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NJ Devils inform Binghamton ownership AHL team will be relocated

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(WBNG) -- Binghamton Devils Executive Vice President of Operations Tom Mitchell said the New Jersey Devils informed him earlier this week the AHL team will be relocated.

Mitchell said he received formal notice Wednesday.

"This is devastating news to us, to the community," said Mitchell. "The demands [the New Jersey Devils] were putting on us were absolutely impossible and we just couldn't comply with them. So it looks like we're going to part ways, and just try to move on."

Mitchell would not get into the details of the demands made by the Devils.

He said he had no indication of the B-Devils leaving prior to this week, and added the Devils did not tell him where they planned on moving the team.

Mitchell said they are looking at all options ahead of next season.

"Binghamton has been a great home for an American Hockey League team for the better part of 50 years and there's a lot of good reasons for an American League team to be here. Geographically we make a lot of sense to all the teams around us, to the league, and Binghamton has a lot to offer. A terrific building, terrific fans and we certainly don't deserve this treatment."

Mitchell said he was surprised to see the trademark filed for the Utica Devils by Utica Comets President Robert Esche.

"We were unaware of anything and somebody saw it, and informed us about it and that's how we found out," said Mitchell.

Mitchell said the communication between Binghamton ownership and the New Jersey Devils has been limited throughout this process.

The current agreement between the New Jersey Devils and the Binghamton ownership group is for five years, with the agreement ending following the 2021-22 season.

Mitchell said he could not provide a comment about the current contract at this time.

This is a developing story. Stay with 12 Sports for more information.

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