The Vancouver Canucks have extended their affiliation agreement with the Kalamazoo Wings of the ECHL.
This will be mark the third season the Wings will serve as the ECHL affiliate for the Canucks.
Most of the Canucks prospects and players are expected to play with the Utica Comets, but for those that don’t stick or are not getting enough ice time for their development, they could be assigned to the Wings.
The NHL collective bargaining agreement states any player on an entry-level contract can be assigned to the ECHL without their permission. For any other player, the Canucks will need their permission, so don’t expect somebody like Colin Stuart to get sent down to the ECHL. Think Kellan Tochkin or players like Mathieu Corbeil who have American Hockey League contracts with the Utica Comets.
“We are excited to extend our partnership with an elite organization like the Vancouver Canucks,” Wings Director of Hockey Operations and Head Coach Nick Bootland said in a release. “Vancouver does an outstanding job in communicating with our organization which leads to the aid and growth of their prospects.”
“We’re looking forward to continuing our partnership with the Kalamazoo Wings,” Canucks President and General Manager Mike Gillis added. “We’ve been pleased with the support and development of a number of our players with the K-Wings. We look forward to continue to work with this great organization at an important juncture in our prospects’ careers.”
The Canucks will be sharing the Wings with the St. Louis Blues. They along with their AHL affiliate, the Chicago Wolves, will also have the ability to assign players to the team.