CHARLOTTETOWN, PE – The American Hockey League is set to return to action today for its 85th season of play, with the first puck dropping at 1 p.m. ET as the Providence Bruins face off against the Bridgeport Sound Tigers.
The AHL has 28 teams active for the 2020-21 season, serving as the top development affiliates for all 31 National Hockey League clubs. With Charlotte, Milwaukee and Springfield electing to opt-out of play for 2020-21, the Florida Panthers (Syracuse), Nashville Predators (Chicago) and St. Louis Blues (Utica) have entered into one-year partnerships with other AHL clubs.
This season also marks the debut of the Henderson Silver Knights, the top development team for the NHL’s Vegas Golden Knights. The Silver Knights will be playing their home games at Orleans Arena in Las Vegas while construction continues on their new facility in Henderson, Nev.
Five (5) Island-born players are set to suit up in the American League this season.
Summerside’s Ryan MacKinnon – Bridgeport Sound Tigers
Summerside’s Brett Gallant – Cleveland Monsters
Summerside’s Alex Gallant – Stockton Heat
Charlottetown’s Josh Currie -WBS Penguins
Summerside’s Spencer Smallman – Chicago Wolves
Hockey PEI wants to wish the best of luck to all five Islanders as they begin their AHL season.
Hockey PEI is the governing body for organized hockey in Prince Edward Island. Hockey PEI’s main purpose is to foster, promote, develop, supervise, regulate, and govern the sport of amateur hockey throughout Prince Edward Island. For more on Hockey PEI and its programs visit www.hockeypei.com or follow through social media on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. For further information, please contact:
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