Saturday, September 15, 2012

Updated AHL and ECHL affiliations for 2012-2013 season

A year ago, I wrote a post titled "Five reasons you should support your local AHL or ECHL team". With the second NHL lockout to occur in under 10 years starting tonight, it seems a good time to revisit team affiliations.

Just because there's currently no NHL hockey doesn't mean there's no hockey at all - teams are readying to begin their schedules starting in early October: the AHL drops the puck on October 12th, and the ECHL starts even earlier, on October 3rd.

Four new ECHL teams make their debut this season: the Ft. Wayne Komets, Evansville IceMen, Orlando Solar Bears, and San Francisco Bulls. The Komets and IceMen were previously CHL. The Bulls and the reborn Solar Bears are new.

It might be #Locktober for the NHL but #isitOctoberyet? for the AHL and ECHL.

Teams in bold indicate new affiliations for 2012-13. 
Teams with * are in their inaugural season.


Anaheim DucksNorfolk AdmiralsFt. Wayne Komets *
Boston BruinsProvidence BruinsSouth Carolina Stingrays
Buffalo SabresRochester AmericansGwinnett Gladiators
Calgary FlamesAbbotsford HeatUtah Grizzlies
Carolina HurricanesCharlotte CheckersFlorida Everblades
Chicago BlackhawksRockford IceHogsToledo Walleye
Colorado AvalancheLake Erie MonstersDenver Cutthroats (CHL)
Columbus Blue JacketsSpringfield FalconsEvansville IceMen *
Dallas StarsTexas StarsIdaho Steelheads; Allen Americans (CHL)
Detroit Red WingsGrand Rapid GriffonsToledo Walleye
Edmonton OilersOklahoma City BaronsStockton Thunder
Florida Panthers San Antonio RampageCincinnati Cyclones
Los Angeles KingsManchester MonarchsOntario Reign
Minnesota WildHouston AerosOrlando Solar Bears *
Montréal CanadiensHamilton BulldogsWheeling Nailers
Nashville PredatorsMilwaukee AdmiralsCincinnati Cyclones
New Jersey DevilsAlbany Devilsno current affiliation for 2012-13
New York IslandersBridgeport Sound Tigersno current affiliation for 2012-13
New York RangersConnecticut WhaleGreenville Road Warriors
Ottawa SenatorsBinghamton SenatorsElmira Jackals
Philadelphia FlyersAdirondack PhantomsTrenton Titans
Phoenix CoyotesPortland PiratesGwinnett Gladiators, Arizona Sundogs (CHL)
Pittsburgh PenguinsWilkes-Barre/Scranton PenguinsWheeling Nailers
San Jose SharksWorcester SharksSan Francisco Bulls *
St. Louis BluesPeoria RivermenEvansville IceMen *
Tampa Bay LightningSyracuse CrunchFlorida Everblades
Toronto Maple LeafsToronto Marliesno current affiliation for 2012-13
Vancouver CanucksChicago WolvesKalamazoo Wings
Washington CapitalsHershey BearsReading Royals
Winnipeg JetsSt. John's IcecapsColorado Eagles
Playing as independent for the 2012-13 season--Alaska Aces
Playing as independent for the 2012-13 season--Bakersfield Condors
Playing as independent for the 2012-13 season--Las Vegas Wranglers

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