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AHL’s New-Look North Division Ready for Debut

August 3rd, 2017

Melissa Burgess

In many ways, the AHL’s North Division for the 2017-18 season is very different from the one that ended the 2016-17 season. A slew of new head and assistant coaches and three revamped teams – including two in new cities – will make this division one to watch heading into October.

For the 2017-18 season, the North Division consists of seven teams: Binghamton Devils, Utica Comets, Syracuse Crunch, Laval Rocket, Toronto Marlies, Belleville Senators and Rochester Americans.

New Places

Three teams in the division have relocated. The AHL no longer resides in Albany, with the Devils moving their franchise to Binghamton, NY. They’ll play at Floyd L. Maines Veterans Memorial Arena, which seats 4,679 for hockey. The previous residents, the Senators, have moved to Belleville, ON.

Belleville is a new AHL city; it was home to the OHL’s Bulls from 1981 until 2015. The Senators will play at Yardmen Arena, former home of the OHL team. The rink has since been revamped, with expanded seating fitting 4,400. Other improvements include board repairs, a renovated floor refrigeration system, new dressing rooms and bathrooms.

Finally, the St. John’s IceCaps have moved to Laval, QC and become the Laval Rocket. They’ll play at Place Bell, a brand-new rink seating 10,000. The Montreal Canadiens’ AHL affiliate returns to Quebec for the first time since 2002 (then the Quebec Citadelles, Quebec City, who became the Hamilton Bulldogs, then the IceCaps before returning to the province).

The AHL will have four Canadian teams this season, including three in the North Division. ...

 

Read more at: http://thehockeywriters.com/ahls-new-look-north-division-ready-for-debut/

 

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