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Abbotsford Heat
League: Not Active (NA) | Official team website
Team colours:  Red + Black + Silver + White
Town:  Abbotsford, BC
Founded:  2009
2011 - 2012
Show roster | Show stats change season View ft/lbsviews: 114494

 # Player A BornBirthplaceHt Wt S  
#30  David Brown (G) 29 1985-02-01 Stoney Creek, ON, CAN182 91 L  
#35  Brandon Glover (G) 21 1992-08-21 Victoria, BC, CAN194 82 R  
#37  Leland Irving (G) 26 1988-04-11 Barrhead, AB, CAN183 80 L  
#1  Henrik Karlsson (G) 30 1983-11-27 Stockholm, SWE198 98 L  
#31  Joni Ortio (G) 23 1991-04-16 Turku, FIN186 83 L  
#30  Danny Taylor (G) 28 1986-04-28 Plymouth, GBR183 90 L  
                 
#6  Christopher Breen (D) 25 1989-06-29 Uxbridge, ON, CAN201 101 L  
#29  T.J. Brodie (D) 24 1990-06-07 Chatham, ON, CAN185 83 L  
#21  Brett Carson (D) 28 1985-11-29 Regina, SK, CAN193 103 R  
#9  Brian Connelly (D) 28 1986-06-10 Bloomington, MN, USA180 84 L  
#38  Patrick Cullity (D)  27 1987-01-26 Tewksbury, MA, USA188 91 L  
#25  Jordan Henry (D) 28 1986-02-11 Milo, AB, CAN188 90 R  
#2  Brady Lamb (D) 25 1988-08-15 Calgary, AB, CAN185 100 R  
#3  James Martin (D) 23 1991-05-29 Winnipeg, MB, CAN188 87 L  
#9  Brendan Mikkelson (D) 27 1987-06-22 Regina, SK, CAN191 93 L  
#4  John Negrin (D) 25 1989-03-25 West Vancouver, BC, CAN188 97 L  
#43  Joe Piskula (D)   30 1984-07-05 Antigo, WI, USA191 97 L  
#2  Russ Sinkewich (D)  28 1985-09-21 Westlake, OH, USA190 92 R  
#18  J.P. Testwuide (D/F)  29 1984-11-05 Vail, CO, USA182 95 L  
#38  Nick Tuzzolino (D)  28 1986-01-19 Buffalo, NY, USA195 102 R  
#5  Clay Wilson (D/LW) 31 1983-04-05 Fridley, MN, USA183 88 L  
                 
#28  Akim Aliu (RW) 25 1989-04-24 Okene, NIG191 102 R  
#22  John Armstrong (C) 26 1988-02-26 Unionville, ON, CAN188 85 R  
#34  Carter Bancks (LW) 24 1989-08-09 Marysville, BC, CAN180 77 L  
#49  Judd Blackwater (C)  27 1987-06-22 Lethbridge, AB, CAN183 87 L  
#10  Lance Bouma (LW/C) 24 1990-03-25 Provost, AB, CAN183 88 L  
#25  Andy Brandt (RW)  31 1983-06-01 Wausau, WI, USA186 83 R  
#12  Paul Byron (C/LW) 25 1989-04-27 Ottawa, ON, CAN175 77 L  
#23  Jason Dale (RW)  25 1988-12-31 Toronto, ON, CAN181 87 R  
#48  Robby Dee (C)  27 1987-04-09 Plymouth, MN, USA185 83 L  
#41  Guillaume Desbiens (RW)   29 1985-04-20 Alma, QC, CAN188 93 L  
#39  Justin Dowling (C) 23 1990-10-01 Cochrane, AB, CAN179 83 L  
#24  David Eddy (RW) 24 1989-12-10 Woodbury, MN, USA183 85 R  
#14  Turner Elson (LW) 21 1992-09-13 New Westminster, BC, CAN183 84 L  
#7  Adam Estoclet (C) 25 1989-03-24 Orono, MN, USA188 82 R  
#20  Roman Horák (C) 23 1991-05-21 Ceske Budejovice, CZE182 78 L  
#27  Ryan Howse (RW/LW) 23 1991-07-06 Prince George, BC, CAN180 88 L  
#42  Raitis Ivanans (LW) 35 1979-01-03 Salaspils, LAT193 109 L  
#16  Hugh Jessiman (RW) 30 1984-03-28 New York, NY, USA198 105 R  
#8  Krys Kolanos (C/W) 33 1981-07-27 Calgary, AB, CAN191 93 R  
#11  Quintin Laing (LW)   35 1979-06-08 Rosetown, SK, CAN188 91 L  
#36  Pierre-Luc Létourneau-Leblond (LW/RW) 29 1985-06-04 Lévis, QC, CAN188 95 L  
#18  Aaron Lewicki (RW)  27 1987-07-30 Livonia, MI, USA184 91 R  
#13  Logan MacMillan (LW/C) 25 1989-05-07 Charlottetown, PE, CAN185 80 L  
#7  Stefan Meyer (LW) 29 1985-07-20 Medicine Hat, AB, CAN188 91 L  
#15  Greg Nemisz (RW) 24 1990-06-06 Courtice, ON, CAN191 91 R  
#32  Gaelan Patterson (C) 23 1990-08-22 Saskatoon, SK, CAN183 93 L  
#25  Max Reinhart (C) 22 1992-02-04 Vancouver, BC, CAN185 82 L  
#26  Jon Rheault (RW/C) 27 1986-08-01 Arlington, TX, USA178 92 R  
#46  Bobby Robins (C/RW)  32 1981-10-17 Rhinelander, WI, USA185 100 R  
#47  Tyler Ruegsegger (C)  26 1988-01-19 Lakewood, CO, USA181 87 R  
#19  Dustin Sylvester (C) 25 1989-01-05 Kelowna, BC, CAN170 80 L  
#14  Mitch Wahl (C/RW) 24 1990-01-22 Seal Beach, CA, USA183 86 R  
#17  Ben Walter (C) 30 1984-05-11 Beaconsfield, QC, CAN183 86 L  
Position: G:5 D:13 F:23 | Av Age: 23.83 years | Av Ht: 186.24 cm | Av Wt: 89.85 kg | Compare with other teams Compare data to other teams
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Head Coach Troy Ward Goaltending Coach Jordan Sigalet
Asst. Coach Cail MacLean Conditioning Coach Mike Thompson
Asst. Coach Luke Strand President Ryan Walter


