Quad City Flames

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Quad City Flames
City Moline, Illinois
League American Hockey League
Founded 1977
Operated 20072009
Home arena i wireless Center
Colors Red, black, gold, white                    
Affiliates Calgary Flames
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 Quad City Flames were an ice hockey team that played between 2007 and 2009. They were owned by QC Sports Ventures Inc., an ownership group based out of the Quad Cities. The Flames played at the I wireless Center in Moline, Illinois. They were the American Hockey League farm team of the Calgary Flames of the National Hockey League. The move to the Quad Cities was confirmed on May 24, 2007. As a result, the arena's previous hockey tenant, the Quad City Mallards of the United Hockey League ceased operations.[1]

The team left the Quad Cities after the 2008–09 season and relocated to Abbotsford, British Columbia to play as the Abbotsford Heat in the 2009–10 season.


The Flames AHL franchise relocated from Omaha, Nebraska, where the team spent two seasons as the Omaha Ak-Sar-Ben Knights. Following two disappointing seasons at the gate in which the Flames and the Knights of Ak-Sar-Ben lost over $4 million, the Flames chose to relocate the franchise.[2] The new franchise joined former UHL rival, the Rockford IceHogs in moving up to the AHL. The Flames made their AHL regular-season debut in Moline on October 6, 2007 with a 5–1 victory over Rockford.

The Flames were the third team to attempt to place an AHL team in the Quad Cities. Both the San Jose Sharks and Edmonton Oilers were unable to reach an agreement with the owners of the Mallards, and of the arena.[3] While the NHL franchise had signed an affiliation agreement to the end of the 2011–12 season, the Flames and Quad City Sports Ventures agreed to end the agreement after just two seasons as the Flames will place their affiliate in Abbotsford, British Columbia for the 2009–10 AHL season.[4] Local ownership in Quad Cities estimated the team's losses for 2008–09 at $1.3 million.[5]

This market was previously served by:

The market was subsequently home to:


Season-by-season results

Regular season

Season Games Won Lost OTL SOL Points Goals
2007–08 80 38 32 3 7 86 203 214 6th, West Division
2008–09 80 36 31 6 7 85 212 216 5th, West Division


Season 1st round 2nd round 3rd round Finals
2007–08 Out of playoffs.
2008–09 Out of playoffs.

Team records

Single season

Goals: 39 Canada Kyle Greentree (2008–09)
Assists: 43 Canada Grant Stevenson (2007–08)
Points: 76 Canada Kyle Greentree (2008–09)
Penalty Minutes: 248 Canada Brandon Prust (2007–08)
GAA: 2.23 Canada Leland Irving (2008–09)
SV%: .912 Canada Matt Keetley (2007–08), Leland Irving (2008–09)
Wins: 24 Canada Leland Irving (2008–09)
Shutouts: 3 Canada Curtis McElhinney (2007–08)
  • Goaltending records need a minimum 25 games played by the goaltender


Career Goals: 43 Canada Kris Chucko
Career Assists: 76 Canada Carsen Germyn
Career Points: 108 Canada Carsen Germyn
Career Penalty Minutes: 271 Canada Matt Pelech
Career Goaltending Wins: 24 Canada Leland Irving
Career Shutouts: 3 Canada Curtis McElhinney Canada Matt Keetley
Career Games: 154 Canada Kris Chucko


  1. Quad City Flames website
  2. AHL: Knights are leaving for the Quad Cities, Omaha World-Herald, May 15, 2007
  3. DeVrieze, Craig, Quad-Cities step up to AHL, pantagraph.com, May 24, 2007
  4. "Report: Flames plan to move AHL affiliate to Abbotsford". The Sports Network. 2009-03-12. Retrieved 2009-03-14.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. Hall, Vicki (2009-03-12). "Calgary Flames' farm team to move from Quad Cities to Abbotsford, B.C." Calgary Herald. Archived from the original on February 12, 2010. Retrieved 2009-03-14. Unknown parameter |deadurl= ignored (help)<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>