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AHL Sets 2017-18 Divisional Alignment

May 11, 2017 - American Hockey League (AHL) - Milwaukee Admirals News Release

Milwaukee, WI- 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 division alignment for the 2017-18 AHL season.

The Admirals will continue to play in the Central Division of the Western Conference, along with the Chicago Wolves, Cleveland Monsters, Grand Rapids Griffins, Iowa Wild, Manitoba Moose, and Rockford IceHogs.

In addition to the divisional alignment, the Admirals unveiled their opponents for next season, which includes match-ups with the Hershey Bears and the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins. Coincidently, those teams were the Admirals opponents in their two appearences in the Calder Cup Finals. The Admirals topped the Penguins 4-0 in 2004 and fell to the Bears 4-2 in the Finals in 2006. However, they haven't played either team in the regular season since the 2001-02 campaign.

In addition, the Admirals will also face off with the Ontario Reign for the first time. The Reign, the primary affiliate of the Los Angeles Kings, will be in their third year in the AHL next season and play in the Pacific Division. In addition to the Reign, the Admirals will also play the San Diego Gulls and the Stockton Heat from the Pacific.

The Admirals will continue to play a 76-game, unbalanced schedule which includes 38 home contests at the UW-Milwaukee Panther Arena. The Chicago Wolves will be the most common opponent at Panther Arena with six match-ups, while the Ads will host Grand Rapids, Iowa and Rockford each five times.

Milwaukee Admirals Opponent Breakdown:

Chicago Wolves............6

Grand Rapids Griffins.....5

Iowa Wild...................5

Rockford IceHogs..........5

Cleveland Monsters.......4

Manitoba Moose...........4

San Antonio Rampage....2

Texas Stars..................2

Hershey Bears..............1

Ontario Reign..............1

San Diego Gulls............1

Stockton Heat..............1

WBS Penguins.............1

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

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

The schedule for the 2017-18 season will be released later this summer. Season tickets for next season are on sale for as little as $135. For more information on season tickets fans should visit

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