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NHL Affiliations: AHL and ECHL

Arena DigestBelow is our rundown of current professional hockey relationships, covering the NHL affiliations with AHL and ECHL teams. Affiliations typically turn over or are renewed between seasons, depending upon the length of agreements between the teams.

Not all affiliation lengths are disclosed by the clubs or reported by media outlets, so several NHL affiliations agreements could not be confirmed for this page. In cases in where terms have not been announced or reported, we refer to when the agreement was originally announced. Also noted are NHL-owned teams, and which NHL clubs do not currently carry ECHL affiliates.

This page will be updated as new or renewed affiliations are announced.

NHL Teams and Affiliates Affiliation Term
Anaheim Ducks  
AHL: San Diego Gulls Owned by Ducks
ECHL:  Vacant  
Arizona Coyotes  
AHL: Tucson Roadrunners Owned by Coyotes
ECHL: Rapid City Rush Signed through 2020-21 season
Boston Bruins  
AHL: Providence Bruins Signed through 2028-29 season
ECHL: Atlanta Gladiators Signed through 2019-20 season
Buffalo Sabres  
AHL: Rochester Americans Owned by Sabres
ECHL: Cincinnati Cyclones Signed affiliation prior to 2017-18 season
Calgary Flames  
AHL: Stockton Heat Owned by Flames
ECHL: Kansas City Mavericks Signed through 2019-20 season
Carolina Hurricanes  
AHL: Charlotte Checkers Owned by Hurricanes minority owner Michael Kahn
ECHL: Greenville Swamp Rabbits Signed affiliation prior to 2019-20 season
Chicago Blackhawks  
AHL: Rockford IceHogs Signed through 2021-22 season
ECHL: Indy Fuel Signed through 2021-22 season
Colorado Avalanche  
AHL: Colorado Eagles Signed through 2027-2028 season
ECHL: Utah Grizzlies Agreement effective July 1 2018
Columbus Blue Jackets  
AHL: Cleveland Monsters Signed multi-year extension in 2019
ECHL: Kalamazoo Wings Signed for 2021-2022 season
Dallas Stars  
AHL: Texas Stars Owned by Stars
ECHL: Idaho Steelheads Signed through 2019-20 season
Detroit Red Wings  
AHL: Grand Rapids Griffins Signed through 2021-2022 season
ECHL: Toledo Walleye Signed through 2020-21 season
Edmonton Oilers  
AHL: Bakersfield Condors Owned by Oilers
ECHL: Wichita Thunder Signed through 2019-20 season
Florida Panthers  
AHL: Springfield Thunderbirds Announced multi-year affiliation in 2016^^
ECHL: Vacant  
Los Angeles Kings  
AHL: Ontario Reign Owned by Kings owner AEG
ECHL: Vacant  
Minnesota Wild  
AHL: Iowa Wild Owned by Wild
ECHL: Allen Americans Signed affiliation prior to 2018-19 season
Montreal Canadiens  
AHL: Laval Rocket Owned by Canadiens
ECHL: Vacant  
Nashville Predators  
AHL: Milwaukee Admirals Signed through 2021-22 season
ECHL: Florida Everblades Signed affiliation prior to 2019-20 season
New Jersey Devils  
AHL: Binghamton Devils Owned by Devils
ECHL: Adirondack Thunder Signed through 2019-20
New York Islanders  
AHL: Bridgeport Sound Tigers Owned by Islanders
ECHL: Worcester Railers Signed through 2019-20
New York Rangers  
AHL: Hartford Wolf Pack Owned by Rangers
ECHL: Maine Mariners Signed affiliation prior to 2018-19 season
Ottawa Senators  
AHL: Belleville Senators Owned by Senators
ECHL: Brampton Beast Signed affiliation prior to 2018-19 season
Philadelphia Flyers  
AHL: Lehigh Valley Phantoms Originally owned by Flyers owners, affiliation has remained intact since franchise was sold in 2009
ECHL: Reading Royals Signed through 2019-20 season, with option for 2020-21
Pittsburgh Penguins  
AHL: Wilkes-Barre Scranton Penguins Owned by Penguins
ECHL: Wheeling Nailers Signed through 2019-20 season
San Jose Sharks  
AHL: San Jose Barracuda Owned by Sharks
ECHL: Vacant  
St. Louis Blues  
AHL: San Antonio Rampage Signed through 2022-23 season^
ECHL: Tulsa Oilers Signed through 2019-20 season
Tampa Bay Lightning  
AHL: Syracuse Crunch Signed through 2022-23 season, with mutual option for 2023-2024 and 2024-2025
ECHL: Orlando Solar Bears Signed through 2020-21 season
Toronto Maple Leafs  
AHL: Toronto Marlies Owned by Maple Leafs
ECHL: Newfoundland Growlers Signed affiliation prior to 2018-19 season
Vancouver Canucks  
AHL: Abbotsford Canucks Owned by Canucks
Vegas Golden Knights  
AHL: Chicago Wolves Signed through 2021-22 season*
ECHL: Fort Wayne Komets Signed through 2019-20 season
Washington Capitals  
AHL: Hershey Bears Signed through 2019-20 season
ECHL: South Carolina Stingrays Signed through 2019-20 season
Winnipeg Jets  
AHL: Manitoba Moose Owned by Jets
ECHL: Jacksonville Icemen Signed for 2019-20 season

Denotes expiring NHL affiliations.  

Denotes agreements that the clubs have announced will not be renewed.

^^Thunderbirds to become St. Louis Blues affiliate starting in 2020-21 season.

^Affiliation will change after 2019-20 season with Vegas Golden Knights purchase and relocation of Rampage to Las Vegas area.

*Affiliation will change after 2019-20 season with Golden Knights’ purchase and relocation of Rampage to Las Vegas area.