|The AHL announced today that Syracuse will host the 2016 All-Star Classic January 31st - February 1st.|
In the American Hockey League, the final four is almost set as Grand Rapids Griffins eliminated the Rockford IceHogs in five games to advance to the Western Conference Finals. The Utica Comets could join the Griffins in the third round with a win tonight at home in Game Six against the Oklahoma City Barons. A win by the Barons would force a winner-take-all Game Seven on Wednesday night.
The Eastern Conference Final is already set, with the top seeded Manchester Monarchs taking on the Hartford WolfPack for the rights to represent the Eastern Conference in the 2015 Calder Cup Finals.
The AHL announced earlier this afternoon that the Syracuse Crunch will be hosting the 2016 AHL All-Star Classic in the league's 80th anniversary season, with the Skills Competition Sunday January 31st followed by the AHL All-Star Game on Monday February 1st. Here's the league's press release.
As for a content schedule of what to expect here online in the next few weeks, I have come up with a loose calendar of sorts for what you'll be able to read here:
- I'm going donate a week of content space online for each of the AHL teams I covered this season, starting with the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins next week (May 25th - 31st) and the Lehigh Valley Phantoms the following week (June 1st - 7th).
- I'll have end of the year progress reports with a look at each prospect in the organization with a synopsis of their season, some insights on their development and what to expect in 2015-16. I'll also have a deeper look at the rosters of each team at the AHL level, who is under what kind of contract, the impending free agents and some simple explanations of words you will see all summer long (i.e. restricted versus unrestricted free agents, etc.)