The Canucks say details of a deal with the city of Abbotsford are being finalized and the move will be submitted for approval to the AHL board of governors on May 6.
“As the momentum begins to take shape, we are pleased to confirm our goal of bringing our AHL franchise and our Canucks hopes back to the city of Abbotsford,” said Francesco Aquilini, president of Canucks Sports & Entertainment, in a statement. Press release.
“This move would provide important opportunities for our team and the community and open a new chapter, bringing Canucks hockey to even more fans in the Lower Mainland.
The Canucks farm team would play out of the Abbotsford center with a new name, branding and logo.
Aquilini thanked the Utica Comets organization for its “successful partnership” over the past eight years.
“We are extremely grateful for the exceptional partnership and working relationship we have had with Robert Esche and the entire Utica Comets family,” says Aquilini.
“Since 2013, we have worked closely together to create a first-class hockey environment for our players and the big Utica fans. Utica has one of the best and most vibrant hockey environments in North America. We wish Robert, his team and the incredible fans of The Comets every success in the future. ”