BILOXI, Miss. – The Mississippi Sea Wolves announced that they have signed an affiliation agreement with the New York Islanders of the National Hockey League and the Bridgeport Sound Tigers of the American Hockey League.
“I’ve heard a lot of great things about the Sea Wolves over the years,” said Islanders head coach Steve Stirling, who spoke at the press conference when the announcement was made. “We wanted to affiliate with an ECHL team that was in a good place, the right program, a good community and some proximity. It’s actually pretty easy to get players from Biloxi to New York. Throughout the year we will have representatives coming to Mississippi to see the prospects in our organization. We think it’s great that we are able to partner with the Sea Wolves.”
“This is significant partnership for Mississippi Sea Wolves hockey,” said Sea Wolves head coach and director of hockey operations Steffon Walby. “With the Islanders winning tradition and the Sound Tigers commitment to winning, we are thrilled that our affiliations have come together. Being given the opportunity to develop exciting prospects of the Islanders at the ECHL level is an honor for our organization and will be a privilege for our fans. We are looking forward to a great working relationship and an exciting season.”
Scott Moon, who was equipment manager for Mississippi in 2001-02, is the equipment manager for the Islanders and has been with the team since 2002-03. The assistant coaches for the Islanders are Jack Capuano, who worked eight seasons in the ECHL with the Pee Dee Pride, and Dan Bylsma, who began his professional career playing in the ECHL with Greensboro. The head coach of Bridgeport is Dave Baseggio, who was an assistant coach for Charlotte of the ECHL, and the assistant coach for Bridgeport is Pat Bingham, who coached the past two seasons with Wheeling.