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Coyotes agree to 2-year affiliation with ECHL’s Rapid City Rush

General view outside of Gila River Arena before the NHL game between the Arizona Coyotes and the Buffalo Sabres on October 13, 2018 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

The Arizona Coyotes and Rapid City Rush are back in business with each other.

The Coyotes announced in a press release Thursday that the team has agreed to a two-year affiliation with their former ECHL affiliate. The announcement comes after the Coyotes completed the 2018-19 season with the Norfolk Admirals and the year before with the Fort Wayne Komets as their ECHL partners.

The Rush and Coyotes were affiliates from 2015-17.

“We are excited to once again partner with the Rapid City Rush as our ECHL affiliate,” said Coyotes assistant General Manager Steve Sullivan in a press release. “The Rush are a first-class organization with a passionate fan base. We look forward to working with owners Jeff Dickerson and TJ Puchyr (Spire Sports and Entertainment) as well as owner Scott Mueller and head coach Daniel Tetrault.”

The Rush, who play their home games at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center in Rapid City, South Dakota, completed the 2018-19 season without an affiliate, and in 2017-18 were affiliates of the Minnesota Wild.

The team finished last season with a 30-33-5 record and did not qualify for the ECHL playoffs. Tetrault will enter his third season with the team.

The Coyotes barely missed the Stanley Cup playoffs last season, finishing four points out of the second Wild Card spot in the Western Conference.

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