Canes' minor league team to be in Charlotte
Posted February 10, 2010
The Carolina Hurricanes are getting their wish: their top minor-league affiliate is coming to North Carolina.
The owner of Charlotte's ECHL team announced Wednesday that he's purchased the Albany River Rats and will move the money-losing American Hockey League club from New York to Charlotte for next season.
They'll be called the Charlotte Checkers - the same name the lower-tier ECHL team has had - and play in the downtown Time Warner Cable Arena.
The move means less than a 3-hour drive for the Hurricanes to move players up or down. The team also hopes to widen its fan base. Checkers owner Michael Kahn says he expects to sell the ECHL
team within the month.
Albany officials are scrambling to get another AHL team for next season.
“We are very pleased that Charlotte will be the new home for the Carolina Hurricanes’ top prospects,” Canes president Jim Rutherford. “The city has a proud hockey heritage spanning more than five decades, and we are excited that the Hurricanes will be a part of the new era of hockey in Charlotte.”