CINCINNATI – The Cincinnati Cyclones announced that they renewed their affiliation agreement with the Montreal Canadiens of the National Hockey League and the Hamilton Bulldogs of the American Hockey League.
“The Montreal Canadiens are one of the most storied franchises in all of sport,” Cyclones Head Coach Chuck Weber said. “They have been excellent to work with and have provided us with players that helped us compete immediately. Being affiliated with Hamilton has driven our players to want to quickly develop to be part of that success. We are proud to be connected with both franchises.”
The ECHL has affiliations with 24 of the 30 teams in the National Hockey League, marking the 11th consecutive season that the league has had affiliations with at least 20 teams in the NHL.
The ECHL has affiliations with 23 of the 29 teams in the American Hockey League in 2006-07 and for the past 17 years there has been an ECHL player on the Calder Cup champion.
In each of the last two seasons there have been more than 225 players who have played in both the ECHL and the AHL and there were over 800 call-ups involving more than 500 players.
In the last five seasons the ECHL has had more call-ups to the AHL than all other professional leagues combined with over 2,000 call-ups involving more than 1,000 players since 2002-03.