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CHICAGO (CBS) The Chicago Wolves have agreed to an affiliation with the Vancouver Canucks, the team announced on Monday.

The Wolves were previously affiliated with Atlanta Thrashers, before the team was purchased by True North Sports and Entertainment and moved to Winnipeg.

“We are very excited as an organization to be affiliated with the Vancouver Canucks,” Wolves general manager Wendell Young said in a statement. “Their organization has a track record of wanting their players to both develop and win while with their AHL affiliate. Our two clubs are united by a tradition of excellence and a passion for winning, and we hope that this partnership will lead to the continued success of both organizations.”

In the franchise’s 17-year history, the Wolves have won four league championships: two Turner Cups (1998 and 2000) in the International Hockey League and two Calder Cups (2002 and 2008) in the American Hockey League.

“We look forward to this new venture with the Chicago Wolves,” Canucks President and general manager Mike Gillis said in a statement. “The Canucks have placed great importance and resources in developing prospects and have seen positive results to date, including the likes of Alex Burrows, Ryan Kesler and Chris Tanev. The two organizations will work closely to ensure our goals are one in the same and continue to work on developing a strong relationship with our prospects.”