Americans Announce 2011-2012 SchedulePosted: Updated:
KENNEWICK, Wash. -- The Tri-City Americans, in conjunction with the Western Hockey League, announced Wednesday their regular season schedule for the upcoming 2011-12 season, their 24th season in the Mid-Columbia.
For a fourth consecutive season, the Americans will start the season at home, as Tri-City will host the arch rival Spokane Chiefs at the Toyota Center on Saturday, Sept. 24. It also marks the second straight season that the Americans will open a season with two consecutive home games, as they host the defending Western Conference Champion Portland Winterhawks on Sunday, Sept. 25.
Of the 24 weekend home games, Tri-City will play 11 on Friday, 11 on Saturday and 3 on Sunday. In division play, the Americans will go head-to-head with the rival Spokane Chiefs 12 times (six home and six away), including 8 match-ups after the Winter Break. Tri-City will also play the Winterhawks and Seattle Thunderbirds 10 times while facing off against the Everett Silvertips eight times. Tri-City will play their B.C. Division counterparts (Kamloops, Kelowna, Prince George, Vancouver and Victoria) four times each (two home, two away). Tri-City will meet the newest member of the WHL, the Victoria Royals (formally the Chilliwack Bruins) on Tuesday, October 25 at the Toyota Center in Kennewick.
This year's schedule has Tri-City hosting all six East Division opponents (Brandon, Moose Jaw, Prince Albert, Regina, Saskatoon and Swift Current) throughout the season. Meanwhile, the Americans' trip through the Central Division comes in two separate swings, one coming in early November (Kootenay, Medicine Hat and Lethbridge) and one in late January (Edmonton, Red Deer and Calgary).
Home Schedule Highlights:
- 25 home games scheduled for Friday-Saturday-Sunday
- 16 game before and 20 games following the Winter Break
- 23rd Annual New Years Eve game on Saturday, Dec. 31 vs. Spokane Chiefs
- 3 Sunday dates featuring an opportunity to skate with the Americans following the game
Monday - Saturday: 7:05 PM
Sundays: 5:05 PM
The entire 2011-12 schedule can now be found on the Americans' website, www.AmsHockey.com.
Tickets for individual games are tentatively set to go on sale to the public on Friday, August 19th at 11:00 AM.