It is now apparently a done deal. AHL hockey is coming back to Utica, according to the Vancouver Sun.

After months of speculation that a team would locate in Utica, the Vancouver Sun is reporting today that the NHL's Vancouver Canucks will in fact move their farm team to the Utica Aud.

VANCOUVER — The Vancouver Canucks have received American Hockey League approval to move their orphaned farm team to Utica in upper New York state.

The franchise, previously operated as the Peoria Rivermen, was purchased from the St. Louis Blues two months ago. The Canucks had been hoping to move the team to a location in B.C., specifically Abbotsford, but a deal could not be struck to have the Calgary Flames leave their sweetheart deal in Abbotsford, which forced the Canucks to look elsewhere.


The full report from the Vancouver Sun indicated an announcement at the AUD would be made Friday.

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