I'm a Milwaukee Admirals fan, and have been a Minnesota Wild fan since there existence(I became a fan of Hockey right around the time the Wild were an expansion team)
I guess I never became a Predators fan(The Admirals Affiliate), because it is so far from Wisconsin and even though they have been affiliated with the Admirals since 1998, what if an AHL team would relocate to Knoxville, Memphis, or Chattanooga? I am sure the Predators would want to affiliate with them in a heartbeat and then there would be no point in being a Predators fan for me anymore.
Springfield, Mass. is my home market.
I've been a Boston Bruins fan for 30+ years.
I've been a Springfield Indians/Falcons fan for even longer.
During that time, the Indians/Falcons have had probably about a dozen parent clubs. If I changed my NHL allegiance based strictly on Springfield's affiliate, by now I would need psychotherapy for multiple personality disorder.
So, for me, it has always been "local NHL team." (Ignoring the fact that the Hartford Whalers were actually more local for me when they existed...)
I was a fan of the Wings, Griffins & St.John's Maple Leafs when they were here. Now I'm still a Wings fan, Griffins fan but I can't be bothered to go to Ice Cap games. I guess the fact that I'd rather watch the Wings play on TV, or stream, means I'll miss a lot of the games but the Caps have 0 intriguing prospects on the team & they sucked this past year. If I do I generally don't care who wins & I just go to watch the other teams top prospects. Hopefully Trouba & Scheifele are playing in St.John's next year.
I'm in a weird situation. Living in Chicago, I'm a Blackhawks fan. That said, when the Hawks ownership was awful and not all games even came on TV and there was no regard for the fans, I grew up watching the Wolves (don't get that channel anymore though), but definitely am an IceHogs fan as well.
I'm a Blackhawks/Wolves fan because the AHL Rockford Icehogs didn't exist when I was growing up. A lot of us Blackhawk fans were already grown men before the Icehogs came to the AHL including myself. Maybe the little kids growing up now will be Hawks/Icehog fans, but me being born in the 80's made me a Hawks/Wolves fan.