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2008 AHL preseason schedule set

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The defending Calder Cup champion Chicago Wolves have a two-game preseason slate, consisting of a home-and-home set against the Milwaukee Admirals. The AHL’s three Canadian clubs – the Hamilton Bulldogs, Manitoba Moose and Toronto Marlies – will participate in a round-robin tournament in St. John’s and Mount Pearl, N.L., from Oct. 1-5. And for the first time in their history, the Norfolk Admirals will host a pair of AHL preseason games at Scope Arena, taking on Philadelphia on Oct. 3-4.

Twenty-two of the 40 games on the AHL’s preseason schedule are set to be played at local community and neutral-site rinks. The 2008 preseason will also feature two National Hockey League games played in AHL arenas: the Phoenix Coyotes take on the Calgary Flames at the MTS Centre in Winnipeg on Sept. 24, and the Carolina Hurricanes battle the Philadelphia Flyers at the Wachovia Spectrum on Sept. 27. The Flyers will make one final visit to the Spectrum when they close the 2008 preseason with a game against their AHL affiliate, the Philadelphia Phantoms, on Oct. 7.

The American Hockey League’s 73rd regular season begins on Wed., Oct. 8, as 29 teams begin competition for the prestigious Calder Cup.

2008 AHL PRESEASON SCHEDULE
Mon., 9/22Lowell vs. PhiladelphiaVirtua Center Flyers Skate Zone
Voorhees, N.J.
1:30 ET
    
Tue., 9/23Philadelphia vs. LowellAmeriHealth Pavilion at Prudential Center
Newark, N.J.
4:00 ET
    
Fri., 9/26W-B/Scranton at BinghamtonBroome County Arena
Binghamton, N.Y.
7:05 ET
    
Sat., 9/27Norfolk at PhiladelphiaPolonia Bank Flyers Skate Zone
Philadelphia, Pa.
6:05 ET
 Binghamton at W-B/ScrantonWachovia Arena
Wilkes-Barre, Pa.
7:05 ET
    
Sun., 9/28Norfolk at HersheyGiant Center
Hershey, Pa.
5:00 ET
    
Wed., 10/1Toronto vs. HamiltonMile One Centre
St. John’s, N.L.
7:00 NT
 Bridgeport at AlbanyTimes Union Center
Albany, N.Y.
7:00 ET
 Worcester at HartfordKoeppel Community Sports Center
Hartford, Conn.
7:00 ET
 Springfield vs. ProvidenceNew England Sports Center
Marlborough, Mass.
7:00 ET
 Rockford at PeoriaCarver Arena
Peoria, Ill.
7:05 CT
    
Thu., 10/2Toronto vs. ManitobaGlacier Arena
Mount Pearl, N.L.
7:00 NT
 Rochester at SyracuseWar Memorial at Oncenter
Syracuse, N.Y.
7:00 ET
 Peoria at Quad CityQuad City Sports Center
Davenport, Iowa
7:05 CT
    
Fri., 10/3Hartford vs. BridgeportNorthford Ice Pavilion
Northford, Conn.
7:00 ET
 Rochester vs. Lake ErieHoover Arena
Strongsville, Ohio
7:00 ET
 Binghamton vs. SyracuseCampus Center
Oswego, N.Y.
7:00 ET
 Lowell at ProvidenceDunkin’ Donuts Center
Providence, R.I.
7:05 ET
 Hershey at W-B/ScrantonWachovia Arena
Wilkes-Barre, Pa.
7:05 ET
 Philadelphia at NorfolkScope Arena
Norfolk, Va.
7:15 ET
 Worcester at SpringfieldMassMutual Center
Springfield, Mass.
7:30 ET
 Milwaukee vs. ChicagoHoffman Estates Park District Ice Arena
Hoffman Estates, Ill.
7:00 CT
 San Antonio vs. HoustonSugar Land Ice & Sports Center
Sugar Land, Texas
8:00 CT
    
Sat., 10/4Manitoba vs. HamiltonMile One Centre
St. John’s, N.L.
7:00 NT
 Lowell vs. BridgeportThe Rinks at Shelton
Shelton, Conn.
7:00 ET
 W-B/Scranton at HersheyGiant Center
Hershey, Pa.
7:00 ET
 Providence at SpringfieldMassMutual Center
Springfield, Mass.
7:00 ET
 Hartford vs. WorcesterLoring Arena
Framingham, Mass.
7:00 ET
 Syracuse at BinghamtonBroome County Arena
Binghamton, N.Y.
7:05 ET
 Philadelphia at NorfolkScope Arena
Norfolk, Va.
7:15 ET
 Lake Erie at RochesterESL Sports Centre
Rochester, N.Y.
7:35 ET
 Chicago at MilwaukeeKern Center
Milwaukee, Wis.
7:00 CT
 Peoria at RockfordRockford MetroCentre
Rockford, Ill.
7:05 CT
 Iowa at Quad CityI Wireless Arena
Moline, Ill.
7:05 CT
 Houston at San AntonioAT&T Center
San Antonio, Texas
7:00 CT
    
Sun., 10/5Hamilton/Manitoba/Toronto
tournament championship
Mile One Centre
St. John’s, N.L.
2:00 NT
 Manchester vs. WorcesterWallace Civic Center
Fitchburg, Mass.
4:00 ET
 Bridgeport vs. HartfordChampions Skating Center
Cromwell, Conn.
4:30 ET
 Quad City vs. IowaBucs Arena
Urbandale, Iowa
6:00 CT
 Albany vs. PortlandWallace Civic Center
Fitchburg, Mass.
7:30 ET
    
Tue., 10/7Philadelphia (AHL) vs.
Philadelphia (NHL)
Wachovia Spectrum
Philadelphia, Pa.
7:30 CT