ROCKFORD — The IceHogs open their 22nd season of hockey in Rockford Friday, Feb. 5, against the Cleveland Monsters at the BMO Harris Bank Center.
Opening faceoff is at 6 p.m.
Because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and capacity restrictions implemented by the Illinois Department of Public Health, the IceHogs will not be hosting fans at BMO Harris Bank Center for the beginning of the 2020-21 season.
“We will continue working with the league, city and state officials to evaluate conditions to determine if there is a timeline that would allow for fans later this season. IceHogs season ticketholders have been contacted with further details and fans can view a full list of 2020-21 season FAQ’s here for additional information,” the IceHogs said in a release.
The IceHogs also host the Monsters Saturday, Feb. 6.
The IceHogs will pay a visit to the Chicago Wolves on Wednesday, Jan. 27 at 2:00 p.m. at Triphahn Community Center Ice Arena in Hoffman Estates, Ill. for their lone preseason contest. Fans can listen live on SportsFanRadio 1330 AM, Sportsfanradio1330.com, IceHogs.com, and the IceHogs app. The game will not be broadcasted on AHL TV or 23.2 Antenna TV WIFR.
Short and sweet
The Rockford IceHogs will compete in a 30-game regular season featuring long-time foes in the Chicago Wolves, Grand Rapids Griffins, Iowa Wild and Cleveland Monsters. The season is spread out between Feb. 5-May 15 with only six back-to-back scenarios. The IceHogs will battle the Wild ten times, the Wolves and Griffins eight times each and the Monsters four times.
Set your watch
The IceHogs will play weekday and Saturday home games at BMO Harris Bank Center at 6:00 p.m. and Sunday contests at 4:00 p.m. The lone exception comes on Saturday, Feb. 6 at 1:00 p.m. against Cleveland.
Monsters return to Central Division
As announced by the American Hockey League and the IceHogs on Jan. 4, the Central Division will have a temporary re-alignment for the 2020-21 season with the Cleveland Monsters returning to the division for the first time since the 2017-18 campaign. The IceHogs will not see the Texas Stars this year and the Milwaukee Admirals opted out of the 2020-21 season and will return for the 2021-22 campaign.
Illinois rivalry fires back up
Celebrating their 14th season as bitter in-state rivals, the IceHogs and Chicago Wolves collide for eight total contests during the 2020-21 campaign. Last season, the Hogs raced out to a 5-0-0 record against their rivals, the longest winning streak and best start ever against Chicago in team history, before finishing with a 6-2-1-0 record.