It won't be in full effect until next season, but the St. Louis Blues are no longer without a minor league affiliate.
The Blues announced Tuesday that the team has signed a five-year affiliation agreement with the San Antonio Rampage of the American Hockey League.
The Blues are sharing select players with San Antonio thisseason, including forwards Sammy Blais, Klim Kostin and Adam Musil, defensemen Chris Butler and Jordan Schmaltz and goaltender Ville Husso. Theofficial affiliation agreement between the Blues and Rampage will begin with the 2018-19 season.
"We are excited to partner with San Antonio for the next five seasons,"Blues GM DougArmstrong said in a team press release. "With this agreement, the Blues willcontrol all of the hockey operations for the Rampage, enabling us to develop our prospects with the same philosophies we use at the NHL level."
The Rampage are owned and operated by Spurs Sports and EntertainmentL.L.C (SS&E), which is based in San Antonio and alsooperates the five-time NBAchampion SanAntonio Spurs, the San Antonio Stars of the WNBA, the NBA G League's Austin Spurs and the United Soccer League's San Antonio FC.
The Rampage joined the AHL in 2002-03 and playin the Pacific Division.