AHL approves schedule unification plan with 72-game season in 2022-23
The AHL’s Board of Governors has accredited a schedule unification plan that may see all groups play a 72-game regular-season schedule starting in 2022-23, the league introduced Monday.
“I’m very happy that we have been capable of obtain a schedule of 72 video games for all groups within the American Hockey League,” mentioned AHL president and CEO Scott Howson mentioned in a press launch.
“In coming collectively to create a plan that’s honest and equitable, our homeowners have demonstrated a dedication to the long-term power of the league.”
The plan can even see adjustments carried out for the 2021-22 season, which is slated to kick off Oct. 15. Groups within the AHL’s Atlantic, North and Central Divisions may have the choice of enjoying both 76 or 72 video games, whereas golf equipment within the Pacific Division will play 68 video games.
There can even be a rise within the quantity of groups that may qualify for the Calder Cup Playoffs with particulars anticipated to introduced later within the low season.
Divisions, in the meantime, shall be rejigged for subsequent season from their 2020-21 configuration, with golf equipment north of the border leaving the five-team Canadian grouping. As an alternative, the Belleville Senators (Ottawa Senators), Laval Rocket (Montreal Canadiens) and Toronto Marlies (Toronto Maple Leafs) will play within the North Division, whereas the Manitoba Moose (Winnipeg Jets) transfer to the Central, and the to-be-named Abbotsford, B.C, affiliate of the Vancouver Canucks will head to the Pacific together with the Bakersfield Condors (Edmonton Oilers) and Stockton Warmth (Calgary Flames).