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Tuesday, July 5, 2011
AHL realignment for 2011-12


The AHL approved the following division realignment on Tuesday:

Eastern Conference

Atlantic Division:
Manchester Monarchs
Portland Pirates
Providence Bruins
St. John's
Worcester Sharks

Northeast Division:
Adirondack Phantoms
Albany Devils
Bridgeport Sound Tigers
Connecticut Whale
Springfield Falcons

East Division:
Binghamton Senators
Hershey Bears
Norfolk Admirals
Syracuse Crunch
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins

Western Conference

North Division:
Grand Rapids Griffins
Hamilton Bulldogs
Lake Erie Monsters
Rochester Americans
Toronto Marlies

Midwest Division:
Charlotte Checkers
Chicago Wolves
Milwaukee Admirals
Peoria Rivermen
Rockford Icehogs

West Division:
Abbotsford Heat
Houston Aeros
Oklahoma City Barons
San Antonio Rampage
Texas Stars

A new format for the 2012 Calder Cup playoffs was also announced with eight teams in each conference making the playoffs. The three division winners will get the top three seeds.

The regular season format will be announced later in the summer. The season begins on Oct. 7.