Abbotsford Heat

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Abbotsford Heat
2013–14 Abbotsford Heat season
City Abbotsford, British Columbia
League American Hockey League
Conference Western Conference
Division West Division
Founded 1977
Operated 2009-2014
Home arena Abbotsford Entertainment & Sports Centre
Colors White, red, black, silver
Affiliates Calgary Flames (NHL)
Alaska Aces (ECHL)
Franchise history
1977–1987 Maine Mariners
1987–1993 Utica Devils
1993–2003 Saint John Flames
2005–2007 Omaha Ak-Sar-Ben Knights
2007–2009 Quad City Flames
2009–2014 Abbotsford Heat
2014–2015 Adirondack Flames
2015–present Stockton Heat

The Abbotsford Heat were a professional ice hockey team that played five seasons in the American Hockey League (AHL) between 2009 and 2014. The team was based in Abbotsford, British Columbia, Canada, and played their home games at the 7,046 seat Abbotsford Entertainment & Sports Centre. The franchise was the National Hockey League (NHL) affiliate of the Calgary Flames and arrived in Abbotsford in 2009 as a relocated franchise formerly known as the Quad City Flames. The team played five seasons in British Columbia before the Flames' lease agreement with the City of Abbotsford was terminated following the 2013–14 season. On May 5, 2014, the AHL's Board of Governors approved the relocation of the franchise to Glens Falls, New York where the Adirondack Flames replaced the Adirondack Phantoms who moved to Allentown, Pennsylvania.


The Flames moved their affiliate to the Fraser Valley after playing two seasons in Moline, Illinois as the Quad City Flames. The team's transfer was approved on April 28, 2009,[1] and as a result, Abbotsford became the westernmost city in the AHL. The team closest to the Heat in distance, the Oklahoma City Barons, was 1,583 mi (2,548 km) away, and the Heat were the only AHL team west of the Central Time Zone. To reduce travel costs, road teams sometimes played two consecutive games in Abbotsford, and in some cases, the Heat played consecutive road games at the same arena. The same scheduling is used for the St. John's Ice Caps.

The organization held a "name the team" contest, and on May 14, 2009, Heat was announced as the team's new name.[2]

On June 5, 2009, the Calgary Herald reported that Jim Playfair would debut as head coach of the Abbotsford Heat after spending two seasons with the Calgary Flames.[3]

Relocation to Glens Falls

The team struggled financially and saw low attendance; talks eventually broke down between the city of Abbotsford, the Vancouver Canucks, and the Calgary Flames on a possible affiliation swap.

Upon the Vancouver Canucks' purchase of the Peoria Rivermen, the Heat's owners were petitioned from interested groups in Utica, New York. On June 14, 2013, the Vancouver Canucks and Mohawk Valley Garden, the managing partner based in Utica, signed a six-year affiliation agreement, and the Utica Comets became the new AHL affiliate of the Vancouver Canucks.

The city of Abbotsford terminated the contract with the Heat on April 15, 2014.[4] The Heat finished the season and Calder Cup Playoffs in Abbotsford, and on May 5, 2014, The AHL's Board of Governors announced at their spring meeting in Chicago that they approved the relocation of the team to Glens Falls for the 2014-15 season, with games played at the Glens Falls Civic Center as the Adirondack Flames.[5][6]

Team information


The Heat's mascot was Hawkey, an anthropomorphic red-tailed hawk, a species native to the Fraser Valley. Hawkey could be seen at home games wearing Jersey No.00.

Season-by-season results

Team captains


  1. Millican, Joe (2009-04-28). "Yes! Abbotsford gets AHL hockey". Abbotsford News. Archived from the original on 2 May 2009. Retrieved 2009-04-28. Unknown parameter |deadurl= ignored (help)<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>[dead link]
  2. "The HEAT is on for 2009–10 AHL season" (PDF). Fraser Valley Sports & Entertainment Ltd. 2009-05-14. Archived from the original (PDF) on July 11, 2011. Retrieved 2009-05-14. Unknown parameter |deadurl= ignored (help)<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. "Playfair to get Heat post". Calgary Herald. 2009-06-05. Retrieved 2009-06-05.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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