With only one game on the American Hockey League schedule tonight, the AHL added news to the schedule as well as they announced the divisional alignment for the 2015-16 season. We already knew that the California teams would be a part of a new Pacific Division, but we weren’t quite sure what the makeup of it would be. Today, we got to find out.
A six-division league for the past few seasons, the biggest change now has the league returning to a four-division set-up. Gone are the West, East, Northeast, and Midwest divisions as they get replaced by the Pacific and Central divisions. The North division moves to the Eastern Conference and joins the Atlantic division.
As Manchester, Norfolk, and Worcester move to the West, the league moved Rochester, Utica, and Toronto to the East. The other interesting move has San Antonio and Texas joining the California teams in the Pacific Division.
Here’s how it now breaks down:
Atlantic Division: Bridgeport, Hartford, Hershey, Lehigh Valley, Portland, Providence, Springfield, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.
North Division: Albany, Binghamton, Rochester, St. John’s, Syracuse, Toronto, Utica.
Central Division: Charlotte, Chicago, Grand Rapids, Iowa, Lake Erie, Manitoba, Milwaukee, Rockford.
Pacific Division: Bakersfield, Ontario, San Antonio, San Diego, San Jose, Stockton, Texas.
With the rumors of the Pacific Division only playing 68 games next season, it’ll be interesting to see if Texas and San Antonio are included or if it will apply to the entire league. Interesting offseason on the way.