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Rochester Americans General Manager Randy Sexton announced today that the team will open its 2017 Training Camp on Monday, Sept. 25 at The Blue Cross Arena. The week-long camp is both free and open to the public.

New Amerks head coach Chris Taylor will have his team take the ice starting at 12:30 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 25 for the first official practice of the 2017-18 American Hockey League season. Practice sessions for the remainder of the week will begin at 10:30 a.m. at The Blue Cross Arena with the exception of Friday, Sept. 29 and Saturday, Sept. 30 as the team will hold morning skates beginning at 10:00 a.m.

The Amerks open their 2017 preseason schedule on Friday, Sept. 29 with the first of back-to-back meetings against the Toronto Marlies at the Gene Polisseni Center on the campus of Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT). Game time is slated for 7:05 p.m.

All tickets for the game will be General Admission and will be available for purchase for just $5 at the Polisseni Center Box Office, online at and, or at the Amerks Main Office located at The Blue Cross Arena. RIT students can purchase tickets for $3 while all Amerks and RIT Season Ticket Members will receive complimentary tickets to the game.

The 4,300-seat Gene Polisseni Center, located on the campus of RIT, opened on September 18, 2014 and is home to the RIT Men’s and Women’s NCAA Division I hockey teams.

Training camp will officially come to a close on Saturday, Sept. 30 as the same two teams meet again for a 7:05 p.m. rematch at HarborCenter in Buffalo. Tickets for the second game of the weekend are available for $10 each for General Admission seating with $5 tickets available for all Amerks and Buffalo Sabres Season Ticket Members. Tickets can be purchased at, through, at the KeyBank Center Box Office or the Amerks Office.

HarborCenter is a 650,000 square foot complex connected to the Buffalo Sabres’ KeyBank Center in downtown Buffalo. The complex features two NHL size rinks, including a 1,800-seat arena where the Amerks preseason game will take place, as well as 13 ADA compliant locker rooms, classroom and theater facilities, IMPACT Sports Performance training facility, a 205-room full service Marriott Hotel, (716) Food and Sport restaurant, The Healthy Scratch, a unique Tim Hortons Café & Bakeshop dedicated to the Sabres legend and parking.

Coaches and players will be made available to the media immediately following each practice session. The schedule for the first week of Amerks 2017 Training Camp is as follows (times and locations subject to change):

Monday, Sept. 25
Practice Session at 12:30 p.m. at (Blue Cross Arena)  

Tuesday, Sept. 26
Practice Session at 10:30 a.m. (Blue Cross Arena)

Wednesday, Sept. 27
Practice Session at 10:30 a.m. (Blue Cross Arena)

Thursday, Sept. 28
Practice Session at 10:30 a.m. (Blue Cross Arena)

Friday, Sept. 29
Morning Skate at 10:00 a.m. (Blue Cross Arena)
Home Preseason Game vs. Toronto Marlies at 7:05 p.m. (Gene Polisseni Center at RIT)

Saturday, Sept. 30
Morning Skate at 10:00 a.m. (Blue Cross Arena)
Home Preseason Game vs. Toronto Marlies at 7:05 p.m. (HarborCenter)

Rochester begins its 62nd season in the American Hockey League on Friday, Oct. 6 against the Syracuse Crunch at The Blue Cross Arena. Amerks Season Ticket Memberships for the 2017-18 campaign, which start as low as just $12 per game, are on-sale now. The Amerks are also offering a variety of partial plans, including Half-Season Memberships and Flex Season Memberships with vouchers good for best available seating to any home game. All memberships are up to 40% off Box Office day of game pricing. For more information, visit or call 1-855-GO-AMERKS. 

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