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AHL Exhibition Game Announced

Coralville, Iowa – The Iowa Wild will oppose the Rockford IceHogs for an AHL preseason contest at Xtream Arena on Friday, October 8th at 7:00 p.m., the first professional hockey game in the brand-new facility. The game is presented by the Iowa City Area Sports Commission.

The Friday contest will give fans the opportunity to see the top prospects of the Minnesota Wild and Chicago Blackhawks. Tickets are available for the Fri., Oct. 8 game via www.IowaHeartlanders.com/tickets.

“Our community couldn’t be more excited to usher in the era of the Heartlanders this October so having an opportunity to help present the first-ever pro hockey game in our community is a special honor,” said Luke Eustice, director of the Iowa City Area Sports Commission. “We look forward to welcoming the AHL to Coralville and with it, the Minnesota Wild and Chicago Blackhawks stars of tomorrow.”

The Iowa Heartlanders are proud ECHL affiliates of the Minnesota Wild and Iowa Wild. Players enter the Minnesota Wild system through the Heartlanders at the “Double-A” level before earning call-ups to the Iowa Wild and eventually Minnesota. The Heartlanders will open the 2021-22 ECHL regular season at Xtream Arena vs. Kansas City on Oct. 22 at 7:00 p.m.

Rose Club season ticket memberships are now available for the Heartlanders inaugural season by calling 319-569-GOAL (4625) and visiting IowaHeartlanders.com/tickets. 

About the Iowa City Area Sports Commission

The Iowa City Area Sports Commission specializes in supporting sporting events in Johnson County, bringing sporting events to Johnson County, and creating a welcoming environment for competitors, spectators, and officials at