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Latest press release from the Bulldogs, giving some details of next season's games:

HAMILTON, ON. - Hamilton Bulldogs President and Governor Glenn Stanford announced today the hockey club's schedule format for the 2009-2010 American Hockey League season. AHL President and CEO David Andrews also announced that the league's Board of Governors has approved the conference and division alignment for the AHL's 2009-2010 season.

The Abbotsford Heat have joined Hamilton in the North Division and will meet the Bulldogs a total of eight times this season (4 home games, 4 away games) while the Syracuse Crunch have moved from the North Division to the East Division and will play the 'Dogs twice this season (1 home games, 1 away game). Hamilton will once again battle the Toronto Marlies 12 times this season (6 home games, 6 away games) while meeting the Rochester Americans 10 times (5 home games, 5 road games). The Bulldogs will play every team from the West Division, including first-year team the Texas Stars.

Below is a list of the Bulldogs opponents by division for the 2009-2010 season, with the National Hockey League affiliate(s) in brackets followed by the number of games versus each team (home and away):

2009-2010 Hamilton Bulldogs Opponents

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 2009-2010 regular season will begin on Oct. 2. The complete schedule will be announced later this summer.

In operation since 1936, the AHL continues to serve as the top development league for all 30 National Hockey League teams. More than 84 percent of today's NHL players are American Hockey League graduates, and for the eighth year in a row, more than 6 million fans attended AHL games across North America in 2008-2009.

2009-2010 Hamilton Bulldogs season tickets are now available! For more information, call 905-529-8500 or visit www.hamiltonbulldogs.com.

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So jealous of people who live in Hamilton.

Do the Bulldogs have the same rivalries as the mother team? Bulldogs vs Marlies/Bruins?

If things keep going the way they are - the Bulldogs might be a lot closer to you soon!

As for rivalries - the Marlie one is a strange one because so many in this area are Leaf fans :huh: that often the crowd

is more supportive of the Marlies!!!! To a certain extent it hurts over all attendance because it is hard for Leaf fans to see the Bulldogs as a local team - not a problem for me though - I've been a Habs fan all my life - it was like winning the lottery when their farm team came here. True Bulldog fans HATE the Marlies - I always find them to be a dirty team! Marlie games usually have the biggest attendance.

As for other rivalries -although we play them rarely, Hershey Bears (and Houston) because we met them in the Calder Cup.

We rarely get the Bruins farm team here - only once or twice over the last few years.

Other big rivals are the:

Rochester Americans (especially when they were Buffalo property!) - they always seemed to have our number!

Grand Rapids Griffins - lots of Detroit fans here (and Hamilton used to have Detroit's farm team in the 60s)

Chicago Wolves - their fans often travel here!

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