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Updated: April 18th, 2013 3:21pm
Wild moving top affiliate from Houston to Des Moines

Wild moving top affiliate from Houston to Des Moines

The Minnesota Wild is moving its top affiliate closer to home.

The team released a statement on Thursday afternoon saying the Houston Aeros will be moved to Des Moines, Iowa, beginning next season.

"Our organization has enjoyed tremendous support from the loyal, passionate hockey fans in Houston since 2001," said Jim Mill, the Wild's assistant to the general manager and Aeros GM, in a statement.

"There is a great hockey history in Houston, beginning with the Apollos in 1965, and continuing with the Aeros in the WHA, IHL and AHL. We are honored to have been a part of this hockey tradition."

The Star Tribune reported the team will be renamed the Iowa Wild.

"We were not able to find agreement on terms of a new arena lease which would allow us to continue to successfully operate our franchise. We thank Toyota Center for the partnership we've had since moving there in 2003," Wild chief operating officer Matt Majka said in the statement.