Skip to content

It’s official: Wild move AHL affiliate to Iowa, Canucks purchase Peoria

Apr 18, 2013, 4:37 PM EDT

AHLlogo

Following today’s Board of Governors meeting, the American Hockey League officially announced Minnesota’s affiliate, the Houston Aeros, would be moving to Iowa and that Peoria — formerly St. Louis’ affiliate — had been purchased by Vancouver.

As PHT mentioned earlier, the Wild will move the team to Des Moines (where they’ll be known as the Iowa Wild), ending a 12-year relationship with Houston.

It’s believed an issue with the Toyota Center — where the Aeros currently reside — played a role in the decision, as arena operators figured they could make more money “hosting concerts and other events” rather than AHL games, and planned on raising the Wild’s rent.

The move to Des Moines will mark the return of American League hockey to Iowa for the first time since 2009, when the Chops served as Anaheim’s minor-league affiliate.

News of Vancouver’s purchase of Peoria broke in early April, with the AHL making the sale official on Thursday.

“The purchase of the Peoria Rivermen franchise allows Canucks Sports & Entertainment to assume full control of their minor league development program,” the Canucks said in a press release. “No determination has been made relative to the operation of the franchise for the 2013.14 season.”

It’s been speculated the Canucks could move the Rivermen to Abbotsford, a Vancouver suburb currently home to Calgary’s AHL affiliate.

Abbotsford has struggled to attract fans to watch the Flames’ farm team in a pro-Canucks market, with one notable exception: when Vancouver’s AHL team from Chicago is in town.

Related

Ex-AHL Peoria owner blasts Blues over selling club, calls move ‘disgusting’

Report: Flames moving AHL team from Abbotsford to Utica

Latest Posts
  1. Canucks earn single point in loss to the Stars

    Mar 29, 2015, 1:40 AM EDT

    Dallas Stars v Vancouver Canucks Dallas Stars v Vancouver Canucks

    Vancouver leads L.A. by three points in the Pacific Division.

  2. Western Conference playoff picture: Wild keep rolling, Ducks and Preds clinch

    Mar 29, 2015, 1:05 AM EDT

    Nino Niederreiter, Charlie Coyle,Jared Spurgeon,Ryan Carter, Marco Scandella AP

    Vancouver creates breathing room in the Pacific Division.

  3. Leafs deliver blow to Sens’ playoff hopes

    Mar 28, 2015, 10:15 PM EDT

    James van Riemsdyk, Jonathan Bernier AP

    Toronto won for just the sixth time in 34 games.

  4. Blues’ Steen leaves game vs. Jackets (Updated)

    Mar 28, 2015, 9:30 PM EDT

    Alexander Steen Getty Images

    Collided with Cody Goloubef in the first period.

  5. Jones replaces Quick in Kings’ net

    Mar 28, 2015, 9:15 PM EDT

    martinjonesap AP

    He allowed two goals on nine first period shots.

  6. Video: Glass fined for butt-ending McQuaid

    Mar 28, 2015, 6:00 PM EDT

    Screen Shot 2015-03-28 at 5.39.50 PM

    It’ll cost him $3,897.85.

  7. Video: Bolts lose Garrison, Paquette in loss to Wings

    Mar 28, 2015, 5:40 PM EDT

    Screen Shot 2015-03-28 at 5.32.11 PM

    Detroit moves five points up on Boston in the Atlantic with the win.

  8. Ducks punch their playoff ticket, too

    Mar 28, 2015, 4:38 PM EDT

    Frederik Andersen, Ryan Kesler AP

    Anaheim currently has the NHL’s best record as well.

  9. Bruins ruin Lundqvist’s return

    Mar 28, 2015, 3:48 PM EDT

    Henrik Lundqvist AP

    Big win for the B’s.

  10. Predators clinch playoff berth after slipping by Caps

    Mar 28, 2015, 3:25 PM EDT

    Ryan Ellis, Filip Forsberg AP

    The West’s first ticket gets punched.

  11. Bruins chalk Rask’s absence up to dehydration (Update)

    Mar 28, 2015, 2:49 PM EDT

    Tuukka Rask AP

    The only update so far is he’s “unlikely to return.”

Featured video

Hammond leads Ottawa's turnaround
Top 10 NHL Player Searches
  1. E. Malkin (2297)
  2. P. Datsyuk (2195)
  3. H. Lundqvist (2171)
  4. D. Dubnyk (1718)
  5. B. Little (1664)