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Well, the 2014-2015 schedule for the American Hockey League is (finally) here! It might seem like it’s been ages since the NHL schedule came out, and it has, but at least we know who is playing when now. The AHL also had to contend with waiting for the NBA schedule to come out. Four AHL teams share arenas with NBA teams and that schedule was delayed in coming out.

But you can start planning now that everything has been announced. The season will kick off on October 10th with 10 teams taking the ice. Among those teams will be the Eastern Conference Champion St. John’s Ice Caps who travel to face off against division rivals, the Providence Bruins as well as the brand new Adirondack Flames who are visiting the Rochester Americans. Of the remaining teams, 18 will kick off their seasons on Saturday, October 11th, including the Lehigh Valley Phantoms who visit the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins to kick off their inaugural season. The Manchester Monarchs and Hartford Wolfpack get things started on Sunday, October 12th.

The 2014 Calder Cup Champions, the Texas Stars, open up their season at home against the Iowa Wild on Saturday, October 12th. They will raise their banner and celebrate the first Calder Cup in their history. Being in separate conferences, the Stars and Ice Caps will not get a chance for a rematch unless they meet in the Calder Cup Finals again.

On November 22, the Syracuse Crunch will play host to an interesting and unique event. They will host the first Toyota Frozen Dome Classic at Carrier Dome in Syracuse. Carrier Dome usually plays host to Syracuse University athletics but this will mark the first time it has ever hosted a hockey game. This could be the largest attendance ever for an indoor game.

Finally, the AHL announced that All-Star Weekend will take place on Sunday, January 25th and Monday, January 26th. Further details, including the location of the event, have not yet been released.

For the full schedules, visit here to check out the highlights as well as team by team schedules.

A New England girl, born and raised, Jessica Higham has grown up loving few things more than hockey. Although she has never considered herself to be a good skater, she fell in love with hockey back when boys still had cooties and that love has only grown since. She genuinely wishes she had been alive to enjoy ‘Miracle on Ice’ and considers it to be one of the greatest moments in US history. Nothing compares to the feeling of September coming and signaling the start of a new season, complete with a whole new set of ups and downs. After having been an avid reader and occasional writer, Jessica wanted to try putting the two loves together and writing about hockey. Aside from hockey, Jessica also loves music, going to concerts, animals, and walking on the beach. Email: jessica@thepinkpuck.com @JessicaHigham

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