AHL Announces Realignment


May 11, 2017


2016-17 Opponents Breakdown Revealed

DES MOINES, IA – American Hockey League President and CEO David Andrews announced on Thursday that the league’s Board of Governors, convening for its Spring Meeting earlier this week in Chicago, Ill., has approved the following division alignment for the 2017-18 AHL season:

WESTERN CONFERENCE                                      EASTERN CONFERENCE
Central Division                                                       Atlantic Division

Iowa Wild                                                                   Bridgeport Sound Tigers
Cleveland Monsters                                                   Charlotte Checkers
Chicago Wolves                                                         Hartford Wolf Pack
Grand Rapids Griffins                                                 Hershey Bears
Manitoba Moose                                                        Lehigh Valley Phantoms
Milwaukee Admirals                                                   Providence Bruins
Rockford IceHogs                                                      Springfield Falcons
                                                                                   Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins


Pacific Division                                                        North Division
Bakersfield Condors                                                   Belleville Senators
Ontario Reign                                                              Binghamton Devils
San Antonio Rampage                                                Laval Rocket
San Diego Gulls                                                          Rochester Americans
San Jose Barracuda                                                   Syracuse Crunch
Stockton Heat                                                             Toronto Marlies
Texas Stars                                                                Utica Comets
Tucson Roadrunners

The most notable change for the Iowa Wild comes with the move of the Charlotte Checkers from the Central Division to the Eastern Conference’s Atlantic Division. Iowa’s division has been reduced from eight teams to seven. The Eastern Conference welcomes new teams with the Belleville Senators, Binghamton Devils and the Laval Rocket – all in the North Division.

In addition, the Iowa Wild revealed its opponents breakdown for the 2017-18 season. Iowa will play a total of 12 games against the Rockford IceHogs, with six of those games at home against its closest geographical rival. The team will play Grand Rapids and Milwaukee a total of ten times, with each team hosting five home games. Chicago, Manitoba and Cleveland will each play the Wild four times at home and four times in Des Moines. In all, Iowa is slated to play 56 games against the Central Division.

The Wild will also see Pacific Division foes for a total of 20 regular season games. The San Antonio Rampage and the Wild will play a total of six times, with each team hosting three home games. Texas and Tucson will each play Iowa four times with a pair of home games for both teams. Iowa and Tucson will meet for the first time in AHL history in 2017-18. In addition, Iowa will make a visit to San Diego, Bakersfield and Ontario for one game, while hosting each team once throughout the year. Iowa and Bakersfield have never met in AHL history.


Opening Night 2017 is slated for Saturday, Oct. 7 with a complete 76-game regular season schedule announced at a later date during the summer.

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The Iowa Wild 2017-18 season is presented by Mercy Medical Center: and runs from October through April. Fans may purchase seats to see any of the team’s 38 regular season home games at Wells Fargo Arena. Season tickets to see the Wild play its 2017-18 season at Wells Fargo Arena start at just $10 per game. For more information on tickets, including ticket plans and group seating, please contact the Wild ticket office by calling 515-564-8700 or go to www.iowawild.com.  



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