Late on Wednesday, Detroit Hockey Net reported that the Palm Springs Firebirds will be the AHL affiliate of Seattle’s NHL expansion franchise, which will begin playing in the 2021-22 season.
— Chris Creamer (@sportslogosnet) August 14, 2019
Oak View Group filed the application to trademark the name “Firebirds” on August 9.
It was announced last month that OVG and Agua Caliente are partnering to build a privately-funded, 300,000 square foot arena in Palm Springs, California.
The AHL has yet to approve the team’s admission into the league but they will likely do so soon.
The Seattle franchise will likely announce their team name at the beginning of 2020. GM Ron Francis said that the team would have a delay, because of the dispute between the team on the name.
By Harrison Brown