American Hockey League Announces Franchise Transaction

May 23, 2016 - American Hockey League (AHL) News Release

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. ... The American Hockey League's Board of Governors today unanimously approved the transfer of ownership of the Portland AHL franchise to Springfield Hockey, LLC, and the relocation of that franchise to Springfield, Mass., beginning with the 2016-17 season.

Founded in 1936 and now with franchises in 30 cities across North America, the American Hockey League serves as the top development league for the players, coaches, managers, executives and broadcasters of all 30 National Hockey League teams. More than 88 percent of today's NHL players are American Hockey League graduates, and for the 15th year in a row, more than 6 million fans have attended AHL games in 2015-16.

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