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For 2016-17 see 2016-17 NHL team affiliations with AHL and ECHL teams.

We have a good number of NHL teams moving their AHL teams as well as changing affiliates for the 2015-16 season. NHL team ownership of minor league teams has been indicated on the chart below. Currently NHL teams (or their ownership groups) own 16 AHL teams, and also own 2 ECHL teams, and have partial ownership in 1 ECHL team. As ECHL affiliations are announced in the coming months that list will also be updated.

NHL = National Hockey League, 30 teams — number set at 30 until a future expansion occurs. — Website.

AHL = American Hockey League, 30 teams — number set at 30. — Website. Team Map & Directory.

ECHL = formerly the East Coast Hockey League, currently (as of April 28, 2015) 28 teams (Las Vegas folded earlier this year) — Website. Team Directory. Yes, there is room to expand the league to 30 teams and that does seem to be the plan. [Free Tip: Forget about the old name that contained the term “Eastern” and just embrace the name as ECHL. The League officially changed their name from the East Coast Hockey League to ECHL on May 19, 2003. You will thank me for this! And here is the league map.]

CHL = Central Hockey League’s seven teams were absorbed into the ECHL in late summer of 2014: Allen Americans, Brampton Beast, Missouri Mavericks, Quad City Mallards, Rapid City Rush, Tulsa Oilers, and Wichita Thunder.

If you are aware of any updates to this list, please let me know.

Updated August 22, 2015: As of June 3, 2015, all NHL-AHL affiliations for 2015-16 are set.

