IceHogs release 2019-20 regular season schedule

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The IceHogs open their 21st season of hockey in the Stateline on Friday, Oct. 4 in Des Moines, Iowa against the Iowa Wild and celebrate Opening Night on Saturday, Oct. 12 at 6 p.m. at the BMO Harris Bank Center against the Grand Rapids Griffins.

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Taking on the North:
For the first time in team history, the IceHogs battle the Belleville Senators (Ottawa Senators affiliate) and Laval Rocket (Montreal Canadiens) this season. The Hogs visit the Senators on Friday, Dec. 13 and host the club on Monday, Jan. 20. Laval visits the BMO Harris Bank Center for the IceHogs second home game of the season on Monday, Oct. 14 and travels to Laval, Quebec, Canada on Tuesday, Dec. 17. With Laval and Rockford, the 2019-20 season marks the first time the Canadiens and Blackhawks affiliate have met since the 2014-15 season when the IceHogs went 1-1-0 against the Hamilton Bulldogs.

This season, the IceHogs will also square off against the Toronto Marlies for the first time since the 2014-15 season. The IceHogs host Toronto on Wednesday, Nov. 6 and visit the Marlies on Sunday, Dec. 15

Rise and Shine:
The 2019-20 campaign features three matinee games at the BMO Harris Bank Center for the IceHogs this season. The Hogs open the afternoon action on Monday, Oct. 14 (Columbus Day) at 1 p.m. The IceHogs celebrate their annual School Day Game on Wednesday, Nov. 6 at 10:30 a.m. against Toronto and host Belleville on Monday, Jan. 20 (Martin Luther King Jr. Day) at 1 p.m.

Set Your Watch:
The IceHogs will play all other weekday home games at BMO Harris Bank Center at 7 p.m., Saturday home games at 6 p.m. and Sunday contests at 4 p.m.

Toughest Division in Hockey:
Of the 76 games, the IceHogs tackle the Central Division in 66 matchups. The IceHogs renew their rivalry with the Chicago Wolves and Milwaukee Admirals over 12 meetings with each opponent. The Grand Rapids Griffins and IceHogs collide in 10 meetings, and the Manitoba Moose, San Antonio Rampage and Texas Stars will meet with the IceHogs eight times each. From Feb. 21 – April 11 (end of the regular season), the IceHogs will take on the Central Division in 22 consecutive matchups.

