SPRINGFIELD, 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., 9/28||Syracuse vs. W-B/Scranton||Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza|
|Peoria vs. Rockford||Rockford MetroCentre|
|Wed., 9/29||Albany vs. Hartford||Koeppel Community Sports Center|
|W-B/Scranton vs. Syracuse||Campus Center Ice Arena|
|Worcester vs. Providence||New England Sports Center|
|Rockford vs. Chicago||West Meadows Ice Arena|
Rolling Meadow, Ill.
|Thu., 9/30||Binghamton vs. Hamilton||Pepsi Centre|
Corner Brook, N.L.
|Texas vs. San Antonio||Ice & Golf Center at Northwoods|
San Antonio, Texas
|Fri., 10/1||Bridgeport vs. Hartford||TD Bank Sports Center|
|Rochester vs. Toronto||Bob Fallis Sports Centre|
|Hershey vs. W-B/Scranton||Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza|
|Albany vs. Adirondack||Glens Falls Civic Center|
Glens Falls, N.Y.
|Charlotte vs. Norfolk||Scope|
|Worcester vs. Springfield||MassMutual Center|
|Peoria vs. Chicago||Hoffman Estates Park District Ice Arena|
Hoffman Estates, Ill.
|San Antonio vs. Houston||Sugar Land Ice & Sports Center|
Sugar Land, Texas
|Milwaukee vs. Rockford||Rockford MetroCentre|
|Abbotsford vs. Manitoba||MTS Centre|
|Sat., 10/2||Binghamton vs. Hamilton||Joe Byrne Memorial Stadium|
Grand Falls-Windsor, N.L.
|Toronto vs. Rochester||Gaylord Powless Arena|
|Adirondack vs. Albany||Houston Field House|
|Hartford vs. Bridgeport||The Rinks at Shelton|
|W-B/Scranton vs. Hershey||Giant Center|
|Manchester vs. Portland||Portland Ice Arena|
|Providence vs. Springfield||MassMutual Center|
|Abbotsford vs. Manitoba||PCU Centre|
Portage la Prairie, Man.
|Chicago vs. Milwaukee||Kern Center|
|Rockford vs. Peoria||Carver Arena|
|Oklahoma City vs. Texas||Cedar Park Center|
Cedar Park, Texas
|Sun., 10/3||Binghamton vs. Hamilton||Mile One Centre|
St. John’s, N.L.
|Norfolk vs. Charlotte||Extreme Ice Center|
Indian Trail, N.C.
|1:30 pm ET|
|Worcester vs. Hartford||Champions Skating Center|
|Bridgeport vs. Hershey||Giant Center|
|Houston vs. Texas||Cedar Park Center|
Cedar Park, Texas
|Adirondack vs. Syracuse||War Memorial at Oncenter|
|Tue., 10/5||Portland vs. Manchester||Conway Arena|