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American Hockey League Announces Schedule Modification To Begin 2011-2012
American Hockey League Announces Schedule Modification To Begin 2011-2012
Regular Season Schedule Reduced to 76 Games

Springfield, MA – The American Hockey League announced on Wednesday that its Board of Governors has approved a schedule modification plan beginning with the 2011-12 season.

Under the plan, the regular-season playing schedule will be reduced to 76 games; the AHL playing calendar will be extended by one week; all sequences in which teams play four games in five nights will be eliminated; and the first round of the Calder Cup Playoffs will be reduced to a best-of-five series.

“As our league has grown in recent years, we have been working closely with the National Hockey League and the Professional Hockey Players’ Association to seek a solution to what has become a very onerous playing schedule,” said David Andrews, President and CEO of the American Hockey League. “As our league has grown and our game has become faster and more physical, the wear and tear on our players has begun to affect player development and at times the quality of competition. These steps are intended to provide a safer environment for our players through increased rest and recovery time, and also to provide our fans with an even higher caliber of play as a result of reduced player fatigue.”

Celebrating its historic 75th anniversary season in 2010-11, the American Hockey League continues to serve as the top development league for all 30 National Hockey League teams, with more than 85 percent of today’s NHL players and 22 of 30 NHL head coaches having graduated from the AHL. Through the years, the American Hockey League has been home to more than 100 honored members of the Hockey Hall of Fame.

The Texas Stars begin the first round of the Calder Cup Playoffs on Thursday against the Milwaukee Admirals. Texas finished the regular season as the four seed in the West Division and Milwaukee claimed the one seed by winning the division. The Stars went 5-1-0-0 against the Admirals this season, including a 3-0 mark on the road. Texas opens the series with the first two games of the series at the Bradley Center in Milwaukee on Thursday and Saturday night. Texas will host Game 3 on Tuesday, April 19th at 7:30 PM and Game 4 on Wednesday, April 20th at 7:30 PM at Cedar Park Center. If needed, Game 5 is Friday, April 22nd at 7:30 PM at Cedar Park Center. The best of seven series shifts to Milwaukee for Game 6 and Game 7 if needed.


West Division Semifinal (best of seven)

Texas and Milwaukee

Game 1: Texas at Milwaukee on Thursday, April 14 at 7:00 PM

Game 2: Texas at Milwaukee on Saturday, April 16 at 7:00 PM

Game 3: Milwaukee at Texas on Tuesday, April 19 at 7:30 PM

Game 4: Milwaukee at Texas on Wednesday, April 20 at 7:30 PM

Game 5: Milwaukee at Texas on Friday, April 22 at 7:30 PM – X

Game 6: Texas at Milwaukee on Monday, April 25 at 7:00 PM –X

Game 7: Texas at Milwaukee on Tuesday, April 26 at 7:00 PM –X

X – If Necessary

Fans looking for tickets to see the Stars defend their Western Conference crown may call 512 GO-STARS to purchase a playoff strip, which includes tickets for every Texas Stars playoff home game at Cedar Park Center. Fans looking to purchase individual game tickets may do so online at www.ticketmaster.com or by calling TicketMaster at (800) 745-3000.

2011-12 season seat packages are on sale now. For more information on Texas Stars season tickets call (512) GO-STARS (467-8277) or visit www.TexasStarsHockey.com. Anyone interested in purchasing season tickets, suites, group tickets or mini-plans may call the Texas Stars front office.

AHL Letter


--Texas Stars--
Posted on 04/13/11

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