WINNIPEG – The Winnipeg Jets will keep their American Hockey League affiliate in St. John’s for one more year.
The team has extended its deal with the IceCaps until the end of the 2015-2016 season. Both teams started their relationship when the Jets rejoined the NHL in 2011. That year also marked the return of the AHL to St. John’s for the first time since 2005. The Manitoba Moose moved to Newfoundland and Labrador after True North Sports & Entertainment bought the Atlanta Thrashers and moved them to Winnipeg.
“This is a proud day for the St. John’s IceCaps and I believe it epitomizes the never-say-die attitude our organization has exuded since day one,” said IceCaps President and CEO Danny Williams. “This extension will mean two more years guaranteed AHL action in St. John’s.”
In January, the Jets announced they were looking into moving their AHL farm team from St. John’s to Thunder Bay after a deal was announced to build a new $106-million event centre in the Ontario city. Travel issues have been cited as the main reason to consider the move.
With files from the Canadian Press