To the delight of many, the American Hockey League put out their 2016-17 schedule so that many could plan out their road trips for the year. This season, which is the 81st season for the league, will two new teams in the Tucson Roadrunners and Springfield Thunderbirds on the roster and the All-Star Classic bringing everyone together in Allentown, Pennsylvania on January 29th and 30th.
As it was last season, all the team in the AHL will play 76 games, except for the six Pacific Division teams; who will play 68 games as they did last season. It all starts on October 14th with the two longest standing members of the league facing off, as the Hershey Bears take a trip to Rochester to take on the Americans. That is one of eight games on the slate for opening night with Tucson taking the ice for the first time with a visit to San Diego to take on the Gulls. Also on the 14th, the new look, newly named Cleveland Monsters will raise their championship banner at Quicken Loans Arena when they take on the Rockford IceHogs
The AHL again will have the playoff format of the top four teams in each division with the best winning percentage making the second-season, which is something that really only affects the Pacific Division with their teams have only two teams who will play the full 68 games.
For a look at 1,116 game schedule, head over to the AHL website, where they have posted team-by-team and day-by-day schedules to enjoy.