There will be five American Hockey League franchises in California for the start of the 2015-16 season to form a new Pacific Division, league president David Andrews announced Thursday.
The announcement was made in San Jose, where the Worchester Sharks will move to and play at SAP Center along with their parent club, the San Jose Sharks.
"We are thrilled to bring the AHL to California, and continue the growth of the game on the West Coast," Andrews said.
Affiliates for the Anaheim Ducks, Calgary Flames, Edmonton Oilers and Los Angeles Kings will join the Sharks in California. Anaheim's affiliate will be in San Diego. Calgary's affiliate will move to Stockton. Edmonton's affiliate will play in Bakersfield. Los Angeles' AHL and ECHL affiliates will effectively switch leagues, with Ontario joining the AHL and Manchester moving into the ECHL.