The Stockton Thunder of ECHL has reached an affiliation agreement with the New York Islanders for the 2013-14.
Thunder President Brian Sandy said that -The Stockton Thunder is committed to help their players to achieve goals through NHL development, and the latest affiliation with Islanders will give them a chance to play in NHL.
“Having an NHL affiliate is an important piece of our success, and a dedicated organization like the New York Islanders brings a lot to the table” sandy told.
Garth Snow, Islanders GM thrilled to have the Thunders affiliation with them for ECHL. Snow stated that “The culture of success in Stockton will benefit our prospects and develop them into better hockey players as they work their way from the ECHL, to the AHL and eventually playing for the New York Islanders.”
The Stockton entered the ECHL in 2005. Thunders have qualified seven consecutive times for the Kelly Cup Playoffs. In 2012-13, Stockton Thunder ranked at second in the Western Conference Pacific Division and made it to the Kelly Cup Finals before losing in five games to the Reading Royals.
Stockton will join the Bridgeport Sound Tigers of the AHL as the Islanders’ primary minor-league affiliates.