Hockey Coming to Atlantic City in November [POLL]
With the National Hockey League strike showing little signs of a settlement, you may want to mark down November 25 on your calender as a chance to see some ice action courtesy of the AHL.
The American Hockey League is considered the equivalent of AAA level of minor league baseball, and the New Jersey Devils affiliate team announced they will play 4 games at Boardwalk Hall as part of their 2012-2013 schedule. The Albany Devils will make their first appearance in A.C. against the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins on Thanksgiving weekend (Sunday Nov. 25th at 4pm).
The Press of Atlantic City reports that the other 3 announced games will be Jan. 13, Jan. 20, and Feb. 24 (all Sunday games and all with 4pm start times).
The level of hockey that will be seen in A.C. will be good, and possibly even better when you consider that some NHL roster players could be allocated to these AHL teams if the lockout drags on.
Could this be the beginning of trying to bring hockey back to Atlantic City in the future permanently? Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno is definitely hopeful, and totally behind the idea of seeing Albany relocationg.
This thought is not entirely out of bounds - Albany ranked last in home attendance out of the 30 AHL teams last season, and having the New Jersey team with its "minor league" squad also in N.J. would seem to make some sense. Hockey was last seen permanently in Atlantic City back in 2005 with the Boardwalk Bullies.