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Abbotsford Heat
AbbotsfordHeat
City: Abbotsford, British Columbia
League: American Hockey League
Conference: Western Conference
Division: West Division
Founded: 2009
Home Arena: Abbotsford Entertainment & Sports Centre
Colors: White, Red, Black, Silver

                   

Head Coach: Troy Ward
Affiliates: Calgary Flames (NHL)
Utah Grizzlies (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-present: Adirondack Flames

The Abbotsford Heat were a professional ice hockey team that played in the American Hockey League. The team was based in Abbotsford, British Columbia. The Heat began to play during 2009-10 season, and were the affiliate of the National Hockey League's Calgary Flames. There home games were played at the 7,046 seat Abbotsford Entertainment & Sports Centre. They were the only AHL team in the Pacific Time Zone, and were also two time zones from the nearest team in the league, as there were also no teams in the Mountain Time Zone.

HistoryEdit

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 away in Oklahoma City, and the Heat were the only AHL team west of the Central Time Zone or the Rocky Mountains. As such, to reduce travel costs, the road team that played two consecutive road games in Abbotsford, and in some cases, the Heat played consecutive road games at the same arena.

The team hosted a "Name the Team" contest and on May 14, 2009, the Heat was announced as the team's new name.

On June 5, 2009, the Calgary Herald reported that Jim Playfair would debut as head coach of the Abbotsford Heat after spending 2 seasons with the Calgary Flames.

The Heat played there final AHL season in the 2013-14 AHL season. on May 5, 2014 the team relocated to Glens Falls, New York to become the Adirondack Flames.

MascotEdit

The Heat's mascot was Hawkey, an anthropomorphic red-tailed hawk; a species that is native to the Fraser Valley. Hawkey could be seen at home games wearing jersey #00.

Season-by-Season ResultsEdit

Regular SeasonEdit

Season Games WonLostOTLSOLPoints Goals
For
Goals
Against
Standing
2009–1080392957 902172313rd, North
2010–11803832 4 6 861862124th, North
2011–12764226 3 5 922002012nd, West

PlayoffsEdit

Season1st Round2nd Round3rd RoundFinals
2009–10W, 4-3, RochesterL, 2-4, Hamilton
2010–11 Out of playoffs
2011–12W, 3-0, MilwaukeeL, 1-4, Toronto

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