IceHogs announce 2019-20 schedule

Staff Report

ROCKFORD – The Rockford IceHogs have announced their 2019-20 regular season schedule.
 
The ‘Hogs open their 21st season of hockey in Rockford on Friday, Oct. 4, in Des Moines, Iowa, against the Iowa Wild and celebrate their home opener Saturday, Oct. 12, at 6 p.m. at the BMO Harris Bank Center against the Grand Rapids Griffins.

Taking on the North
For the first time in team history, the IceHogs battle the Belleville Senators (Ottawa Senators affiliate) and Laval Rocket (Montreal Canadiens) this season. The Hogs visit the Senators on Friday, Dec. 13 and host the club on Monday, Jan. 20. Laval visits the BMO Harris Bank Center for the IceHogs second home game of the season on Monday, Oct. 14 and travels to Laval, Quebec, Canada on Tuesday, Dec. 17. With Laval and Rockford, the 2019-20 season marks the first time the Canadiens and Blackhawks affiliate have met since the 2014-15 season when the IceHogs went 1-1-0 against the Hamilton Bulldogs.

This season, the IceHogs will also square off against the Toronto Marlies for the first time since the 2014-15 season. The IceHogs host Toronto on Wednesday, Nov. 6 and visit the Marlies on Sunday, Dec. 15. 

Rise and Shine
The 2019-20 campaign features three matinee games at the BMO Harris Bank Center for the IceHogs this season. The Hogs open the afternoon action on Monday, Oct. 14 (Columbus Day) at 1 p.m. The IceHogs celebrate their annual School Day Game on Wednesday, Nov. 6 at 10:30 a.m. against Toronto and host Belleville on Monday, Jan. 20 (Martin Luther King Jr. Day) at 1 p.m.

Set Your Watch
The IceHogs will play all other weekday home games at BMO Harris Bank Center at 7 p.m., Saturday home games at 6 p.m. and Sunday contests at 4 p.m.

Toughest Division
Of the 76 games, the IceHogs tackle the Central Division in 66 matchups. The IceHogs renew their rivalry with the Chicago Wolves and Milwaukee Admirals over 12 meetings with each opponent. The Grand Rapids Griffins and IceHogs collide in 10 meetings, and the Manitoba Moose, San Antonio Rampage and Texas Stars will meet with the IceHogs eight times each. From Feb. 21 – April 11 (end of the regular season), the IceHogs will take on the Central Division in 22 consecutive matchups.

Of the 38 home games, 24 take place on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Date

Time (CT)

Opponent

Date

Time (CT)

