Golden Knights Announce New Affiliation with ECHL Club Ghost Pirates


On Thursday, Vegas Golden Knights general manager Kelly McCrimmon informed the media that the organization has a new ECHL affiliate in the Savannah Ghost Pirates. With this announcement, the Golden Knights now have two teams affiliated with them, the other being the Henderson Silver Knights of the American Hockey League.

The Ghost Pirates play out of Savannah, Georgia and joined the ECHL in October 2021 as an expansion team. McCrimmon also announced that Rick Bennett will be the Ghost Pirates coach for the 2022-23 season. Prior to joining this staff, he coached at Union College for a decade, and prior to that, held an assistant coaching role with Providence College. He also played several seasons himself in the ECHL, while also managing to play in 15 games at the NHL level.

“This affiliation with Savannah gives us alignment from the ECHL level through Henderson and up to the NHL,” McCrimmon said. “We are excited to lead the hockey operations and have a proven developer of talent as a head coach in Rick Bennett.”

Prior to this move to partner with the Ghost Pirates, the Golden Knights were partnered with the ECHL’s Fort Wayne Komets. Why they chose to make switch is unknown, though the Komets will continue to play in the ECHL next season and are already in search of a new NHL club to partner with.

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