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Thursday, October 29, 2009

Wild, Aeros join forces with Johnstown Chiefs

Looks like the Wild and Aeros now have a new formal agreement in place with an ECHL team. Today, the Johnstown Chiefs announced the affiliation.

Here is a link to the press release, and the following is an excerpt from the announcement:

JOHNSTOWN, Pa. – The Johnstown Chiefs, proud member of the ECHL since 1988, announced today that they have entered into a working agreement with the National Hockey League’s Minnesota Wild.

During the 2009-10 season the Chiefs will serve as the Wild’s secondary minor league partner. The American Hockey League’s Houston Aeros are Minnesota’s primary affiliate.

"This is a great opportunity for the Johnstown Chiefs to work with the Minnesota Wild and the Houston Aeros. The Minnesota organization is led by outstanding hockey men in owner Craig Leipold and General Manager Chuck Fletcher. They are a player development-minded club and the agreement will benefit all three teams including the Wild, the Aeros, and our Johnstown Chiefs," said Chiefs owner and governor Neil Smith.


alw02 said...

I hope none of their players come here. Their record looks just like Wild and their players are east coast AHL hand downs.

Andrew J. Ferraro said...

Well, aren't you just a ray of sunshine ... ?

Ha, no ... kidding.

I think this is just more of a formality than anything. I mean, I have yet to see any Aeros or Wild announcement of reciprocity.

I will see if I can get something from Mill about it.

Many of the guys the Aeros had in camp are spread ALL over the CHL and ECHL.

Right now, the Aeros have nine defensemen that call all play center, right wing and goalie, so if someone gets called up or hurt, one of those guys just goes to the coaches office and voila ... new position.

Forecheck said...

Does this mean the Hanson Brothers are now Wild property?

Oh, Johnstown.... never mind...

artandhockey said...

Variety IS the spice of life, even in Hockey!

Felyn said...

PA is a long ways to travel TX, no?