|2013–14 Abbotsford Heat season|
|City||Abbotsford, British Columbia|
|League||American Hockey League|
|Home arena||Abbotsford Entertainment & Sports Centre|
White, red, black, silver
|Head coach||Troy Ward|
|Affiliates||Calgary Flames (NHL)
Alaska Aces (ECHL)
|1993–2003||Saint John Flames|
|2005–2007||Omaha Ak-Sar-Ben Knights|
|2007–2009||Quad City Flames|
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, 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.
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. 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.
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.
|Calder Cup Champions||Conference champions||Division champions||League leader|
Records as of June 24, 2013.
|2009–10||80||39||29||5||7||90||.563||217||231||3rd, North||2010||W, 4–3, RCH||L, 2–4, HAM||—||—|
|2010–11||80||38||32||4||6||86||.538||186||212||4th, North||2011||Out of playoffs|
|2011–12||76||42||26||3||5||92||.605||200||201||2nd, West||2012||W, 3–0, MIL||L, 1–4, TOR||—||—|
|2012–13||76||34||32||4||6||78||.513||171||198||4th, North||2013||Out of playoffs|
|Totals||312||153||119||16||24||346||.554||774||842||2 playoff appearances|
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