AHL News

By Andrew Bourgeois


The American Hockey League announced today its Conference and Divisional Alignment for the 2001-2002 season.

The realignment features nine new American Hockey League cities, bringing the League’s membership to 27 teams in six divisions and two conferences.

Western Conference
West          Central        South
Houston       Rochester      Philadelphia
Utah          Syracuse       Hershey
Chicago       Cincinnati     Wilkes-Barre/Scranton
Grand Rapids  Cleveland      Norfolk

Eastern Conference
East         North       Canadian
Albany       Lowell      Hamilton
Hartford     Worcester   Saint John
Springfield  Portland    St. John's
Providence   Manchester  Quebec
Bridgeport               Manitoba

Each AHL club will play an unbalanced 80 game schedule featuring traditional and regional rivalries. The schedule format detailing the frequency of games between opponents will be announced Tuesday June 19 at noon est.


The 1999 Providence Bruins set a League record as they tallied a combined regular season and playoff win tally of 71 games, including another League record of 10 playoff home wins, en route to the Calder Cup Championship.


June 18, 1992 the Ottawa Senators make goaltender Peter Sidorkiewicz the first overall pick in the NHL expansion draft.