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AHL BOARD OF GOVERNORS APPROVES DIVISION ALIGNMENT FOR 2018-19 SEASON

05/07/2018 1:02 PM -
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. -- American Hockey League President and CEO David Andrews announced that the league’s Board of Governors, which convened for its Spring Meeting today in Chicago, Ill., has approved the division alignment (listed below) for the 2018-19 AHL season (National Hockey League affiliations in parentheses).
 
The changes regarding the Rockford IceHogs’ Central Division include the departure of the Cleveland Monsters, who will move to the North Division, and the additions of both the San Antonio Rampage and Texas Stars from the Pacific Division. The IceHogs went a combined 6-3-0-1 against San Antonio and Texas during the 2017-18 campaign, posting a 3-2-0-1 record against the Rampage and 3-1-0-0 clip against the Stars.
 
Eastern Conference
Atlantic Division
Bridgeport Sound Tigers (New York Islanders)
Charlotte Checkers (Carolina Hurricanes)
Hartford Wolf Pack (New York Rangers)
Hershey Bears (Washington Capitals)
Lehigh Valley Phantoms (Philadelphia Flyers)
Providence Bruins (Boston Bruins)
Springfield Thunderbirds (Florida Panthers)
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins (Pittsburgh Penguins)
 
North Division
Belleville Senators (Ottawa Senators)
Binghamton Devils (New Jersey Devils)
Cleveland Monsters (Columbus Blue Jackets)
Laval Rocket (Montreal Canadiens)
Rochester Americans (Buffalo Sabres)
Syracuse Crunch (Tampa Bay Lightning)
Toronto Marlies (Toronto Maple Leafs)
Utica Comets (Vancouver Canucks)
 
Western Conference
Central Division
Chicago Wolves (Vegas Golden Knights)
Grand Rapids Griffins (Detroit Red Wings)
Iowa Wild (Minnesota Wild)
Manitoba Moose (Winnipeg Jets)
Milwaukee Admirals (Nashville Predators)
Rockford IceHogs (Chicago Blackhawks)
San Antonio Rampage (St. Louis Blues)
Texas Stars (Dallas Stars)
 
Pacific Division
Bakersfield Condors (Edmonton Oilers)
Colorado Eagles (Colorado Avalanche)
Ontario Reign (Los Angeles Kings)
San Diego Gulls (Anaheim Ducks)
San Jose Barracuda (San Jose Sharks)
Stockton Heat (Calgary Flames)
Tucson Roadrunners (Arizona Coyotes)
 
Changes from the 2017-18 season include:
Colorado joining the AHL as its 31st active team and playing in the Pacific Division
San Antonio and Texas moving from the Pacific Division to the Central Division
Cleveland moving from the Central Division to the North Division
 
The playing schedule for the 2018-19 regular season, which begins Oct. 5, will be announced this summer.
 
In operation since 1936, the AHL continues to serve as the top development league for all 31 National Hockey League teams. More than 87 percent of today’s NHL players are American Hockey League graduates, and for the 17th year in a row, more than 6 million fans have attended AHL games across North America in 2017-18.
 
Next Home Game: Wednesday, May 9 vs. Manitoba Moose (Calder Cup Playoffs | Round 2, Game 3/Ticket D)
The Rockford IceHogs seek to take a 3-0 series stranglehold as they host Game 3 (Ticket D) of their second-round 2017-18 Calder Cup playoff series against the Manitoba Moose on Wednesday, May 9 at 7 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at IceHogs.com, by calling (815) 968-5222 or in-person at the BMO Harris Bank Center Box Office.