NHL TEAMS NHL affiliations with Minor Leagues (ownership indicated if any) AHL affiliations with ECHL teams
Anaheim Ducks  Western AHL Move
  AHL: San Diego Gulls (NHL owned) — Anaheim purchased their AHL Norfolk Admirals affiliation and it will move to San Diego, California for 2014-15 season. AHL team will be named the San Diego Gulls. 
  ECHL: Utah Grizzlies (affiliation 2015-16)
Arizona Coyotes  Change of Affiliate
  AHL: Springfield Falcons (affiliation). Arizona has changed affiliates for 2015-16 from Portland Pirates to the Springfield Falcons.
  ECHL: Rapid City Rush affiliation for 2015-16.
  CHL: Arizona Sundogs (affiliation Sundogs suspend operations for ’14-15)
Boston Bruins
  AHL: Providence Bruins (affiliation, owned by H. Larue Renfroe)
  ECHL: Gwinnett Gladiators (2-year affiliation for 2015-16 & 2016-17)
Buffalo Sabres
  AHL: Rochester Americans (NHL owned)
  ECHL: Elmira Jackals (affiliation)
Calgary Flames  Western AHL Move
  AHL: Stockton Heat (NHL owned). Calgary has moved their AHL club (formerly Abbotsford Heat, then Adirondack Flames) to Stockton, California for the 2015-16 season.
  ECHL: Adirondack Thunder (NHL owned). — End of 2014-15 season their ECHL team (former Stockton Thunder) will move to Glens Falls, NY, and be renamed the Adirondack Thunder. (NHL Owned)
Carolina Hurricanes
  AHL: Charlotte Checkers (affiliation, however Checkers owner Michael Kahn is one of minority owners of the Hurricanes)
  ECHL: Florida Everblades (affiliation/NHL owned – Peter Karmanos Jr. is majority owner of both Hurricanes and Everblades; will be sole ECHL team for the Hurricanes)
Chicago Blackhawks
  AHL: Rockford IceHogs (affiliation)
  ECHL: Indy Fuel (affiliation) – (2015-16) (5-year affiliation agreement signed April 2, 2014 through 2018-19)
Colorado Avalanche  Change of Affiliate
  AHL: San Antonio Rampage (Affiliation). For the 2015-16 season the Colorado Avalanche have changed affiliates from the Lake Erie Monsters to the San Antonio Rampage – 5-year agreement.
  ECHL: Fort Wayne Komets (affiliation) – Renewed affiliation for 2 seasons (2015-16 and 2016-17) July 22, 2015.
  CHL: Denver Cutthroats (affiliation) Denver suspends operations for ’14-15)
Columbus Blue Jackets  Change of Affiliate
  AHL: Lake Erie Monsters (Affiliate). Columbus Blue Jackets have announced they will be affiliated with the Lake Erie Monsters beginning in 2015-16 season. (Former affiliate Springfield Falcons).
  ECHL: Kalamazoo Wings affiliation (2015-16)
Dallas Stars
  AHL: Texas Stars (NHL owned)
  ECHL: Idaho Steelheads (affiliation) – Stars renew affiliation for 2015-16 (July 16, 2015)
  ECHL: Allen Americans (affiliation former CHL team) Stars are no longer affiliated with Allen.
Detroit Red Wings
  AHL: Grand Rapids Griffins (affiliation)
  ECHL: Toledo Walleye (affiliation)
Edmonton Oilers  Western AHL Move
  AHL: Bakersfield Condors (NHL owned). Oilers have moved their AHL club the Oklahoma City Barons to Bakersfield, California for the 2015-16 season.
  ECHL: Norfolk Admirals (NHL owned) — End of the 2014-15 season their ECHL team (Bakersfield Condors) will move to Norfolk, Virginia, and retain the name Norfolk Admirals.
Florida Panthers  Change of Affiliate
  AHL: Portland Pirates (Affiliation). The Florida Panthers have changed affiliates from the San Antonio Rampage to the Portland Pirates for the 2015-16 season.
  ECHL: Cincinnati Cyclones (shared affiliation with Nashville Predators)
Los Angeles Kings  Western AHL Move
  AHL: Ontario Reign (NHL owned) — End of the 2014-15 season their AHL team the Manchester Monarchs will move to Ontario, California and will be renamed the Ontario Reign in the AHL.
  ECHL: Manchester Monarchs (Partial NHL Kings owned) — End of the 2014-15 season their ECHL club (formerly the Ontario Reign) will move to Manchester, NH and will be renamed the Monarchs.
Minnesota Wild
  AHL: Iowa Wild (NHL owned)
  ECHL (former CHL): Quad City Mallards (affiliation) (Renewed their affiliation with the Mallards, July 21, 2015)
Montréal Canadiens  Moving Team
  AHL: St. John’s IceCaps (NHL ownership). Canadiens will move their AHL team (formerly the Hamilton Bulldogs) to St. John’s for the 2015-16 season.
  ECHL: Brampton Beast affiliation announced May 28, 2015 for 2015-16; Wheeling Nailers (shared affiliation with Pittsburgh Penguins)
Nashville Predators
  AHL: Milwaukee Admirals (affiliation)
  ECHL: Cincinnati Cyclones (affiliation) – Nashville renews affiliation for 2015-16 (Cyclones will only be affiliated with Nashville 2015-16. No longer affiliated with Florida.)
New Jersey Devils
  AHL: Albany Devils (NHL owned)
  ECHL: –
New York Islanders
  AHL: Bridgeport Sound Tigers (NHL owned)
  ECHL: Missouri Mavericks (signed 2 year affiliation for 2015-16, 2016-17 on June 11, 2015)
New York Rangers
  AHL: Hartford Wolf Pack (NHL owned)
  ECHL: Greenville Road Warriors (affiliation through 2015-16)
Ottawa Senators
  AHL: Binghamton Senators (affiliation)
  ECHL: – Evansville IceMen (affiliation through 2015-16)
Philadelphia Flyers
  AHL: Lehigh Valley Phantoms (affiliation)
  ECHL: Reading Royals (affiliation)
Pittsburgh Penguins
  AHL: Wilkes-Barre Scranton Penguins (NHL owned)
  ECHL: Wheeling Nailers renew affiliation July 22, 2015 for 2015-16)
San Jose Sharks  Western AHL Move
  AHL: San Jose Barracuda (NHL owned) — End of the 2014-15 season the Sharks’ AHL club (formerly the Worcester Sharks) will relocate to San Jose, California.
  ECHL: – Allen Americans (affiliation announced Oct. 17, 2014)
St. Louis Blues
  AHL: Chicago Wolves (affiliation) ECHL: Kalamazoo Wings (Wolves affiliation only ’14-15)
  ECHL: Missouri Mavericks – former CHL team (Wolves affiliation; no NHL affiliation)
  ECHL: Alaska Aces (as of Sept. 9, 2014; shared affiliation with Minnesota Wild); Kalamazoo Wings (shared affiliation with Vancouver Canucks)
Tampa Bay Lightning
  AHL: Syracuse Crunch (affiliation)
  ECHL: Florida Everblades (shared affiliation with Carolina Hurricanes)
  ECHL: Brampton Beast (affiliation) former CHL team
Toronto Maple Leafs
  AHL: Toronto Marlies (NHL owned)
  ECHL: Orlando Solar Bears (affiliation through 2015-16)
Washington Capitals
  AHL: Hershey Bears (affiliation) – Capitals have extended their affiliation with Hershey through 2015-16 season (June 3, 2015)
  ECHL: South Carolina Stingrays (2015-16?)
Winnipeg Jets  Moving Team
  AHL: Manitoba Moose (NHL owned). The Jets have moved their AHL team (formerly the St. John’s IceCaps) to Winnipeg and have revived the name Manitoba Moose.
  ECHL: Tulsa Oilers affiliation for 2015-16 (July 31, 2015)
Vancouver Canucks
  AHL: Utica Comets (NHL owned)
  ECHL: Kalamazoo Wings (shared affiliation with St. Louis Blues Columbus Blue Jackets ’14-15)