The Texas Stars will raise the Calder Cup Championship banner Oct. 11 against the Iowa Wild at the Cedar Park Center.
The opening night opponent was announced when the AHL released the full 2014-15 schedule Wednesday morning.
Iowa is one of Texas’ newest division opponents after AHL realignment this summer. The Wild moved from the Midwest to West Division after the Abbotsford Heat relocated to Glens Falls, NY as the Adirondack Flames.
Texas will play 40 of its 76 games against divisional opponents during the 2014-15 season. The San Antonio Rampage and Oklahoma City Barons will be the most frequent opponents, with 12 scheduled games against the Stars.
The Stars will play the Wild and Charlotte Checkers eight times each, while it will play eight other Western Conference teams four times. Texas will play the Adirondack Flames and Rochester Americans just two times, the least of any opponent.
This will be the fifth time in six seasons the Stars won’t play an Eastern Conference opponent in the regular season. During the 2009-10 season, Texas played a pair of games against the Syracuse Crunch.
The two other Eastern Conference opponents on Texas all-time schedule came in the Calder Cup Finals against the Hershey Bears in 2010 and the St. John’s IceCaps in 2014.
Texas will play 23 of it’s 38 home games on Friday or Saturday nights, and the schedule consists of just three three-in-three weekends with games Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.
Games against each Western Conference team:
12 – San Antonio, Oklahoma City
8 – Iowa, Charlotte
4 – Hamilton, Toronto, Utica, Chicago, Grand Rapids,Lake Erie, Milwaukee, Rockford
2 – Adirondack, Rochester