AMERKS TO REMAIN IN NORTH DIVISION FOR 2011-12 AHL SEASON
News | 7/5/2011 12:15:22 PM | ROCHESTER AMERICANS


The American Hockey League announced today the divisional alignment and playoff format for the 2011-12 season. The Rochester Americans will remain in the Western Conference’s North Division as the league enters its second season with 30 active teams.

The North Division will have a different look in 2011-12, consisting of just five teams as Rochester will be paired up against the Grand Rapids Griffins, Hamilton Bulldogs, Lake Erie Monsters and Toronto Marlies. The Abbotsford Heat will move to the West, while the new St. John’s franchise, formerly the Manitoba Moose, will begin play in the Atlantic.
 
Starting this season, the AHL will employ six divisions, comprising of five teams each within the Eastern and Western conferences. The format for the 2012 Calder Cup Playoffs was also approved by the Board of Governors. Eight teams in each conference will qualify for the postseason, with the three division winners earning the top three seeds and the next five best teams in order of regular-season points seeded fourth through eighth. The conference quarterfinals will be best-of-five series; the conference semifinals, conference finals and Calder Cup Finals will be best-of-seven series. Teams will be re-ordered after the first round so that the highest-remaining seed plays the lowest-remaining seed.
 
The regular-season schedule format is still to be determined, and the complete playing schedule for the 2011-12 regular season, which begins October 7th, will be announced later this summer. 

Amerks full season tickets in any seat location at The Blue Cross Arena are available for just $10 per game, giving fans the opportunity to watch all 38 Amerks home games from the same seat for a total of $380. The Amerks are also offering half-season packages at a rate of $12 per ticket ($228 total), while 10-packs can be purchased at $14 per seat ($140 total). Fans can visit www.amerks.com for more ticket information.

Divisional Alignment for 2011-12 Season:
 
Eastern Conference
Atlantic Division

Manchester Monarchs (LA)
Portland Pirates (PHX)
Providence Bruins (BOS)
St. John’s (WPG)
Worcester Sharks (SJ)
 
Northeast Division
Adirondack Phantoms (PHI)
Albany Devils (NJ)
Bridgeport Sound Tigers (NYI)
Connecticut Whale (NYR)
Springfield Falcons (CBJ)
 
East Division
Binghamton Senators (OTT)
Hershey Bears (WSH)
Norfolk Admirals (TB)
Syracuse Crunch (ANA)
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins (PIT)
 
Western Conference
North Division

Grand Rapids Griffins (DET)
Hamilton Bulldogs (MTL)
Lake Erie Monsters (COL)
Rochester Americans (BUF)
Toronto Marlies (TOR)
 
Midwest Division
Charlotte Checkers (CAR)
Chicago Wolves (VAN)
Milwaukee Admirals (NSH)
Peoria Rivermen (STL)
Rockford IceHogs (CHI)
 
West Division
Abbotsford Heat (CGY)
Houston Aeros (MIN)
Oklahoma City Barons (EDM)
San Antonio Rampage (FLA)
Texas Stars (DAL)

In operation since 1936, the AHL continues to serve as the top development league for all 30 National Hockey League teams. More than 87 percent of today’s NHL players are American Hockey League graduates, and for the 10th year in a row, more than 6 million fans attended AHL games across North America in 2010-11.

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