American Hockey Leagues sources confirmed for FOX 26 Sports, pending approval of the AHL on Thursday, the Houston Aeros will relocate to Des Moines, Iowa and become the Iowa Wild.
The Aeros are a minor league affiliate of the National Hockey League Minnesota Wild.
The Aeros' lease is expiring at Toyota Center which is home to the AHL franchise.
The second version of the Aeros in Houston began as an expansion team in the International Hockey League.
The Aeros were one of six IHL teams to join the AHL when the IHL folded in 2001.
The original Aeros franchise was a member of the then-World Hockey Association and at one time included the legendary Gordie Howe, with his sons Mark and Marty.
In 2003 the Aeros won the Calder Cup in the American Hockey League and reached the Calder Cup finals in 2011.
The St. Paul Pioneer Press was the first to report the Aeros will change their name to the Iowa Wild.