The Ottawa Senators made two affiliate announcements on Tuesday as the club announced that they have extended their affiliate agreement with the AHL's Binghamton Senators an additional four seasons through 2018-19 while also announcing they have reached an agreement with the ECHL's Evansville IceMen. The IceMen will serve as Ottawa's secondary affiliate and Binghamton's primary affiliate as part of the agreement.
From the official release, here's what Senators GM Bryan Murray had to say about the extension of the affiliate agreement with the B-Sens...
We’ve been very pleased with the development of our young players who have progressed through Binghamton over the last number of seasons. Having a strong affiliate that gives our players the opportunity to learn how to be a professional and the chance to compete to win each and every night is a tremendous asset to future of our organization. We’re very pleased to know they will be our affiliate for five more seasons.
Of the players who finished the 2013-14 NHL season in Ottawa, 14 had played with the B-Sens as recently as 2011 when the team captured the Calder Cup.
The IceMen will replace the Elmira Jackals as Ottawa's secondary affiliate. Here's what Senators assistant GM Randy Lee had to say about the IceMen joining the Senators family...
We are very happy to begin this relationship with the IceMen. From the first moment we met with the Evansville group, we were impressed by the professionalism of their entire organization. We place great importance on the development of our players and know that this management group, along with the fantastic facility, will be a great step up for the players in our organization.
The upcoming season will be Evansville's fifth as a franchise and third in the ECHL after two years playing in the Central Hockey League.