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. Head Coach Mike Vellucci and Assistant Coach Ryan Warsofsky guide the team of Carolina prospects from behind the bench.
The Hurricanes ECHL affiliate is the Florida Everblades, based in Estero, Florida. Peter Karmanos, owner of the Hurricanes, also owns the ECHL franchise and Germain Arena, home of the Everblades. The ECHL is a step below the AHL, and often serves as the starting point for newly-signed Hurricanes prospects.