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NEWS

Roadrunners To Face Four New Teams In 2017-18

By: Tucson Roadrunners
 
 
TUCSON, AZ - Tucson Roadrunners fans will see four American Hockey League opponents for the first time this season while the club will play 26 of its 34 home games against rivals from the Pacific Division.
 
The Chicago Wolves (St. Louis Blues), Cleveland Monsters (Columbus Blue Jackets), Grand Rapids Griffins (Detroit Red Wings) and Iowa Wild (Minnesota Wild) will all come to Tucson for a pair of games in the 2017-18 season, giving Roadrunners fans a bigger look at the Western Conference’s Central Division. Within the division, Tucson will play San Diego a schedule-high six times, followed by four games against Ontario, Bakersfield and Stockton. San Antonio and Texas will each play at the TCC twice during the regular season.
 
“We are very excited that Roadrunners fans will have the opportunity to see more and different opponents this season,” said Bob Hoffman. “This gives more value to our Season Ticket Members with new visiting clubs while maintaining the connection to our fiercest rivals. We also like that so many people who have relocated to Tucson from the Midwest will have the option to see teams they may have a connection with like the affiliates of the Wild and Red Wings and a team with such a strong following like the Wolves.”   
 
Tucson will visit its opponents the same number of times they come to town to balance out the schedule. The full breakdown is as follows:
 
OPPONENT
AFFILIATE
HOME
ROAD
Chicago Wolves
Vegas Golden Knights
2
2
Cleveland Monsters
Columbus Blue Jackets
2
2
Grand Rapids Griffins
Detroit Red Wings
2
2
Iowa Wild
Minnesota Wild
2
2
Bakersfield Condors
Edmonton Oilers
4
4
Ontario Reign
LA Kings
4
4
San Antonio Rampage
Colorado Avalanche
2
2
San Diego Gulls
Anaheim Ducks
6
6
San Jose Barracuda
San Jose Sharks
4
4
Stockton Heat
Calgary Flames
4
4
Texas Stars
Dallas Stars
2
2
TOTAL
 
34
34
 
Full Season Ticket Memberships are on sale now by calling 1-866-77-HOCKEY (774-6253) or visiting TucsonRoadrunners.com for more information.
 
 
Also, American Hockey League President and CEO David Andrews announced 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:
 
- EASTERN CONFERENCE -
 
  • Atlantic Division
  • Bridgeport Sound Tigers
  • Charlotte Checkers
  • Hartford Wolf Pack
  • Hershey Bears
  • Lehigh Valley Phantoms
  • Providence Bruins
  • Springfield Thunderbirds
  • Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins
 
  • North Division
  • Belleville Senators
  • Binghamton Devils
  • Laval Rocket
  • Rochester Americans
  • Syracuse Crunch
  • Toronto Marlies
  • Utica Comets
 
- WESTERN CONFERENCE -
 
  • Central Division
  • Chicago Wolves
  • Cleveland Monsters
  • Grand Rapids Griffins
  • Iowa Wild
  • Manitoba Moose
  • Milwaukee Admirals
  • Rockford IceHogs
 
  • Pacific Division
  • Bakersfield Condors
  • Ontario Reign
  • San Antonio Rampage
  • San Diego Gulls
  • San Jose Barracuda
  • Stockton Heat
  • Texas Stars
  • Tucson Roadrunners
 
The format for the 2018 Calder Cup Playoffs will be finalized by the Board of Governors at its Annual Meeting in Hilton Head Island, S.C., July 2-6, and the complete playing schedule for the 2017-18 regular season, which begins Oct. 6, will be announced this summer.
In operation since 1936, the AHL continues to serve as the top development league for all 30 National Hockey League teams. More than 88 percent of today’s NHL players are American Hockey League graduates, and for the 16th year in a row, more than 6 million fans attended AHL games across North America in 2016-17.