AHL team just 3 hours from parent club

Updated: February 10, 2010, 4:51 PM ET
Associated Press

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- After more than a year of trying, the Carolina Hurricanes are getting their wish: Their top minor-league affiliate is going to North Carolina.

Michael Kahn, owner of Charlotte's ECHL team, announced Wednesday that he's purchased the Albany River Rats and will move the money-losing American Hockey League club from upstate New York for next season.

They'll be called the Charlotte Checkers -- the same name the lower-tier ECHL team has had -- and play in the downtown ...

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