The Anaheim Ducks are centralizing player development in upper New York State, adding the Elmira Jackals (ECHL) to the lineup after signing the AHL’s Syracuse Crunch to a player-development deal.
“We are thrilled to be entering into a formal affiliation agreement with Elmira,â€ said Ducks Executive Vice President/General Manager Bob Murray. â€œWith ideal proximity to Syracuse and a premier facility in First Arena, Elmira will be a key partner in the development of our young players.â€
The Elmira Jackals joined the ECHL in 2007 after playing the previous seven seasons in the United Hockey League (UHL). Since joining the ECHL in 2007-08, Elmira has qualified for the playoffs in all three seasons and led the league in sellouts (32) at First Arena. In 2009-10, Elmira won its first ECHL division championship with a 37-26-9 record for first place in the East Division. The Jackals scored a league-leading 275 goals last season, establishing a franchise record.
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