AHL Announces Unification Plan

On Monday, the AHL announced that the league’s Board of Governors has approved a schedule unification plan that will move all teams to a 72-game regular season beginning in the 2022-23 season.

As part of the plan, three divisions — the Atlantic, North and Central Divisions — have the option of playing 76 or 72 games in the 2021-22 season. The Rockford IceHogs will play 72 games.

Here is the Central Division of the Western Conference:

  • Chicago Wolves (Carolina Hurricanes)
  • Grand Rapids Griffins (Detroit Red Wings)
  • Iowa Wild (Minnesota Wild)
  • Manitoba Moose (Winnipeg Jets)
  • Milwaukee Admirals (Nashville Predators)
  • Rockford IceHogs (Chicago Blackhawks)
  • Texas Stars (Dallas Stars)

The teams playing 72 games in 2021-22: Belleville, Bridgeport, Charlotte, Hartford, Iowa, Laval, Manitoba, Providence, Rockford, Texas, Toronto, Utica. The Chicago Wolves are among the teams adopting a 76-game schedule.

Teams in the Pacific Division will play 68 games in the coming season.

Additionally, there will be an increased number of teams in the Calder Cup Playoffs each year. Details of that plan will be announced later.

15 thoughts on “AHL Announces Unification Plan

  1. So some teams will play 68 other 72 and others 76 ….Very strange calendar.
    Covid Calendar for some .

  2. Yeah agree strange schedule, realize it’s a survival move obviously but i guess you had to be there to get the gist of it.

  3. Does every NHL team have an exclusive AHL farm team or are some AHL teams used by more than one NHL tteam?

  4. EB answer is yes but Seattles team in Palm Springs team doesn’t start playing until.22-23 season. Assune next year they will loan players to other Nhl teams affliates.

  5. Thanks Ian. I thought there were some consolidation during the weird 2021 season but didn’t know if they got back to “normal” for next season.

  6. Glad Montreal got Jets out in 4 games .I was really hoping jet would win before the cheap shot from their Captain after I change my mind and Habs won in 4 ´…..yesssss
    And Jets captain is the reason they lost in 4. Plus he still have one game suspension to start the next season ( just to remind him about the cheap shot.
    I think they had a good chance against the Habs ……he knows .

  7. 2010
    I agree 100%. Enjoyed watching the heartless performance of Winterpeg, a team I have cheered for recently.

    A stupid, careless and near inhumane attack on another human being cost them a series they should have easily won. Montreal in the final 4??? I doubt many diehard fans actually thought that to be realistic before the playoffs started.

    A goalie won their first round and a dumbass allowed them to win the 2nd.

  8. Hawks fan
    Sorry Mr Wheeler ..
    stupid headshot from the other guy gave the Habs their chance and the focus was to win in 4 .
    the worst pénalty in NHL this year made his team unable to get over it. Sometimes just a bad judgement and that’s it .

  9. Had the Habs vs Panthers as Stanley Cup. Going with Habs vs Isles! Two dark horses.

  10. Okie – MTL plays winner of VGK COL series which will almost certainly be Vegas and there’s almost no chance they beat Vegas

    If they were to beat Vegas you’re right I don’t see them beating Tampa in the final should TB get there

  11. Okie going to be tough. Just maybe someone has a … ……. wait for it………..wait for it…….. A Price on his head!

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