Fresh off of their Pacific Division win, the AHL announced that the Bakersfield Condors will play a 68-game season in 2021-22 as they attempt to build off of what was certainly a strong campaign for the Oilers feeder club.
The AHL Board of Governors has approved a schedule unification plan that will see every team play 72 games beginning in 2022-23.
Alignment and schedule lengths for 2021-22 have also been set.
— AHL Communications (@AHLPR) June 7, 2021
The American Hockey League will have some changes coming to its calendar soon as the league’s Board of Governors approved a schedule unification plan that will see all teams play a 72-game regular season schedule beginning in 2022-23, which I learned today was not the way things normally go. As it turns out, different divisions can end up playing a different number of games played, and that’s what had AHL President and CEO, Scott Howson, so excited about today’s announcement.
“I am very pleased that we were able to achieve a schedule of 72 games for all teams in the American Hockey League. In coming together to create a plan that is fair and equitable, our owners have demonstrated a commitment to the long-term strength of the league.”
The AHL’s plan will also see some changes kick off right away for the 2021-22 season. Teams in the Atlantic, North and Central Divisions will have the option of playing either 76 or 72 games, while teams like the Condors that compete in the Pacific Division will play 68 games. The announcement stated that there will also be an increase in the number of teams that qualify for the Calder Cup Playoffs, but didn’t offer any details beyond saying that there will be news to come later in the off-season.
In 2021, Tyler Benson (36 GP: 10G, 26A) and Cooper Marody (39GP: 21G, 15A) led the Condors in scoring with 36 points each.
The 2020-21 Pacific Division
|San Diego Gulls||44||26||17||1||0||53||153||142||573|
|Henderson Silver Knights||39||25||13||0||1||51||125||102||497|
|San Jose Barracuda||36||15||15||4||2||36||105||127||465|