Vancouver, B.C. - Vancouver Canucks President and General Manager Mike Gillis announced today that the Canucks have renewed their affiliation agreement with the Victoria Salmon Kings of the ECHL.
“We are pleased to announce our continued relationship with the Salmon Kings, a team that shares the same commitment to winning and player development as we do,” said Mike Gillis, President and General Manager, Vancouver Canucks. “Our continued partnership with the Salmon Kings allows us to clearly identify and establish long-term goals for the development of our prospects. We have had an excellent working relationship with the Salmon Kings and are excited about working alongside this club to continue to promote the growth of hockey in British Columbia.”
“We are very pleased to continue our partnership with the Vancouver Canucks,” said Mark Morrison, Salmon Kings General Manager and Head Coach. “Over the last few years the Canucks have become considerably more invested in the relationship between our organizations, and this has been apparent by their presence at our games and around the team itself. This allows our players to seek counsel and instruction that will help lead to their ultimate goal of a career in the NHL.”
“To partner with both the Canucks and Moose again this season is a natural fit for our club,” said Dave Dakers, President of the Salmon Kings. “All three organizations strive to attain championships on the ice, be a model franchise in their league and community leaders in their respective cities. We are proud to be apart of this affiliation chain.”
The Victoria Salmon Kings franchise was established in 2004 after being relocated from Baton Rouge, Louisiana. The Salmon Kings were one of nine ECHL expansion teams in 2004-05, a league that consists of 19 teams. Victoria plays within the Mountain Division of the ECHL’s Western Conference made up of four teams including the Alaska Aces, Idaho Steelheads and Utah Grizzlies. The Canucks and Salmon Kings originally announced their partnership on July 18, 2006.