The Wild will look north to the Last Frontier this season. The Minnesota Wild and the Iowa Wild, of the American Hockey League, announced an affiliation agreement with the Alaska Aces of the ECHL.
“We are excited to announce a new affiliation agreement with the Alaska Aces,” said Jim Mill, Minnesota Wild Director of Minor League Operations and Iowa Wild General Manager. “The Aces have enjoyed tremendous success in the ECHL, winning three Kelly Cup Championships in the last nine seasons including this past season, and will provide the Minnesota Wild organization with another outstanding option to develop our players. Aces Head Coach Rob Murray has enjoyed tremendous success at every level of professional hockey and we look forward to working with him and the Alaska Aces organization.”
Under the affiliation agreement, Alaska will serve as a resource for the development efforts and personnel needs of both the Iowa and Minnesota Wild. The agreement allows for Wild prospects to be assigned to the Aces for developmental purposes throughout the season. Minnesota’s primary development affiliate is the Iowa Wild in the American Hockey League (AHL). The Wild also has an affiliation agreement with the Quad City Mallards in the Central Hockey League (CHL). The Aces will also have an NHL affiliation with the St. Louis Blues this season.
“It’s an exciting day to finalize an agreement with two NHL teams who are committed with their direction to prospect development,” said Aces Managing Member Terry Parks. “The familiarity of the Blues organization and development structure, along with the geography of Minnesota's farm system were very attractive opportunities. We’re proud to enter this as a development partner of two esteemed NHL clubs.”
“Serving as a partner of two respected NHL clubs with tremendous personnel is a terrific opportunity,” said Aces Head Coach Rob Murray. “We’re returning to a mutually beneficial relationship with history in the Blues, while gaining committed partners in the Minnesota and Iowa Wild. It’s our goal to provide every resource possible to maximize prospect development and we're extremely excited, moving forward with these affiliations.”