Connecticut may have lost its NHL team more than 10 years ago, but it still has hockey fever with a couple of exciting teams that compete in the American Hockey League, the top minor league of professional hockey.
For anyone staying in the New Haven area, access to games is easy. The Bridgeport Sound Tigers, affiliate of the New York Islanders, play only 21 miles away along Interstate 95. The Hartford Wolf Pack (to be known as the Connecticut Whale by mid-season) is the affiliate of the New York Rangers and play just 40 miles north along Interstate 91.
The Sound Tigers will open its 10th season at the Arena at Harbor Yard on Saturday, October 9, facing-off against reigning Atlantic Division Champion Worcester Sharks at 7 p.m. The Sound Tigers will play four of the first five games of the 2010-2011 season at home. On Sunday, October 10, the Sound Tigers close out the home-opening weekend against the Manchester Monarchs at 3 p.m.
The Sound Tigers and Wolf Pack will battle 10 times over the course of the 80-game schedule. Five games will be played at the home of the Sound Tigers and five will be played at the home of the Wolf Pack (XL Center). Two home-and-home series will be played during November (November 6-7 and November 26-27).
The reigning Calder Cup Champion Hershey Bears (affiliate of the Washington Capitols) will play in Bridgeport on Sunday, February 27, at 7 p.m. and in Hartford on Friday, March 11.
Home Game Tickets
For Hartford home games, obtain ticket information by visiting the Wolf Pack website, or calling the Wolf Pack ticket office at (860) 548-2000. For Bridgeport games, obtain ticket information by visiting the Sound Tigers website, calling 203-334-4625, or sending an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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