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American Hockey League Announces Alignment for 2017-18 Season

May 11, 2017 - American Hockey League (AHL) - Syracuse Crunch News Release

SYRACUSE, N.Y. - 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, Illinois, has approved a new division alignment for the 2017-18 AHL season.

The Syracuse Crunch remain in the North Division with the Belleville Senators, Binghamton Devils, Laval Rocket, Rochester Americans, Toronto Marlies and Utica Comets.

Along with the new alignments, the Crunch have announced the breakdown of their 2017-18 schedule. The team will play a 76-game schedule with 38 home games at the War Memorial Arena. The Crunch will face 14 teams in the North and Atlantic Divisions. The most frequent matchup will be 12 contests against Utica. Syracuse will also play 10 each against Binghamton and Rochester, eight each against Belleville, Laval and Toronto, four against Charlotte and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton and two each against Bridgeport, Hartford, Hershey, Lehigh Valley, Providence and Springfield.

The complete 2017-18 schedule will be announced at a later date.

The new division alignment for the 2017-18 season is as follow:

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.

Single game tickets for the 2017 Calder Cup Playoffs are on sale now and can be purchased in person at the Crunch office located inside the War Memorial Arena at 800 S. State St. in Syracuse, by calling the office at 315-473-4444 or by logging on to Ticketmaster.

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