Mark Jan. 29, 2015 as the birth of the AHL Pacific Division.
The league announced that officials from the Sharks, Ducks, Flames, Oiler, and Kings will be at a press conference Thursday and the league will make a “major announcement related to the 2015-16 season.”
Western movement has been rumored for a couple years now, it appears that all the moving pieces are now in order.
The league issued the following press release today:
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. … The American Hockey League will be making a major announcement related to the 2015-16 season on Thursday, January 29, at SAP Center in San Jose, Calif.
David Andrews, President and Chief Executive Officer – American Hockey League
Bill Daly, Deputy Commissioner – National Hockey League
Michael Schulman, Chief Executive Officer – Anaheim Ducks
Bob Murray, Executive Vice President and General Manager – Anaheim Ducks
Brad Treliving, General Manager – Calgary Flames
Kevin Lowe, Vice Chair, Oilers Entertainment Group – Edmonton Oilers
Luc Robitaille, President, Business Operations – Los Angeles Kings
John Tortora, Chief Operating Officer – San Jose Sharks
Doug Wilson, General Manager – San Jose Sharks
Thursday, January 29, 2015 – 12:30 p.m. PT
Rinkside Room – SAP Center
Media wishing to attend the event should contact San Jose Sharks director of media relations Scott Emmert (email@example.com) for credentials. Lunch will be served following the press conference.
The press conference will be streamed live on theahl.com as well as on the websites of the participating teams.