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Grizzlies Announce Affiliation With Anaheim Ducks

Tim Branham

West Valley City, Utah - Utah Grizzlies Head Coach and General Manager Tim Branham announced today that the team has reached an affiliation agreement with the NHL’s Anaheim Ducks.
 

“Anaheim is an organization that shares our level of commitment to success and we look forward to working together to further develop our players on and off the ice,” said Grizzlies Head Coach/General Manager Tim Branham. "The Ducks have a deep tradition of success and a proven track record of identifying and developing young talent."
 

The Grizzlies will serve as the ECHL “AA” affiliate of the Ducks and will also work with their AHL affiliate the Norfolk Admirals.
“We are excited to reach an affiliation agreement with the Utah Grizzlies,” said Ducks Executive Vice President/General Manager Bob Murray. “The Grizzlies have placed an emphasis on player development and their proximity to Anaheim is ideal for our organization.”
 

Branham played for Norfolk Admirals Assistant General Manager Bob Ferguson, when he was Head Coach of the Augusta Lynx in 2007-2008.
 

“One of Tim’s top priorities upon taking over as Head Coach/GM here, was securing a solid and mutually beneficial NHL affiliation,” said Grizzlies CEO Kevin Bruder. “Our organization is very excited to work with the Ducks and we thank the Calgary Flames for their partnership the last four years.”
 

Grizzlies Ties
Anaheim has several former Grizzlies in coaching positions. Scott Niedermayer and Brad Lauer are current Anaheim assistant coaches. In addition, former Grizzlies forward Jared Skalde is the Assistant Coach in Norfolk.
 

ECHL Ties
The Ducks are coached by former ECHL Head Coach Bruce Boudreau. Assistant Bob Woods, was also a Head Coach in the ECHL. The Ducks have developed several prospects in the last five years from the ECHL to the NHL, including five players from the 2009-2010 Bakersfield Condors who won the Pacific Division; with Maxime Macenauer, Timo Pielmeier, Dan Sexton, MacGregor Sharp and Stu Bickel all quickly moving up the organizational ladder to Anaheim.

About The Ducks
The Anaheim Ducks are set to celebrate their 20th anniversary season with the upcoming 2013-14 National Hockey League campaign. The club was born in 1992 and played its first-ever game on Oct. 8, 1993 at Honda Center (then Arrowhead Pond of Anaheim). One of 30 NHL franchises located throughout the United States and Canada, the Ducks have played to over 90% capacity crowds in their history at the 17,174-seat Honda Center. On June 20, 2005, the Ducks franchise was purchased by Orange County residents Henry and Susan Samueli. By securing the first Stanley Cup championship in franchise history in 2007, the club also became the first team from California to win hockey’s ultimate prize. The Ducks have been to the Conference Finals three times (2003, 2006 & 2007) and the Stanley Cup Final twice (2003 & 2007). The club recently completed their best-ever season (by points percentage), ranking third in the NHL in the regular season while also winning the Pacific Division for the second time in franchise history (also 2007). Anaheim has qualified for the playoffs six times in the last eight seasons.
 

About The Grizzlies
The Grizzlies enter their ninth season in the ECHL and their 19th year in Utah in 2013-2014 after previously competing in the IHL and AHL from 1995-2005. They play at Maverik Center in West Valley City, Utah which hosted Olympic Ice Hockey during the 2002 Winter Olympics. During their history, the Grizzlies have advanced over 200 players to the NHL. The Grizzlies are owned and operated by the Elmore Sports Group, which also owns several minor league baseball teams across the western United States.

The Grizzlies open the regular season Friday, October 18 against Idaho at Maverik Center at 7:05 p.m.

Ticket packages for the 2013-2014 season are on sale now and start at just $29. For more information, visit www.utahgrizzlies.com or call (801) 988-7825.
 



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