SPRINGFIELD, Mass. … The American Hockey League announced today its composite 2007 preseason schedule, set to begin next week. The schedule comprises 38 games, to be played between Mon., Sept. 17 and Mon., Oct. 1.
The preseason kicks off next Monday when the Philadelphia Phantoms battle the Lowell Devils at the Sovereign Bank Arena in Trenton, N.J. The Quad City Flames get the first tune-up before their inaugural season on Sept. 26 when they visit Peoria; the Lake Erie Monsters debut on Sept. 27 against the Milwaukee Admirals; and the Rockford IceHogs hit the ice for the first time on Sept. 28 in Peoria.
The defending Calder Cup champion Hamilton Bulldogs have a three-game preseason slate, taking on North Division foes Toronto and Rochester.
Twenty-three of the 38 games on the AHL’s preseason schedule are set to be played at local community and neutral-site rinks.
The 2007 preseason will also feature four National Hockey League games played in AHL arenas. That schedule begins on Sept. 19, when the MTS Centre in Winnipeg hosts the Phoenix Coyotes and the Toronto Maple Leafs. Manchester’s Verizon Wireless Arena (Sept. 20, New Jersey vs. Boston), Lowell’s Tsongas Arena (Sept. 26, N.Y. Islanders vs. New Jersey) and Bridgeport’s Arena at Harbor Yard (Sept. 29, New Jersey vs. N.Y. Islanders) will also host NHL preseason action.
The American Hockey League’s 72nd regular season begins on Wed., Oct. 3, as 29 teams begin competition for the prestigious Calder Cup.
|2007 AHL PRESEASON SCHEDULE|
|Mon., 9/17||Philadelphia vs. Lowell||Sovereign Bank Arena|
|Sat., 9/22||Hershey vs. W-B/Scranton||Wachovia Arena |
|Mon., 9/24||Lowell vs. Philadelphia||Virtua Center Flyers Skate Zone |
|Wed., 9/26||Hershey vs. Binghamton||Broome County Arena |
|11:00 am ET|
|Hartford vs. Bridgeport||Terry Conners Rink |
|Springfield vs. Providence||Boss Ice Arena |
|Toronto vs. Hamilton||Central Recreation Centre|
|Milwaukee vs. Chicago||Glacier Ice Arena|
Vernon Hills, Ill.
|Quad City vs. Peoria||Carver Arena|
|Thu., 9/27||Lake Erie vs. Milwaukee||Mullett Ice Center|
|Fri., 9/28||Syracuse vs. Albany||*Houston Field House|
|Providence vs. Bridgeport||The Rinks at Shelton|
|Binghamton vs. W-B/Scranton||Wachovia Arena|
|Worcester vs. Springfield||MassMutual Center |
|Hamilton vs. Rochester||ESL Sports Centre|
|Lake Erie vs. Chicago||Hoffman Estates Park District Ice Arena|
Hoffman Estates, Ill.
|Toronto vs. Manitoba||Memorial Sports Centre|
Fort Frances, Ont.
|Rockford vs. Peoria||Carver Arena|
|Houston vs. San Antonio||Laredo Entertainment Center|
|Sat., 9/29||Rochester vs. Hamilton||Hagersville Memorial Arena|
|Bridgeport vs. Lowell||Tsongas Arena|
|Norfolk vs. Hershey||Giant Center|
|Manchester vs. Portland||Cumberland County Civic Center|
|Hartford vs. Springfield||MassMutual Center|
|Albany vs. Syracuse||War Memorial at Oncenter|
|W-B/Scranton vs. Binghamton||Broome County Arena|
|Worcester vs. Providence||New England Sports Center|
|San Antonio vs. Houston||Ford Arena|
|Toronto vs. Manitoba||Recreation Complex|
|Chicago vs. Milwaukee||Kern Center|
|Peoria vs. Rockford||Carlson Arctic Ice Arena|
Loves Park, Ill
|Iowa vs. Quad City||Quad City Sports Center|
|Sun., 9/30||Norfolk vs. Philadelphia||Polonia Bank Flyers Skate Zone|
|Portland vs. Manchester||Notre Dame Arena|
|Bridgeport vs. Hartford||Champions Skating Center|
|W-B/Scranton vs. Hershey||Giant Center|
|Rochester vs. Syracuse||Campus Center|
|Mon., 10/1||Quad City vs. Iowa||*95KGGO Arena|