CLEVELAND, Ohio – The Rockford IceHogs open the 2017-18 season with a road game against the Cleveland Monsters at Quicken Loans Arena.
Puck drop is 6 p.m. and fans can tune in to all the action on Cozi TV 23.3 or Dish Network Channel 252, beginning with IceHogs Warmup at 5:30 p.m. IceHogs fans can also listen to the game at WXRX.com or sportsfanradio1330.com, or watch live at AHLlive.com (subscription required).
Saturday is also the IceHogs’ first official Road Watch Party at Savoy Lounge (3929 Broadway #14). The event begins at 5:30 p.m. and features team prizes and giveaways throughout the evening’s game.
Matchup: The IceHogs and Monsters take the ice after splitting the 2016-17 season series, 4-4-0-0. Each of the two teams dominated on its home ice and finished the campaign with a 3-1-0-0 record when skating in its home arena.
The IceHogs are led this season by new head coach, Jeremy Colliton, who guided Mora IK of the Swedish Hockey League to a league-best 35-4-13 record in 2016-17. Upon joining the Chicago Blackhawks system this year, the 32 year old piloted the 2017 Blackhawks Prospect team to the club’s first ever Matthew Wuest Memorial Cup Championship at the NHL Prospect Tournament in Traverse City, Mich.
Cleveland, just one full season removed from winning the 2015-2016 Calder Cup, will be bolstered by reinforcements from the NHL ranks tonight in winger Josh Anderson and defenseman Markus Nutivaara. Anderson capped the 2016-17 campaign with 17g-12a-29pts in 78 games with the Columbus Blue Jackets, while Nutivaara posted a +7 rating with two goals and five assists in 66 NHL contests.
Next Home Game: The Rockford IceHogs return to action at the BMO Harris Bank Center for the 2017-18 Home Opener on Saturday, Oct. 14, at 6 p.m. The Hogs will take on the Iowa Wild and the first 4,000 fans in attendance will receive a free IceHogs calendar, courtesy of Impact Networking. Tickets can be purchased at IceHogs.com, by calling (815) 968-5222 or in-person at the BMO Harris Bank Center Box Office.