Other Hockey: AHL Schedule Released

The net is displaced in game 3 of the 2016 playoff between the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins vs the Providence Bruins at the Dunkin Donuts Center 4/23/2016 (Photo by Glenn McGuire)


Hey wait,
It turns out the Boston Bruins are not the only pro-hockey available to us. The AHL still exists, and it released it’s schedule for the 2018-2019 season.

News of note:
The AHL welcomes expansion franchise the Colorado Eagles
Colorado Eagles

Who should in no way be confused with the Springfield Thunderbirds
Springfield Thunderbirds

The Eagles were, until this season, an ECHL franchise and were associated with the San Antonio Rampage. So naturally, with the addition of the NHL expansion team, the Vegas Golden Knights, the Eagles are the newest AHL team and are affiliated with the… Colorado Avalanche.
Wait… how does this happen? Doesn’t Colorado already have an AHL franchise?
Well, no. When the G-Knights entered the NHL, they signed an affiliation agreement with the Chicago Wolves, who at the time were – due to their obvious geographic proximity – affiliates of
the St. Louis Blues.
The Blues, in turn, signed an affiliation agreement with the San Antonio Rampage. The Rampage were the Avs’ AHL team but the Colorado team decided having their AHL team nearby was a good idea, and would elevate their ECHL affiliate prior to the 2018/19 season, and the Blues would pick up the Rampage’s partnership. And to make it slightly more confusing, both the Blues and the Avs were sending their prospects through the Rampage last season.


Anyway, the Bruins AHL franchise – the Providence Bruins (or “P-Bruins”) – are in the AHL’s eight team Atlantic Division. Teams in the Atlantic have a 76-game season (as opposed to the Pacific Division, who have 68 games each). Their season opener is Oct 5 in Hartford, and they appear in Providence the next night, hosting the Laval Rocket (aka, Le baby Habs).

The AHL schedule is supremely balanced, with one home and one away game vs North Division teams Belleville, Binghamton, Laval, Rochester, Syracuse, Toronto and Utica, but not Cleveland. Ever.
And against their division rivals, 6 games vs each of the Hershey Bears, Lehigh Valley Phantoms & Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, 8 games vs the Charlotte Checkers, 10 games vs the Hartford Wolf Pack, 12 games vs the Bridgeport Sound Tigers, and 14 games vs the Springfield Thunderbirds.
(Screw the Western Conference. Who wants to go to Texas or California anyway, right?)
So there you have it. All of Providence’s games for the upcoming season have been inserted into our event calendar.

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Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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Watched Bruins in 2 yesterday. Wild game vs Redwings. Marchand finishing his hat trick in O\T.
Good food for the hockey starved. I’ll have to keep an eye out for more. There’s always some classic games on youtube. I have some great Bruin games on video cassette, as well. The video cassette was…… as nevermind.

Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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Long-Winded Striped Mofo

The game was wild. It did not include the Wild (cuz that would be boring).

The London Bear
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The London Bear

Hello!

Is it really necessary to play 14 regular-season games against the same team? I’m all for spicing up rivalries but surely that makes it less special, doesn’t it? “Oh, you guys again. You know, I see you more than I see my family!”

I don’t get to see much AHL, but the NWHL games are often streamed on YouTube, which is pretty cool. At least they have an excuse for playing the same teams over and over again, since there’s only four in the league.

Off to Slovakia next week. As things stand the local team (champions again!) have no preseason games scheduled while we’re there, but sometimes they arrange one late on.

Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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Long-Winded Striped Mofo

Again, AHL very bad at geography. However, they make up for it by being notoriously cheap when it comes to travel. Teams often play twice the same weekend in the same city. Games tend to be Thursday,vFriday, Saturday, and Sunday afternoon. Saves a ton of dough.

The London Bear
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The London Bear

Ah, now that does make sense. Hockey – and travel – ain’t cheap!

Satan 81's Sister
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Satan 81's Sister

Morning all. Sorry Colorado, but I can’t root for your new team because you blew it and didn’t name yourselves the Colorado Sam the Eagles.
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Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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Hi Pals!
The AHL has never been great at geography. We are lucky to have several AHL teams in the area. Yup, we lost a couple, but still have plenty of good hockey cheap.
Still plenty of work to do here. Mowing today, methinks.
First – mo coffee!!!

Satan 81's Sister
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Satan 81's Sister

Mowing today, methinks.

I read that as “meowing today” and I wasn’t sure if I wanted to know why you were doing that.

Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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Long-Winded Striped Mofo

Meowing because I can!!!!!

Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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Long-Winded Striped Mofo

Damn autocorrect! I meant meowing!

Satan 81's Sister
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Satan 81's Sister

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