Abbotsford Heat

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Abbotsford Heat
2013–14 Abbotsford Heat season
Abbotsford Heat.svg
City Abbotsford, British Columbia
League American Hockey League
Conference Western Conference
Division West Division
Founded 2009
Home arena Abbotsford Entertainment & Sports Centre

White, red, black, silver

Head coach Troy Ward
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

The Abbotsford Heat are a professional ice hockey team that plays in the American Hockey League. The team is based in Abbotsford, British Columbia, Canada. The Heat began play during 2009–10 season, and are the affiliate of the National Hockey League's Calgary Flames. Home games are played in the 7,046 seat Abbotsford Entertainment & Sports Centre. The Heat are the only AHL team in the Pacific Time Zone.


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, is 1,583 mi (2,548 km) away, and the Heat are the only AHL team west of the Central Time Zone. To reduce travel costs, road teams sometimes play two consecutive games in Abbotsford, and in some cases, the Heat play 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 talks[edit]

The team has struggled financially and has seen 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 15th, 2014.[4] The Heat will finish the season & Calder Cup Playoffs in Abbotsford, where the team will move however, is yet to be determined. Glens Falls, NY is the leading candidate for the team they currently are home to the AHL's Adirondack Phantoms which will leave for Allentown, PA after the 2013-14 season.

Team information[edit]


The Heat's mascot is Hawkey, an anthropomorphic red-tailed hawk; a species that is native to the Fraser Valley. Hawkey can be seen at home games wearing jersey No.00.

Season-by-season results[edit]

Calder Cup Champions Conference champions Division champions League leader

Records as of June 24, 2013.[5]


Current roster[edit]

Updated February 28, 2014[6][7]

# Nat Player Pos S/G Age Acquired Birthplace Contract
29 Canada Arsene, DeanDean Arsene (C) D L 33 2013 Murrayville, British Columbia Heat
47 Switzerland Baertschi, SvenSven Baertschi LW L 21 2011 Bern, Switzerland Flames
34 Canada Bancks, CarterCarter Bancks (A) LW L 24 2010 Marysville, British Columbia Heat
6 Canada Breen, ChrisChris Breen D L 24 2010 Uxbridge, Ontario Flames
41 United States Billins, ChadChad Billins (A) D L 24 2013 Marysville, Michigan Flames
13 Canada Elson, TurnerTurner Elson LW L 21 2013 St. Albert, Alberta Flames
36 Canada Ferland, MichaelMichael Ferland LW L 21 2010 Swan River, Manitoba Flames
40 Canada Foster, AdrianAdrian Foster C L 32 2014 Lethbridge, Alberta PTO
46 Canada Gillies, TrevorTrevor Gillies LW L 35 2014 Cambridge, Ontario Heat
28 United States Hanowski, BenBen Hanowski RW L 23 2013 Little Falls, Minnesota Flames
22 Canada Jones, BlairBlair Jones C R 27 2012 Central Butte, Saskatchewan Flames
17 Canada Jooris, JoshJosh Jooris C R 22 2013 Burlington, Ontario Flames
11 Canada Knight, CorbanCorban Knight RW R 23 2013 High River, Alberta Flames
44 Canada Lafranchise, KaneKane Lafranchise D L 25 2013 Edmonton, Alberta Heat
2 Canada Lamb, BradyBrady Lamb D R 25 2012 Calgary, Alberta Flames
23 Canada Locke, CoreyCorey Locke C L 29 2014 Toronto, Ontario Heat
35 Canada MacDonald, JoeyJoey MacDonald G L 34 2013 Pictou, Nova Scotia Flames
4 United States McKelvie, ZachZach McKelvie D L 29 2012 New Brighton, Minnesota Heat
55 Canada O'Brien, ShaneShane O'Brien D L 30 2014 Port Hope, Ontario Flames
48 United States Olson, BrettBrett Olson C R 27 2012 Superior, Wisconsin Heat
7 United States Ramage, JohnJohn Ramage D R 25 2010 Chesterfield, Missouri Flames
25 Canada Reinhart, MaxMax Reinhart C L 22 2010 Vancouver, British Columbia Flames
37 Canada Roy, OlivierOlivier Roy G L 22 2013 Amqui, Quebec Flames
32 United States Sieloff, PatrickPatrick Sieloff D L 19 2013 Ann Arbor, Michigan Flames
9 Canada Street, BenBen Street C L 27 2012 Coquitlam, British Columbia Flames
19 Canada Trupp, EvanEvan Trupp C L 26 2014 Anchorage, Alaska Heat
5 Canada Wotherspoon, TylerTyler Wotherspoon D L 21 2011 Surrey, British Columbia Flames

Team captains[edit]


  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. [dead link]
  2. ^ "The HEAT is on for 2009–10 AHL season". Fraser Valley Sports & Entertainment Ltd. 2009-05-14. Retrieved 2009-05-14. [dead link]
  3. ^ "Playfair to get Heat post". Calgary Herald. 2009-06-05. Retrieved 2009-06-05. 
  4. ^
  5. ^, Abbotsford Heat season statistics and records.
  6. ^ "The Official Site of the Abbotsford Heat: Roster". Abbotsford Heat. Retrieved 2013-12-11. 
  7. ^ "Abbotsford Heat". Retrieved 2013-12-11. 

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