth consecutive year that AHL action has aired on NHL Home Ice, including the annual AHL All-Star Game, the Calder Cup Finals and other regular-season and playoff games.

NHL Home Ice can be found on XM 204 in Canada and the United States and on Sirius 208 on “The Best of XM” package in the U.S. NHL Home Ice provides subscribers with groundbreaking 24/7 hockey talk and is home to live play-by-play coverage of every National Hockey League game during the regular season and the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

In operation since 1936, the AHL continues to serve as the top development league for all 30 National Hockey League teams. More than 85 percent of today’s NHL players are American Hockey League graduates, and more than 6 million fans have attended AHL games across North America during each of the past nine seasons.