There are 30 AHL member clubs, affiliated with 30 NHL teams. Here we take a look, a snapshot if you will, at those cities and teams that makeup the American Hockey League. Let’s take a look at the Rockford IceHogs.
Since 2007, the city of Rockford has been home to the top affiliate of the Chicago Blackhawks. In that time the IceHogs have a franchise record of 201-155-0-13-27. Three times the IceHogs have made the playoffs and three times they have won over 40 games. Prior to Rockford, the Blackhawks top prospects were housed in Norfolk.
Name: Rockford IceHogs
NHL Parent Club: Chicago Blackhawks
2011-12 Record: 35-32-2-7 (79 points), fifth place in Midwest Division.
Coach: Ted Dent
Notable Alumni: Cam Barker, Bryan Bickell, Dave Bolland, Nick Boynton, Tim Brent, Wade Brookbank, Troy Brouwer, Dustin Byfuglien, Corey Crawford, Garnet Exelby, Brian Fahey, Wade Flaherty, Colin Fraser, Kyle Greentree, Niklas Hjalmarsson, Rob Klinkhammer, David Koci, Nick Leddy, Antti Niemi, Rostislav Olesz, Pascal Pelletier, Brandon Pirri, Ryan Potulny, Andrew Shaw, Jeff Taffe, Hannu Toivonen, Kris Versteeg, Ivan Vishnevskiy, James Wisniewski.
Calder Cup(s): 0
Arena: BMO Harris Bank Center. Capacity, 5,767
Mascot: Hammy Hog
Team colors: Red, black and white
Top Rival: Peoria Rivermen