All professional hockey players have to start somewhere.
And while players like Patrick Kane or Sidney Crosby can make the jump from junior leagues into the NHL, most hockey players need a little bit of seasoning. They need a place to hone their skills before they make that leap to the big show.
For most hockey players, that place is the American Hockey League.
The AHL celebrated its 75th anniversary last season. Every NHL team is now affiliated with one AHL team. (Before then, there would be shared affiliation between two NHL teams, sort of like the situation in the ECHL today.) Here on Runs On Duncan, we provide you with news on two of those teams — the Rockford IceHogs (affiliated with the Blackhawks) and the Chicago Wolves (affiliated with the Canucks).
Why is the AHL so important? Why are there two teams with the name “Admirals”? And why in God’s name are we covering a team affiliated with the Vancouver Canucks (besides the fact that they’re in Chicago)? Come along and learn some things after the jump.
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