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This is the 2021-22 American Hockey League season. This is the league's 86th season.


On June 7, 2021 the league issued a statement saying that they AHL Board of Governors approved the alignment for the 2021-22 season.[1]

Teams will play an unequal number of games for 2021-22:

  • Chicago, Cleveland, Grand Rapids, Hershey, Lehigh Valley, Milwaukee, Rochester, Springfield, Syracuse, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton will play 76 games
  • Belleville, Bridgeport, Charlotte, Hartford, Iowa, Laval, Manitoba, Providence, Rockford, Texas, Toronto, Utica will play 72 games
  • Abbotsford, Bakersfield, Colorado, Henderson, Ontario, San Diego, San Jose, Stockton, Tucson (the Pacific Division) will play 68 games.[2]

The season commences on October 15th.

The playoff format will be announced in the summer of 2021. As part of the announcement for the 2021-22 season it was stated that there will be an increase in the number of teams qualifying for the playoffs over each of the next two seasons.

As part of the announcement, the league announced that all teams will play 72 games starting with the 2022-23 season with the expected addition of the Palm Springs AHL team which had their arena construction begin on June 3, 2021.[3]

Membership Changes[]

  • All of the teams that made temporary relocations due to local restrictions involving the AHL team's home area or even the NHL team's home arena will return to their previous home except for the Binghamton Devils who relocated to Utica, New York for the 2021-22 season:



To be added upon completion of the regular season

Calder Cup Playoffs[]

The league revised the format for the Calder Cup Playoffs.In each division the all but the bottom two teams will qualify for the playoffs. The first round will be a best-of-three series with six teams in the Atlantic Division, five in the North Division, five in the Central Division and seven in the Pacific Division. Teams will be ranked by points percentage as teams are playing an unequal number of games.[7]