Wild to partner with ECHL’s Rapid City Rush

The Minnesota Wild have a new ECHL affiliate.

The Wild announced a new partnership with the Rapid City Rush on Monday, adding an ECHL squad to help develop young players alongside the AHL’s Iowa Wild.

“The Wild have a tremendous fan base in Rapid City and in the state of South Dakota,” Rush GM Joe Ferras said in a statement. “We know this will be great for our loyal fans and corporate partners as they watch their favorite NHL team’s prospects develop through the Rush organization in the hopes that they achieve their ultimate goal to play in the NHL with the Wild.”

The Wild’s previous ECHL affiliate — the Quad City Mallards — will now partner with the Vegas Golden Knights.