The One About the ’12-’13 Schedule.

Tess and Haley here again! First of all, our apologies for not posting our thoughts earlier, Haley and I have been pretty busy between moving, school, work, and life. Regardless, better late than never!

We’ll go ahead and start this off with the massive elephant in the room. To rip it off like a band-aid, the Checkers don’t play at home until November 4th, nearly a month after their season starts. Luckily, the nine away-game stretch that starts out the season is the longest our fellas will be away. The hockey gods giveth, and the hockey gods taketh… and thankfully they made up for that nine game stretch by giving us a 10 game stretch at home from November 24th to December 15th!

As for the competitors this season, though the Checkers have once again changed divisions, the opponents won’t be all too unfamiliar. All of Charlotte’s adversaries this season are in the Western conference, with the exception of area rival, Norfolk Admirals. The team will face each of their South Division foes (Houston, Oklahoma City, San Antonio, and Texas). Since joining the Western Conference the Checkers have yet to face Hamilton, Rochester, and Toronto and will continue not oppose them during the regular season. However they will face Norfolk, Houston, OKC, Peoria, Milwaukee and Texas eight times and Abbotsford, Chicago, Grand Rapids, Lake Erie, and Rockford four times.

There are a few notable games in the schedule. The Checkers will have two doubleheaders with the Bobcats this season, December 15th and January 12th. On both dates the Checkers will play at noon and the Bobcats will follow at 7 pm. The November 24th game coincides with the team’s 5K Run & Walk, which is still open for registration and volunteer help.

The last game to keep your eye out for is on January 6th. The team will play in Raleigh against the Norfolk Admirals, the reigning Calder Cup champions. Keep in mind that the ‘Canes play the Isles the night before in Raleigh as well so make a weekend out of it! We’d also like to make note that the promotional schedule has yet to be released, so we’ll be sure to make mention of more notable games later.

Lastly, the Checkers have a huge advantage towards the end of the season. During the month of February the team only plays eight games, two of which are at home, then play 14 of their next 18 games at home, spanning from March 1st to April 12th. After the 12th, the team closes the season with four away games, ending regular season on April 20th.

To check out the Checkers schedule for yourself, go here. For the full AHL schedule, click here.
As always, we look forward to writing much more about the season to come!




One thought on “The One About the ’12-’13 Schedule.

  1. Thanks, as always, for another wonderful piece. I’m glad I asked you two to write this, because I saw so many parts of the schedule that FRUSTRATED me and I wouldn’t have been able to stay so positive!

    I assume the November 4 start is a result of the DNC here in Charlotte and Arena un-modifying (though, some of the stuff they’ve done inside of it is REALLY COOL and permanent, so yay for Checkers fans!)

    The home-heavy schedule at the end of the season actually brings out the pessimist in me. While it SHOULD be an advantage, it wasn’t last spring at all. The Checkers were kind of abysmal at home, and it was a streak that began with the warmer spring weather in February and carried on through the end of the season. So I do worry a bit about that kind of thing happening again (but I mean, who’s to blame the team… they are incredibly talented players in their early 20’s, living in one of the greatest cities in the spring with ample access to golf, pools and fire pits! I’d be distracted too!)

    This year, Charlotte has eight Friday and seven Saturday home games which is a HUGE decrease from last season when the Checkers had 13 Friday and eight Saturday games.

    I continue to be incredibly disappointed that Charlotte has yet to face the Ontario teams of Toronto and Hamilton, or Rochester for that matter. I’m not sure why the AHL has decided not to schedule match ups with those Western Conference foes!

    I’m excited to see the Checkers face Peoria and Milwaukee eight times each. Of all the Midwest cities I visited last year, hands down the games against the Rivermen and Admirals were my favorites (though that’s probably majorly in part to the fantastic writers each of those teams has who have become good friends over the year!)

    Thanks again for your piece about the schedule. I can’t wait for Hockey season to start!!!

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