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Manitoba Moose to The Rock

According to Alex J. Walling at TSN, pretty much a done deal:

Newfoundland, which has plenty of Moose, is getting one more. The Manitoba Moose are coming to the Rock.

The Manitoba Moose will re-locate to the capital city of Newfoundland, St. John’s. [...]

The St. John’s Telegram says a tentative agreement is in place between Williams and True North Sports - the owners of the Manitoba Moose - and that True North has agreed to house its American League team at Mile One Centre for the 2011-12 AHL season.

The St. John’s Sports and Entertainment Centre is meeting to approve a deal between that body in charge of Mile One and the Williams group. The deal will be approved.

The Moose have been an excellent organization for the Vancouver Canucks to be associated with over the years, so this surely puts a lot of pressure on them to replace that relationship with something else as beneficial.

Patrick Williams who reports on the AHL for The Hockey News states his prediction for how the new AHL-NHL realignments are likely to go down this summer:

A fairly educated prediction—Sabres to Roch, Panthers to Portland, Canucks to Chicago, Tampa stays put.

Time I learn something about the Chicago Wolves, it seems. Any Wolves fans out there?


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George Malik's avatar

I just don’t get it, Alanah. Who will pick up the Nova Scotia team’s affiliation? The Winnipeg team?

The Chicago Wolves are the AHL’s other Manitoba Moose—they’ve been a contender for such a long period of time that when the Blackhawks were in the tank, the Wolves had a more tenacious and dedicated fan base and they have their own TV deal, and they’ve been a solid player and coach-producing entity for at least ten years, even back to the IHL days—so the Canucks’ affiliation would remain in the “penthouse of the AHL” variety.

Posted by George Malik from South Lyon, MI on 06/02/11 at 06:13 PM ET

detroitdan1982's avatar

George, I’m assuming you meant to say Newfoundland instead of Nova Scotia. The plan as I understand it is for the AHL team that is coming to St. John’s (currently the Manitoba Moose) to be the affiliate for the Winnipeg team. True North (which is buying the Thrashers) is maintaining ownership of the AHL team for the time being. So as far as I can tell, the players that played for the Chicago Wolves this season will be playing for the St. John’s AHL team next season.

Posted by detroitdan1982 from St. John's, NL on 06/02/11 at 07:44 PM ET

George Malik's avatar


Posted by George Malik from South Lyon, MI on 06/02/11 at 11:03 PM ET


On Wednesday, there was an article in the Chicago Tribune about the Thrashers moving and the Wolves change in affiliation. The Wolves GM mentioned that 6 NHL teams contacted the Wolves about becoming affiliated and the Wolves are now choosing among 3 of them with the official announcement to come next week.

It’s mentioned at the end of this article:


If 6 teams contacted the Wolves about changing affiliation, I wonder who the other 2 teams were that either considered changing affiliation or are possible still changing their AHL team that weren’t mentioned by Patrick Williams.

Posted by Susan on 06/03/11 at 05:23 AM ET

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Alanah McGinley has been blogging hockey since 2003 (with a notable gap in time through 2010, kicking it with new baby Lucy while living knee-deep in chaos while reading "parenting for complete idiots" during every spare minute) sharing opinions, rants and not-so-deep thoughts with anyone who will listen.

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