More than 85 percent of today’s NHL players are American Hockey League graduates, and for the ninth year in a row, more than 6 million fans attended AHL games across North America in 2009-10.In a recent press release, the AHL seems elated enough to declare this upcoming season to feature 30 teams in active competition - the most the league has ever had at one time. The divisional alignment, an awkwardly and uneven division of 4 groups, will soon settle in to new rivalries as well as continue old ones.
I think the Board of Governors accepted the alignment so that it might be fair to all parties involved. It still looks a little awkward in having a few teams in mismatched divisional alignment. For instance, the Charlotte Checkers are in the East division when in fact they have a better geographic fit on the Atlantic Coast.
According to the press release, they are still going to determine the format for the Calder Cup post-season this summer, but so far the developmental league looks to be pretty strong this year.
[Via: The AHL]