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AHL champion Charlotte Checkers will raise Calder Cup banner on Oct. 11

Charlotte Checkers celebrate Calder Cup with fans

The Charlotte Checkers celebrate their Calder Cup Championship victory with their fans at Bojangles' Coliseum in Charlotte, NC on Monday, June 10, 2019. The Checkers defeated the Chicago Wolves to claim the championship on Saturday, June 10, 2019.
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The Charlotte Checkers celebrate their Calder Cup Championship victory with their fans at Bojangles' Coliseum in Charlotte, NC on Monday, June 10, 2019. The Checkers defeated the Chicago Wolves to claim the championship on Saturday, June 10, 2019.

The regular-season schedule isn’t out yet, but Charlotte Checkers fans can make their plans to see the team hoist a championship banner to the rafters inside Bojangles’ Coliseum.

The Calder Cup champions said Tuesday they will open their American Hockey League home schedule on Friday, Oct. 11, against the Bridgeport Sound Tigers, a night when they also will celebrate this year’s title.

Checkers fans should expect to see new faces next season, including a new coach. The team parted ways with Mike Vellucci last month, and hours later, he signed with Atlantic Division rival Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.

Several players from the championship team also have moved on via trade or free agency, including team captain Patrick Brown, Calvin de Haan, Aleksi Saarela and Tomas Jurco.

The Carolina Hurricanes, the Checkers’ NHL affiliate, re-signed restricted free-agent Alex Nedeljkovic, the AHL’s goaltender of the year.

Some other highlights from the schedule:

Thanksgiving weekend: The Checkers will have three home games that weekend, facing Cleveland on Nov. 27 and Providence on Nov. 30-Dec. 1.

Long road trip 1: Charlotte will be on the road for seven straight games from late December to mid-January.

Toronto visits: The last two AHL champions play Jan. 18-19 in Charlotte. Toronto won the Calder Cup in 2018 and lost to the Checkers in the Eastern Conference finals in May.

Brutal trip: The Checkers play six road games in eight days in late March.

Vellucci’s homecoming: Mike Vellucci’s return to Charlotte with his new team, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, will be Jan. 24-25. It’ll be the Checkers’ only home games against the Penguins.

Balanced schedule: Despite the two long trips, the Checkers have a nearly balanced home-away schedule. They have four road and four home games in October; five home and seven road in November; seven home and five road in January; six home and six road in February; seven home and seven road in March; and three home and three away in April.

2019-20 Checkers Schedule

Date, Time, Opponent

Oct. 5, 7 p.m., at Hartford

Oct. 6, 3:05 p.m., at Springfield

Oct. 11, 7 p.m., Bridgeport

Oct. 12, 6 p.m., Bridgeport

Oct. 18, 7 p.m., at Utica

Oct. 19, 7 p.m., at Syracuse

Oct. 25, 7 p.m., Lehigh Valley

Oct. 26, 6 p.m., Lehigh Valley

Nov. 1, 7 p.m., at Cleveland

Nov. 3, 1 p.m., at Cleveland

Nov. 8, 7 p.m., Springfield

Nov. 9, 6 p.m., Springfield

Nov. 15, 7 p.m., at Hershey

Nov. 16, 7 p.m., at Hershey

Nov. 20, 7:05 p.m., at Lehigh Valley

Nov. 22, 7:05 p.m., at Lehigh Valley

Nov. 23, 7:05 p.m., at W-B/Scranton

Nov. 26, 7 p.m., Cleveland

Nov. 27, 7 p.m., Cleveland

Nov. 30, 6 p.m., Providence

Dec. 1, 1 p.m., Providence

Dec. 4, 7 p.m., at Syracuse

Dec. 6, 7:05 p.m., at Rochester

Dec. 7, 7:05 p.m., at Rochester

Dec. 13, 7 p.m., Syracuse

Dec. 14, 6 p.m., Syracuse

Dec. 17, 7 p.m., Hartford

Dec. 18, 7 p.m., Hartford

Dec. 21, 6 p.m., Lehigh Valley

Dec. 22, 1 p.m., Lehigh Valley

Dec. 28, 8 p.m., at Cleveland

Dec. 30, 1 p.m., at Cleveland

Jan. 4, 7:05 p.m., at Providence

Jan. 5, 3:05 p.m., at Providence

Jan. 8, 7:05 p.m., at W-B/Scranton

Jan. 10, 7:15 p.m., at Hartford

Jan. 11, 7 p.m., at Bridgeport

Jan. 14, 7 p.m., Hershey

Jan. 15, 7 p.m., Hershey

Jan. 18, 6 p.m., Toronto

Jan. 19, 1 p.m., Toronto

Jan. 24, 7 p.m., W-B/Scranton

Jan. 25, 6 p.m., W-B/Scranton

Jan. 31, 7 p.m., at Toronto

Feb. 1, 4 p.m., at Toronto

Feb. 7, 7 p.m., Hartford

Feb. 8, 6 p.m., Hartford

Feb. 11, 7 p.m., Rochester

Feb. 12, 7 p.m., Rochester

Feb. 15, 6 p.m., Springfield

Feb. 16, 1 p.m., Springfield

Feb. 21, 7:05 p.m., at Binghamton

Feb. 22, 7:05 p.m., at Binghamton

Feb. 25, 7 p.m., at Hershey

Feb. 28, 7:05 p.m., at Lehigh Valley

Feb. 29, 7:05 p.m., at Lehigh Valley

March 1, 5 p.m., at Hershey

March 6, 7 p.m., Utica

March 7, 6 p.m., Utica

March 10, 7 p.m., Cleveland

March 11, 7 p.m., Cleveland

March 14, 6 p.m., Providence

March 15, 1 p.m., Providence

March 20, 7:15 p.m., at Hartford

March 21, 7 p.m., at Bridgeport

March 22, 3:05 p.m., at Providence

March 25, 7 p.m., at Hartford

March 27, 7 p.m., at Utica

March 28, 7:05 p.m., at Springfield

March 31, 7 p.m., Binghamton

April 1, 7 p.m., Binghamton

April 4, 6 p.m., Hershey

April 5, 1 p.m., Hershey

April 8, 7:05 p.m., at Springfield

April 10, 7:05 p.m., at Providence

April 11, 7:05 p.m., at Springfield

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