The St. Louis Blues will have an affiliation with a new AHL team beginning next season
The team made the announcement official today: the Blues affiliate team for the 2018-2019 will be the San Antonio Rampage. The new affiliation was announced in August, but was not made official until today. The affiliation between the two teams is for five years.
Come the 2018-2019 season, the Blues will provide the developmental franchise with players, coaches, and hockey operations staff.
The Rampage play in the American Hockey League, which is the highest developmental league.
However, the Blues are without minor-league affiliation of their own this season. Instead, the Blues are sharing affiliation teams with the Las Vegas Golden Knights, whose affiliate are the Chicago Wolves, and the Colorado Avalanche, whose affiliate this season are the Rampage. Whenever the Blues need to send a player down to the minors, they will send them to either the Rampage or the Wolves.
With the addition of the Golden Knights to the league, the Blues found themselves to be the odd-team-out when it came to affiliating with one of the 30 AHL teams.
Their former affiliate, the Chicago Wolves, signed on to be the AHA affiliate for the Golden Knights following the 2016-2017 season.
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