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TWO NHL CLUBS ANNOUNCE NEW AHL AFFILIATES

On Thursday afternoon, both the Carolina Hurricanes and the Florida Panthers announced they would have new AHL teams for the 2020-21 season.

Per Hurricanes general manager Don Waddell, the team has signed a three-year affiliation agreement with the Chicago Wolves.

“We are proud to be affiliated with such a historically and financially successful American Hockey League franchise,” said Waddell. “I’m confident our prospects will receive first-class treatment in Chicago, while continuing to be guided by coaches, management and trainers who work closely with the parent club in Raleigh.”

The Chicago Wolves have won two Calder Cups (2002, 2008) in their franchise history, and were most recently affiliated with the Vegas Golden Knights. The Hurricanes will keep Ryan Warsofsky, who served as the 2019-20 head coach for the Charlotte Checkers, in the same role for Chicago.

Soon afterwards, the Charlotte Checkers announced that they have reached a multi-year agreement with the Florida Panthers that will begin during the 2020-21 season.

“We are very fortunate to have found a great partner in the Florida Panthers,” said Checkers chief operating officer Tera Black. “We feel confident that this relationship will allow us to continue producing a high-level product while providing a great environment for player development. We look forward to welcoming their players and staff to Charlotte as soon as possible.”



The Checkers will continue to play at Bojangles’ Coliseum and have no plans to change the team’s colors, uniforms or branding. Both teams will have to wait longer than usual to begin play, as there is currently a tentative start date of Dec. 4, but that could change given the COVID-19 pandemic.


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SEPTEMBER 10, 2020  (14H39)
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