Monday, July 12, 2010

2010-2011 NAHL Schedule Released

The Regular Season Schedule for the North American Hockey League was announced back on July 10 with the NAHL Regular Season starting on September 10 and ending on March 27 this season.

For the 5 Southwest Teams, the Texas Tornado, Amarillo Bulls and Corpus Christi Icerays will get their season's going at the NAHL's Blane Showcase which is the Leagues Showcase Event for players to play in front of NCAA & Professional Scouting Staffs which will be from September 15-18 in Blane, Minnesota.

Before that though, 2 of the new teams will play on the league's opening weekend as the New Mexico Mustangs will host the Wichita Falls Wildcats from the Santa Ana Star Center on September 10 and 11 to kick off the season and to help open the era for the expansion franchise from Rio Rancho, New Mexico.

As for the opponents at the Blane Showcase, here's the list of who the Southwest Teams will be playing from September 15-18. In addition to the Blane Showcase, I will also show the home opener's for all 5 Southwest Teams.

With the Pt. Huron Fighting Hawks now completing what was a very busy period of expansion and relocation to the NAHL. Here's a look at how the Divisional Alignment for 2010-2011 with the Central, South and West each having 6 teams. While the North Division will have 8.

Central Division
Aberdeen Wings
Alexandria Blizzard
Austin Bruins
Bismarck Bobcats
Coulee Region Chill
Owatonna Express

North Division
Chicago Hitmen
Janesville Jets
Michigan Warriors
Motor City Metal Jackets
Pt. Huron Fighting Falcons
St. Louis Bandits
Springfield Jr. Blues
Traverse City North Stars

South Division
Amarillo Bulls
Corpus Christi Icerays
New Mexico Mustangs
Texas Tornado
Topeka Roadrunners
Wichita Falls Wildcats

West Division
Alaska Avalanche
Dawson Creek Rage
Fairbanks Ice Dogs
Fresno Monsters
Keani River Brown Bears
Wenatchee Wild

Here's a breakdown of the teams by state/Provence

4: Michigan, Texas

3: Alaska, Minnesota

2: Illinois, Wisconsin

1: British Columbia, California, Kansas, Missouri, North Dakota, New Mexico, South Dakota, Washington State,

Full League Schedule:

Amarillo Bulls

9/15: VS. Michigan Warriors

9/16: VS. Fresno Monsters

9/17: Pt. Huron Fighting Falcons

9/18: St. Louis Bandits

9/24 (Home Opener): VS. Texas Tornado

Full Amarillo Bulls Schedule:

Corpus Christi Icerays

9/15: Traverse City North Stars

9/16: Chicago Hitmen

9/17: Owatonna Express

9/18: Dawson Creek Rage

10/1 (Home Opener): VS. Wichita Falls Wildcats

Full Corpus Christi Icerays Schedule:

New Mexico Mustangs

9/15: Janesville Jets

9/16: Fairbanks Ice Dogs

9/17: Springfield Jr. Blues

9/18: Alexandria Blizzard

9/10 (Home Opener): Wichita Falls Wildcats

Full New Mexico Mustangs Schedule

Texas Tornado

9/15: Motor City Metal Jackets

9/16: Kenai River Brown Bears

9/17: Coulee Region Chill

9/18: Austin Bruins

9/25 (Home Opener): Fairbanks Ice Dogs

Full Texas Tornado Schedule

Wichita Falls Wildcats

9/15: Chicago Hitmen

9/16: Wenatchee Wild

9/17: Bismarck Bobcats

9/18: Aberdeen Wings

9/24 (Home Opener): Fairbanks Ice Dogs

Full Wichita Falls Wildcats Schedule:

Some of the other big events to look forward to is the NAHL Top Prospects Tournament which is usually in late January/early February which is usually held at the Ann Arbor Ice Cube which is home to the USNTDP. Also for the playoffs which usually starts on the first weekend in April with the NAHL Robertson Cup Championship Tournament which is in Topeka, Kansas.

The NAHL Robertson Cup Tournament will also have a new format this year. It will be back down to 4 teams as the 2 Division Champions with the fewest points during the regular season will play a best of 3 play in to determine who will be the final spot in the Robertson Cup Tournament next year.

Also after the Round Robin ends, the top team goes the championship automatically while the 2nd & 3rd place teams will play a single game semifinal to determine the 2nd spot in the final while the 4th place team is eliminated from the tournament.

Here's a full look at the league's playoff format

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