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Palm Springs AHL team
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City: Palm Springs, California
League: American Hockey League
Founded: 2021
Home Arena: New Arena at Agua Caliente
Owner(s): Seattle Hockey Partners (David Bonderman, Jerry Bruckheimer, and Tod Leiweke)
Media: The Desert Sun
Affiliates: Seattle NHL team (NHL)

The Palm Springs AHL team is a professional ice hockey expansion team based in Palm Springs, California that will begin play in the 2022–23 American Hockey League (AHL) season. The team will be an owned-and operated affiliate of the Seattle NHL team which begins play during the 2021–22 National Hockey League season. The team will compete in the AHL as a member club of the league's Western Conference Pacific Division and play their home games at a new $250 million, 10,000-seat arena originally planned for a location in downtown Palm Springs. But plans were changed in September of 2020 to a new location near Palm Desert.


The NHL Board of Governors voted unanimously to approve Seattle's National Hockey League expansion team on December 4, 2018, to begin play in the 2021–22 season. The new ownership group then began making plans for acquiring a minor league affiliate in the American Hockey League (AHL). By early 2019, they had narrowed it down to promoting the ECHL's Idaho Steelheads in Boise or a true expansion team in Palm Springs, California. On June 26, 2019, it was reported the Seattle ownership group had chosen Palm Springs as the site for Seattle's AHL affiliate.[1] A $250 million, 10,000-seat arena with an adjoining training facility will be built by Oak View Group on land in downtown Palm Springs purchased from the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians.[2] The expansion franchise was approved by the AHL board of governors on September 30, 2019.[3]

On September 16, 2020, the Oak View Group and H.N. and Frances C. Berger Foundation[4] announced they had chosen a new location for the arena in the middle of the Coachella Valley near Palm Desert, but it would not open until at least 2022.[5] The arena will be located on land in between Interstate 10 and the Classic Club golf course.[6]

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The organization has filed trademarks for the following nicknames: Firebirds, Dragons, Sun, Eagles, Hawks and Falcons.[7]


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