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This is the 2016-17 American Hockey League season.  This is the league's 81st season.  Each of the league's 5 California based teams and the Tucson Roadrunners will play a 68 game schedule while the remaining 24 members will play a 76 game schedule.

Membership ChangesEdit

  • The Springfield Falcons franchise was purchased by the Arizona Coyotes organization and moved to Tucson, Arizona and were renamed the Tucson Roadrunners.  The team will be based out of the Tucson Convention Center.
  • Shortly after the sale and relocation of the Falcons was announced the Portland Pirates were sold to a group based in Springfield, Massachusetts who relocated the team to the city to replace the Falcons.  The team was announced as being named the Springfield Thunderbirds.
  • On July 11, 2016, the league's Board of Governors unanimously approved the relocation of the Montreal Canadiens owned St. John's IceCaps to the Place Bell in Laval, Quebec for the 2017-18 season.  The team will then become known as the Laval Rocket.  Efforts are being made to try to land a new team for St. John's in either the AHL or another league
  • On August 9, 2016, the defending Calder Cup champion Lake Erie Monsters announced they were changing there name to the Cleveland Monsters.
  • The St. Louis Blues of the NHL player development agreement with the Chicago Wolves ends at the 2016-17 season. The Blues have reportedly been working on landing an AHL franchise to be based out of the Sprint Center in Kansas City, Missouri. This franchise would probably mean the end of the Missouri Mavericks of the ECHL.  Later published reports indicated that the Vegas Golden Knights may end up affiliating with the Wolves despite previously planning on splitting an affiliation with another team for the 2017-18 season.  Reports in late January indicated that neither of these moves would be occuring.  At the league All-Star Classic which coincided with the Board of Governors meeting AHL President/CEO Dave Andrews stated that the AHL might expand for 2017-18 but there have been no applications as of yet and that there was a better than 50/50 chance that there will be 31 teams for 2017-18 and that it is probably certain that the league would have a 31st team by the 2018-19 season.
  • On September 26, 2016 the Ottawa Senators announced they had purchased their AHL affiliate, the Binghamton Senators and would relocate the team to Yardmen Arena in Belleville, Ontario where they will become the Belleville Senators for the 2017-18 season.  The team does still have a lease for a team to be based out of the arena for the next three seasons and the previous ownership has stated that  "Their decicsion to relocate has no impact on the AHL's presence in the Southern Tier" and "at the appropriate time we will be happy to share more details with the entire community."   The most likely candidate to replace the team in Binghamton is the Albany Devils.   On January 29th; the AHL Board of Governors was scheduled to vote on the relocation of the franchise to Binghamton for the 2017-18 season.  Albany had been averaging less than 3,000 fans per game (worst in the league for 2016-17) and had been in competition with the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and Union College hockey teams for support in the area.

Outdoor GameEdit

The Bakersfield Condors will host the Ontario Reign on January 7, 2017 at Bakersfield College's Memorial Stadium.  The event is being called the Condorstown Outdoor Classic.

Rule ChangesEdit

  • Home teams will wear light jerseys at home until the Christmas break and then wear dark jerseys at home after the break.
  • Rule 82 ("Icing")  In addition to not being permitted to make player substitutions, the offending team on an icing violation also may not use its team time-out.
  • Rule 1.10 ("Ice Cleaning") The ice cleaning procedures used during promotional timeouts will also be used prior to overtime during the regular season, replacing the “dry scrape.”
  • Rule 46 ("Fighting")/Rule 23 ("Game Misconducts") Players who enter into a fight prior to, at, or immediately following the drop of the puck for a faceoff will be assessed an automatic game misconduct in addition to other penalties assessed. During the regular season, any player who incurs his 10th fighting major shall be suspended automatically for one (1) game. For each subsequent fighting major up to 13, the player shall also be suspended automatically for one (1) game. During the regular season, any player who incurs his 14th fighting major shall be suspended automatically for two (2) games. For each subsequent fighting major, the player shall also be suspended automatically for two (2) games. In any instance where the opposing player was assessed an instigator penalty, the fighting major shall not count towards the player’s total for this rule.

Calder Cup Playoffs FormatEdit

The Calder Cup playoffs format was changed to the top four teams in each division qualifying for the playoffs (a change from the fifth place team being able to qualify if they had a better record than the fourth place team in the other division in their conference).  The standings will be ranked by points percentage as was the case in 2015-16 with six of the teams playing 8 fewer games than the other 24.

TeamsEdit

StandingsEdit

Atlantic DivisionEdit

Team GP W L OL SL GF GA Pts  %
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins 76 51 20 3 2 247 170 107 .704
Lehigh Valley Phantoms 76 48 23 5 0 260 219 101 .664
Hershey Bears 76 43 22 8 3 252 211 97 .638
Providence Bruins 76 43 23 6 4 229 188 96 .632
Bridgeport Sound Tigers 76 44 28 3 1 220 212 92 .605
Springfield Thunderbirds 76 32 33 9 2 197 206 75 .493
Hartford Wolfpack 76 24 46 4 2 194 280 54 .355

North DivisionEdit

Team GP W L OL SL GF GA Pts  %
Syracuse Crunch 76 38 24 7 7 232 227 90 .592
Toronto Marlies 76 42 29 4 1 245 207 89 .586
Albany Devils 76 39 32 2 3 204 206 83 .546
St. John's IceCaps 76 36 30 8 2 216 220 82 .539
Utica Comets 76 35 32 7 2 195 220 79 .520
Rochester Americans 76 32 41 0 3 205 240 67 .441
Binghamton Senators 76 28 44 2 2 190 266 60 .395

Central DivisionEdit

Team GP W L OL SL GF GA Pts  %
Chicago Wolves 76 44 19 8 5 251 200 101 .664
Grand Rapids Griffins 76 47 23 1 5 251 190 100 .658
Milwaukee Admirals 76 43 26 4 3 225 215 93 .612
Charlotte Checkers 76 39 29 7 1 212 208 86 .566
Cleveland Monsters 76 39 29 4 4 195 198 86 .566
Iowa Wild 76 36 31 7 2 182 196 81 .533
Manitoba Moose 76 29 37 5 5 197 242 68 .447
Rockford IceHogs 76 25 39 9 3 175 246 62 .408

note: The Charlotte Checkers finished ahead of the Cleveland Monsters by virtue of the first tie breaker: percentage of games won (excluding shootout wins) 36 to 32.

Pacific DivisionEdit

Team GP W L OL SL GF GA Pts  %
San Jose Barracuda 68 43 16 4 5 232 176 95 .699
San Diego Gulls 68 43 20 3 2 221 178 91 .669
Ontario Reign 68 36 21 10 1 199 190 83 .610
Stockton Heat 68 34 25 7 2 212 192 77 .566
Bakersfield Condors 68 33 29 5 1 200 188 72 .529
Tucson Roadrunners 68 29 31 8 0 187 237 66 .485
Texas Stars 76 34 37 1 4 224 265 73 .480
San Antonio Rampage 76 27 42 5 2 184 240 61 .401

Calder Cup PlayoffsEdit

Atlantic Division SemifinalsEdit

North Division SemifinalsEdit

Central Division SemifinalsEdit

Pacific Division SemifinalsEdit

Atlantic Division FinalEdit

North Division FinalEdit

Central Division FinalEdit

Pacific Division FinalEdit

Eastern Conference FinalEdit

Western Conference FinalEdit

Calder Cup FinalEdit

2017 Calder Cup Champions Grand Rapids Griffins

2017 Calder Cup Champions Grand Rapids Griffins

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