Of the 38 home games, 24 take place on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Date Time (CT) Opponent   Date Time (CT) Opponent
Fri. Oct 4 7:00 PM at Iowa   Wed. Jan 15 6:00 PM at Grand Rapids
Sat. Oct 12 6:00 PM vs. Grand Rapids   Fri. Jan 17 6:00 PM at Grand Rapids
Mon. Oct 14 1:00 PM vs. Laval   Sun. Jan 19 3:00 PM at Chicago
Fri. Oct 18 7:00 PM vs. Chicago   Mon. Jan 20 1:00 PM vs. Belleville
Sat. Oct 19 7:00 PM at Chicago   Wed. Jan 22 7:00 PM vs. Texas
Fri. Oct 25 6:00 PM at Cleveland   Fri. Jan 24 7:00 PM at Milwaukee
Sat. Oct 26 Noon at Cleveland   Sat. Jan 25 6:00 PM vs. Milwaukee
Wed. Oct 30 7:00 PM vs. San Antonio   Fri. Jan 31 7:00 PM vs. Manitoba
Sat. Nov 2 6:00 PM vs. Iowa   Sat. Feb 1 6:00 PM vs. Milwaukee
Sun. Nov 3 4:00 PM vs. Chicago   Tue. Feb 4 7:00 PM vs. Texas
Wed. Nov 6 10:30 AM vs. Toronto   Fri. Feb 7 7:00 PM vs. San Antonio
Fri. Nov 8 7:00 PM vs. Manitoba   Sat. Feb 8 6:00 PM vs. San Antonio
Sun. Nov 10 3:00 PM at Chicago   Wed. Feb 12 7:00 PM at Manitoba
Fri. Nov 15 6:00 PM at Grand Rapids   Thurs. Feb 13 7:00 PM at Manitoba
Sat. Nov 16 6:00 PM vs. Grand Rapids   Sat. Feb 15 6:00 PM vs. Cleveland
Sat. Nov 23 7:00 PM at Texas   Tue. Feb 18 7:00 PM vs. Grand Rapids
Sun. Nov 24 3:00 PM at San Antonio   Fri. Feb 21 7:00 PM vs. San Antonio
Tue. Nov 26 7:00 PM at San Antonio   Sat. Feb 22 6:00 PM at Milwaukee
Fri. Nov 29 7:00 PM vs. Chicago   Sun. Feb 23 3:00 PM at Chicago
Sat. Nov 30 5:00 PM vs. Grand Rapids   Wed. Feb 26 7:00 PM at Texas
Tue. Dec 3 7:00 PM vs. Manitoba   Fri. Feb 28 7:00 PM at Texas
Fri. Dec 6 6:00 PM at Grand Rapids   Sun. Mar 1 3:00 PM at San Antonio
Sat. Dec 7 6:00 PM vs. Milwaukee   Fri. Mar 6 7:00 PM vs. Grand Rapids
Tue. Dec 10 7:00 PM vs. Milwaukee   Sat. Mar 7 6:00 PM at Grand Rapids
Fri. Dec 13 6:00 PM at Belleville   Sun. Mar 8 3:00 PM at Chicago
Sun. Dec 15 3:00 PM at Toronto   Sat. Mar 14 7:00 PM at Chicago
Tue. Dec 17 6:00 PM at Laval   Wed. Mar 18 7:00 PM vs. Milwaukee
Fri. Dec 20 7:00 PM vs. Texas   Sat. Mar 21 6:00 PM vs. Iowa
Sat. Dec 21 6:00 PM vs. Cleveland   Sun. Mar 22 3:00 PM at Milwaukee
Fri. Dec 27 7:00 PM vs. Iowa   Tue. Mar 24 7:00 PM vs. Texas
Sun. Dec 29 2:00 PM at Manitoba   Fri. Mar 27 7:00 PM at Iowa
Tue. Dec 31 4:00 PM at Manitoba   Sat. Mar 28 12:30 PM at Iowa
Fri. Jan 3 7:00 PM at Iowa   Sun. Mar 29 4:00 PM vs. Chicago
Sun. Jan 5 4:00 PM vs. Chicago   Fri. Apr 3 7:00 PM vs. Chicago
Wed. Jan 8 7:00 PM vs. Manitoba   Sat. Apr 4 6:00 PM at Milwaukee
Fri. Jan 10 7:00 PM at Milwaukee   Tue. Apr 7 7:00 PM at Texas
Sat. Jan 11 6:00 PM at Milwaukee   Wed. Apr 8 7:00 PM at San Antonio
Tue. Jan 14 7:00 PM vs. Milwaukee   Sat. Apr 11 6:00 PM vs. Iowa

Schedule Notes:

Illinois Lottery Cup: The IceHogs and Chicago Wolves will battle once again for the Illinois Lottery Cup over 12 meetings during the 2019-20 season. The Wolves captured the cup in each of the last two seasons through tiebreakers. The IceHogs went 6-5-1-0 against the 2019 Western Conference Champions last season.

Opening Up With a New Face: The Oct. 4 season-opening contest at Iowa snaps a streak of three consecutive seasons battling the Cleveland Monsters in the first game of the year. The IceHogs will take on the Monsters in four meetings this season, visiting the Monsters on Oct. 25 and 26 and hosting Cleveland on Dec. 21 and Feb. 15. This marks the first time the IceHogs open the season against the Wild.

On the Road Again: For the fifth consecutive season, the IceHogs open the year on the road (Oct. 4 at Iowa). The IceHogs have not opened a campaign at home since the 2014-15 season.

Moose are Loose: The IceHogs and Manitoba Moose will meet eight times this season, up from four meetings the previous two seasons.

Home Sweet Home: The IceHogs will enjoy the comforts of BMO Harris Bank Center for a season-long six-game homestand from Jan. 25 – Feb. 8 and will face Milwaukee, Manitoba, Texas and San Antonio. The IceHogs will also have a five-game homestand from Oct. 30 – Nov. 8.

Life on the Road: From Feb. 22 – March 1, the IceHogs will make stops against Milwaukee, Chicago, Texas and San Antonio during a season-long five-game road trip.

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