Manchester Monarchs Schedule Comments
Jeff Falkingham, a season ticket holder with the Manchester Monarchs, stops by to give some of his thoughts on the 2009-2010 schedule.
The Manchester Monarchs, the AHL affiliate of the Los Angeles Kings, have officially released the 2009-2010 season schedule and, as in years past, we have some things to look forward to and others to forget.
The Monarchs open the 2009-10 season in Albany against the River Rats on October 3rd and kick off the home season in Manchester with the Portland Pirates on October 17th.
The scheduling powers deemed it unneccesary for a home-and-home series with a number of American Hockey League teams, and the Manchester Monarchs were no exception. For whatever reason, the usual suspects like the Providence Bruins, Worcester Sharks, Portland Pirates, Lowell Devils & Bridgeport Soundtigers were all void on a home-and-home schedule this year. Great way to build up the inter-city rivalry guys!
So what exactly does that leave us for the home-and-home series this year?
The Hartford Wolfpack on November 11th and 13th and again on January 17th and 22nd, as well as the Springfield Falcons on November 27th and 28th.
On the plus side, we do pick up duplicate away games against the Norfolk Admirals on October 9th and 10th and home against the Providence Bruins on October 24th and 30th.
Some of the one and done opponents coming to Manchester this year:
The Syracuse Crunch on February 13th – Is there a better Valentine’s Day gift?
The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Dundler Mifflin Penguins on February 21 – maybe Sid “the Kid” will be on a rehab game?
The Binghamton Senators on March 10th and the Adirondack Phantoms on March 27th – I have nothing clever or witty to say on this one.
Details on upcoming promotional games have not been released, nor have any meet and greets with season ticket holders. Prices have held firm from last season with a full price gold ticket at $22, a silver ticket at $16 and a youth ticket (honest, he is under 12) at $12. Nothing has changed with full season, half season, ten or seven game ticket packs from last year. Flex packs allow you to pick up ten vouchers for any ten games and provide you with a $3 discount off the regular pricing per game.
Best advice? Pick up the flex packs and then scope out the teams you want to see that day (remember, the Providence games will sell out fast) and secure your seats at a discount.
For more information on flex packs or all season ticket packages, visit the Manchester Monarchs Website.
Despite some of the hang-ups on the schedule, I’m looking forward to another year of Manchester Monarchs hockey!