Jets extend AHL affiliation with St. John's

by NHL.com

The Winnipeg Jets announced Wednesday they have extended their American Hockey League affiliation with the St. John's IceCaps for one year, through the 2015-16 season.

The IceCaps will begin their fourth season as Winnipeg's primary affiliate, having entered into an affiliation when the Jets rejoined the NHL in 2011-12. That season also marked the return of the AHL to St. John's for the first time since 2005.

"We are pleased to have agreed to an extension with Danny [Williams, IceCaps president and CEO] and the IceCaps organization that will see our top prospects develop their game there through 2016," Jets general manager Kevin Cheveldayoff said. "We have always maintained that St. John's was an excellent hockey market which provided our players the opportunity to learn the game in an intense atmosphere backed by the support of some of the most fervent fans in the country. While the costs and difficulties associated with travel and location remain a concern, we will continue to work to find a solution that benefits both organizations in the long term."