The Vancouver Canucks want to transfer their American Hockey League affiliate from New York to Abbotsford, B.C.
The Canucks introduced their intention to relocate the Utica Comets on Tuesday, with proprietor Francesco Aquilini saying in an announcement that the transfer would “convey vital alternatives” for each the crew and the neighborhood.
The Canucks say particulars are being finalized with the Metropolis of Abbotsford, the place the crew would play on the Abbotsford Centre, about 70 kilometres southeast of downtown Vancouver.
The AHL’s board of governors will vote on the relocation Thursday.
The transfer would come with rebranding the Comets with a brand new identify and emblem, and switching into the AHL’s Pacific Division.
The Utica Comets are presently fourth within the AHL’s restructured North Division with a 12-8-1 document this season.
The membership has been the Canucks’ AHL affiliate since 2013 and noticed its most profitable season finish within the Calder Cup closing in 2014-15.
Canucks head coach Travis Inexperienced spent 4 seasons in Utica earlier than taking on the bench in Vancouver in 2017.
Abbotsford was beforehand house to the Abbotsford Warmth, the Calgary Flames’ AHL affiliate from 2009 to 2014.