Quick look at the Marlies’ 2012-13 schedule

Dallas Eakins will return as head coach for the Toronto Marlies in the 2012-13 season- Image Courtesy of Graig Abel

TORONTO- The American Hockey League announced their 2012-13 season schedule on Friday and this is how it breaks down for the Toronto Marlies.

Toronto’s first game of the season will be its home opener and it takes place October 13th against the Rochester Americans.

Their first eight games of the season will be against North Division opponents.

Starting October 26th the Marlies will head out on their biggest road trip of the year and return to the Ricoh Coliseum on November 17th. Eight games in total, the trip will start and finish in Hamilton against the Bulldogs.

Like last season, the Marlies will host a home game at the Air Canada Centre against the Bulldogs on December 26th.

On December 30th Toronto will face the Grand Rapids Griffins at Comerica Park in an outdoor game.

Toronto longest home stand is 10 games long and goes from February 23rd to March 16th, starting with the Milwaukee Admirals and wrapping up with the Americans.

The Marlies will only face 18 of the other 29 clubs in the AHL, which means you won’t get to see teams such as the Providence Bruins, Manchester Monarchs or Worcester Sharks unless they were to meet in the Calder Cup finals.

29 of Toronto’s 38 home games will be on weekends. One is a Friday night game, 17 on a Saturday and 11 more on a Sunday.

The Marlies will play the Bulldogs the most of any opponent, 12 times, with 38 division games in total.

Although the Marlies will not play the Norfolk Admirals, they will have an opportunity to face many of the same players from the 2012 Calder Cup Champions as the Tampa Bay Lightning changed their AHL affiliate to the Syracuse Crunch. The Anaheim Ducks, who were previously with Syracuse, have agreed to a partnership with Norfolk. Basically, the two NHL clubs swapped AHL rosters.

Toronto will face the Crunch twice. Their first meeting will be in Syracuse on February 20th while Toronto will host on March 6th.

The season will consist of 76 games and the 2013 All-Star weekend is scheduled for January 27-28th in Providence, Rhode Island.

Back in June the Board of Governors held their annual meeting and approved an alignment change in the Western Conference that affects three teams. Also, the former West Division has been renamed and will be known as the South Division.

TEAM

2011-12 DIVISION

2012-13 DIVISION

Abbotsford Heat

West

North

Grand Rapids Griffins

North

Midwest

Charlotte Checkers

Midwest

South

 

KYLE CICERELLA

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