Jackals renew affiliation with Senators
The Elmira Jackals announced today that they have renewed their affiliation agreement with the National Hockey League's Ottawa Senators. The 2013-14 season will be the sixth consecutive that the Jackals and Senators have worked together.
"We are thrilled to continue our relationship with the Ottawa and Binghamton Senators. The Jackals are committed to providing the best possible environment for Senators prospects to develop, and we can't wait to start this season," said Jackals owner and president Nate Cook.
As the ECHL affiliate of the Senators, the Jackals will receive players under contract to Ottawa, or the American Hockey League's Binghamton Senators, for the purpose of developing them as professionals so that they may advance their career.
The Jackals and Senators began their affiliation in 2008 and since then Elmira has gone on to win 193 games (38.6 wins per season) and qualify for the playoffs each year. In that time Ottawa has qualified for the Stanley Cup playoffs three times while Binghamton has advanced to the Calder Cup playoffs three times and captured its first Calder Cup championship in 2011.
Since the affiliation began, three Jackals have gone on to play games for Ottawa. They are goaltender Mike Brodeur (3-1-0 with Elmira in 2010-11), forward Mike Hoffman (three assists in four games with Elmira in 2010-11), and forward Derek Smith (one assist in one game with Elmira in 07-08). Notable players who have gone on to play for Elmira and Binghamton are; Ben Blood, Louie Caporusso, Corey Cowick, Jack Downing, Dustin Gazley, Maxime Gratchev, Chris Holt, Chaz Johnson, Danny New, Yannick Tifu, and Chris Wideman.
"The Ottawa Senators are committed to its organizational philosophy of drafting and developing its own players. This is why we continue our strong relationship with our partners in Elmira and Binghamton. This working relationship has proved to be very successful in the development in a number of our prospects in recent years. We look forward to strengthening this relationship even further in the years to come," said Ottawa Senators director of hockey operations and player development Randy Lee.