The American Hockey League announced the division alignment for the 2017-18 season. The Board of Governors made a few changes for the 2017-18 season.
|Bridgeport Sound Tigers||Bridgeport Sound Tigers|
|Hartford Wolf Pack||Charlotte Checkers|
|Hershey Bears||Hartford Wolf Pack|
|Lehigh Valley Phantoms||Hershey Bears|
|Providence Bruins||Lehigh Valley Phantoms|
|Springfield Thunderbirds||Providence Bruins|
|Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins||Springfield Thunderbirds|
The Atlantic division went from seven teams to eight with the addition of the Charlotte Checkers.
They will now face 14 other teams in their conference instead of 10. Which means they will have to adapt to even more styles of play. This move will either highlight the Checkers weaknesses or will help them become an even better team.
All season, fans have blown up the Checkers twitter account asking when they will move out of the Western Conference and into the East. Today, they got their wish.
.@ everyone who tweets us every year asking when we're moving conferences— Charlotte Checkers (@CheckersHockey) May 11, 2017
|Albany Devils||Belleville Senators|
|Binghamton Senators||Binghamton Devils|
|Rochester Americans||Laval Rockets|
|St. John's IceCaps||Rochester Americans|
|Syracuse Crunch||Syracuse Crunch|
|Toronto Marlies||Toronto Marlies|
|Utica Comets||Utica Comets|
Three teams in the North Division will start the 2017-18 season in a new city.
The Binghamton Senators became the Belleville Senators. The move from New York to Ontario puts the team closer to their NHL aAffiliate, the Ottawa Senators.
The Albany Devils are moving into Binghamton to start the 2017-18 season. The move puts 20 extra miles between the Binghamton Devils and their NHL affiliate, the New Jersey Devils.
The St. John’s IceCaps will become the Laval Rocket at the start of the 2017-18 season. Moving to Quebec from Newfoundland will put them a lot closer to the Montreal Canadiens.
The North division retains the same number of teams, seven.
|Charlotte Checkers||Chicago Wolves|
|Chicago Wolves||Cleveland Monster|
|Cleveland Monsters||Grand Rapids Griffins|
|Grand Rapids Griffins||Iowa Wild|
|Iowa Wild||Manitoba Moose|
|Manitoba Moose||Milwaukee Admirals|
|Milwaukke Admirals||Rockford IceHogs|
The Central Division drops from eight teams to seven for the 2017-18 season. Unless travel plans change for the Western Conference, fans of the Central will see a lot more of the six other teams in the division.
|Bakersfield Condors||Bakersfield Condors|
|Ontario Reign||Ontario Reign|
|San Antonio Rampage||San Antonio Rampage|
|San Diego Gulls||San Diego Gulls|
|San Jose Barracuda||San Jose Barracuda|
|Stockton Heat||Stockton Heat|
|Texas Stars||Texas Stars|
|Tucson Roadrunners||Tucson Roadrunners|
The Pacific Division is the only division that will not see changes to their alignment.