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Purchase puts Hurricanes' AHL affiliate in NC @NHLdotcom

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -The Carolina Hurricanes are getting their wish: their top minor-league affiliate is coming to North Carolina.

The owner of Charlotte's ECHL team announced Wednesday that he's purchased the Albany River Rats and will move the money-losing American Hockey League club from New York to Charlotte for next season.

They'll be called the Charlotte Checkers - the same name the lower-tier ECHL team has had - and play in the downtown Time Warner Cable Arena.

The move means less than a 3-hour drive for the Hurricanes to move players up or down. The team also hopes to widen its fan base.

Checkers owner Michael Kahn says he expects to sell the ECHL team within the month.

Albany officials are scrambling to get another AHL team for next season.

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