The Minnesota Wild of the National HockeyLeague has announced that its American Hockey League (AHL)developmental affiliate team will relocate from Houston to Des Moines, Iowa,beginning with the 2013-14 season.
"Our organization has enjoyed tremendoussupport from the loyal, passionate hockey fans in Houston since 2001," said Jim Mill, Aeros General Manager and assistant to the Wild General Manager. "There is a great hockey history in Houston, beginning with theApollos in 1965, and continuing with the Aeros in the WHA, IHL and AHL. We arehonored to have been a part of this hockey tradition."
"We are grateful to our corporate andcommunity partners, as well as our hard-working staff in Houston," added Mill.
"We were not able to find agreement on termsof a new arena lease which would allow us to continue to successfully operateour franchise. We thank Toyota Center for the partnership we've had sincemoving there in 2003," said Matt Majka, Wild chief operating officer.
"We have enjoyed a very strongrelationship with the Aeros dating back to Toyota Center's inaugural 2003season. Both parties worked diligently and in good faith during this process,but unfortunately we were unable to reach an agreement. We wish the Aeroscontinued success," said TadBrown, Houston Rockets/Clutch City Sports & Entertainment chief executive officer.
"Onbehalf of our Board of Governors, I would like to thank the fans of the HoustonAeros for the terrific support they have shown their team and the AmericanHockey League for the last 12 years," said DavidAndrews, American Hockey League president and CEO.
The Minnesota Wild released no further information about the move.
The Aeros will finish the regularseason with a three-game road trip that starts Friday at the Texas Stars at 7:30p.m. before heading to San Antonio on Saturday to take on the Rampage at 7 p.m.The Aeros will end the regular season on Sunday, April 21 at the OklahomaCity Barons at 4 p.m.