Friday, June 8, 2007

LIGHTNING ENTER INTO AFFILIATION AGREEMENT WITH ECHL'S MISSISSIPPI SEA WOLVES



AFFILIATION TO BEGIN WITH 2007-08 SEASON
The Tampa Bay Lightning have entered into a one-year affiliation agreement with the Mississippi Sea Wolves of the ECHL, it was announced today by Executive Vice President and General Manager Jay Feaster. Mississippi will serve as the Lightning’s primary ECHL affiliate starting with the 2007-08 season.

Lightning Assistant General Manager Claude Loiselle, Lightning Assistant to the General Manager Ryan Belec, Mississippi President Bill Yates and Mississippi Head Coach and General Manager Steffon Walby made the announcement at a 3:30 p.m. news conference today in Biloxi. The Lightning organization will provide the Sea Wolves with players under NHL and AHL contracts. The Mississippi coaching staff will not be effected.

Tampa Bay previously had secondary affiliations with Pensacola, Johnstown, Toledo, Chesapeake, Nashville and Knoxville of the ECHL. Tampa Bay announced on March 29, 2007 that they entered into a multi-year affiliation with the Norfolk Admirals (AHL) to be their top minor league affiliate.

The Sea Wolves entered the ECHL in 1996 and have played 10 seasons in Biloxi. They will return to the ice this season after missing the previous two seasons due to damage inflicted on the Mississippi Coast Coliseum by Hurricane Katrina which included the loss of two Zambonis, ice making equipment, dasherboards, team offices and all hockey equipment. Mississippi won the Kelly Cup as champions of the ECHL in 1999. The team will play in the league’s Southeast Division. They will open their season on October 19 at the Florida Everblades in Estero.

Source: tampabaylightning.com

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1 comments:

james pandreson said...

The Phoenix Road Runners are an ECHL hockey team that began play in the 2005-2006 season in Phoenix, Arizona. The team is owned by the same group as the Phoenix Suns and the Phoenix Mercury and also plays in the US Airways Center in downtown Phoenix. The team is affiliated with the NHL's San Jose Sharks and the AHL's Worcester Sharks.
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