Mavericks Renew Affiliation Agreement with AHL's Chicago Wolves
Independence, Missouri - Missouri Mavericks' President and General Manager Brent Thiessen announced at the team's Fan Fest Saturday the Mavericks have renewed their affiliation agreement with the American Hockey League's (AHL) Chicago Wolves for the 2012-13 season. The Wolves are the primary affiliate of the National Hockey League's (NHL) Vancouver Canucks.
"We are very excited to renew this relationship which we believe helps maintain our status as one of the elite teams in the Central Hockey League," said Thiessen. "We believe Missouri is one of the premier places to play in the CHL and we look forward to receiving players from one of the premier teams in the AHL."
The affiliation agreement allows for Mavericks players to compete in the Chicago Wolves training camp, and it also allows for a limited number of players to be signed to two-way contracts between the Mavericks and the Wolves. Mavericks' Head Coach Scott Hillman will also attend the Wolves training camp in Chicago along with select Mavericks players.
The agreement paves the way for Chicago to loan players to the Mavericks should the opportunity arise as well as allow Mavericks players to move up to the AHL based on the needs of the Wolves.
The Chicago Wolves began operations in 1994 in the International Hockey League (IHL) and joined the AHL in 2001. Chicago has never had a losing season in their 18 seasons and the team has won four league championships with two in the IHL and two in the AHL. Most recently, Chicago was awarded the AHL's Calder Cup in 2008.