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Ties with AHL team went back to 1996

Updated: March 18, 2005, 6:31 PM ET
Associated Press

DENVER -- The Colorado Avalanche will cut their minor-league affiliation with the Hershey Bears of the American Hockey League at the end of the season, ending a relationship dating back to 1996.

"There are several options available to us, but we won't be making any decision on an affiliate until there is a new NHL [collective bargaining agreement]," Avalanche director of media relations Jean Martineau said Thursday. "Regarding Hershey, we're moving on. We had an excellent relationship ...

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