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Interesting Facts

League: Not Active (NA)
Average Age: 23.83 years
Average Ht: 186.24 cm
Average Wt: 89.85 kg
33 players
17 players
1 players
1 players
1 players
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Abbotsford Heat experience: 3797 GP
NHL experience: 1471 GP
WC experience: 32 GP
SHL experience: 187 GP
Allsvenskan experience: 133 GP
Liiga experience: 188 GP
KHL experience: 226 GP
Czech experience: 9 GP
AHL experience: 9951 GP
DEL experience: 76 GP
NLA experience: 14 GP

 Season League GP W T L OW OL TP # Postseason
2013 - 2014 AHL 76 43 - 25 - 8 94 2 Conference QF loss
2012 - 2013 AHL 76 25 - 32 9 10 78 12 Did not make playoffs
2011 - 2012 AHL 76 30 - 36 12 8 92 4 Conference SF loss
2010 - 2011 AHL 80 38 - 32 4 6 86 11 Did not make playoffs
2009 - 2010 AHL 80 31 - 29 8 12 90 7 Conference SF loss


Complete transfer coverage
Date Status Player From To Source 
07/28/2014 Transfer Derek Smith (D) Abbotsford Heat ZSC 1 year 
07/25/2014 Transfer Brady Lamb (D) Abbotsford Heat Augsburger Panther
07/24/2014 Doubtful Corey Locke (F) Abbotsford Heat Ambrì-Piotta
07/04/2014 Transfer Brett Olson (F) Abbotsford Heat Florida Panthers 1 year 
06/30/2014 Transfer Chad Billins (D) Abbotsford Heat CSKA Moskva
06/25/2014 Transfer Zach McKelvie (D) Abbotsford Heat Retired Becomes Coach 
05/05/2014 Transfer Dean Arsene (D) Abbotsford Heat Retired
04/29/2014 Up/Down Jordan Kremyr (F) Abbotsford Heat Alaska Aces Released 



 
Arena Name: Abbotsford Centre
Location: Abbotsford, BC
Capacity: 7046
Construction Year: 2009

 Season Team League GP W T L OTW OTL GF GA TP Rank Postseason
2009 - 2010 Abbotsford Heat AHL 80 31 - 29 8 12 217231 90 7 Conference SF loss 
2010 - 2011 Abbotsford Heat AHL 80 38 - 32 4 6 186212 86 11 Did not make playoffs 
2011 - 2012 Abbotsford Heat AHL 76 30 - 36 12 8 200201 92 4 Conference SF loss 
2012 - 2013 Abbotsford Heat AHL 76 25 - 32 9 10 171198 78 12 Did not make playoffs 
2013 - 2014 Abbotsford Heat AHL 76 43 - 25 - 8 237215 94 2 Conference QF loss 
Currently showing the 30 latest seasons, click to view complete team history (5 seasons total)




