AHL makes it official - Monarchs headed out of Manchester
MANCHESTER - It's official. After this season, the Manchester Monarchs are no more as far as the American Hockey League is concerned.
The AHL announced today that several teams would be relocated.
AHL President and CEO David Andrews announced the league will begin creating a Pacific Division beginning next season.
The L.A. Kings - the Monarchs' NHL Affiliate - through President of Business Operations Luc Robitaille, thanked Manchester for its support of the team over the years.
"This is a wonderful growth opportunity for the game of hockey in the Western region and it will have a tremendous impact for years to come," said Robitaille in a press release. "I want to commend each of the participating clubs, along with Dave Andrews, Bill Daly and Gary Bettman, for their commitment, patience and willingness to work through a very challenging but worthwhile process in order to get to this day."
The King's ECHL affiliate is expected to relocate to Manchester and rebrand as the Monarchs.
To accommodate the new Pacific Division, The AHL Board approved the following:
• The Monarchs are moving to Ontario, Calif.
• The Anaheim Ducks will purchase the Norfolk Admirals AHL franchise and will relocate it from Norfolk, Va., to San Diego, Calif.
• The AHL franchise owned by the Calgary Flames will relocate from Glens Falls, N.Y., to Stockton, Calif.
• The AHL franchise owned by the Edmonton Oilers will relocate from Oklahoma City, Okla., to Bakersfield, Calif.
• The AHL franchise owned by the San Jose Sharks will relocate from Worcester, Mass., to San Jose, Calif.