The Tri-City Americans will open their 25th season in the Mid-Columbia on Sept. 22 against the Spokane Chiefs.
The Americans will play 27 of their 36 home games on the weekend (Friday, Saturday, Sunday). They also will have a rare Monday game -- the annual New Year’s Eve game against Spokane.
Also, the Americans will play 11 of their first 17 games on the road, but they will have eight consecutive home games in November.
The team will be on winter break from Dec. 19-27, then will play a home-and-home series against Portland on Dec. 28-29.
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Tri-City will play Spokane 12 times (six home and six on the road), Everett 10 times, and Seattle and defending Western Conference champion Portland nine times.
The Americans will play B.C. Division teams Kamloops, Kelowna, Prince George, Vancouver and Victoria four times each. They will face the East and Central Division teams once.
All six Central teams will visit Toyota Center this season, including the Lethbridge Hurricanes on Oct. 5. That game will bring former Americans goaltender Ty Rimmer back to the Tri-Cities.
The defending WHL champion Edmonton Oil Kings will pay the Americans a visit Feb. 23.
Tri-City will go on its East Division road swing Oct. 13-20, playing six games in eight days.
The almost 3,000-mile journey through Saskatchewan and Manitoba is part of an eight-game trip that starts Oct. 7 in Everett and finishes Oct. 26 at Seattle.
All home games start at 7:05 p.m., with Sunday games at 5:05 p.m.
September: 22—Spokane; 23—Portland; 27—Everett; 29—at Spokane.
October: 3—at Everett; 5—Lethbridge; 6—Victoria; 7—at Everett; 13—at Brandon; 14—at Moose Jaw; 16—at Prince Albert; 17—at Saskatoon; 19—at Regina; 20—at Swift Current; 26—at Seattle; 27—Spokane; 28—at Portland.
November: 2—Everett; 3—Red Deer; 4—Vancouver; 9—Everett; 10—Kamloops; 16—Kelowna; 17—Kelowna; 23—Spokane; 24—at Spokane; 28—at Kelowna; 30—at Kamloops.
December: 1—at Vancouver; 6—Seattle; 7—at Portland; 9—Portland; 11—Everett; 15—at Spokane; 18—at Seattle; 28—Portland; 29—at Portland; 31—Spokane.
January: 4—at Victoria; 5—at Victoria; 9—at Kamloops; 11—at Kelowna; 13—Seattle; 15—at Everett; 16—at Vancouver; 18—Kamloops; 19—at Spokane; 22—Seattle; 25—Medicine Hat; 26—Portland; 30—Prince George.
February: 1—at Everett; 2—at Seattle; 8—Victoria; 9—at Spokane; 12—Calgary; 15—at Portland; 19—Vancouver; 22—Everett; 23—Edmonton; 26—Portland.
March: 1—Seattle; 2—at Seattle; 4—at Prince George; 5—at Prince George; 8—Kootenay; 9—Prince George; 12—at Seattle; 15—at Spokane; 16—Spokane; 17—at Everett.