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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.”

 

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  • joneszee Feb 12, 12:26 p.m.

    Great move if we can keep talent, name needs work maybe "Charlotte Storm"

  • edits Feb 11, 1:18 p.m.

    Hey edits I wonder if we can coach this team to get our start.

    — Posted by kornisgreat

    I think that is a possibility. We need to find out how to contact the owner and pay him a visit!

  • chuck2 Feb 11, 10:50 a.m.

    I'm right there with ya!. Got a good pick to either game about the same travel time.

  • c.whit Feb 10, 9:39 p.m.

    YES

  • kornisgreat Feb 10, 8:54 p.m.

    Hey edits I wonder if we can coach this team to get our start.

  • corey3rd Feb 10, 8:49 p.m.

    Let's not forget how the Carolina Hurricanes wiped the Greensboro Monarchs off the map when they got the franchise booted out of the Greensboro coliseum.

  • kornisgreat Feb 10, 7:16 p.m.

    Great news we got more hockey in the great state of North Carolina

  • iceman2262 Feb 10, 7:01 p.m.

    Great move!! NHL & AHL in N.C. now that's hockey baby!!!... ( GO CANES )

  • Pirates of the East Feb 10, 5:53 p.m.

    So there are gunna be two Charlotte Checkers, AHL and ECHL. Or is the ECHL Checkers moving?

  • CaptLeo Feb 10, 5:37 p.m.

    Right on, Right on...no complaints here! Makes sense to me. Enjoy, Charlotte!

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Final
NCCU 108
BASC 52
 
Final
CHA 106
PHO 111
Final
NCSU 83
TENN 72
Final
CLE 98
ATL 127
Final
CHA 106
PHO 111
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DET 106
DAL 117
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BOS 109
ORL 92
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MIA 87
UTA 105
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TOR 105
BRK 89
1st OT
SAN 101
MEM 100
 
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POR 43
MIL 41
 
1st
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HOU 22
 
2nd
LAC 30
IND 27
 
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UNT 78
LANG 65
 
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Terriers 64
DELST 72
 
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MSST 55
ARKST 69
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NCCU 108
BASC 52
 
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GMAS 99
CATAWBA 69
 
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WOFF 64
CSOU 58
 
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HIGH 106
FERR 48
 
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JVU 68
GWEBB 65
 
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ILL 73
HAMP 55
 
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BST 52
JMU 72
 
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YOUNG 84
KNST 90
 
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UMO 71
LONG 60
 
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PITT 65
MAN 56
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OSU 97
NCAT 55
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FSU 93
UNF 77
 
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TOL 83
RMU 57
 
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CAMP 70
SIUE 65
 
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DUQ 52
RFLSH 67
 
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NCSU 83
TENN 72
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UCF 75
DET 70
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LIB 70
 
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ABCHRIST 44
 
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ALCOR 56
 
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HOU 56
ARKPB 61
 
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CMICH 80
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CHIST 60
 
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ODU 58
UGST 54
 
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SMU 67
ILLCH 46
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MLGN 76
 
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TULSA 74
MIZST 70
 
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UWGB 66
MORE 50
 
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TTU 101
SCST 39
 
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DEN 83
TAMCC 73
 
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STEPH 66
TXST 60
 
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STLU 75
TXPA 69
 
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MEM 83
USCU 73
 
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EMICH 46
 
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INCWORD 82
 
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LMU 58
 
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NMST 55
 
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SDST 52
 
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CARK 30
 
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HOW 25
 
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CPSL 32
NE 38
 
1st
UNLV 26
PORT 22
 
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GRAM 0
 
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OTT 2
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MIN 2
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VAN 0
DAL 0