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AHL Announces Division Alignment for 2011-2012 Season





July 5, 2011





The Adirondack Phantoms in conjunction with the American Hockey League announced today that they will play in the newly formed Northeast Division. The Northeast Division will also consist of the Albany Devils (NJ), Bridgeport Sound Tigers (NYI), Connecticut Whale (NYR) and Springfield Falcons (CBJ).

The new division is part of an AHL realignment approved this week by the Board of Governors in their annual meeting in Hilton Head, S.C. American Hockey League President and C.E.O. David Andrews has announced that the AHL's structure will consist of six divisions of five teams each thus matching the NHL's alignment.

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 three division winners earning the top three seeds and the next five 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 2011-2012 regular season will be announced later this summer.

Opening night for the Adirondack Phantoms will be on Saturday, October 8.

Listed below is the complete realignment for the AHL:

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)

Secure your seats for the 2011-12 season with a full season ticket package. Phantoms Season Ticket Holders have access to exclusive benefits. Opening night is Saturday, October 8. Call 518-480-3355 or visit phantomshockey.com for more information.






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