SAINT PAUL, Minn. The Houston Aeros will relocate to Des Moines, Iowa following the end of this season, according to the Minnesota Wild, the team s NHL affiliate, announced on Thursday.

Our organization has enjoyed tremendous support from the loyal, passionate hockey fans in Houston since 2001, Aeros General Manager Jim Mill said. 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 Aeros were not able to reach an agreement on a new lease with the Toyota Center, according to Wild Chief Operating Officer Matt Majka.

We have enjoyed a very strong relationship with the Aeros dating back to Toyota Center's inaugural 2003 season. Both parties worked diligently and in good faith during this process, but unfortunately we were unable to reach an agreement. We wish the Aeros continued success, Houston Rockets/Clutch City Sports & Entertainment CEO Tad Brown said.

The Aeros finishes the regular season with a three-game road trip starting Friday at the Texas Stars at 7:30 p.m. before heading to San Antonio Saturday to take on the Rampage at 7 p.m. The Aeros end the regular season April 21 at the Oklahoma City Barons.

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