The Charlotte Checkers barely eclipsed .500 last season, finishing 37-36 and finding themselves out of the playoffs for only the second time since their their inaugural AHL season in 2010.
Now the team looks to be back in the hunt for a playoff spot, as they recently announced the signing of former Carolina Hurricanes right wing Chad LaRose to a hungry young team ready to return to the playoffs.
The journey to the season got a step closer today, as the AHL announced all of their team’s schedules.
The team will play just two preseason games, both against the Norfolk Admirals, and the first of which will be at the Extreme Ice Center in Indian Trail, North Carolina on Oct. 3.
The regular season will get going on Oct. 10, when the team travels to Milwaukee to take on that city’s Admirals (yes, there are also two teams with the same team name in the league).
The team got an even split between home and road games in their 76-game schedule, with their longest homestand coming in early March with five games at Time Warner Cable Arena.
Unlike last year, there will be no doubleheaders with the Hornets, and all games will be played in Charlotte. The team played at the PNC Arena in Raleigh for two games during the Winter Olympics last February.
Their most frequent opponent will continue to be West division rival Oklahoma City, who the team will face a staggering 12 times.
For those of you who are new, you read that right, Charlotte is in the West division of the league in order to keep all divisions even.
The Checkers will also play the Texas Stars, Iowa Wild, Norfolk Admirals, San Antonio Rampage and the Grand Rapids Griffins a total of eight times each.
The team will also play Milwaukee, as well as the Chicago Wolves, Hamilton Buldogs, Toronto Marlies, Lake Erie Monsters and the Rockford IceHogs on a less frequent basis, as they play four times each throughout the season.
Out of the 12 teams that are on tap for this season, seven of them made the playoffs, including last season’s top four Western Conference playoff seeds.
SOURCE: Charlotte Checkers