Bulldogs will feel the Heat this season


200px-hamilton_bulldogsNewcomers to the American Hockey League, the Abbotsford (B.C.) Heat will get to know their North Division rivals, the Hamilton Bulldogs, this season. The two teams a total of eight times (four home games, four away games).

With the Heat – the Calgary Flames farm team – in, the Syracuse Crunch move from the North Division to the East Division and will play the ‘Dogs just twice this season (one home games, one away game). Hamilton will once again battle the Toronto Marlies 12 times this season (six and six) while meeting the Rochester Americans 10 times (five and five).

The Bulldogs will play every team from the West Division, including first-year entry the Texas Stars.

Below is a list of the Bulldogs opponents by division for the 2009-10 season, with the National Hockey League affiliate(s) in brackets followed by the number of games versus each team (home and away):

NORTH DIVISION
Abbotsford Heat (CGY) – 4 home / 4 away
Grand Rapids Griffins (DET) – 3 home / 3 away
Lake Erie Monsters (COL) – 4 home / 4 away
Manitoba Moose (VAN) – 4 home / 4 away
Rochester Americans (FLA) – 5 home / 5 away
Toronto Marlies (TOR) – 6 home / 6 away

WEST DIVISION
Chicago Wolves (ATL) – 2 home / 2 away
Houston Aeros (MIN) – 1 home / 1 away
Milwaukee Admirals (NSH) – 2 home / 2 away
Peoria Rivermen (STL) – 1 home / 1 away
Rockford IceHogs (CHI) – 1 home / 1 away
San Antonio Rampage (PHX) – 1 home / 1 away
Texas Stars (DAL) – 1 home / 1 away

EAST DIVISION
Adirondack Phantoms (PHI) – 2 home / 2 away
Binghamton Senators (OTT) – 1 home / 1 away
Syracuse Crunch (CBJ) – 1 home / 1 away

ATLANTIC DIVISION
Hartford Wolf Pack (NYR) – 1 home / 1 away

The 2009-10 regular season begins on October 2.