The Worcester Railers (ECHL) and New York Islanders have extended their affiliation, with the clubs announcing a pact through the 2019-20 season.
Worcester and the Bridgeport Sound Tigers of the American Hockey League will continue to serve as the minor-league affiliates for the Islanders organization.
Ten players spent time with both the Railers and the Bridgeport Sound Tigers last season including Eamon McAdam, Jeff Kubiak, Kellen Jones, Patrick Cullity, Yanick Turcotte, Josh Holmstrom, Ryan MacKinnon, Mike Cornell, Matthew Gaudreau, and Kyle Schempp.
The Railers will play 36 home games at the DCU Center during the 2018-19 season and continue to practice and train at the 110,000-square foot Fidelity Bank Worcester Ice Center, located in the heart of the Canal District in Worcester.
“The Worcester Railers are thrilled to extend our affiliation with the New York Islanders,” Railers HC General Manager and Head Coach Jamie Russell said. “We are looking forward to continuing to aide in the development of Isles prospects, while maintaining our goal to win a Kelly Cup.”
“The 2017-18 season was a successful inaugural year for the entire organization, and our affiliation with the Islanders was an instrumental piece in that success. We can’t wait to continue our partnership with the Islanders over the next two seasons,” said Railers HC President Michael G. Myers.