Vancouver Canucks’ farm team will switch leagues and teams next season.
Canuck assistant general manager Dave Nonis said Thursday the National Hockey League team plans to move its minor-league team from Kansas City to Winnipeg for next season.
The minor-league Canucks will also switch leagues because AHL governors voted unanimously to expand and absorb the money-losing International Hockey League.
Vancouver wanted to use the Moose as its minor-league affiliate last season, but the Manitoba franchise’s insistence that ex-Winnipeg Jet Randy Carlyle remain as coach was a deal-breaker for the Canucks.
The NHL club then signed a one-year operating agreement with Kansas City.
Nonis said the coaching hurdle has been removed and the Canucks will name their own coach, although minor-league bench boss Stan Smyl has yet to sign a new contract with Vancouver.
Nonis cautioned, however, there are other contractual matters to be resolved with the Moose.
“It is likely that it’s going to happen,” Nonis said of the farm’s return to Canada for the first time since 1994, when Canuck minor-leaguers moved to Syracuse, N.Y., from Hamilton. “We were really happy with both leagues. From our standpoint, the 1/8 AHL expansion 3/8 won’t make a difference. If you have your own development team, that’s the best way to go.”
IHL PLAYOFF RECAPP FROM SUNDAY MAY 13, 2001
Manitoba Moose 0
Chicago Wolves 1
Chicago leads Western Confernce Final 3 games to 2 games.
Steve Maltias scored a power-play goal early in the third period and Richard Shulmistra stopped 42 shots as the Chicago Wolves blanked the Manitoba Moose, 1-0, to take a 3-2 lead in their best-of-seven semifinal series. Chicago was awarded a power-play late in the second period after Manitoba’s Bruce Richardson was whistled for roughing. The power play carried over into the third period, and Maltais beat goaltender Ken Wregget 21 seconds into the final frame for his fourth goal of the playoffs. Shulmistra, who was the winning goalie in Game’s 2 and 4, kept the Moose off the scoreboard after stopping 15 shots in each of the last two periods. With a win in Game 6 at Manitoba on Tuesday, the defending Turner Cup-Champion Wolves can earn a trip to the Finals for the third time in four years. Manitoba went 0-for-4 on the power play, and Wregget finished with 28 saves in the loss.
On May 21, 1993 the Fort Wayne Komets defeat the San Diego Gulls 6-1 to win the Turner Cup championship in four consecutive games. The Komets set a league record by winning 12 consecutive playoff games, after finishing the regular season with a five-game winning streak.
UPCOMING IHL PLAYOFF ACTION
Tuesday May 15, 2001
Chicago Wolves at Manitoba Moose 7:30pm