Statement regarding affiliation with True North Posted by IceCaps on
The St. John’s IceCaps hockey club would like to ensure season ticket-holders, corporate partners and fans throughout Newfoundland and Labrador it was prepared for and anticipated today’s news regarding the Winnipeg Jets intention to eventually move their American Hockey League franchise for geographic reasons, to Thunder Bay, Ontario.
When the Jets originally placed their AHL affiliate in St. John’s in 2011, it was under the full knowledge and expectation that if Thunder Bay became a viable option (i.e. a suitable building was constructed there) the Jets could move the club to the Northern Ontario city after its current lease in St. John’s expired (in 2015).
IceCaps management was fully aware of this eventuality and has been actively seeking partnerships with other NHL clubs to place their AHL-affiliate in St. John’s. If and when the Jets re-locate their AHL affiliate, the St. John’s IceCaps name and identity will remain in the Newfoundland capital with the intention of being adopted by a new NHL partner.
IceCaps management continues to seek a new NHL parent club, remains committed to keeping the AHL in St. John’s and has the full support and endorsement of AHL President Dave Andrews and Mark Chipman, Chairman of True North Sports and Entertainment, owners of the Winnipeg Jets as they attempt to secure a new NHL partner.
As it continues to seek a new NHL partner, IceCaps management firmly believes its incredible fan and corporate support puts the organization in a powerful position moving forward. We strongly encourage continued support in this season and next to shatter the record sellout number for the American Hockey League.