Grizzlies, Islanders Excited About Partnership

By Nathan Storey
Deseret Morning News

WEST VALLEY CITY, Utah — The Grizzlies rekindled an old flame Tuesday at the E Center.

Head coach and director of hockey operations Jason Christie announced that the Grizzlies have reached an affiliation agreement with the NHL’s New York Islanders. Utah will also serve as an affiliate for the Islanders’ AHL team in Bridgeport, Conn.

The Bridgeport Sound Tigers are a level above the Grizzlies. If this seems like deja vu for Grizzlies fans, it’s because it is. The Grizzlies were affiliated with the Islanders from 1994-98, the glory years of the Grizzlies franchise.

“There’s no one better to do it with, than the New York Islanders,” said Christie.

It’s easy to see why Christie would think that. During its last affiliation with the Islanders, the Grizzlies won two IHL Turner Cup Championships and had a .636 winning percentage. After a dissatisfying first couple of years in the ECHL, the Grizz are ready to get back to their winning ways.

After going solo for two years with no parent club, Christie believes the connection with New York will help steer them in the right direction.

“It will be beneficial to our organization to once again have an affiliation,” Christie said in a news release. “We will look to develop players for the next level in a winning environment.”

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