The Charlotte Checkers of the ECHL have called a major news conference for Wednesday morning. Howlings has learned that Checkers owner, Michael Kahn will announce his team is moving up from the East Coast Hockey League (ECHL) to the American Hockey League (AHL) next season becoming the affiliate of the Carolina Hurricanes. Currently The Albany River Rats serve in that capacity.
It is expected that this move by Carolina could trigger a series of other moves by a number of other AHL teams.
While it is NOT our practice to report on unsubstantiated rumors, there is enough talk among reasonable sources that this move by Charlotte could snowball into several teams shifting their locations and/or affiliations next season. Again, this is NOT FACT, simply RUMOR!!!
Two things that will be fact is that Albany will not have an AHL team after this move is made. Also, at least at this point, the New York Rangers won’t NOT have an ECHL affiliate next season.
More details on this situation as it plays out.