American Hockey League President and Chief Executive Officer David Andrews announced today that the Colorado Eagles have been approved as an expansion franchise for the 2018-19 season.

The Eagles will be the new primary development affiliate of the National Hockey League’s Colorado Avalanche when they begin play in the AHL’s Pacific Division at the Budweiser Events Center in Loveland, Colo., in October 2018.

The Eagles’ application for membership was approved by the AHL Board of Governors during the league’s Annual Meeting in July, and brings the AHL up to 31 teams for the first time.

Originally founded in 2003, the Colorado Eagles franchise has won three league championships, as members of the Central Hockey League (2005, 2007) and the ECHL (2017).

The AHL’s San Antonio Rampage, who are currently the Avalanche’s top affiliate, have entered into an affiliation with the NHL’s St. Louis Blues that will also take effect in 2018-19.

In operation since 1936, the AHL serves as the top development league for all 31 National Hockey League teams. More than 88 percent of today’s NHL players are American Hockey League graduates, and more than 100 honored members of the Hockey Hall of Fame spent time in the AHL in their careers.

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Danny Kristo has recorded three consecutive 20-goal seasons
Danny Kristo has recorded three consecutive 20-goal seasons

The Pittsburgh Penguins have acquired right wing Danny Kristo from the St. Louis Blues in exchange for defenseman Reid McNeill, it was announced by executive vice president and general manager Jim Rutherford.  Kristo will report to the  Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins.

Kristo, 26, has posted three consecutive 20-goal seasons in the American Hockey League while suiting up for the Hartford Wolf Pack (2013-14, 2014-15) and the Chicago Wolves (2015-16).  Last season he paced the Wolves with 25 goals and finished second on the team with 48 points.

A second round selection by the Montreal Canadiens in 2008, Kristo played four seasons at the University of North Dakota and led the Fighting Sioux with 26 goals and 52 points in his senior season. He garnered first team honors in the WCHA at the end of the 2012-13 season.

The Edina, Minnesota native has also represented the United States on the international stage, helping the team to a gold medal at the 2010 World Junior Championships.

Kristo has recorded 142 points (72+70) in 225 AHL games with the Wolves, Wolf Pack and Hamilton Bulldogs in parts of five seasons.

McNeill, 24, has appeared in 190 games with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton in parts of five seasons, recording 29 points (4+21) and 319 penalty minutes.  He was selected in the sixth round of the 2010 NHL draft by the Penguins.

The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins are back in action tonight when they face the Hershey Bears at the Giant Center at 7:00pm.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins season ticket packages for the 2016-17 season of Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins hockey, including full season22-game12-game and Flexbook plans, are available by contacting the Penguins directly at (570) 208-7367.