To call this season of the AHL bizarre would be an understatement. The majority of the league has started play, and we’ve been patiently waiting for the Canadian teams to begin playing. Initially those were Belleville, Winnipeg, Laval, and the Toronto Marlies, but the Stockton Heat will be playing out of Calgary this year, so now there are five.
To complicate things further, both the Marlies and Belleville weren’t able to be scheduled for home games, as Ontario had restrictions in place preventing that until recently. The result of all these issues is a schedule being built that only takes teams through February, and the remaining schedule will come at a future date.
From Marlies.caThere will be four game series with Manitoba and Stockton that will kick start the year, and involve a four game in five night stint followed by a travel day and then four games in six nights. That’s a lot of hockey and fast, but it meets the needs of teams that have desperately been waiting to get their prospects some playing time.
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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation