2017-18 NHL team affiliations with AHL and ECHL teams

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NHL = The National Hockey League is now at 31 teams with the addition of the NHL expansion club Las Vegas Golden Knights for the 2017-18 season. — Website.

AHL = American Hockey League is still currently at 30 teams until the 2018-19 season when the AHL will expand to 31 teams to match the NHL.  There were a number of changes to AHL teams this season. The Belleville Senators (formerly the Binghamton Senators franchise, owned by the Ottawa Senators) moved to Belleville, Ontario, and the Laval Rocket (formerly the St. John’s IceCaps franchise, owned by the Montréal Canadiens) moved to Laval, Quebec. The New Jersey Devils moved their AHL team, the Albany Devils, to Binghamton, and renamed the team Binghamton Devils.  — Website. Team Map & Directory.

ECHL = (formerly the East Coast Hockey League) — The ECHL will have 27 teams for the 2017-18 season with a few changes from last 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.

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 renamed their team the Kansas City Mavericks.

There are a few ECHL teams who have not yet publicly confirmed their 2017-18 affiliations, however that is not uncommon for this group. — Website. Team Directory.

For last season’s affiliations see 2016-17 NHL team affiliations with AHL and ECHL teams.

Updated August 9, 2017. [List will be updated as more announcements are made. If you are aware of any updates to this list, please let us know.]

NHL TEAMS NHL affiliations with Minor Leagues (ownership indicated if NHL team owned)
Anaheim Ducks
  AHL: San Diego Gulls (NHL owned)
  ECHL: Utah Grizzlies (Affiliation) – Signed a multi-year extension on Feb. 20, 2016 for 2016-17+)
 
Arizona Coyotes
  AHL: Tucson Roadrunners (NHL owned) – Coyotes purchased the former Springfield Falcons franchise, relocated it to Tucson and renamed the team. It will begin play in 2016-17 season.
  ECHL: Fort Wayne Komets (Affiliation) – Coyotes announce their 1-year affiliation for 2017-18 with the Komets, July 31, 2017.
 
Boston Bruins
  AHL: Providence Bruins (Affiliation)
  ECHL: Atlanta Gladiators (Affiliation; Bruins extend their affiliation for 2 more years through 2018-19.)
 
Buffalo Sabres
  AHL: Rochester Americans (NHL owned)
  ECHL: Cincinnati Cyclones (affiliation 2017-18) [Cyclones announce their affiliation with Buffalo, May 25, 2017; Sabres announcement.]
 
Calgary Flames
  AHL: Stockton Heat (NHL owned)
  ECHL: Kansas City Mavericks (affiliation 2017-18) [Calgary announced their affiliation with the Mavericks, June 8, 2017]
 
Carolina Hurricanes
  AHL: Charlotte Checkers (NHL Influenced Affiliation; Checkers owner Michael Kahn is one of the minority owners of the Hurricanes)
  ECHL: Florida Everblades (NHL owned – Owner Peter Karmanos Jr. is majority owner of both Hurricanes and Everblades)
 
Chicago Blackhawks
  AHL: Rockford IceHogs (Affiliation) [Chicago and Rockford renew their affiliation for 5 more seasons through 2021-22]
  ECHL: Indy Fuel (Affiliation through 2018-19); 5-year affiliation agreement signed April 2, 2014 through 2018-19.
 
Colorado Avalanche
  AHL: San Antonio Rampage (Affiliation through 2019-20; from 2015-16 season with a 5-year agreement)
  ECHL: Colorado Eagles (Affiliation 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].
 
Columbus Blue Jackets
  AHL: Cleveland Monsters (Affiliation) [Team owner Dan Gilbert has renamed the Lake Erie Monsters as the Cleveland Monsters, to more closely connect to his NBA Cleveland Cavaliers, August 9, 2016]
  ECHL:
 
Dallas Stars
  AHL: Texas Stars (NHL owned)
  ECHL: Idaho Steelheads (Affiliation) [Dallas renews affiliation with Idaho through end of 2017-18 season]
 
Detroit Red Wings
  AHL: Grand Rapids Griffins (Affiliation) [Griffins and Red Wings renew their affiliation for another 5 years through 2021-22, July 6, 2017.]
  ECHL: Toledo Walleye (Affiliation) [Red Wings renew their affiliation with Toledo through 2017-18, Aug. 30, 2016.]
 
Edmonton Oilers
  AHL: Bakersfield Condors (NHL owned)
  ECHL: Wichita Thunder (affiliation for 2017-18) [Wichita Thunder announced affiliation live, June 20, 2017]
 
Florida Panthers
  AHL: Springfield Thunderbirds (Affiliation) [New team name and logo revealed June 15, 2016; the Portland Pirates franchise was sold and moved to Springfield, MA for 2016-17 season; May 23, 2016: Florida announced multi-year affiliation with the team beginning in 2016-17]
  ECHL:
 
Los Angeles Kings
  AHL: Ontario Reign (NHL owned – AEG)
  ECHL: Manchester Monarchs (Affiliation) [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.]
 
