The IceHogs’ home opener is later in the schedule since the team’s arena, the BMO Harris Bank Center, is undergoing renovations. According to Rockford’s CBS TV station WIFR, a new ice floor was installed earlier this month and is expected to be completed by the home opener. Hand rails for the 200 level, elevator upgrades, and premium seating in the old press box are also being completed.
The IceHogs will also play in home openers on back-to-back nights against Central Division rivals. Rockford will visit the Griffins on Friday, Oct. 15 at Van Andel Arena then the Chicago Wolves on Saturday, Oct. 16 at Allstate Arena in Rosemont.
The 2021-22 season will be the IceHogs’ 15th as the Blackhawks’ AHL affiliate and first under the Blackhawks’ ownership.
The AHL will release the full 2021-22 regular-season schedule Friday.