Back in May, the American Hockey League’s Board of Governor’s met to confirm the divisional alignment for the following season.
There are fewer changes than of recent years as the AHL takes shape but the league shall welcome more new teams to the fold as well as saying goodbye to some familiar names.
The Pacific is the only division to remain at a status quo for 2017-18 and any future change is only likely to occur should proposed expansion come to fruition.
The Central loses one member and becomes a seven team divisional instead of eight. It’ll still be ultra competitive, hosting the previous two Calder Cup Champions in Cleveland and Grand Rapids.
The Charlotte Checkers switch from the Central Division into the Atlantic. A move into the Eastern Conference also provides the league with the ability to host another team in the West.
The North Division shall welcome three new teams, as the Belleville Senators, Binghamton Devils and Laval Rocket replace the Binghamton Senators, Albany Devils and St. John IceCaps respectively.
The format for the 2018 Calder Cup Playoffs will be finalised by the Board of Governors at its Annual Meeting in Hilton Head Island, S.C., July 2-6, as will any rule changes to be introduced.
The 2017-18 schedule will be announced soon after the aforementioned meeting – much earlier than the normal August release date of previous years.
Full list of AHL – NHL affiliations:
BAKERSFIELD CONDORS – EDMONTON OILERS
BELLEVILLE SENATORS – OTTAWA SENATORS
BINGHAMTON DEVILS – NEW JERSEY DEVILS
BRIDGEPORT SOUND TIGERS – NEW YORK ISLANDERS
CHARLOTTE CHECKERS – CAROLINA HURRICANES
CHICAGO WOLVES – VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS/ ST. LOUIS BLUES
CLEVELAND MONSTERS – COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS
GRAND RAPIDS GRIFFINS – DETROIT RED WINGS
HARTFORD WOLF PACK – NEW YORK RANGERS
HERSHEY BEARS – WASHINGTON CAPITALS
IOWA WILD – MINNESOTA WILD
LAVAL ROCKET – MONTREAL CANADIENS
LEHIGH VALLEY PHANTOMS – PHILADELPHIA FLYERS
MANITOBA MOOSE – WINNIPEG JETS
MILWAUKEE ADMIRALS – NASHVILLE PREDATORS
ONTARIO REIGN – LOS ANGELES KINGS
PROVIDENCE BRUINS – BOSTON BRUINS
ROCHESTER AMERICANS – BUFFALO SABRES
ROCKFORD ICEHOGS – CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS
SAN ANTONIO RAMPAGE – COLORADO AVALANCHE
SAN DIEGO GULLS – ANAHEIM DUCKS
SAN JOSE BARRACUDA – SAN JOSE SHARKS
SPRINGFIELD THUNDERBIRDS – FLORIDA PANTHERS
STOCKTON HEAT – CALGARY FLAMES
SYRACUSE CRUNCH – TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING
TEXAS STARS – DALLAS STARS
TORONTO MARLIES – TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS
TUCSON ROADRUNNERS – ARIZONA COYOTES
UTICA COMETS – VANCOUVER CANUCKS
WILKES-BARRE/SCR PENS – PITTSBURGH PENGUINS