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Islanders partner with Stockton for ECHL affiliation

Jul 31, 2013, 7:48 PM EDT

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The New York Islanders making the playoffs last season has given them a taste for success and now they want their prospects to get that in the minor leagues.

The team announced today they’ve signed an affiliation agreement with the Stockton Thunder of the ECHL. Isles GM Garth Snow spoke glowingly of the Thunder.

“We are thrilled to have the Stockton Thunder join the Islanders as the organization’s ECHL affiliate,” general manager Garth Snow said. “The culture of success in Stockton will benefit our prospects and develop them into better hockey players as they work their way from the ECHL, to the AHL and eventually playing for the New York Islanders.”

Stockton has made the ECHL playoffs each of the last seven seasons and lost in the Kelly Cup finals to Reading this past year. In case you didn’t know, the ECHL is a level below the AHL in the minors.

  1. RoseTintedVisor - Jul 31, 2013 at 8:01 PM

    Love it. Strengthen the brand.

  2. tjvalley - Jul 31, 2013 at 8:15 PM

    I love it too. The islanders keep doing nothing but positive things for the organization. We are almost fully back from the milbury era dead.

  3. nothanksimdriving123 - Jul 31, 2013 at 9:14 PM

    I’m sorry, I know the ECHL sort of changed their name, like KFC dropping the Fried, but it just seems weird to have west coast teams in the East Coast league.

    • Kristenaux - Aug 1, 2013 at 9:50 AM

      Why? You could argue travel but that’s not a viable argument. They play within the ECHL, not outside it. When we lived in Vegas, the mother team the the Wranglers was the Flames. The Wranglers traveled far & wide including Alaska. I love that this has happened. I’m a Pens fan now but the Isles were who I grew up on & I still hold them in my hockey heart.

  4. sjsharks66 - Jul 31, 2013 at 9:18 PM

    The Thunder have a lot of cheap players on their team. I stopped going to their games recently. Glad San Jose moved their affiliation to the Bulls.

  5. phipfwe76 - Jul 31, 2013 at 9:43 PM

    Where was their old ECHL team? That’s a horrible move to make travel-wise. Stockton-Bridgeport is no short trip.

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    Stockton has some of the best strawberries and cherries that you can buy straight from the farmer. Melt in your mouth sweet.I miss being in Nor Cal…

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