GLENS FALLS, N.Y. – The ECHL Stockton Thunder will move to Glens Falls next season under a three-season deal.
The new contract commits the Calgary organization to keeping its ECHL affiliate in the city for the full term.
“We’re excited about it from the point of view that there’s a lot of hockey tradition here, we know that there’s an educated fan base, we know there’s been hockey here for decades with a couple of brief breaks,” said Brian McKenna , ECHL commissioner.
The Adirondack Flames will be moving to California with four other teams to create a new Pacific Division for the 2015-16 season. In 2014, the city of Glens Falls reached an agreement with Calgary to place its affiliate team in Glens Falls, with a provision in the contract that allowed the team to leave after one season.
Fans say they weren’t shocked when the Adirondack Flames announced they were leaving.
“I expected them to leave, but I’m happy with the ECHL, I’m happy with good hockey,” said June Tally.
“I’ve seen ECHL hockey elsewhere and it’s not quite AHL, but the ECHL is more free to develop their own way,” said June’s husband, Mark Tally.
The ECHL Stockton Thunder team was purchased by the Calgary organization in January, and will begin the 2015-16 season in Glens Falls.