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Monday, May 16, 2005
Anaheim hasn't announced AHL plans


ANAHEIM, Calif. -- A franchise-record win total was not enough to keep the American Hockey League affiliate of the Mighty Ducks in Cincinnati.

On Monday, the NHL parent team in Anaheim announced its affiliation agreement with the AHL's Cincinnati Mighty Ducks has ended.

The Mighty Ducks of Anaheim have not yet announced plans for their future AHL affiliation.

Cincinnati, which went 44-31-1-4 during the 2004-05 season and advanced to the second round of the AHL playoffs, had been an affiliate of the Mighty Ducks since the 1997-98 season. The affiliation originated in 1995-96 with the Baltimore Bandits, who relocated to Cincinnati in 1997.

"There was no problem with the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim," Cincinnati president and CEO Pete Robinson said. "We had an excellent relationship with them, but they've opted for another direction. We wish the Anaheim organization all the best in its future endeavors."

Over the last seven NHL seasons, Anaheim had the services of 51 players that previously spent time with Cincinnati. The 2004-05 campaign officially was wiped out Feb. 16, making the NHL the first major North American sports league to have an entire season canceled due to a labor dispute.

"We would like to thank Pete Robinson and his entire staff for his efforts over the last eight years," Mighty Ducks senior vice president and interim general manager Al Coates said. "We also thank the loyal hockey fans in Cincinnati for their support."