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American Hockey League Crash Course

Tuesday, 08.10.2004 / 9:21 AM ET / News
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American Hockey League Crash Course

The Maple Leafs will be moving their AHL affiliate to Toronto in 2005-06. Here's a quick look at the American Hockey League, which begins its 69th season in October:

Number of Teams: 28

Number of Teams in Playoffs: 16

Championship Trophy: Calder Cup

2003-04 Champion: Milwaukee Admirals

Closest Rivals to Toronto: Hamilton, Rochester, NY

Furthest Opponent: Utah (Salt Lake City)

Current and Past Toronto Affiliates: St. John's Nfld., Newmarket, St. Catharines

Canadian TV: Sportsnet (Local), The Score (National)

Website: www.theahl.com


Western Conference

West Division

Chicago Wolves (Atlanta Thrashers)

Cincinnati Mighty Ducks (Mighty Ducks of Anaheim)

Grand Rapids Griffins (Detroit Red Wings)

Houston Aeros (Minnesota Wild / Dallas Stars)

Milwaukee Admirals (Nashville Predators)

San Antonio Rampage (Florida Panthers)

Utah Grizzlies (Phoenix Coyotes)


North Division

Cleveland Barons (San Jose Sharks)

Edmonton Roadrunners (Edmonton Oilers)

Hamilton Bulldogs (Montreal Canadiens)

Manitoba Moose (Vancouver Canucks)

Rochester Americans (Buffalo Sabres)

St. John's Maple Leafs (Toronto Maple Leafs)

Syracuse Crunch (Columbus Blue Jackets)


Eastern Conference

Atlantic Division

Hartford Wolf Pack (New York Rangers)

Lowell Lock Monsters (Carolina Hurricanes / Calgary Flames)

Manchester Monarchs (Los Angeles Kings)

Portland Pirates (Washington Capitals)

Providence Bruins (Boston Bruins)

Springfield Falcons (Tampa Bay Lightning)

Worcester IceCats (St. Louis Blues)


East Division

Albany River Rats (New Jersey Devils)

Binghamton Senators (Ottawa Senators)

Bridgeport Sound Tigers (New York Islanders)

Hershey Bears (Colorado Avalanche)

Norfolk Admirals (Chicago Blackhawks)

Philadelphia Phantoms (Philadelphia Flyers)

Wilkes-Barre / Scranton Penguins (Pittsburgh Penguins)


-2005-06 Expansion: Des Moines, Iowa (affiliation TBA)

-Over 80 percent of all players to compete in the NHL in 2003-04 were AHL graduates, and more than 400 players took the ice in both leagues.

-2004-05 Rule Changes:

-Delayed offside situations: The offending player will be permitted to negate the offside by tagging up with the blue line

-Automatic icing has been implemented

-Goal lines will be moved from 13 feet to 11 feet out from the end boards, and blue lines will be moved back accordingly to maintain a 60-foot attacking zone

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