The Xcel Energy Center Will Have Pro Hockey NHL Lockout Or No NHL Lockout

The AHL released its schedule today and for fans in the State of Hockey, there is one piece of information which is pertinent. From the release:
• In addition to the outdoor game in Detroit, six NHL arenas – Montreal’s Bell Centre, St. Paul’s Xcel Energy Center, Washington’s Verizon Center, Toronto’s Air Canada Centre, Raleigh’s PNC Arena and Philadelphia’s Wells Fargo Center – are all scheduled to host AHL action this season.
That game is Sunday November 18th when the Houston Aeros play the Rockford IceHogs at the Xcel Energy Center. It's the second time the Aeros will play in their parent organization's home following an appearance against Peoria at Hockey Day Minnesota in 2011. However, that appearance is marred due to 2008 first round pick Tyler Cuma tearing his ACL.

It's a nice surprise, especially a day after the Traverse City prospect tournament was canceled. While the AHL has taken a backseat in the past given the distance from St. Paul to Houston, this gives fans a chance to see the future (or who the next injury-replacement will be) first-hand. Even more, if there is an ongoing lockout, there's more of a chance that some of the talented players on two-way contracts (i.e. Mikael Granlund, Jonas Brodin, Jared Spurgeon, etc.) will be working together with the Aeros.

The rest of Houston's schedule (along with the entire league) can be found here. The AHL Aeros open the season October 13th at home against Charlotte and as always, The Third Intermission will be covering it.

1 comment:

  1. And marred by the Perioa Rivermen fans sitting nearby that were cheering for it. #DeadToMe