Obviously there is plenty of time to examine and pick it apart so I won't do too much today, but just some initial thoughts.
1. No Western Conference Teams
2. Lots of Phantoms and Penguins
Not this year. 24 of Hershey's 76 games (that's 32%) will be against either the Penguins or the Phantoms. 12 against each.
Yippee! (sarcasm intended)
3. Lots of the East Division
The Bears will play Norfolk and Binghamton 8 times each as well. That's a total of 40 games against 4 teams. Over half the season.
4. On the Road to Finish
Yes, there are wrestling playoffs and basketball playoffs and Disney On Ice that all need their time at Giant Center, but come on now.
Of the Bears final 20 games...only 6 will be on home ice. That includes a 6 game road trip and then a 5 game road trip.
5. On the Road to Start
Hershey opens with 5 road games before coming home for 2 in late October...and then back on the road for 4 more.
6. Home Cooking for the Holidays
That means you can expect a lot of home games in the middle 4 months of November, December, January, and February.
The Bears have a 6 game homestand surrounding Thanksgiving and another 4 game stand around Christmas.
7. Just a Few 3 in 3 Weekends
But that is the life in the AHL.
Like I said...just a few thoughts. If you want to take a look at the schedule for yourself you can find it here.
Here is the breakdown per team:
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton - 12 games
Lehigh Valley - 12 games
Norfolk - 8 games
Binghamton - 8 games
Hartford - 4 games
Manchester - 4 games
Worcester - 4 games
Syracuse - 4 games
St. John's - 4 games
Bridgeport - 4 games
Albany - 4 games
Portland - 4 games
Springfield - 2 games
Providence - 2 games
I am ready for some hockey...but there is almost 2 full months till the first home game. Oh well.