AHL releases 2013-14 schedule
The American Hockey League will kick off its 78th season on Friday, Oct. 4. The season will be comprised of 1,140 games and conclude on Sunday, Apr. 20. All 30 teams will play 76 games, 38 at home and 38 on the road.
Schedule highlights include:
*The debut of two new clubs, the Iowa Wild (affiliate of the NHL's Minnesota Wild) will play in Des Moines for the first time on Oct. 12 against Oklahoma City. The Utica Comets (new Vancouver Canucks affiliate) begin their AHL season on the road before playing their home opener on Oct. 23 against Albany.
*The 2014 AHL All-Star Classic has yet to announce a host, but will take place on Wednesday, Feb. 12, during the NHL's Olympic break. The skills competition will happen on Tuesday, Feb. 11.
*The Rochester Americans will participate in the Spengler Cup, an international competition held in Davos, Switzerland from Dec. 26-31. To accommodate, the team will take a 12-day break from AHL play.
*AHL teams will play at seven different NHL arenas -- Bell Centre (Montreal), Verizon Center (Washington), Air Canada Centre (Toronto), First Niagra Center (Buffalo), PNC Arena (Raleigh) Canadian Tire Centre (Ottawa), and Wells Fargo Center (Philadelphia) -- this season.
You can read the full 2013-14 American Hockey League schedule here.
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