Opponent

Fri. Oct 4

7:00 PM

at Iowa Wed. Jan 15

6:00 PM

at Grand Rapids
Sat. Oct 12

6:00 PM

vs. Grand Rapids Fri. Jan 17

6:00 PM

at Grand Rapids
Mon. Oct 14

1:00 PM

vs. Laval Sun. Jan 19

3:00 PM

at Chicago
Fri. Oct 18

7:00 PM

vs. Chicago Mon. Jan 20

1:00 PM

vs. Belleville
Sat. Oct 19

7:00 PM

at Chicago Wed. Jan 22

7:00 PM

vs. Texas
Fri. Oct 25

6:00 PM

at Cleveland Fri. Jan 24

7:00 PM

at Milwaukee
Sat. Oct 26

Noon

at Cleveland Sat. Jan 25

6:00 PM

vs. Milwaukee
Wed. Oct 30

7:00 PM

vs. San Antonio Fri. Jan 31

7:00 PM

vs. Manitoba
Sat. Nov 2

6:00 PM

vs. Iowa Sat. Feb 1

6:00 PM

vs. Milwaukee
Sun. Nov 3

4:00 PM

vs. Chicago Tue. Feb 4

7:00 PM

vs. Texas
Wed. Nov 6

10:30 AM

vs. Toronto Fri. Feb 7

7:00 PM

vs. San Antonio
Fri. Nov 8

7:00 PM

vs. Manitoba Sat. Feb 8

6:00 PM

vs. San Antonio
Sun. Nov 10

3:00 PM

at Chicago Wed. Feb 12

7:00 PM

at Manitoba
Fri. Nov 15

6:00 PM

at Grand Rapids Thurs. Feb 13

7:00 PM

at Manitoba
Sat. Nov 16

6:00 PM

vs. Grand Rapids Sat. Feb 15

6:00 PM

vs. Cleveland
Sat. Nov 23

7:00 PM

at Texas Tue. Feb 18

7:00 PM

vs. Grand Rapids
Sun. Nov 24

3:00 PM

at San Antonio Fri. Feb 21

7:00 PM

vs. San Antonio
Tue. Nov 26

7:00 PM

at San Antonio Sat. Feb 22

6:00 PM

at Milwaukee
Fri. Nov 29

7:00 PM

vs. Chicago Sun. Feb 23

3:00 PM

at Chicago
Sat. Nov 30

5:00 PM

vs. Grand Rapids Wed. Feb 26

7:00 PM

at Texas
Tue. Dec 3

7:00 PM

vs. Manitoba Fri. Feb 28

7:00 PM

at Texas
Fri. Dec 6

6:00 PM

at Grand Rapids Sun. Mar 1

3:00 PM

at San Antonio
Sat. Dec 7

6:00 PM

vs. Milwaukee Fri. Mar 6

7:00 PM

vs. Grand Rapids
Tue. Dec 10

7:00 PM

vs. Milwaukee Sat. Mar 7

6:00 PM

at Grand Rapids
Fri. Dec 13

6:00 PM

at Belleville Sun. Mar 8

3:00 PM

at Chicago
Sun. Dec 15

3:00 PM

at Toronto Sat. Mar 14

7:00 PM

at Chicago
Tue. Dec 17

6:00 PM

at Laval Wed. Mar 18

7:00 PM

vs. Milwaukee
Fri. Dec 20

7:00 PM

vs. Texas Sat. Mar 21

6:00 PM

vs. Iowa
Sat. Dec 21

6:00 PM

vs. Cleveland Sun. Mar 22

3:00 PM

at Milwaukee
Fri. Dec 27

7:00 PM

vs. Iowa Tue. Mar 24

7:00 PM

vs. Texas
Sun. Dec 29

2:00 PM

at Manitoba Fri. Mar 27

7:00 PM

at Iowa
Tue. Dec 31

4:00 PM

at Manitoba Sat. Mar 28

12:30 PM

at Iowa
Fri. Jan 3

7:00 PM

at Iowa Sun. Mar 29

4:00 PM

vs. Chicago
Sun. Jan 5

4:00 PM

vs. Chicago Fri. Apr 3

7:00 PM

vs. Chicago
Wed. Jan 8

7:00 PM

vs. Manitoba Sat. Apr 4

6:00 PM

at Milwaukee
Fri. Jan 10

7:00 PM

at Milwaukee Tue. Apr 7

7:00 PM

at Texas
Sat. Jan 11

6:00 PM

at Milwaukee Wed. Apr 8

7:00 PM

at San Antonio
Tue. Jan 14

7:00 PM

vs. Milwaukee Sat. Apr 11

6:00 PM

vs. Iowa

Schedule Notes

  • Illinois Lottery Cup: The IceHogs and Chicago Wolves will battle once again for the Illinois Lottery Cup over 12 meetings during the 2019-20 season. The Wolves captured the cup in each of the last two seasons through tiebreakers. The IceHogs went 6-5-1-0 against the 2019 Western Conference Champions last season.
  • Opening Up With a New Face: The Oct. 4 season-opening contest at Iowa snaps a streak of three consecutive seasons battling the Cleveland Monsters in the first game of the year. The IceHogs will take on the Monsters in four meetings this season, visiting the Monsters on Oct. 25 and 26 and hosting Cleveland on Dec. 21 and Feb. 15. This marks the first time the IceHogs open the season against the Wild.
  • On the Road Again: For the fifth consecutive season, the IceHogs open the year on the road (Oct. 4 at Iowa). The IceHogs have not opened a campaign at home since the 2014-15 season.
  • Moose are Loose: The IceHogs and Manitoba Moose will meet eight times this season, up from four meetings the previous two seasons.
  • Home Sweet Home: The IceHogs will enjoy the comforts of BMO Harris Bank Center for a season-long six-game homestand from Jan. 25 – Feb. 8 and will face Milwaukee, Manitoba, Texas and San Antonio. The IceHogs will also have a five-game homestand from Oct. 30 – Nov. 8.
  • Life on the Road: From Feb. 22 – March 1, the IceHogs will make stops against Milwaukee, Chicago, Texas and San Antonio during a season-long, five-game road trip.

Schedule Breakdown

Month
October: 8 games – 4 home, 4 road
November: 12 games – 7 home, 5 road
December: 12 games – 6 home, 6 road
January: 14 games – 7 home, 7 road
February: 13 games – 7 home, 6 road
March: 12 games – 5 home, 7 road
April: 5 games – 2 home, 3 road

By Opponent
Belleville: 2 – 1 home, 1 road
Chicago: 12 – 6 home, 6 road
Cleveland: 4 – 2 home, 2 road
Grand Rapids: 10 – 5 home, 5 road
Iowa: 8 – 4 home, 4 road
Laval: 2 – 1 home, 1 road
Manitoba: 8 – 4 home, 4 road
Milwaukee: 12 – 6 home, 6 road
San Antonio: 8 – 4 home, 4 road
Texas: 8 – 4 home, 4 road
Toronto: 2 – 1 home, 1 road

Season Tickets for 2019-20
Don’t miss a moment of the action next season. Reserve your seats for the IceHogs’ 21st season of professional hockey in Rockford and 13th as the top AHL affiliate of the Chicago Blackhawks. The IceHogs’ home opener is set for Saturday, Oct. 12 vs. Grand Rapids and ticket packages begin as low as $132 for an eight-game mini pack. Contact us at (815) 847-6399 or visit IceHogs.com to claim your seats for this upcoming season.

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