After years of rumors, the American Hockey League has officially announced a mass relocation of teams to the Western half of the United States to form the AHL's Pacific Division and better support Western Conference NHL teams and to saturate the growing hockey market out West. The San Jose Sharks, Calgary Flames, Los Angeles Kings, and Edmonton Oilers are moving their current AHL affiliates to cities in California, while the Anaheim Ducks are purchasing their AHL affiliate Norfolk Admirals and moving them to San Diego. Here are the relocations by city:
- The Worcester Sharks are moving to San Jose to play under a new name in the SAP Center with the San Jose Sharks.
- The Manchester Monarchs are moving to Ontario, California.
- The Norfolk Admirals are moving to San Diego.
- The Oklahoma City Barons are moving to Bakersfield.
- The Adirondack Flames are moving to Stockton California.