Ducks move ECHL affiliate to Bakersfield

Starting in 2008-09, no more minor-league recalls from Georgia.

The Ducks are moving their ECHL minor-league affiliate to Bakersfield beginning in ’08-09. ECHL stands for East Coast Hockey League, and having an East Coast Hockey League team in California makes about as much sense as a minor-league call-up from Augusta, Georgia, to Portland, Maine, or Anaheim, California. But I digress.

Brian Burke had been hinting at a move for some time, so this wasn’t much of a surprise. The Ducks’ travel bill will be considerably less, not to mention the time required to get a minor-league in uniform in emergency situations. The full press release is here.
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J.P. Hoornstra covers the Dodgers, Angels and Major League Baseball for the Orange County Register, Los Angeles Daily News, Long Beach Press-Telegram, Torrance Daily Breeze, San Gabriel Valley Tribune, Pasadena Star-News, San Bernardino Sun, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin, Whittier Daily News and Redlands Daily Facts. Before taking the beat in 2012, J.P. covered the NHL for four years. UCLA gave him a degree once upon a time; when he graduated on schedule, he missed getting Arnold Schwarzenegger's autograph on his diploma by five months.

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