|Palm Springs AHL team|
|City:||Palm Springs, California|
|League:||American Hockey League|
|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.
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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. 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. The expansion franchise was approved by the AHL board of governors on September 30, 2019.
On September 16, 2020, the Oak View Group and H.N. and Frances C. Berger Foundation 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. The arena will be located on land in between Interstate 10 and the Classic Club golf course.
References[edit | edit source]
- NHL Seattle chooses Palm Springs as site for new AHL farm team (June 26, 2019).
- Seattle NHL franchise to have AHL affiliate in Palm Springs (en).
- AHL expanding to Palm Springs in 2021-22 (September 30, 2019).
- Seattle Kraken AHL franchise to begin play in 2022 (September 16, 2020).
- Seattle Kraken AHL affiliate will still play in Coachella Valley; won't start until 2022-23 season (September 16, 2020).
- "Planned Palm Springs arena is moving to mid-valley; Agua Caliente tribe no longer involved". Retrieved on September 16, 2020.
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|Founded in 2021 Based in Seattle, Washington|
|Personnel||Owner(s):Seattle Hockey Partners (David Bonderman, Jerry Bruckheimer and Tod Leiweke) General manager :Ron Francis|
|Arena||Climate Pledge Arena|
|Affiliates||;AHL: Palm Springs AHL team|
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