The Charlotte Checkers are a minor-league professional ice hockey team based in Charlotte, North Carolina, USA. They are members of the West Division of the Western Conference of the American Hockey League, and are the AHL affiliate of the Carolina Hurricanes of the National Hockey League. The Checkers play their home games at Time Warner Cable Arena in Uptown Charlotte, also home to the NBA's Charlotte Hornets. The current organization is the third team by this name; it succeeded a Checkers franchise which played in the ECHL from 1993 until the end of the 2009–10 ECHL season. The original Checkers team played in the city from 1956 to 1977, originally in the Eastern Hockey League and then in the Southern Hockey League. The franchise is one of four teams which share a name with a predecessor from a lower-tier league; the other three are the Norfolk Admirals, Rockford IceHogs, and Peoria Rivermen.