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The AHL With A Major Announcement Tomorrow

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. … The American Hockey League will be making a major announcement related to the 2015-16 season on Thursday, January 29, at SAP Center in San Jose, Calif. 

David Andrews, President and Chief Executive Officer – American Hockey League 
Bill Daly, Deputy Commissioner – National Hockey League 
Michael Schulman, Chief Executive Officer – Anaheim Ducks 
Bob Murray, Executive Vice President and General Manager – Anaheim Ducks 
Brad Treliving, General Manager – Calgary Flames 
Kevin Lowe, Vice Chair, Oilers Entertainment Group – Edmonton Oilers 
Luc Robitaille, President, Business Operations – Los Angeles Kings 
John Tortora, Chief Operating Officer – San Jose Sharks 
Doug Wilson, General Manager – San Jose Sharks 

Thursday, January 29, 2015 – 12:30 p.m. PT 

The press conference will be streamed live on theahl.com as well as on the websites of the participating teams. 


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bigdee89's avatar

Any guesses?

Posted by bigdee89 from The Great White North Eh? on 01/28/15 at 05:40 PM ET

Primis's avatar

Any guesses?

Posted by bigdee89 from The Great White North Eh? on 01/28/15 at 05:40 PM ET

More than guesses, we know.  It’s been in the works for months and months.

* Anaheim is moving out of Norfolk as affiliate.
* LA is leaving Manchester as affiliate.
* ECHL Bakersfield has been purchased outright by an NHL club.
* San Jose already announced an AHL affiliate will be playing in their same building.
* Edmonton is leaving Oklahoma City.

They’re moving their AHL affiliates west and creating a new west coast AHL division based largely in California.  San Jose and San Diego will be new AHL markets, and some existing ECHL markets will “move up”.

The ECHL is then going to take on the Manchester and Norfolk markets to replace the western markets lost and bolster their east coast ranks.  That’s been all but officially confirmed.  ECHL also has big interest in Oklahoma City, perhaps resurrecting the CHL Blazers name given all the ex-CHL teams that moved to the ECHL.  Worcester obviously would make a lot of sense for the ECHL then as well.

Posted by Primis on 01/28/15 at 05:52 PM ET

bigdee89's avatar

Wow Thanks!

Posted by bigdee89 from The Great White North Eh? on 01/28/15 at 05:56 PM ET


All West Coast NHL teams are putting AHL teams in California.  These are what I remember hearing on the radio:

Anaheim…San Diego
LA…Ontario, CA
San Jose…San Jose

Stockton, Bakersfield and some other city were mentioned for the 3 Canadian cities

Posted by beertowndale on 01/28/15 at 06:01 PM ET

Primis's avatar

It’s not an “ending” obviously, but a continuation.

I would be pretty surprised if the AHL teams in San Jose and San Diego “make it” more than a few years.  There are big market challenges there and I don’t know that the NHL orgs and willing to eat the money required to keep them operating in those locations.  And Calgary is basically death to every market they touch (and that’s not by accident).  So… it’s not like this new Pacific division is going to be set in stone, and some of these western NHL teams might find themselves haing to go back to Eastern AHL affiliates,

However, 2 or 3 of those Pacific markets are good ones and definitly deserve their AHL opportunities.

It’s good for the AHL to have a western presence and…. to be kinda’ harsh and blunt, it’s good for the ECHL to get *rid* of some of them.  The West teams already never play the East in the ECHL, so over half the league won’t even notice a difference in “lost” markets.  Those Western ECHL teams alreayd practically play in their own league for all intents and purposes.  It makes like tougher for Anchorage-based Alaska obviously, but… with the absorption of the CHL the ECHL still has plenty of markets west of the MIssissippi, and if they can nab Oklahoma City that then helps there as well.

When Calgary pulled out of the Abbotsford the machinery on this whole thing went to work.  It then really heated up this last fall.

Posted by Primis on 01/28/15 at 06:08 PM ET

pautna's avatar

I’m very stoked to have AHL hockey so accessible when the Kings affiliate moves to Ontario, CA. And having prospects just 45 miles away instead of 3000, will help a lot when the Kings call someone up.

Posted by pautna on 01/28/15 at 06:41 PM ET


So long, Adirondack Flames. While it was delightful to have not hosted a Flyers affiliate, one year seems a bit abrupt.

Posted by Squarewheels from The Land of Unhealthy Scratching on 01/28/15 at 09:50 PM ET

phillyd's avatar

I feel bad for Glens Falls, they are always just a temporary market ever since the Red Wings moved their affiliate out.

Posted by phillyd from Southern New Jersey on 01/29/15 at 09:17 AM ET

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