The Aeros open the 2011-12 season at Toyota Center on Sunday at 5:05 p.m. against the Chicago Wolves.
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HOUSTON AEROS vs. CHICAGO WOLVES
Sunday, October 9, 2011 --- 5:05 p.m.
Toyota Center --- Houston, Texas
The Houston Aeros play host to the Chicago Wolves in the 2011-12 in the first of four games between the teams this season. This is the season opener for the Aeros, while the Wolves opened the season on the road at San Antonio last night.
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GOING TO THE GAME
On street, garage and surface parking surrounds Toyota Center… The Box Office and Will Call windows are located on La Branch Street.
TOYOTA CENTER ROAD CONSTRUCTION ADVISORY
Due to recent road construction surrounding Toyota Center, we encourage all guests to allow extra time for parking or visiting the box office.
AEROS/WOLVES SEASON SERIES
This is the first of four games between the teams and the first of two at Toyota Center… The teams don’t play again until Feb. 7 at Chicago and March 25 at Chicago… The Wolves don’t come back to Houston until April 6... Houston went 3-3-0-0 last season vs. the Wolves (1-2-0-0 at home, 2-1-0-0 on the road).
AEROS/WOLVES ALL TIME SERIES
The teams have met a total of 116 times in regular season play… Houston is 50-41-14-5 overall, 30-15-8-2 at home and 20-26-6-3 on the road.
2011 PRE-SEASON RECAP
The Aeros split a pair of preseason games, falling 4-0 at Oklahoma City on Sept. 30 but rebounded to beat Texas 3-2 in a shootout on Oct. 2.
2010-11 SEASON RECAP
The Aeros finished the 2010-11 season with a 46-28-1-5 record and finished second in the West Division and second overall in the Western Conference. Houston advanced to the Calder Cup Finals but lost the series 4-2 to the Binghamton Senators. The Wolves finished 39-30-5-6 and sixth in the West Division but failed to reach the postseason.
---Warren Peters is set to play in his 601st pro game when the season opens on Sunday. He’s
appeared in 421 AHL games and 38 NHL contests, along with 90 ECHL games.
---Jon DiSalvatore needs 22 goals to reach 200 in his career.
---Jeff Taffe needs 37 games to reach 500 played in the AHL and 33 goals to reach 200 in the AHL.
---Eric Nystrom needs six games to reach 400 played in his career and six goals to reach 50 overall.
RECENT AEROS TRANSACTIONS
---Oct. 7: Eric Nystron assigned from Minn.
---Oct. 5: Matt Hackett reassigned from Minn.
---Oct. 3: Matt Hackett recalled by Minn.
---The Aeros are 7-7-0-3 in season-opening games and 7-8-0-2 in home openers.
---Houston has opened the last two seasons on the road.
---The Aeros have lost the last two home openers, both by 3-2 scores.
---The Aeros roster features 15 players who spent time with the team last season, including 10 who saw significant time on the ice during the team’s run to the 2011 Calder Cup Finals.
---A total of 26 players make up the opening roster. The full roster includes 14 forwards, nine defensemen and three goaltenders.
---The oldest player on the Opening Day roster is Jed Ortmeyer (33).
---The youngest player on the Opening Day Roster is Kris Foucault (20)
---The tallest player on the team is Kyle Medvec (6-6, 225). The shortest is Chay Genoway (5-9, 177).
---Eric Nystrom and Jed Ortmeyer were teammates for two seasons (2001-03) at the University of Michigan.
---Eric Nystrom and Warren Peters were teammates at both Omaha and Quad City while members of the Calgary Flames organization.
---Joel Broda and Kris Fredheim were teammates with the Calgary Hitmen for two seasons (2008-10).
---Kris Fredheim and Nate Prosser were teammates at Colorado College for four seasons (2006-10). Chad Rau played at the school from 2005-09.
The 2011-12 Aeros promotional calendar is available online at Aeros.com. Highlights include Banner Night, Sunday Family Funday ticket packs, $1 hot dog night, Aeros Wearable Blanket Night, Dean and Rog Bobblehead Weekend and more. The schedule is subject to change without notice, plus new events will be added throughout the season.
BANNER CEREMONY ON OCT. 15
On Saturday, Oct. 15, the Aeros will unveil their 2010-11 AHL Western Conference Championship banner prior to the game. The first 3,000 fans in attendance will receive replica banners.
4 – BAGH-nawl
7 – FRED-haym
8 – MED-vekh
13 – FOO-coh
14 – deh-SAL-vuh-tohr
20 – ROWH (like now)
23 – NIGH-strum
26 – MACK-in-tyre
34 – EN-drahs
35 – KEM-per
39 – GEHN-oh-way
41 - ORT-migh-er
61 – KOOH-muh