Calgary, AB – The Calgary Flames Hockey Club announced today an extension to their affiliation agreement with the Utah Grizzlies of the East Coast Hockey League. Utah will become the Flames primary ECHL developmental club.
“We enjoyed our first year working with the Grizzlies in 2009-10,” said Flames Director of Player Personnel Duane Sutter. “We are confident, given the working relationship we have with Kevin Colley (Head Coach and Director of Hockey Operations), that our players’ developmental needs will be well taken care of and that we can contribute to the on-ice success of the Grizzlies.”
During the 2009-10, the Flames placed players with both Utah and the Victoria Salmon Kings of the ECHL. J.D. Watt, Josh Meyers, Hugo Carpentier and Peter Vandermeer saw action with Utah while also receiving promotions to the Abbotsford Heat of the American Hockey League.
“Calgary is a first class organization and we had solid communication with them last season as we worked to develop their ECHL skaters; we’re excited to continue in an expanded roll in 2010-2011.” said Colley. “I found they share with us a common belief that hard work and professionalism on and off the ice go a long ways in player development and winning hockey games.”
The Grizzlies finished the 2009-10 season with a 34-29-4-5 record, advancing to the second round of the Kelly Cup Playoffs. Prior to working with the Grizzlies last year, the Flames were affiliated in Utah with the International Hockey League’s Salt Lake City Golden Eagles from 1984-1993.