FINAL
Fri. Oct 10
2 IOW
3 SAN
FINAL
Sat. Oct 11
2 OKC
3 SAN
FINAL
Fri. Oct 17
3 UTI
0 SAN
FINAL
Sat. Oct 18
5 SAN
4 OKC
FINAL
Fri. Oct 24
2 SAN
5 UTI
FINAL
Sat. Oct 25
4 SAN
2 HAM
FINAL
Sun. Oct 26
5 SAN
2 HAM
FINAL
Wed. Oct 29
6 SAN
7 ADK
Fri. Oct 31
7:30 PM
RFD
SAN
Sat. Nov 01
7:00 PM
RFD
SAN
Fri. Nov 07
7:30 PM
TOR
SAN
Sun. Nov 09
4:00 PM
OKC
SAN
Tue. Nov 11
10:35 AM
SAN
OKC
Fri. Nov 14
7:30 PM
CHA
SAN
Sat. Nov 15
7:00 PM
CHA
SAN
Tue. Nov 18
10:30 AM
OKC
SAN
Fri. Nov 21
7:30 PM
SAN
TEX
Sun. Nov 23
4:00 PM
TEX
SAN
Sat. Nov 29
7:00 PM
OKC
SAN
Sun. Nov 30
4:00 PM
IOW
SAN
Fri. Dec 05
7:30 PM
UTI
SAN
Sun. Dec 07
4:00 PM
CHI
SAN
Tue. Dec 09
7:00 PM
CHI
SAN
Thu. Dec 11
7:00 PM
SAN
IOW
Fri. Dec 12
7:00 PM
SAN
IOW
Fri. Dec 19
7:00 PM
SAN
CHA
Sun. Dec 21
1:00 PM
SAN
CHA
Fri. Dec 26
7:30 PM
TEX
SAN
Sat. Dec 27
7:00 PM
OKC
SAN
Sun. Dec 28
5:00 PM
SAN
TEX
Thu. Jan 01
3:00 PM
SAN
UTI
Fri. Jan 02
7:00 PM
SAN
TOR
Sat. Jan 03
3:00 PM
SAN
TOR
Tue. Jan 06
7:00 PM
SAN
ADK
Wed. Jan 07
7:05 PM
SAN
ROC
Sat. Jan 10
7:00 PM
IOW
SAN
Sun. Jan 11
4:00 PM
TOR
SAN
Sat. Jan 17
7:00 PM
ROC
SAN
Tue. Jan 20
7:00 PM
TEX
SAN
Thu. Jan 22
7:00 PM
SAN
LEM
Sat. Jan 24
7:00 PM
SAN
LEM
Thu. Jan 29
7:30 PM
SAN
TEX
Fri. Jan 30
7:30 PM
CHA
SAN
Tue. Feb 03
7:30 PM
SAN
TEX
Thu. Feb 05
7:00 PM
TEX
SAN
Sat. Feb 07
7:00 PM
OKC
SAN
Tue. Feb 10
7:30 PM
SAN
TEX
Fri. Feb 13
7:00 PM
SAN
GRA
Sat. Feb 14
7:00 PM
SAN
GRA
Sun. Feb 15
4:00 PM
SAN
RFD
Wed. Feb 18
10:30 AM
SAN
RFD
Sat. Feb 21
7:00 PM
SAN
CHI
Sun. Feb 22
3:00 PM
SAN
CHI
Fri. Feb 27
7:00 PM
SAN
OKC
Sat. Feb 28
7:00 PM
SAN
OKC
Wed. Mar 04
7:00 PM
SAN
CHA
Thu. Mar 05
7:00 PM
SAN
CHA
Wed. Mar 11
7:00 PM
MIL
SAN
Fri. Mar 13
7:30 PM
LEM
SAN
Sat. Mar 14
7:00 PM
LEM
SAN
Tue. Mar 17
7:00 PM
CHA
SAN
Fri. Mar 20
7:00 PM
SAN
OKC
Sat. Mar 21
7:00 PM
HAM
SAN
Sun. Mar 22
4:00 PM
HAM
SAN
Wed. Mar 25
7:00 PM
SAN
MIL
Fri. Mar 27
7:00 PM
SAN
IOW
Sat. Mar 28
12:30 PM
SAN
IOW
Sat. Apr 04
7:00 PM
ADK
SAN
Tue. Apr 07
7:00 PM
SAN
OKC
Fri. Apr 10
7:30 PM
GRA
SAN
Tue. Apr 14
7:00 PM
TEX
SAN
Fri. Apr 17
7:30 PM
TEX
SAN
Sat. Apr 18
7:00 PM
SAN
TEX

Views from the Press Box with Dan Weiss

Join Voice of the Rampage Dan Weiss as he offers his unique insight to all things hockey in his weekly blog! Have a question or comment for Dan? Be sure to join the discussion of the San Antonio Rampage Facebook page for your chance to win exclusive Rampage prizes and to interact with other hockey fans! You may also submit your questions though Twitter by tagging @sarampage and use the hashtag #RampageVoice. Don't forget to follow us on Twitter by clicking here!

