NHL’s Flames Skate Off with Stockton Thunder
Dan Etna was quoted by The Deal (subscription only) about the sale of the Stockton Thunder, a minor league hockey team, to the National Hockey League's Calgary Flames as part of a broader trend of NHL teams acquiring minor league franchises to better align their interests. The Stockton sale is a "really representative sample of how the whole minor league business is trending," Dan said. With the Flames acquiring the Stockton team, he said, "now you have your team in the same time zone and you can more closely monitor the affiliation. It also allows for a way of further branding and development of the minor league club."