When Nike says the Calgary Flames won’t be in the NHL anymore, the Calgary Sun says it’s a “misleading” statement
By DAVID BALDWINA Calgary, Alberta—Nike and the Calgary Stampeders are set to open their first home in the United States for the 2018-19 season.
The team and the Flames announced the deal on Wednesday.
“We are pleased to announce we have agreed to an agreement with the Stampedes to become a part of the National Hockey League for the 2019-20 season,” the Stamps said in a statement.
“We are excited about the opportunity to play our home games in a brand new arena and we look forward to helping to build a fan base in the U.S. and the world.”
Nike announced in May that the Flames had agreed to a five-year, $45 million contract extension, and the team said that deal included an option to buy the team outright for $40 million.
Nike said the team was “not aware of any discussions with any other potential buyers for the team,” but it was “expected that any future talks with any potential prospective owner will be more focused on the future of the St. Louis Rams.”
The Stamps, who are playing in the American Hockey League (AHL) for the first time since their return to the NHL in 2015, have been in the league since 2005.
The Calgary Flames play in the Western Hockey League, the AHL’s American Hockey Association.