Manitoba’s 2018-19 regular season schedule features an October 5th start on the road in Iowa before the Moose return to Bell MTS Place for their home opener against the the Belleville Senators on October 12th.
The only other Canadian-based AHL clubs – Calder Cup champion Toronto and Laval – make their lone trips to Winnipeg on December 14th and 15th and January 10th and 12th, respectively.
27 of Manitoba’s home games land on weekends in 2018-19, on top of two special Monday evening games – New Year’s Eve (December 31st) and Lious Riel Day (February 18th). The New Year’s Eve game will be the second game of a double header at Bell MTS Place between the Moose and the AHL’s newest club, the Colorado Eagles – who will be making their first road trip to Winnipeg for the matchup.
The regular season ends on April 14th for Manitoba as the Moose take on the Wolves in Chicago to end the year for the second-straight year. The final home game of the season lands on April 7th as the Moose finish off a four-game home stand with Bakersfield and Stockton before heading out on the road to end the season.
Along with fresh faces joining Manitoba for the coming season, a new-look alignment will also be in store for the 2018-19 season as the AHL announced a new re-alignment for the coming year.
The reason behind the re-alignment is the fact that the Vegas Golden Knights entered the NHL as an expansion team for the 2017-18 season, bumping the league up to 31 active teams.
The AHL on the other hand, operated with 30 teams over the course of the past season, thus leaving one NHL club without an AHL affiliate. Vegas agreed to an affiliation with the Chicago Wolves on a multi-year agreement, bumping Chicago’s former partner, the St. Louis Blues from the picture.
St. Louis operated without an affiliate team in 2017-18, often sending their players back and forth to other AHL teams able to take on rostered members (as was the case with Tanner Kaspick joining the Manitoba Moose for the Calder Cup Playoffs).
The AHL Board of Governors voted to expand to 31 teams – matching the NHL with the inclusion of the Colorado Eagles for the 2018-19 season. The Eagles formerly belonged to the East Coast Hockey League, and will serve as the primary affiliate to the Colorado Avalanche going forward.
St. Louis has since affiliated with the San Antonio Rampage – Colorado’s former AHL partner. Vegas remains tied to the Chicago Wolves in their affiliate agreement.
In doing so, some divisional changes had to be made. The Eagles will belong to the Pacific Division, while San Antonio and Texas have moved from that Pacific Division to the Central Division. Cleveland has left the Central Division and will belong to the North Division for the 2018-19 season.
Tickets for the coming season are now available at the Manitoba Moose Box Office. Individual game tickets, mini packs and seasons tickets are all available for purchase. The full 2018-19 regular season schedule can be found at moosehockey.com.