Swamp Rabbits Team Up With Hurricanes

June 26, 2019 - 6:56 pm

The Greenville Swamp Rabbits have announced an agreement to enter an affiliation with the Carolina Hurricanes of the National Hockey League.

The Swamp Rabbits will serve as the development destination for the Hurricanes' prospects as they look to rise through the ranks to the NHL level by being part of the double-A hockey league, the ECHL.

This announcement kicks off the organization's 10th Anniversary season by creating a local conglomeration of hockey development in the Carolinas.

"We are excited to begin a new ECHL partnership with the Greenville Swamp Rabbits," said Carolina Hurricanes President and General Manager Don Waddell. "The affiliation makes competitive and geographic sense for us, and we look forward to working with Greenville to develop our prospects."

The Carolina Hurricanes set foot in Raleigh in 1997, and have made their way to two Stanley Cup Final series as Eastern Conference champions. They won the Stanley Cup in 2006 in a thrilling seven-game series over the Edmonton Oilers. Led by Brind'Amour, and Conn Smythe Trophy winner and rookie goalie Cam Ward, the 'Canes were at the top of the hockey world for the first time in franchise history.
 

Further cementing the Hurricanes' attention to detail in prospect development, many players that were under contract with the Hurricanes with the Florida Everblades (ECHL) led them to a South Division title, and a berth in the Eastern Conference Final of the Kelly Cup Playoffs. 

The Charlotte Checkers, Carolina's American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate since 2010, finished an incredible season as the top team in the league. A record of 51-17-8 (110 points), and a dominant playoff performance, allowed them to capture the Calder Cup championship in five games over the Chicago Wolves for the first time in their AHL history.

The Hurricanes also made international headlines with the implementation of the Storm Surge postgame celebrations, which garnered them the "Bunch of Jerks" moniker that fueled their prominent swagger deep into the playoff dance. Raleigh, North Carolina has re-established itself as a booming hockey hotbed.

"After the dust settles on the hockey side," he added, "we look forward to both of our marketing departments collaborating on developing hockey interest in the region."

"This a landmark day for our franchise. A year ago, we set out on a goal to find a regional NHL partner to build a relationship with who is committed to development at the AHL and the ECHL level," said Swamp Rabbits President and CEO Steve Donner. "In partnering with the Hurricanes, we have found that partner for player development with a huge added bonus of marketing synergy in the Carolinas."

"We are excited to begin a new ECHL partnership with the Greenville Swamp Rabbits," said Carolina Hurricanes President and General Manager Don Waddell. "The affiliation makes competitive and geographic sense for us, and we look forward to working with Greenville to develop our prospects."

The Hurricanes also made international headlines with the implementation of the Storm Surge postgame celebrations, which garnered them the "Bunch of Jerks" moniker that fueled their prominent swagger deep into the playoff dance. Raleigh, North Carolina has re-established itself as a booming hockey hotbed.

The Charlotte Checkers, Carolina's American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate since 2010, finished an incredible season as the top team in the league. A record of 51-17-8 (110 points), and a dominant playoff performance, allowed them to capture the Calder Cup championship in five games over the Chicago Wolves for the first time in their AHL history.

Further cementing the Hurricanes' attention to detail in prospect development, many players that were under contract with the Hurricanes with the Florida Everblades (ECHL) led them to a South Division title, and a berth in the Eastern Conference Final of the Kelly Cup Playoffs. 

The Carolina Hurricanes set foot in Raleigh in 1997, and have made their way to two Stanley Cup Final series as Eastern Conference champions. They won the Stanley Cup in 2006 in a thrilling seven-game series over the Edmonton Oilers. Led by Brind'Amour, and Conn Smythe Trophy winner and rookie goalie Cam Ward, the 'Canes were at the top of the hockey world for the first time in franchise history.
 

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