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Charlotte enters multi-year agreement with NHL Florida. They won their first division title with 110 points and the Macgregor Kilpatrick Trophy for the league's best regular season record. On February 26, 2011, the attendance record was broken as 12,933 fans watched the Charlotte Checkers defeat the Connecticut Whale 1–0. It seated 14,100 people, but over 4,000 seats had obstructed views. Charlotte Checkers Hockey Club, Charlotte, North Carolina. Find NHL Charlotte Checkers hockey team news including game updates, player roster, team schedules and more. It will begin with the 2020-21 season. The Checkers play their home games at Bojangles' Coliseum. Joining the AHL in 2010, the Charlotte Checkers have made five playoff appearances, winning a Calder Cup Championship in 2019. This station is part of Cox Media Group Television. 56K likes. Official Facebook Page of the 2019 Calder Cup Champion Charlotte Checkers "Building success and establishing a strong culture at the American Hockey League level is vital to the development of our young players. In 1960, forming its own identity, the team was renamed the Checkers. To make sure the Coliseum was up to AHL standards, the Charlotte City Council arranged to provide $16 million to fund renovations. © 2020 Cox Media Group. All Rights Reserved. Thankful for the past. Almost a year later, on February 25, 2012, the attendance record was broken yet again as 13,102 fans watched the Checkers fall to the Oklahoma City Barons, 3–2. They then became the Albany River Rats from 1993 to 2010, until the River Rats were sold to MAK Hockey, LLC, led by Charlotte beer distributor Michael Kahn, owner of the ECHL Checkers. The 2020-21 AHL season will start no sooner than Dec. 4. All NHL logos and marks and NHL team logos and marks as well as all other proprietary materials depicted herein are the property of the NHL and the respective NHL teams and may not be reproduced without the prior written consent of NHL Enterprises, L.P. The Checkers play their home games at the Bojangles' Coliseum. The Checkers' front-office staff will not change and home games will continue to be played at Bojangles Coliseum with no major changes to the team’s colors, uniforms or branding. The AHL, which in May announced the cancellation of the remainder of its 2019-20 season, set a tentative target date of Dec. 4 to start the 2020-21 season. Building success and establishing a strong culture at the American Hockey League level is vital to the development of our young players. Florida Panthers /. The Checkers have built a winning culture, culminating in a 2019 Calder Cup Championship. Visit FloridaPanthers.com/Memberships or call 954-835-PUCK for more information. "We are proud to announce our affiliation with the Charlotte Checkers," said Panthers President and CEO Matthew Caldwell. The franchise was originally based in Troy, New York, as the Capital District Islanders from 1990 to 1993. The Checkers have built a winning culture, culminating in a 2019 Calder Cup Championship. The Charlotte Checkers are a minor-league professional ice hockey team based in Charlotte, North Carolina. ", "It's an exciting day for the Panthers and Checkers organizations," said Panthers General Manager Bill Zito. They defeated the Chicago Wolves in five games to win their first AHL title, and the seventh hockey championship by a Charlotte-based team. log in to manage your profile and account. Copyright © 1999-2020 Florida Panthers Hockey Club, Ltd and the National Hockey League.  On April 11, 2015, the attendance record was broken a third time as 13,219 fans watched the last Checkers game at Time Warner Cable Arena, a 2–0 loss to the Rockford Icehogs. The Checkers won three EHL championships before joining the newly formed Southern Hockey League in 1973 where they won two more championships before the Southern Hockey League halted operations in 1977. SUNRISE, Fla. - The Florida Panthers announced today that the club has signed a multi-year affiliation agreement with the Charlotte Checkers to serve as the club's American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate beginning in the 2020-21 season. Learn about careers at Cox Media Group. It will begin with the 2020-21 season. Checkers Owner & CEO on the affiliation change. Get the latest headlines on Checkers players, coaches and important game results. Ready for the future. The Checkers play their home games at Bojangles' Coliseum. They are members of the Atlantic Division of the Eastern Conference in the American Hockey League (AHL), and are the top minor-league affiliate of the Florida Panthers of the National Hockey League (NHL). [ Carolina Hurricanes cut ties with Charlotte Checkers ], In a news release, Panthers General Manager Bill Zito said: “It’s an exciting day for the Panthers and Checkers organizations. The Charlotte Checkers are a minor-league professional ice hockey team based in Charlotte, North Carolina. In April, it was reported that the Carolina Hurricanes were cutting ties with the Checkers and moving their AHL affiliation to the Chicago Wolves, ending a decade-long relationship. CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The Charlotte Checkers announced on Thursday that they reached a multi-year affiliation agreement with the NHL’s Florida Panthers. pic.twitter.com/0RYoioJtzx. The Official Site of the Florida Panthers, by While in the ECHL, the Charlotte Checkers made the postseason 13 times over 17 seasons and won the 1996 Riley Cup Championship. The Checkers will now include players, coaches and hockey staff from the Panthers' organization. REVISED START DATE. The Checkers inherited the River Rats' affiliation with the Hurricanes, in keeping with a recent trend to have NHL teams' top affiliates as geographically close to their parent teams as possible in order to ease movement between the AHL and the NHL.  As Kahn detailed, the move would reconnect with said team legacy. ", "We are very fortunate to have found a great partner in the Florida Panthers," said Checkers Chief Operating Officer Tera Black. They are members of the Atlantic Division of the Eastern Conference in the American Hockey League (AHL), and are the top minor-league affiliate of the Florida Panthers of the National Hockey League (NHL). They defeated the defending champion Toronto Marlies in the Eastern Conference finals to advance to their first Calder Cup final. It was the first time a Charlotte hockey team had broken the 100-point barrier since the SHL Checkers earned 101 points in 1974–75. Established after the relocation of the Albany River Rats AHL hockey club in 2010, Owner Michael Kahn, who was owner of the ECHL's Charlotte Checkers, relinquished his ECHL club to the league before renaming his new AHL club the Charlotte Checkers. We feel that with this affiliation, our prospects will be in the right environment to grow and develop into National Hockey League players.”. The Checkers are named for the original incarnation of the first-ever professional hockey club to play in Charlotte. The Checkers made 95 shots against Lehigh Valley goalie Alex Lyon.. A LETTER FROM MICHAEL KAHN. The Checkers are the second North Carolina-based team to play at the highest level of minor-league hockey, following the Carolina Monarchs, who played in Greensboro from 1995 to 1997. Former Checkers assistant returns to bench in roundabout way We are thrilled for the opportunities that this partnership provides for our young players and the future of our franchise. We feel that with this affiliation, our prospects will be in the right environment to grow and develop into National Hockey League players. Additionally, having a dedicated arena allowed for "greater control over every aspect of our business, including scheduling, amenities, game presentation and sponsorship inventory." The Baltimore Clippers of the Eastern Hockey League (EHL) relocated to Charlotte in 1956, becoming the Charlotte Clippers. The 2018–19 season was the Checkers' best season as an AHL team to date and one of the best in Charlotte's hockey history. , In late 2014, the Checkers announced they would return in the following season to the Bojangles' Coliseum, the home of the previous Checkers teams until 2005. Florida Panthers and floridapanthers.com are trademarks of the Florida Panthers Hockey Club, Ltd. NHL, the NHL Shield, the word mark and image of the Stanley Cup and NHL Conference logos are registered trademarks and NHL Draft name and logo are trademarks of the National Hockey League. The original Checkers team played in the city from 1956 to 1977, originally in the Eastern Hockey League and then in the Southern Hockey League. The Charlotte Checkers announced on Thursday that they reached a multi-year affiliation agreement with the NHL’s Florida Panthers.