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.
Do NHL teams have minor league teams? In addition, there are three low-level minor leagues: the Federal Prospects Hockey League (FPHL), the Ligue Nord-Américaine de Hockey (LNAH), and the Southern Professional Hockey League (SPHL).
Is the ECHL associated with the NHL? The ECHL has affiliations with 27 of the 32 NHL teams in 2021-22, marking the 245h consecutive season that the league had affiliations with at least 20 teams in the NHL.