Minnesota Wild
  AHL: Iowa Wild (NHL owned)
  ECHL: Rapid City Rush (affiliation; 2017-18) [Minnesota Wild announced the affiliation with the Rush, June 24, 2017]
Montréal Canadiens
  AHL: Rocket de Laval (NHL owned) Inaugural season 2017-18.
  ECHL: Brampton Beast (Affiliation) [Montréal renewed their affiliation with Brampton for another season through 2016-17. June 8, 2016]
 
Nashville Predators
  AHL: Milwaukee Admirals (Affiliation)
  ECHL: Norfolk Admirals (Affiliation 2017-18) – Norfolk announced their NHL affiliate May 4, 2017. [Owners: Media Mango Group. The Edmonton Oilers (Oilers Entertainment Group) sold their ECHL franchise to Mango Media Group, Sept. 29, 2016.]
 
New Jersey Devils
  AHL: Binghamton Devils (NHL owned) [Formerly the Albany Devils. The New Jersey Devils announced the move of their AHL club from Albany to Binghamton (Jan. 31, 2017).]
  ECHL: Adirondack Thunder (Affiliation, 2017-18) [New Jersey Devils announce a 1-year affiliation with the Thunder, August 8, 2017]
 
New York Islanders
  AHL: Bridgeport Sound Tigers (NHL owned)
  ECHL: Worcester Railers (affiliation) Islanders announced affiliation for 2017-18.
 
New York Rangers
  AHL: Hartford Wolf Pack (NHL owned)
  ECHL: Greenville Road Warriors (Affiliation; New York Rangers extended the affiliation with Greenville for 2016-17 & 2017-18. June 7, 2016.)
 
Ottawa Senators
  AHL: Belleville Senators (NHL owned) [Formerly the Binghamton Senators; Ottawa Senators purchase the Binghamton AHL franchise and moved it to Belleville, Ont. for 2017-18 season. (Sept. 26, 2016)]
  ECHL:
 
Philadelphia Flyers
  AHL: Lehigh Valley Phantoms (Affiliation)
  ECHL: Reading Royals (Affiliation) [Renewed a multi-year affiliation as of July 10, 2016]
 
Pittsburgh Penguins
  AHL: Wilkes-Barre Scranton Penguins (NHL owned)
  ECHL: Wheeling Nailers (Affiliation through 2017-18) [Renewed 2-year affiliation as of August 17, 2016]
 
San Jose Sharks
  AHL: San Jose Barracuda (NHL owned)
  ECHL: – Allen Americans (Affiliation, 2016-17)
 
St. Louis Blues
  AHL: Chicago Wolves (St. Louis will loan players to the Chicago Wolves for 2017-18 season, but they are no longer their NHL affiliate (May 16, 2017). [Previously there was news that the Blues would move their AHL affiliate to Kansas City at the end of the 2016-17 season.]

[Beginning in the 2018-19 season St. Louis will sign a 5-year affiliation with San Antonio Rampage according to Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.]

  ECHL: Tulsa Oilers (Affiliation, 2017-18) [Tulsa Oilers announce 1-year affiliation with Blues, August 8, 2017]
Tampa Bay Lightning
  AHL: Syracuse Crunch (Affiliation)
  ECHL:
 
Toronto Maple Leafs
  AHL: Toronto Marlies (NHL owned)
  ECHL: Orlando Solar Bears (Affiliation; renewed through 2016-17, with option to renew another season)
 
Vancouver Canucks
  AHL: Utica Comets (NHL owned)
  ECHL: Kalamazoo Wings (Affiliation) [Vancouver Canucks and Kalamazoo Wings announce 1-year affiliation for 2017-18, July 12, 2017.]
 
Vegas Golden Knights
  AHL: Chicago Wolves (affiliation) [Vegas announce a multiple season affiliation with the Wolves, May 16, 2017. The St. Louis Blues will loan players to the Wolves, but they are no longer the Wolves’ AHL affiliate. Crain’s Chicago Business news reports the Vegas affiliation is for 5-years through 2021-22. (May 16, 2017)]
  ECHL: Quad City Mallards (affiliation – 2017-18+) [Vegas announced a multi-year affiliation with Quad City Mallards, June 1, 2017]
 
Washington Capitals
  AHL: Hershey Bears (Affiliation; Washington renews their affiliation with Hershey for 4 more years, through 2019-20, October 6, 2016.)
  ECHL: South Carolina Stingrays (Affiliation; Renewed through 2017-18 on March 21, 2016.)
 
Winnipeg Jets
  AHL: Manitoba Moose (NHL owned)
  ECHL: Jacksonville IceMen  (affiliation2017-18)