The Carolina Hurricanes' top minor-league affiliate will begin play in Charlotte, N.C., next season.
The AHL announced Tuesday that the league's board of governors approved the sale of the Albany River Rats to Michael Kahn and the team will move to Charlotte for next season and be called the Charlotte Checkers.
The Checkers will begin play with the 2010-11 AHL season at the Time Warner Cable Arena.
We have no doubt how he can play. You don't, with four teams that are left, you're not getting here without good goaltending. All great goalies left, and [Bishop] is a top-tier goaltender in this league and he's shown it.
— Lightning coach Jon Cooper on goalie Ben Bishop, who shut out the Rangers in Game 5