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Vancouver Canucks to relocate AHL franchise

Changes are coming to the Utica Comets.

Posted: May 4, 2021 9:12 PM
Updated: May 5, 2021 9:16 AM

UTICA, N.Y. -- Changes are coming to the Utica Comets. The Vancouver Canucks confirmed today their intent to relocate the club's AHL affiliate to Abbotsford, BC, for the start the 2021-22 season.

The Canucks and Utica Comets have had a successful partnership over the past eight years, highlighted by a run to the Calder Cup final in 2014-15.


Statement from Comets President Rob Esche (@UticaComets/Twitter)

"Since 2013, we have worked closely to create a first-class hockey environment for our players and Utica's great fans." says Francesco Aquilini, Chairman, Canucks Sports & Entertainment. "Utica has one of the best, most energetic hockey environments in North America. We wish Robert, his staff and the incredible Comets fans nothing but success in the future."

No word yet on what is next for Utica. In a statement President Robert Esche said in part "Throughout the past eight seasons, the hard work and commitment of Comets GM Ryan Johnson, Trent Cull, Travis Green, and the rest of the coaching and training staff has helped transform our City, our arena, our team, and our Comets family into what it is today...Utica and the Adirondack Bank Center will always hold a special place in the City for Vancouver, their players, and their fans."

Details of a partnership with the City of Abbotsford are being finalized and the relocation will be subject to AHL Board of Governors approval on May 6.

This is an unfolding story. Check back for updates as they become available.

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