The Carolina Hurricanes partnered with the Charlotte Checkers of the American Hockey League in 2010-11. The first season of the agreement marked the Checkers' first season in the American Hockey League after 17 seasons in the ECHL. The Checkers captured their first ever Calder Cup in the 2018-19 season.
The Hurricanes new ECHL affiliate is the Greenville Swamp Rabbits, based in Greenville, S.C., located approximately 100 miles southwest of Charlotte. The Swamp Rabbits have played in Greenville since the 2010-11 season and have qualified for the ECHL playoffs in five of their nine seasons. Greenville won the South Division title during the 2010-11 season and earned the top seed in the Eastern Conference in the 2011 Kelly Cup Playoffs.