The ECHL will have 27 teams for the 2017-18 season. Previously the Alaska Aces announced that they would cease operations on February 23rd, and on March 10th the Elmira Jackals withdrew their membership from the ECHL as of the end of the 2016-17 season. The Alaska Aces joined the ECHL in 2003 as part of the West Coast Hockey League’s absorption, and the Elmira Jackals joined the ECHL in 2007, after being part of the United Hockey League since 2000.
One new team, the Worcester Railers has joined the ECHL for the 2017-18 season, and one former team, the Evansville IceMen, which had suspended operations for the 2016-17 season, has relocated and has been renamed the Jacksonville IceMen. The Missouri Mavericks have also renamed their team the Kansas City Mavericks.
Note: The ECHL voted in 2015 to allow only one NHL team affiliation per ECHL team however NHL teams can assign players to ECHL teams without being affiliated.
See also last season’s 2016-17 ECHL Affiliations.
As more affiliations are announced the list below will be updated in Red. If you are aware of any updates to this list, please let me know.
Updated: May 25, 2017
|ECHL Team||NHL Team for 2017-18 (updated in RED)|
|Adirondack Thunder||Calgary Flames (NHL owned through June 2017) [The ECHL team was purchased by the Adirondack Civic Center Coalition, Inc. in February, and the sale will be finalized in June 2017.]|
|Allen Americans||San Jose Sharks (affiliation; 2016-17)|
|Atlanta Gladiators||Boston Bruins (affiliation) – Bruins extend their affiliation for 2 more years through 2018-19.|
|Brampton Beast||Montreal Canadiens (affiliation 2016-17) [Montréal has renewed their affiliation with Brampton for another season through 2016-17. June 8, 2016]|
|Cincinnati Cyclones||Buffalo Sabres (affiliation 2017-18) [Cyclones announced their affiliation with Buffalo, May 25, 2017; Sabres announcement.]|
|Colorado Eagles||Colorado Avalanche (affiliation; 2016-17 through 2019-20) [Colorado Avalanche announced a new 4-year affiliation with the Colorado Eagles (July 20, 2016) and ended their affiliation with the Fort Wayne Komets with 1-year remaining.)|
|Florida Everblades||Carolina Hurricanes (Peter Karmanos Jr. is majority owner of both Hurricanes and Everblades; will be sole ECHL team for the Hurricanes)|
|Fort Wayne Komets||Independent in 2016-17.|
|Greenville Road Warriors||New York Rangers (affiliation) [NYR extended the affiliation with Greenville for 2016-17 & 2017-18. June 7, 2016.]|
|Idaho Steelheads||Dallas Stars (affiliation; Dallas renews affiliation with Idaho through end of 2017-18 season.)|
|Indy Fuel||Chicago Blackhawks (affiliation; 5 years through 2018-19, April 2014.)|
|Jacksonville IceMen||Affiliation TBD – ECHL Board of Governors has approved the Transfer of Home Territory for the Membership that previously played in Evansville, Indiana to Jacksonville, Florida, Feb.8, 2017. Ron Geary, owner of the IceMen, will continue to act as Jacksonville IceMen’s CEO.|
|Kalamazoo Wings||Tampa Bay Lightning (affiliation; 2016-17) [Tampa Bay announces a 1-year affiliation with the K-Wings, May 25, 2016.]|
|Kansas City Mavericks|
|Manchester Monarchs||LA Kings (affiliation; 2016-17) [Aug. 4, 2016: ECHL’s Board approved the Transfer of Controlling Interest of the Manchester Monarchs from Anschutz Manchester Hockey LLC to PPI Sports LLC, a group led by New England businessmen Marc Casper and Brian Cheek. Cheek will serve as the team’s CEO. Last season Florida Panthers assigned some players to Manchester.]|
|Norfolk Admirals||Nashville Predators (affiliation 2017-18) Norfolk announced their new affiliate May 4, 2017. [New owners: Media Mango Group. The Edmonton Oilers (Oilers Entertainment Group) sold their ECHL franchise to Mango Media Group, Sept. 29, 2016]|
|Orlando Solar Bears||Toronto Maple Leafs (affiliation 2016-17) [Renewed affiliation through 2016-17 with option to renew another season.]|
|Quad City Mallards||Minnesota Wild (affiliation; 2016-17)|
|Rapid City Rush||Arizona Coyotes (affiliation 2016-17) [Coyotes announce affiliation extension for 2016-17.]|
|Reading Royals||Philadelphia Flyers (affiliation 2016-17) [Renewed a multi-year affiliation as of July 10, 2016.]|
|South Carolina Stingrays||Washington Capitals (affiliation; 2016-17) [Renewed through 2017-18 on March 21, 2016.]|
|Toledo Walleye||Detroit Red Wings (affiliation; 2016-17) [Red Wings renew their affiliation with Toledo through 2017-18, Aug. 30, 2016.]|
|Tulsa Oilers||Winnipeg Jets (affiliation; 2016-17) [Renewed affiliation for another year through 2016-17.]|
|Utah Grizzlies||Anaheim Ducks (affiliation; 2016-17) [Signed a multi-year extension on Feb. 20, 2016 for 2016-17+.]|
|Wheeling Nailers||Pittsburgh Penguins (affiliation; 2016-17) [Renewed 2-year affiliation through 2017-18 as of August 17, 2016.]|
|Wichita Thunder||Ottawa Senators (affiliation; 2016-17) [Ottawa Senators announce new affiliation for 1-year 2016-17.]|
|Worcester Railers||New York Islanders (affiliation 2017-18) [New York Islanders announce their new affiliation for 1-year 2017-18.]|