The AHL Deserves Your Respect and Attention

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Most "hockey fans" are not hockey fans, they are NHL fans. They have no idea what the AHL is and the ones that are aware of its existence have no knowledge of how the league works. Hell, it just recently came to my attention that a high percentage of "hockey fans" have no idea what the Calder Cup is. Anyway, for those who don't know, this league is made-up of some of the most talented players in the sport who are just waiting for The Call. But while they are waiting for that call they are putting on a show just as good, if not better, than many NHL teams.

Think of these teams as the little brother to your favorite team. Big brother will always get the spotlight, but that doesn't mean little brother isn't out there doing equally impressive shit. It's just that Mom (that would be you, the fan) chooses to focus all her attention on one and not the other.

So who are these AHL teams that you can checkout? Below you'll see a list of which team feeds which and, for the most part, majority of the teams are located near their NHL counterpart. But before you head down to see what team you should taken in, lets take a look at why you should.

First and foremost is price. The cost of your average NHL game is $94.00USD, but to be honest you'd be lucky to sit in the last row of the lower bowl for that amount. Also, if you get in the lower bowl for that amount it is usually a Monday-Thursday game. On the other hand you can get glass seats for $29.99 - $39.99USD all-day-every-day at majority of the AHL games.  A sweet kicker to those ticket prices are the prices on beer, drinks and food about half of what they charge at an NHL game.

Second reason; the players. This is a chance to see guys before they become NHL stars and you can't get within throwing distance of them. Guys like Jake Guentzel, Bryan Rust, P.K. Subban, Jonathan Marchessault, Ben Bishop, Patrice Bergeron, Brad Marchand (shut-up he's talented) and countless others were call-ups from the AHL.

Lastly, fan appreciation. The NHL doesn't care about you, the fan. They know their tickets will sell no matter what and they know you will buy anything with the logo slapped on it for a 1,000% mark-up (I got a fuckin set of Penguins pot holders, why? Fuckin logo).  But the AHL, they need your money and they want you to be happy to spend your money. How bad do they want that money? On certain nights they will wheel out the whole team to meet fans, sign some shit and take photos. It might not be the greatest thing for you (that's BS cause I seen how some of you grown fan-girls act), but if you have kids they will flip at the chance to meet pros and have them sign their shirt.

All-in-all you can't beat the AHL. You get NHL level games but at a more than affordable price and the chance to meet and watch future NHL stars. If you call yourself a hockey fan and one of these teams below is near you, and you don't take the time to go watch these guys play then you are 100% Certified Fugazi.


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Teams that are located near their NHL counterpart:
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1. Pittsburgh Penguins - Wilkes-barre Scranton Penguins (Mohegan Sun Arena, Scranton)

2. Phoenix Coyotes - Tucson Roadrunners (Tucson Convention Center, Tucson)

3. Dallas Stars - Texas Stars (H-E-B Center at Cedar Park, Outside Austin)

4. San Jose Sharks - Barracuda (Same Arena)

5. Buffalo Sabres - Rochester Americans (Blue Cross Arena, Rochester)

6.  Chicago Blackhawks - Rockford IceHogs (BMO Harris Bank Center, Rockford)

7. Anaheim Mighty Ducks - San Diego Gulls (Pechanga Arena, San Diego)

8. Boston Bruins - Providence Bruins (Dunkin Donuts Center, Providence)

9. Philadelphia Flyers - Lehigh Valley Phantoms (PPL Center, Allentown)

10. Detroit Red Wings - Grand Rapids Griffins (Van Andel Arena, Grand Rapids)

11. Colorado Avalanche - Colorado Eagles (Budweiser Events Center, Loveland)

12. Columbus Blue Jackets - Cleveland Monsters (Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse, Cleveland)

13. Carolina Hurricanes - Charlotte Checkers (Bojangles Coliseum, Charlotte)

14. New York Islanders - Bridgeport Sound Tigers (Webster Bank Arena, Bridgeport)

15. Washington Capitals - Hershey Bears (Giant Center, Hershey)

16. New York Rangers - Hartford Wolf Pack (XL Center, Hartford) 

17. Toronto Maple Leafs - Toronto Marlies (Coca-Cola Coliseum, Toronto)

18. Montreal Canadiens - Laval Rockets (Place Bell, Montreal)

19. Winnipeg Jets - Manitoba Moose (BellMTS Iceplex, Winnipeg)

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The following teams are nowhere near their NHL counterpart:
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1. Tampa Bay Lightning - Syracuse Crunch

2. Edmonton Oilers - Bakersfield Condors

3. Ottawa Senators - Belleville Senators

4. New Jersey Devils - Binghamton Devils

5. Vegas Golden Knights - Chicago Wolves

6. Minnesota Wild - Iowa Wild

7. Nashville Predators - Milwaukee Admirals

8.  L.A. Kings - Ontario Reign

9. St. Louis Blues - San Antonio Rampage

10. Florida Panthers - Springfield Thunderbirds

11. Calgary Flames - Stockton Heat

12. Vancouver Canucks - Utica Comets




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