The American Hockey League has released the Checkers’ schedule for the 2018-19 season.

In addition to the usual array of schedule downloads, including printable and importable calendars, below are a few highlights and notes from the 76-game slate.

Season tickets, mini plans and group outings can be purchased now by calling (704) 342-4423. Individual game tickets will go on sale at a later date and a promotions schedule will be released in the coming weeks.

OPENERS

As has become tradition, the Checkers will kick off the 2018-19 season on the road, visiting Rochester for a two-game set. After besting Hartford last season, the Checkers now have a winning record in season openers all time, holding a 4-3-1 mark through their first eight AHL campaigns. The Checkers will return to Bojangles’ Coliseum on October 19 for a two-game set against the Hershey Bears to start the home portion of their schedule, with those two contests standing as the team’s only two home games during the month of October.

OLD FOE

While last summer’s shift to the Eastern Conference saw a whole load of new opponents, the Checkers will face the same slate of teams this season, with one exception. With the addition of the Colorado Eagles as the newest AHL club, the Cleveland Monsters have jumped over to the Eastern Conference and will face the Checkers for the first time since the 2016-17 campaign. The Monsters and Checkers’ first matchup comes on Feb. 5, 2019, nearly two years since the two clubs’ last meeting.

OH CANADA

The Checkers will once again square off with three of the AHL’s four Canadian teams this season. They’ll knock out all those road contests in one sweep through The Great White North, running from Dec. 28 to Jan. 6. Last season the Checkers logged those games north of the border across two separate road trips but had lots of success, finishing 5-1-0 on the road in Canada and heading into this season with five straight wins in the country.

HOME AND AWAY

Despite being stronger on home ice, the Checkers finished last season with a solid record away from Bojangles’ Coliseum, with their 20 road wins tying for the most in the Atlantic Division. Charlotte will be called upon early this upcoming season to keep that going, as the team will play 21 road games through the first three months compared to 14 at home.

The good news is that once the calendar flips to 2019 Charlotte’s schedule will become more favorable. The Checkers will play 24 of their 38 home games from January to April, including staying within the friendly confines of Bojangles’ Coliseum for 12 of their final 19 games of the season.

THREE-IN-THREES

As was the case last season, the move to the Eastern Conference means the majority of Charlotte’s opponents are clumped together in the northeast. As a product of that, there are eight instances this season where the Checkers will play in two different cities on consecutive nights. On top of that, there are a pair of three-games-in-three-days scenarios that have the Checkers playing in three different cities.

Those account for two of the four three-in-threes that the Checkers have on their schedule this season, the same amount as a year ago. Last season the Checkers went 6-5-0-1 in three-in-threes.

PRIME TIMES

Make sure to clear out your weekends for the next few months, as 26 of the Checkers’ 38 home games this season will take place on Friday, Saturday or Sunday, a total that eclipses last year’s mark. Saturday games will continue to start at 6 p.m., while all Monday through Friday games will feature 7 p.m. puck drops. Of the five Sunday games on the slate, four will start at 1 p.m., with the lone outlier being a 3 p.m. matchup with Hartford in late March.

ON HOLIDAY

Bojangles’ Coliseum will once again be the place to take (or escape from) your family this Thanksgiving, as the Checkers host a pair of games immediately preceding the holiday and then two more the following weekend. The schedule also gets busy around Christmas time, as the Checkers will play six games in 10 days from Dec. 13 to Dec. 22 ahead of the league’s holiday break.

Additionally, while there is no game scheduled for St. Patrick’s Day as there have been in years past, the Checkers will be in action both the Friday and Saturday to get you warmed up for Sunday’s holiday.