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AHL ANNOUNCES A PAIR OF RELOCATIONS FOR THE 2021-22 SEASON

MAY 6, 2021  (17H28)      COOPER GODIN
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The American Hockey League board of governors met on Thursday for their annual spring meetings, and announced the approval of two relocations ahead of the 2021-22 season.

Vancouver will be moving their AHL club from Utica, New York to Abbotsford, British Columbia, while the New Jersey Devils will be moving their farm team from Binghamton, New York to Utica, New York.



The Devils organization also announced a ten-year partnership with the Utica Comets.

«After multiple discussions and evaluating the options available for the future of our American Hockey League franchise, we have agreed to partner with local operating group Mohawk Valley Garden in Utica, NY, led by Comets President Robert Esche, to relocate our AHL franchise starting with the 2021-22 season. We are pleased to announce that this is a ten-year partnership which establishes a mutual commitment between our organization and the city of Utica. We look forward to creating new memories for the fans as the next generation of Devils' stars develop their professional careers at the Adirondack Bank Center. Working with Robert and his team will be an exciting opportunity as we look to build upon the passion and enthusiasm that they've created in making Utica one of the top markets in the AHL.»

«We could not be happier for the opportunity to partner with the New Jersey Devils, an organization with a rich history not only in the NHL but also in our own community,» said Esche. «The spirit of Comets hockey and the culture our fans have created will continue to grow as it has for decades and evolve through the next ten years, and we are honored to be a part of that with the Devils. As we look towards successfully developing some of the NHL's top prospects, we eagerly anticipate this new chapter of Comets hockey.»

In their statement, Utica president Robert Esche announced that the team will remain the "Comets" with jersey designs and colours coming at a later date. This comes as a bit of surprise as Esche reportedly filed for the trademark "Utica Devils" in mid-April.



Source: American Hockey League
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