ANAHEIM, Calif. -- A franchise-record win total was
not enough to keep the American Hockey League affiliate of the
Mighty Ducks in Cincinnati.
On Monday, the NHL parent team in Anaheim announced its
affiliation agreement with the AHL's Cincinnati Mighty Ducks has
The Mighty Ducks of Anaheim have not yet announced plans for
their future AHL affiliation.
Cincinnati, which went 44-31-1-4 during the 2004-05 season and
advanced to the second round of the AHL playoffs, had been an
affiliate of the Mighty Ducks since the 1997-98 season. The
affiliation originated in 1995-96 with the Baltimore Bandits,
who relocated to Cincinnati in 1997.
"There was no problem with the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim,"
Cincinnati president and CEO Pete Robinson said. "We had an
excellent relationship with them, but they've opted for another
direction. We wish the Anaheim organization all the best in its
Over the last seven NHL seasons, Anaheim had the services of 51
players that previously spent time with Cincinnati. The 2004-05
campaign officially was wiped out Feb. 16, making the NHL
the first major North American sports league to have an entire
season canceled due to a labor dispute.
"We would like to thank Pete Robinson and his entire staff for
his efforts over the last eight years," Mighty Ducks senior vice
president and interim general manager Al Coates said. "We also
thank the loyal hockey fans in Cincinnati for their support."