With the Atlanta Thrashers headed to Winnipeg, the Chicago Wolves were left looking for a new parent club. They've landed with the Stanley Cup runner-up Vancouver Canucks.
"Their organization has a track record of wanting their players to both develop and win while with their AHL affiliate," Wolves general manager Wendell Young said in a statement. "Our two clubs are united by a tradition of excellence and a passion for winning, and we hope that this partnership will lead to the continued success of both organizations."
The Wolves had been affiliated with the Thrashers from 2001-11. The Canucks' AHL squad had been the Manitoba Moose in Winnipeg, but they are moving to Newfoundland and becoming the affiliate of the Jets.
The Canucks and Blackhawks have formed a heated rivalry in recent years, making it interesting that Vancouver's minor league squad will be in Chicago's backyard. The Blackhawks have always had a different minor league team when the Wolves could have possibly become their affiliate.
The Wolves' deal with Vancouver runs through 2012-13.
"We look forward to this new venture with the Chicago Wolves," said Canucks president and general manager Mike Gillis. "The Canucks have placed great importance and resources in developing prospects and have seen positive results to date, including the likes of Alex Burrows, Ryan Kesler and Chris Tanev. The two organizations will work closely to ensure our goals are one in the same and continue to work on developing a strong relationship with our prospects."
The Wolves have won four league championships in 17 seasons.