# Player Season Team League GP G A TP PIM
1.   Ben Gordon (F) 2013 - 2014 Tulsa Oilers CHL 61 36 53 89 56
2.   Shawn Weller (F) 2013 - 2014 Starbulls Rosenheim DEL2 44 24 46 70 56
3.   Riley Armstrong (F) 2013 - 2014 EV Landshut DEL2 45 24 40 64 99
4.   Andy Bohmbach (F) 2013 - 2014 SC Riessersee DEL2 54 24 36 60 56
5.   Jason Jaffray (F) 2013 - 2014 St. John's IceCaps AHL 76 18 41 59 48
6.   Adam Estoclet (F) 2013 - 2014 Milano Rossoblu Italy 42 23 34 57 16
7.   Mitch Wahl (F) 2013 - 2014 Idaho Steelheads ECHL 65 17 39 56 160
8.   Stefan Meyer (F) 2013 - 2014 Sheffield Steelers EIHL 57 28 26 54 29
9.   Mike Testwuide (F) 2013 - 2014 Anyang Halla Asia League 42 27 27 54 54
10.   Bryan Cameron (F) 2013 - 2014 Arizona Sundogs CHL 58 20 30 50 38
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# Player GP G A TP
1.   Ben Walter (F) 143 34 74 108
2.   Krys Kolanos (F) 100 48 53 101
3.   Ben Street (F) 127 43 52 95
4.   Max Reinhart (F) 134 30 56 86
5.   Greg Nemisz (F) 206 35 46 81
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# Player GP G A TP
1.   Krys Kolanos (F) 100 48 53 101
2.   Ben Street (F) 127 43 52 95
3.   Greg Nemisz (F) 206 35 46 81
4.   Ben Walter (F) 143 34 74 108
5.   Cam Cunning (F) 121 33 27 60
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# Player GP G A TP
1.   Ben Walter (F) 143 34 74 108
2.   Max Reinhart (F) 134 30 56 86
3.   Krys Kolanos (F) 100 48 53 101
4.   Ben Street (F) 127 43 52 95
5.   T.J. Brodie (D) 115 7 50 57
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# Player GP G TP PIM
1.   J.D. Watt (F) 97 9 17 340
2.   Matt Pelech (F) 101 5 15 323
3.   Ryley Grantham (F) 89 1 7 202
4.   Carter Bancks (F) 224 15 52 179
5.   Joe Piskula (D) 176 6 40 172
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# Player GP G A TP
1.   Christopher Breen (D) 245 9 21 30
2.   Carter Bancks (F) 224 15 37 52
3.   Greg Nemisz (F) 206 35 46 81
4.   Quintin Laing (F) 180 24 40 64
5.   Joe Piskula (D) 176 6 34 40
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# Player GP G TP PPG
1.   Krys Kolanos (F) 100 48 101 1.010
2.   Ales Kotalik (F) 25 6 22 0.880
3.   Markus Granlund (F) 52 25 44 0.846
4.   Corey Locke (F) 30 4 23 0.767
5.   Blair Jones (F) 59 20 45 0.763
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# Player Season League GP G A TP PIM
1.   Max Reinhart (F) 2013 - 2014 AHL 66 21 42 63 47
2.   Krys Kolanos (F) 2011 - 2012 AHL 47 30 31 61 47
3.   Ben Walter (F) 2011 - 2012 AHL 75 19 40 59 30
4.   Ben Street (F) 2013 - 2014 AHL 58 28 30 58 24
5.   Jason Jaffray (F) 2009 - 2010 AHL 72 25 29 54 70
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# Player Season League GP G A TP PIM
1.   Krys Kolanos (F) 2011 - 2012 AHL 47 30 31 61 47
2.   Ben Street (F) 2013 - 2014 AHL 58 28 30 58 24
3.   Jason Jaffray (F) 2009 - 2010 AHL 72 25 29 54 70
4.   Markus Granlund (F) 2013 - 2014 AHL 52 25 21 44 22
5.   Max Reinhart (F) 2013 - 2014 AHL 66 21 42 63 47
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# Player Season League GP G A TP PIM
1.   Max Reinhart (F) 2013 - 2014 AHL 66 21 42 63 47
2.   Ben Walter (F) 2011 - 2012 AHL 75 19 40 59 30
3.   Ben Walter (F) 2012 - 2013 AHL 68 15 34 49 18
4.   Krys Kolanos (F) 2011 - 2012 AHL 47 30 31 61 47
5.   Chad Billins (D) 2013 - 2014 AHL 65 10 31 41 40
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# Player Season League GP G A TP PIM
1.   J.D. Watt (F) 2009 - 2010 AHL 70 8 5 13 267
2.   Matt Pelech (F) 2010 - 2011 AHL 59 3 2 5 198
3.   Garth Murray (F) 2009 - 2010 AHL 80 9 22 31 169
4.   Pierre-Luc Létourneau-Leblond (F) 2011 - 2012 AHL 50 1 5 6 167
5.   Ryley Grantham (F) 2009 - 2010 AHL 67 1 3 4 163
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Season Roster Link Average Height Average Weight Average Age
2013- 2014 View roster 184.62 cm | 6.01 ft 87.53 kg | 193 lbs 25.02 yrs
2012- 2013 View roster 185.41 cm | 6.01 ft 89.54 kg | 197 lbs 24.86 yrs
2011- 2012 View roster 186.24 cm | 6.01 ft 89.85 kg | 198 lbs 23.83 yrs
2010- 2011 View roster 185.78 cm | 6.01 ft 89.64 kg | 198 lbs 23.47 yrs
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History

The Abbotsford Heat was founded in 2009 and operated in the AHL for five seasons between 2009 and 2014. The franchise moved to Abbotsford, BC, from Moline, IL, after the Quad City Flames ceased operations in 2009.

