Canes' minor league team to be in Charlotte

Posted February 10, 2010

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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, 2010

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

  • edits Feb 11, 2010

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

  • chuck2 Feb 11, 2010

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

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  • kornisgreat Feb 10, 2010

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

  • corey3rd Feb 10, 2010

    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, 2010

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

  • iceman2262 Feb 10, 2010

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

  • Pirates of the East Feb 10, 2010

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

  • CaptLeo Feb 10, 2010

    Right on, Right complaints here! Makes sense to me. Enjoy, Charlotte!




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