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Orleans Arena Expects To Become Home To Golden Knights AHL Affiliate Next Season

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The Golden Knights AHL affiliate is currently the Chicago Wolves, but according to multiple sources that may change as soon as next year.

Per SinBin.vegas sources, Boyd Gaming and The Orleans Hotel and Casino are expecting the Golden Knights to purchase an AHL franchise and move them to Vegas to play at the Orleans Arena.

The current plan is expected to have the team play at Orleans Arena for two seasons before moving to a new rink built specifically for the AHL.

Earlier today, David Andrews, the President of the AHL, said the Golden Knights are in talks with other AHL team owners about purchasing a team.

The Orleans Arena was previously home to the Las Vegas Wranglers of the ECHL from 2003-2014. Orleans announced in December 2013 that they would not be renewing the Wranglers lease which eventually forced the team to cease operations.

Per Wikipedia, Orleans Arena’s capacity for hockey is 7,773. The Wranglers’ highest season average attendance was 5,531.

Two teams have their AHL affiliate playing in the same building as the NHL team (Winnipeg and San Jose), while another four (COL, MTL, BOS, TOR) play within an hour drive. In Toronto, the Maple Leafs play in an arena 2.1 miles away from the Marlies. Orleans Arena is located 2.0 miles from T-Mobile Arena.

According to the Chicago Tribune, the Golden Knights and Wolves had agreed to a 5-year partnership. However, a SinBin.vegas source indicated that there is an “out-clause” for the Golden Knights after three seasons.

If this were to come to fruition, the players currently playing for the Chicago Wolves would be subject to their current contracts. Players under contract with the Golden Knights would move to the new affiliate in Vegas, while players under contract with the Wolves would stay in Chicago. (See all players listed below)

The Wolves released a statement earlier today.

The Chicago Wolves and Vegas Golden Knights continue to be partners with a common goal to win championships. If there comes a time when Vegas purchases the rights to another AHL franchise, then the Wolves will find a new NHL partner that also believes in the importance of competing for Calder Cups. -Wendell Young, Chicago Wolves GM

The Golden Knights also issued a statement.

‪We have had discussions with American Hockey League representatives regarding the possibility of securing an AHL club on an ongoing basis since our team’s inception. While we remain very interested in the opportunity, specific details related to an acquisition or the potential location of the acquired team are yet to be determined. -Vegas Golden Knights


AHL to NHL Distance

>3 hour drive (9)

Bakersfield (EDM)
Iowa (MIN)
Milwaukee (NSH)
San Antonio (STL)
Springfield (FLA)
Stockton (CGY)
Syracuse (TBL)
Utica (VAN)
Wilkes-Barre (PIT)

<3 hour drive (9)

Belleville (OTT)
Binghamton (NJD)
Charlotte (CAR)
Cleveland (CBJ)
Grand Rapids (DET)
Hartford (NYR)
Hershey (WSH)
Texas (DAL)
Tucson (ARI)

<2 hour drive (6)

Bridgeport Sound Tigers (NYI)
Lehigh Valley (PHI)
Ontario (LAK)
Rochester (BUF)
Rockford (CHI)
San Diego (ANA)

<1 hour drive (4)

Colorado (COL)
Laval (MTL)
Providence (BOS)
Toronto (TOR)

Same Arena (2)

Manitoba (WPG)
San Jose (SJS)

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Wolves players under VGK contracts

Jake Leschyshyn
Gage Quinney
Curtis McKenzie
Tyrell Goulbourne
Valentin Zykov
Nicolas Roy
Keegan Kolesar
Patrick Brown
Lucas Elvenes
Brandon Pirri
Jonas Rondbjerg
Paul Cotter
Reid Duke
Nic Hague
Jimmy Schuldt
Brayden Pachal
Brett Lernout
Dylan Coghlan
Jaycob Megna
Jake Bischoff
Zach Whitecloud
Oscar Dansk
Garett Sparks

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24 Comments

  1. Is the AHL arena going to be built in Vegas/Henderson? Maybe near the Raiders practice facility? If not, any chance it is built in SLC ?

  2. Tyler

    You missed one of the >3 hours:

    Bakersfield (EDM) <– 26-hour drive

    (Also, you put "6" instead of "2" for the same-arena section. I know — math is hard.)

  3. Eric

    Sweet! With the popularity of the VGK you just know the AHL affiliate is going to have a huge following as well. Just need a MLB team now (I know NBA is probably next but personally, I don’t care for it).

  4. DOC Williams

    Would be a great move for Knights. I’m sure the ticket prices would be driven up and out of reach for most, to go to a “minor” league game.

  5. DOC Williams

    Call’em the Vegas Golden MISFITS!!!!!!!! 🙂

  6. Walt T

    Las Vegas Scorpions….Pretty Please

  7. Walt T

    After further review…..The Henderson Scorpions.

  8. nickp

    Great way to grow the sport of ice hockey in the valley for families who can’t afford Golden Knights tickets

  9. Frank

    Henderson people thinking they rule the world. Put them in north town and call them the Black Knights…. Call the arena The Wall

    • Harold Kennedy

      That’s actually a good choice for the name since the owner went to West Point and their nickname is The Black Knights! Might get into a dispute though like he did with the Army’s Golden Knights jump team.

    • Emilio

      Heck Yeah!!!

  10. Harold Kennedy

    One franchise you overlooked was Palm Springs which will be the new Seattle farm team. They will play in a new arena under construction next to the Aqua Caliente Casino. Vancouver is trying to get a closer location then Utica also.

  11. DOC Williams

    Names for Knights AHL team here: 1) – SQUIRES (or silver squires) … 2) – EXCALIBURS … 3) – GOLDEN MISFITS

  12. Jerry

    Utica has been a success story for the league but very small arena….the league did get rid of Springfield once before….who knows.

    Great deal…new arena probably going near the near baseball stadium….makes sense

  13. Scott Van Tuyl

    Most likely will be Silver Knights.

  14. Keep it centrally located in Las Vegas makes the most sense or close to but not exactly in Summerlin (older Spring Valley). Please please please keep it out of Henderson. It’s a minor league team, no need to put it in a “posh” area of town. Allow non affluent families a better opportunity to be part of the hockey world.

  15. Tim

    Now that’s exciting news. I agree with the above post it will probably be the Silver Knights which is OK with me.

  16. DOC Williams

    Yea, you affluent folks wouldn’t want to be caught attending a minor league game!!!! You can just continue to drive up the ticket prices for the Knights! I mean, everyone knows that ONLY affluent people can be the “real” Knights fans. The majority, us others, living in non-posh areas, certainly couldn’t BE the real, most diehard fans … now could we??????

  17. danny

    I can’t think of an AHL team that would want to sell and relocate. Maybe Binghamton but they just moved there. Syracuse? They have a strong fanbase.

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