The Calgary Flames announced today that they are moving their affiliate from Glens Falls, New York to Kansas City, Missouri. The move ends the Flames three-year marriage to Adirondack where they served as the Flames A.H.L. affiliate as the Adirondack Flames for one year and as their E.C.H.L. Affiliate as the Adirondack Thunder for two years. The move was announced on Twitter earlier today.
"We're thrilled with our upcoming partnership with Kansas City." https://t.co/1c4o80OJyl— Calgary Flames (@NHLFlames) June 8, 2017
The Flames had committed to Adirondack for two years when they moved the team back on January 29th of 2015 when the A.H.L. expanded west and they effectively swapped their newly-acquired E.C.H.L. team in the Stockton Thunder with their A.H.L.-based Adirondack Flames. Adirondack held a naming contest and announced that they would go forward as the Adirondack Thunder on February 11th of 2015, but that the colour scheme would switch from their previously-used gold, black, and white to the Flames scheme.
Now that the Flames affiliation with Calgary is gone, Adirondack is left without an affiliate, but it seems that that will be short lived. They tweeted out a press release that stated they will announce their new E.C.H.L. affiliate in the coming weeks. The release did not leave any clues as to whom that might be.
The move should serve as an upgrade for Missouri. The team was previously affiliated with the New York Islanders - an organization that’s in a bit of dysfunction as none of N.H.L., A.H.L., or E.C.H.L. affiliates made the playoffs. That’s not exactly a strikeout a team wants to have.