There is more affiliation news out of the ECHL, as the Adirondack Thunder have announced a one-year agreement with the New Jersey Devils.
The Thunder have revealed their one-year affiliation agreement with the New Jersey Devils and Binghamton Devils to become the Thunder’s NHL and AHL affiliates for the 2017-18 season.
The Devils will be the Thunder’s second NHL affiliate, following the Calgary Flames, which owned and operated the team from 2015-2017. The Thunder had an “informal working agreement” with the New Jersey Devils and Albany Devils over the past two seasons, which saw several players play for both the Thunder and the Devils over that span.
In June, the Flames confirmed that the Kansas City Mavericks would be taking over as their new ECHL affiliate. The Thunder issued a statement at the time indicating that they were planning to announce a new NHL affiliate for the 2017-18 campaign.
As noted, this is not the only bit of recent activity on the affiliation front among ECHL teams. Earlier today, we passed along the news that the Tulsa Oilers and St. Louis Blues have agreed to an affiliation for the upcoming season.