INDEPENDENCE, Mo. - The Kansas City Mavericks will be competing in a new division in the 2017-18 season, announced by the ECHL Tuesday afternoon.
Kansas City will join the Cincinnati Cyclones, Fort Wayne Komets, Indy Fuel, Kalamazoo Wings, Quad City Mallards and Toledo Walleye as members of the newly-minted Central Division of the Western Conference.
The Mavericks will play against the new divisional opponents a total of 32 times in the 2017-18 season. Kansas City squares off against Fort Wayne, Quad City and Toledo six times, while competing against Indy and Kalamazoo five times and Cincinnati four times.
All 2017-18 divisional alignments follow:
North Division: Adirondack Thunder, Brampton Beast, Manchester Monarchs, Reading Royals, Wheeling Nailers, Worcester Railers
South Division: Atlanta Gladiators, Florida Everblades, Greenville Swamp Rabbits, Jacksonville IceMen, Norfolk Admirals, Orlando Solar Bears, South Carolina Stingrays
Central Division: Cincinnati Cyclones, Fort Wayne Komets, Indy Fuel, Kalamazoo Wings, Kansas City Mavericks, Quad City Mallards, Toledo Walleye
Mountain Division: Allen Americans, Colorado Eagles, Idaho Steelheads, Rapid City Rush, Tulsa Oilers, Utah Grizzlies, Wichita Thunder
The divisional move comes after the Mavericks spent the 2016-17 season in the Mountain Division with opponents Allen Americans, Colorado Eagles, Idaho Steelheads, Utah Grizzlies, Alaska Aces and Rapid City Rush.
Kansas City is set to open its season on Oct. 13 at Tulsa, the first of four road games prior to the team's home opener on Saturday, Oct. 28 against Wichita at 7:05 p.m. Season tickets are currently on sale.
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