RALEIGH, NC (December 18, 2000) – Jim Rutherford, CEO and General Manager of the Carolina Hurricanes, announced today the team will not extend its minor league agreement with the International Hockey League’s Cincinnati Cyclones.
The Hurricanes have sent their prospects to the Cyclones for the past two seasons. The team had an option with Cincinnati for the 2001-2002 season, but decided to move in a different direction.
“We’ve had a very good relationship with the Cincinnati organization,” Rutherford said. “It’s worked very well for us. The IHL is a good development league for our players, but we’re looking to make a change at this time.”
Prior to putting its prospects in Cincinnati, the Hurricanes had their minor leaguers on teams in the American Hockey League.