Minnesota moves AHL affiliate to Iowa

The Minnesota Wild announced Monday that their American Hockey League affiliate will relocate to Iowa's capital city.

The Iowa Wild will begin play next season in Des Moines, moving the club's primary developmental affiliate much closer. The team's AHL club had been based in Houston.

"We are excited to announce that the Iowa Wild will begin play in the 2013-14 AHL season," said Wild owner Craig Leipold on Monday. "Des Moines is an excellent sports market. Wild fan support is excellent not just in the State of Hockey but throughout the Upper Midwest, including Iowa. We know fans in Des Moines will enjoy watching tomorrow's Minnesota Wild stars. Our team will be entrenched in this community, particularly in youth hockey."

The Houston Aeros were unable to iron out a new lease agreement with the Toyota Center, where the club had played since 2003.