The Manitoba Moose announced that the Columbia Inferno will be Manitoba’s East Coast Hockey League affiliate for the 2001-2002 season. It is the first time in Moose history the club has had a ‘AA’ affiliate.
The Moose/ Canucks will supply up to four players to the Inferno. The agreement means that the Moose will have access to Columbia players for injury replacement and it is expected that the Moose will also invite a number of Columbia’s independently signed players to Moose training camp in September.
“We are thrilled to be affiliated with Vancouver Canucks and the Manitoba Moose,” said Inferno head coach Scott White through a Columbia press release. “Both clubs are top-notch organizations, and fans in Columbia will have the opportunity to see a number of future NHL prospects.”
The Inferno are an expansion franchise in the 29-team East Coast Hockey League. The team plays out of the Carolina Coliseum (6,231) in Columbia South Carolina. The Inferno will play in the ECHL’s Southeast Division in the Southern Conference.
AROUND THE AHL
The Utah Grizzlies have lost their home with the 2002 Winter Olympics in town. The Grizzlies will play their last game at home at the E Centre on January 19 and will not return home until Febuary 28th. The Grizzlies will play 17 consecutive road games in 40 days.
Center Bobby Brown and left wing Jason Shmyr have signed with the Houston Aeros. Brown had 25 points in 58 games for Houston last year, while Shmyr had 308 PIM in 57 games for Utah and the AHL’s Portland Pirates.
The Chicago Wolves signed left wing Steve Rymsha and defenseman Jay Langager. Rymsha had 22 goals and 47 points in 35 games as a senior at Western Michigan last season, while Langager netted 40 goals with 52 assists for 92 points in 64 games for the WHL’s Swift Current Broncos.
The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins re-signed defenseman Brendan Buckley to a one-year deal. Buckley played 63 games last season for the Calder Cup finalists, who lost both Trent Cull and Chris Kelleher from the blue line to free agency.