Here it comes, the start of the season – you can almost smell it. With the National Hockey League having everything figured out, it is time to turn our attentions to the American Hockey League, who announced their schedule today.
You can see the complete Rochester Americans schedule here.
On Friday October 4th, 2013 – the Rochester Americans will open their 58th season of competition, 32 years of which has been as the top affiliate of the Buffalo Sabres. The Americans have also spent time affiliated with the Florida Panthers, Boston Bruins, Montreal Canadiens, Toronto Maple Leafs, and Vancouver Canucks.
The Amerks will start the regular season off against the defending Calder Cup Champions, the Grand Rapids Griffins.
If your familiar with the American Hockey League, some realignment issues in the AHL have the schedule being slightly different than what you are use to. The AHL will once again feature a 76 game schedule – with the Americans facing off against 16 of the 29 teams in the league.
Highlights of this years Rochester schedule include a “home” game to be played at the First Niagara Center – also against the Griffins, on February 8th.
The 2013-2014 edition of the schedule also has the Rochester Americans facing off against the Lake Erie Monster’s in an outdoor battle in Rochester on December 13th as part of the Frozen Frontier weekend of outdoor hockey.
Friday October 11th is the first ever visit of the Utica Comets to Rochester – the comets are the former Peoria Rivermen. The Chicago Wolves make a return to Rochester, as well as the Hershey Bears, with the AHL finally renewing the AHL’s oldest rivalry (why couldn’t we play the Hershey Bears outdoors?). Rochester will also face off against other unfamiliar opponents this season.
The regular season will close on April 18th with a game against Syracuse.
Will the Amerks being able to get out of the first round of the playoffs this year?