ELMIRA, N.Y. – The Elmira Jackals, in conjunction with the National Hockey League’s Buffalo Sabres, announced that they have entered into an agreement to become the ECHL affiliate of the Sabres effective immediately.
""This is a landmark day for the Elmira Jackals," said Jackals’ owner and president Nate Cook. "We’re excited about developing a strategic partnership that integrates all of the resources that both the Sabres and Jackals have to offer. The relationship with Buffalo is going to ensure that the Jackals put a competitive team on the ice season after season, and continue to bring family-friendly entertainment to the Twin Tiers."
"Proper development is essential in maintaining a competitive roster at the NHL level," said Sabres general manager Tim Murray. "Having Elmira as an additional source to develop our young talent will certainly help our entire organization going forward. We’re proud to have the Jackals as part of our organization and, with the Amerks in Rochester, we now have the added bonus of working with minor-league affiliates that are no further than 150 miles from Buffalo."
Since the Jackals joined the ECHL in 2007, 10 of their alumni have suited up in the NHL including, most recently, Mike Hoffman who debuted with the Ottawa Senators in 2013.
"This is great news for Jackals fans in Chemung County and the entire region," said Tom Santulli, Chemung County Executive. "The Buffalo Sabres are a strong organization with a large fan base in our community which will only increase with this new affiliation. We are very excited to a part of the Sabres organization as they begin to rebuild their championship franchise."