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.