Following a brief hiatus to accompany the dog days of summer, the “Views” return this week to break down the recently released 2012-13 Rampage schedule. First of all, kudos to the schedule makers at the American Hockey League, who probably deal with more headaches than people can imagine when building the annual campaigns for 30 individual teams. Having said that, Rampage fans should be pretty pleased with what’s come down the pipe. San Antonio will play 32 of their 38 home games this season on a Friday, Saturday, or Sunday. That’s up three games from last year, and three games from the 2010-11 season when there used to be 40 home games. Also, a new wrinkle is that all Friday home games will begin at 7:30 p.m., allowing fans an additional 30 minutes to get down to the AT&T Center. Saturday and midweek games will remain 7:00 p.m. face-off times, and Sundays will split between 3:30 and 4:30 p.m. starts. Logistics aside, the schedule will heavily favor divisional opponents as 44 of the 76 games (57.8%) will be against Houston, Texas, Oklahoma City, and new divisional rival, Charlotte. San Antonio will play each team in the Western Conference at least twice, and will play four games apiece against Rockford, Chicago, Peoria, Lake Erie, Abbotsford, and Grand Rapids. The longest home-stand of the season is a five game run from Nov. 16-25, while the longest road trip of the year no surprise is the annual Rodeo Road Trip, which will feature nine games over 21 days (split between a couple of return trips home) in six different cities. The Rampage will begin the year at the AT&T Center for the seventh consecutive season where they have won three straight and five out of six, and will be at home throughout the entire Thanksgiving Weekend and on St. Patrick’s Day. In terms of toughness, the Rampage have two very advantageous portions of the schedule that they can hopefully bag a lot of points. San Antonio will play 12 out of their first 17 games at home from October 13 through November 25, and will conclude the season with 14 out of their last 20 games inside the friendly confines from March 10 through April 20. Meanwhile, the toughest portion of the schedule is without question a 19-day stretch from December 4-22 where the Rampage will play 11 games in seven different cities, which includes their grueling jaunt westward to Abbotsford, British Columbia, and an 11:05 morning game at Toyota Center in Houston. December ironically is also the busiest month of the season for the Silver and Black as they will play a total of 15 times. Of course, every schedule comes with its share of oddities and this one is no different. 13 of the final 21 games of the season will be against Texas, Houston, or Oklahoma City, while seven out of the last nine games of the year will be strictly against the Lone Star Face-Off rivals. The Rampage have a five-game run in the penultimate week of the season where they play home against Texas, at Houston twice, and then back home against Texas for two more affairs. Now that could be a wild week! All in all, it’s a good schedule for the Rampage and a great schedule for the fans that can look forward to spending their weekends at the AT&T Center.

Earlier this week I tweeted about the expiration this summer of the transfer agreement between the Canadian Hockey League, which oversees the Major Junior circuit, and the National Hockey League. The biggest component of this transfer agreement is that any player drafted out of the CHL cannot play in the American Hockey League unless they turn 20-years-old by December 31 of the current playing season. That rule was agreed upon to prevent junior teams from losing their big stars (unless of course it was directly to the NHL) and to help sustain their business operations. The expiration of the current deal coupled with any possible disruption of the NHL schedule due to the ongoing labor negotiations could present an interesting scenario and one that would directly benefit the AHL. Theoretically, the Florida Panthers would have the option of assigning a signed player like last year’s first round pick Jonathan Huberdeau (who just turned 19 this summer) to San Antonio rather than back to his junior club if the Panthers brass believed it was in his best interest in terms of development. But, well respected hockey commentator Jeff Marek from the CBC and Hockey Night in Canada poured a bit of cold water on the thought of such a situation occurring by relaying information that the transfer agreement is tied into the new CBA, and the CHL expects the AHL to honor the terms of the previous agreement and not allow 19-year-olds into the league in the event of a lockout. Still, it will be interesting to see how this all develops as we get closer to training camp and the start of the season.

Views From The Press Box Archieve
Week 1: June 15, 2012
Week 2: June 22, 2012
Week 3: June 29, 2012
Week 4: July 6, 2012
Week 5: July 13, 2012
Week 6: July 20, 2012
Week 7: July 27, 2012



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