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The Anaheim Ducks announced  Thursday that  its AHL affiliate is heading to San Diego, and they will  hold a “San Diego Hockey Fest” on Feb. 22 at the Valley View Casino Center to introduce the team.

At the event, the team will unveil the nickname and logo for its new San Diego affiliate.

According to Los Angeles Times reporter Lance Pugmire, the Ducks may elect to use Gulls as the nickname, the team that played professionally in San Diego until 2006.

While the Ducks’ AHL affiliate was in Norfolk they were known as the Admirals.

The move to the West Coast is part of a movement for NHL teams on the West Coast to move their AHL affiliates closer to where they play. During league meetings later this month, the AHL will discuss creating a new Pacific Division for teams on the West Coast.

Pugmire also mentioned that Ducks General Manager Bob Murray will pursue a practice facility in Poway.

As far as the ‘hockey fest’ it will be from 12-3 p.m., and along with the unveiling of the name and logo, there will also be a ‘Hockey Spot’, which will include activities for children, live street performances and autograph sessions with local hockey legends.

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