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AHL Schedule Released; Could Be Useful Come October

The AHL released their schedule on Friday, which is usually only welcomed with enthusiasm by fans of those teams or people who are interested in keeping up with their NHL team's prospects. This season, however, it's very much of interest to NHL fans as well. If the league locks out, it'll be he only chance for pro hockey and the only chance to see some of the league's younger stars in action.

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St. Louis' farm team, the Peoria Rivermen, start action on October 12th against the Abbotsford Heat. There are also two outdoors games for the AHL this year, in which the Toronto Marlies will play the Grand Rapids Griffins at Comerica Park on December 30th, and the Hershey Bears will face off against the Wilkes-Barre Scranton Penguins on January 20th.

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The AHL does have their own version of Gamecenter Live, so if the league loses part of the season, there's always that.

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