JOHNSTOWN, Calif. – The Johnstown Chiefs announced that they have entered into an affiliation agreement with the Colorado Avalanche of the National Hockey League and the Lake Erie Monsters of the American Hockey League.
“We look forward to our new relationship with the Colorado Avalanche organization. They have a winning tradition in Denver that is almost unparalleled,” said Chiefs majority owner Neil Smith. “The Avalanche has a great player development system and it is an honor to be part of it.”
Johnstown was affiliate with the Tampa Bay Lightning of the NHL each of the last three years and in its 20-year history has been affiliated with the Boston Bruins, the New Jersey Devils, the Pittsburgh Penguins, the Philadelphia Flyers, the Calgary Flames and the San Jose Sharks.
Johnstown celebrates its 20th Anniversary in 2007-08 and is the only one of the five original ECHL teams that still plays in the same city as they did in 1988-89. The Chiefs are hosting the Wheeling Nailers in a special Opening Day game which will be the only game played in the ECHL on Oct. 18.