What are NHL affiliates? The American Hockey League (AHL) is a professional ice hockey league based in the United States and Canada that serves as the primary developmental league for the National Hockey League (NHL). Since the 2010–11 season, every team in the league has an affiliation agreement with one NHL team.
Does every NHL team have an ECHL affiliate? For the 2022–23 season, 28 of the 32 NHL teams have affiliations with an ECHL team with only the Nashville Predators, St. Louis Blues, Vancouver Canucks, and Winnipeg Jets having no official ECHL affiliations. The offseason typically has many affiliation changes between NHL and ECHL teams.
How do NHL affiliates work? If a player on an NHL contract gets traded to another NHL team, that player then plays on the new NHL team and that NHL team’s AHL affiliate (unless loaned to a different AHL team).
What does it mean to be an affiliate on a hockey team? Definitions: An affiliated player refers to a player on a team that is asked/requested to play in a senior division to the one they regularly play in to complete a team who is short regular roster players due to injury, prior commitments, or other reason.