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AHL preseason to begin Sept. 28

ahl75_200.jpgSPRINGFIELD, Mass. … The American Hockey League announced today its composite 2010 preseason schedule, which comprises 36 games to be played between Tue., Sept. 28 and Tue., Oct. 5.

The AHL enters its historic 75th anniversary season with an all-time high of 30 teams including a pair of new entries: the Charlotte Checkers (top development team of the NHL’s Carolina Hurricanes) and the Oklahoma City Barons (Edmonton Oilers). In addition, the Albany Devils hit the ice as the new affiliate of the New Jersey Devils, the Springfield Falcons begin an affiliation with the Columbus Blue Jackets and the Syracuse Crunch are now the top affiliate of the Anaheim Ducks.

All told, 21 of the 36 games on the AHL’s preseason schedule are set to be played at local community and neutral-site rinks.

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 85 percent of today’s NHL players are American Hockey League graduates, and for the ninth year in a row, more than 6 million fans attended AHL games across North America in 2009-10.

The 2010-11 regular season begins on Fri., Oct. 8. 

2010 AHL PRESEASON SCHEDULE
Tue., 9/28Syracuse vs. W-B/ScrantonMohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza
Wilkes-Barre, Pa.
7:05 ET
 Peoria vs. RockfordRockford MetroCentre
Rockford, Ill.
6:35 CT
    
Wed., 9/29Albany vs. HartfordKoeppel Community Sports Center
Hartford, Conn.
7:00 ET
 W-B/Scranton vs. SyracuseCampus Center Ice Arena
Oswego, N.Y.
7:00 ET
 Worcester vs. ProvidenceNew England Sports Center
Marlborough, Mass.
7:05 ET
 Rockford vs. ChicagoWest Meadows Ice Arena
Rolling Meadow, Ill.
7:00 CT
    
Thu., 9/30Binghamton vs. HamiltonPepsi Centre
Corner Brook, N.L.
7:30 NT/
6:00 ET
 Texas vs. San AntonioIce & Golf Center at Northwoods
San Antonio, Texas
7:00 CT
    
Fri., 10/1Bridgeport vs. HartfordTD Bank Sports Center
Hamden, Conn.
7:00 ET
 Rochester vs. TorontoBob Fallis Sports Centre
Bradford, Ont.
7:00 ET
 Hershey vs. W-B/ScrantonMohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza
Wilkes-Barre, Pa.
7:00 ET
 Albany vs. AdirondackGlens Falls Civic Center
Glens Falls, N.Y.
7:30 ET
 Charlotte vs. NorfolkScope
Norfolk, Va.
7:30 ET
 Worcester vs. SpringfieldMassMutual Center
Springfield, Mass.
7:30 ET
 Peoria vs. ChicagoHoffman Estates Park District Ice Arena
Hoffman Estates, Ill.
7:00 CT
 San Antonio vs. HoustonSugar Land Ice & Sports Center
Sugar Land, Texas
7:00 CT
 Milwaukee vs. RockfordRockford MetroCentre
Rockford, Ill.
7:05 CT
 Abbotsford vs. ManitobaMTS Centre
Winnipeg, Man.
7:30 CT
    
Sat., 10/2Binghamton vs. HamiltonJoe Byrne Memorial Stadium
Grand Falls-Windsor, N.L.
2:00 NT/
12:30 ET
 Toronto vs. RochesterGaylord Powless Arena
Ohsweken, Ont.
6:00 ET
 Adirondack vs. AlbanyHouston Field House
Troy, N.Y.
7:00 ET
 Hartford vs. BridgeportThe Rinks at Shelton
Shelton, Conn.
7:00 ET
 W-B/Scranton vs. HersheyGiant Center
Hershey, Pa.
7:00 ET
 Manchester vs. PortlandPortland Ice Arena
Portland, Maine
7:00 ET
 Providence vs. SpringfieldMassMutual Center
Springfield, Mass.
7:00 ET
 Abbotsford vs. ManitobaPCU Centre
Portage la Prairie, Man.
7:00 CT
 Chicago vs. MilwaukeeKern Center
Milwaukee, Wis.
7:00 CT
 Rockford vs. PeoriaCarver Arena
Peoria, Ill.
7:00 CT
 Oklahoma City vs. TexasCedar Park Center
Cedar Park, Texas
7:00 CT
    
Sun., 10/3Binghamton vs. HamiltonMile One Centre
St. John’s, N.L.
2:00 NT/
12:30 ET
 Norfolk vs. CharlotteExtreme Ice Center
Indian Trail, N.C.
1:30 pm ET
 Worcester vs. HartfordChampions Skating Center
Cromwell, Conn.
2:00 ET
 Bridgeport vs. HersheyGiant Center
Hershey, Pa.
5:00 ET
 Houston vs. TexasCedar Park Center
Cedar Park, Texas
5:00 CT
 Adirondack vs. SyracuseWar Memorial at Oncenter
Syracuse, N.Y.
7:00 ET
    
Tue., 10/5Portland vs. ManchesterConway Arena
Nashua, N.H.
8:00 ET