AHL affiliate owner joins Carolina ownership group

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The owner of the Carolina Hurricanes' AHL affiliate in Charlotte has become a partner in the NHL team's ownership group.

Hurricanes owner Peter Karmanos Jr. on Thursday announced Michael Kahn, the owner and governor of the Charlotte Checkers, as a partner.

Kahn says investing in the Hurricanes solidifies his support for Karmanos and for the sport in the south and "also my support and belief in the growth of the game."

The Atlanta-born Kahn lives in Charlotte and is the chief operating officer of Empire Distributors Inc., a wholesale distributor of wine and spirits.

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