American Hockey League

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. … The American Hockey League today released the complete schedule of games for the 2021-22 regular season, the league’s 86th year of operation. The season, with 31 teams playing a total of 1,118 games, begins on Friday, October 15 and concludes on Sunday, April 24. “After two seasons shortened by the COVID-19 pandemic,
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The Colorado Avalanche have re-signed forward Kiefer Sherwood to a one-year contract for the 2021-22 season. Sherwood, 26, appeared in just 10 games with the AHL’s Colorado Eagles in 2020-21 but led the team with 10 goals and tied for second on the club with 16 points. He also played 16 games with the Avalanche,
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SPRINGFIELD, Mass. … The American Hockey League today announced the dates and opponents for all 31 teams’ home openers for the 2021-22 season: Abbotsford Canucks – Fri., Oct. 22 vs. Henderson Bakersfield Condors – Sat., Oct. 16 vs. Abbotsford Belleville Senators – Sat., Oct. 16 vs. Laval Bridgeport Islanders – Sat., Oct. 23 vs. Springfield Charlotte Checkers – Fri.,
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The Utica Comets have signed forwards Samuel Laberge and Ryan Schmelzer to American Hockey League contracts for the 2021-22 season. Laberge, 24, enters his fifth pro season after skating with Allen (ECHL) in 2020-21. He has skated in 97 regular-season AHL contests with the Texas Stars, totaling eight goals and 14 assists. He also has
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The Montreal Canadiens have named Jean-François Houle as head coach of the AHL’s Laval Rocket. “After meeting with him, we quickly concluded that his philosophy and values aligned with ours. His dedication, passion for hockey, attention to detail, and leadership ability are among his top qualities. Jean-François’ many years of experience, along with his knowledge
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The New York Rangers have acquired defenseman Nick DeSimone from the Vegas Golden Knights in exchange for forward Brett Howden. DeSimone appeared in 22 AHL games between San Jose and Rochester last season, tallying 11 assists. A native of East Amherst, N.Y., DeSimone enters his fifth pro season having skated in 198 career AHL games
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The Minnesota Wild have re-signed forward Joseph Cramarossa to a two-year, two-way contract through 2022-23. Cramarossa appeared in eight games with the AHL’s Iowa Wild in 2020-21, tallying two goals and one assist. He made his Minnesota Wild debut on Mar. 20 and collected one assist in four NHL games. The ninth-year pro has skated
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The Rockford IceHogs have re-signed forward and team captain Garrett Mitchell to an American Hockey League contract for the 2021-22 season. Mitchell returns to Rockford for his 11th professional campaign after posting three goals and two assists in 29 games with the IceHogs in 2020-21. Mitchell has skated in 446 career AHL games with Rockford,
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The Hershey Bears have re-signed forward Kale Kessy to a two-year American Hockey League contract. Kessy skated in 21 games with Hershey in 2020-21, registering two goals, four assists and a league-high 115 penalty minutes. Kessy has played 220 games in the AHL over eight pro seasons with Hershey, Colorado, Manitoba, Cleveland, Bakersfield and Oklahoma
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