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2012 preseason schedule set

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. … The American Hockey League announced today its composite 2012 preseason schedule, leading up to the start of the league’s 77th campaign.

AHL training camps open on Sept. 28, and the first preseason game is scheduled for Oct. 1.

The AHL enters the 2012-13 season with the same 30-team lineup as last year. There was one affiliation swap during the offseason: the Syracuse Crunch are now the top development team of the NHL’s Tampa Bay Lightning, while the Norfolk Admirals are developing prospects for the Anaheim Ducks.

In operation since 1936, the AHL 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 88 percent of today’s NHL players are American Hockey League graduates, and for the 11th year in a row, more than 6 million fans attended AHL games across North America in 2011-12.

The 2012-13 regular season begins on Fri., Oct. 12.

2012 AHL PRESEASON SCHEDULE
Mon., 10/1Chicago vs. PeoriaCarver Arena
Peoria, Ill.
7:00 CT
    
Wed., 10/3Albany vs. ConnecticutChampions Skating Center
Cromwell, Conn.
7:00 ET
 Hershey vs. BinghamtonBroome County Arena
Binghamton, N.Y.
7:05 ET
 Springfield vs. ProvidenceNew England Sports Center
Marlborough, Mass.
7:05 ET
 W-B/Scranton vs. RochesterSports Centre at MCC
Rochester, N.Y.
7:05 ET
 Houston vs. TexasCedar Park Center
Cedar Park, Texas
7:00 CT
 Rockford vs. ChicagoWest Meadows Ice Arena
Rolling Meadows, Ill.
7:00 CT
    
Thu., 10/4Syracuse vs. St. John’sPepsi Centre
Corner Brook, N.L.
7:30 NT
 Connecticut vs. WorcesterHart Recreation Center
Worcester, Mass.
7:00 ET
 Bridgeport vs. ProvidenceNew England Sports Center
Marlborough, Mass.
7:05 ET
 Milwaukee vs. RockfordBMO Harris Bank Center
Rockford, Ill.
7:00 CT
    
Fri., 10/5Bridgeport vs. ManchesterSullivan Arena
Manchester, N.H.
6:00 ET
 Syracuse vs. St. John’sStephenville Dome
Stephenville, N.L.
7:30 NT
 Worcester vs. SpringfieldMassMutual Center
Springfield, Mass.
7:00 ET
 Binghamton vs. HersheyGiant Center
Hershey, Pa.
7:00 ET
 Rochester vs. W-B/ScrantonMohegan Sun Arena
Wilkes-Barre, Pa.
7:05 ET
 Peoria vs. ChicagoHoffman Estates Park District Ice Arena
Hoffman Estates, Ill.
7:00 CT
 Houston vs. Oklahoma CityCox Convention Center
Oklahoma City, Okla.
7:00 CT
 San Antonio vs. TexasCedar Park Center
Cedar Park, Texas
7:00 CT
    
Sat., 10/6Texas vs. San AntonioIce & Golf Center at Northwoods
San Antonio, Texas
4:00 CT
 Lake Erie vs. Grand RapidsHuntington Center
Toledo, Ohio
6:00 ET
 Providence vs. SpringfieldMassMutual Center
Springfield, Mass.
7:00 ET
 Hamilton vs. TorontoCobourg Community Centre
Cobourg, Ont.
7:00 ET
 Hershey vs. W-B/ScrantonMohegan Sun Arena
Wilkes-Barre, Pa.
7:05 ET
 Albany vs. BinghamtonBroome County Arena
Binghamton, N.Y.
7:05 ET
 Charlotte vs. NorfolkScope Arena
Norfolk, Va.
7:30 ET
 Rockford vs. PeoriaCarver Arena
Peoria, Ill.
7:00 CT
 Chicago vs. MilwaukeeKern Center
Milwaukee, Wis.
7:00 CT
 Houston vs. Oklahoma CityCox Convention Center
Oklahoma City, Okla.
7:00 CT
    
Sun., 10/7Syracuse vs. St. John’sClarenville Events Centre
Clarenville, N.L.
2:00 NT
 Manchester vs. PortlandPortland Ice Arena
Portland, Maine
1:00 ET
 Worcester vs. ConnecticutKoeppel Community Sports Center
Hartford, Conn.
2:00 ET
 W-B/Scranton vs. HersheyGiant Center
Hershey, Pa.
5:00 ET
 Grand Rapids vs. Lake ErieYost Ice Arena
Ann Arbor, Mich.
7:00 ET
    
Mon., 10/8Portland vs. ManchesterIcenter
Salem, N.H.
3:00 ET
 Toronto vs. HamiltonWayne Gretzky Sports Centre
Brantford, Ont.
7:00 ET