In 2005 the City of Abbotsford had opted to build a new arena that later became known as the Abbotsford Entertainment & Sports Centre (AESC). Initially the City Council visioned an ECHL franchise as a tenant, but later on opted to pursue an AHL franchise instead. The AESC building project was part of a larger community development project. The estimated cost of the whole project first went up from the initial $75 million to $108 million and finally to $115 million, with the arena costing approximately nearly $70 million.

The City of Abbotsford was able to attract an AHL tenant in 2009, just before the AESC project was completed. The franchise relocation of the Quad City Flames to Abbotsford was was approved by the AHL Board of Governors on April 28, 2009. The franchise was owned by the Calgary Flames and operated by a local ownership group with a 10-year $5.7 million supply fee agreement with the City of Abbotsford in place, with additional $200,000 going to the city for the facility rental. Profits exceeding $5.9 million would be then split 60-40 between the owners and the city. In other words, the city guaranteed the owners, i.e. the Calgary Flames, $5.7 million budget to operate the team with possible shortfall in revenue being covered by the city. The 10-year agreement included a review of the agreement after five years. Due to the remote location of the franchise, the local ownership group would pay for the opponents' travel.

During its stay in Abbotsford the Flames AHL affiliate managed to reach the playoffs three times out of five, reaching the Western Conference. Despite the playoff runs and modest success during the regular seasons, the team was unable to draw people to the games at the AESC. Each year in operation the team failed to reach its estimated average attendance required to reach the point of breaking even at $5.7 million. While inaugural season deficit was attributed to a general lack of time to market the team and to sell commercial rights, the issue of low attendance remained and gradually became worse as the attendance dwindled. The issue was ever so apparent inside the AESC with majority of the seats empty.

On April 15, 2014, coinciding with the five year review mark, the City of Abbotsford decided to terminate the 10-year supply agreement with the Calgary Flames. The team had failed to reach the $5.7 million mark each year, costing the city approximately a total of $7.2 million. The termination of the agreement cost the city $5.5 million. Therefore, the Abbotsford Heat cost $12.7 million to the local taxpayers and the nearly $70 million arena was left dormant. The franchise was subsequently moved to Glens Falls, NY, and became known as the Adirondack Flames.

The reason for the low attendance was generally, at least in part, attributed to the team image as the AHL affiliate of the Calgary Flames, a rival of the nearby Vancouver Canucks. The Heat played in uniforms based on the Calgary Flames uniforms, the gold trim being replaced was replaced by silver. The Fraser Valley area is considered Canucks territory and supporting a team affiliated to a rival was probably not an ideal situation to begin with. The city was reportedly engaged in talks with the Canucks to serve as the relocation place of the Peoria Rivermen, but the parties involved were unable to reach agreement in time before the 2013-14 season and the Rivermen franchise was relocated to Utica, NY.

On one hand, it is arguable that for the Calgary Flames having its AHL affiliate close by, operating in state of the art facilities and being compensated for operational losses through the supply fee agreement was a sweet deal, regardless of the attendance issue. The previous incarnation of the franchise in Moline, IL, operated only for two seasons due to high deficits, which likely led the Flames to look for financially more secure agreements, like the one they found in Abbotsford. On the other hand, the City of Abbotsford was fairly keen on building a large arena, chose to host the Flames' AHL affiliate and was ready to bear the costs involved. Perhaps the city was overly optimistic or too eager to quickly land a tenant to its expensive arena in the first place.

Behind the name
The team name was chosen in a contest. The rationale to choose the name Abbotsford Heat was not explained at the time, but it is arguable that name is a nod towards the Calgary Flames who owned the franchise. The team colors are also similar to the Flames colors.

Franchise history
- Adirondack Flames (2014-)
- Abbotsford Heat (2009-2014)
- Quad City Flames (2007-2009)
- Omaha Ak-Sar-Ben Knights (2005-2007)
- Saint John Flames (1993-2003)
- Utica Devils (1987-1993)
- Maine Mariners (1977-1987)

Sources:
- Kinvig, Dan 2013. Canucks AHL affiliate not coming to Abbotsford, Heat staying put. Abbotsford News: April 26, 2013.