The Adirondack Flames were a professional ice hockey team in the American Hockey League (AHL). The team was based in Glens Falls, New York, and played at the 4,794 seat Glens Falls Civic Center. They were the top affiliate of the Calgary Flames of the National Hockey League (NHL), and made their debut in the 2014–15 AHL season after relocating from Abbotsford, British Columbia, where the team was known as the Heat. Former Portland Pirates managing owner and CEO Brian Petrovek served as the team's president. For the 2015–16 season, the Adirondack Flames moved to Stockton, California, and became the Stockton Heat.
|City||Glens Falls, New York|
|League||American Hockey League|
|Home arena||Glens Falls Civic Center|
|Colors||Red, black, gold, white|
|Owner(s)||Calgary Sports and Entertainment|
(N. Murray Edwards, chairman)
|Affiliates||Calgary Flames (NHL)|
|1993–2003||Saint John Flames|
|2005–2007||Omaha Ak-Sar-Ben Knights|
|2007–2009||Quad City Flames|
After playing five seasons in Abbotsford, British Columbia, as the Abbotsford Heat, the city of Abbotsford terminated its contract with the Heat on April 15, 2014, and on May 5, 2014, the American Hockey League (AHL)'s board of governors announced its approval to relocate the team to Glens Falls for the 2014–15 season. The contract between the city of Glens Falls and the Calgary Flames ran for three seasons with an option to renew for two more seasons.
The relocation of Calgary's AHL team ensured that AHL hockey continued uninterrupted in Glens Falls for the 2014–15 season, despite the departure of Glens Falls' previous AHL team, the Adirondack Phantoms, who relocated to Allentown, Pennsylvania, following 2013–14 AHL season to become the Lehigh Valley Phantoms.
The team earned a certain degree of notoriety when its mascot, "Scorch", was introduced. In what a number of Flames fans saw as poor taste, an introductory video showed Scorch, supposedly the last unextinguished flame from a fire that devastated Glens Falls in 1846, overpowering a firefighter and knocking him to the ground. The ensuing controversy prompted the Flames to discontinue Scorch shortly after he was introduced. On June 24, 2014, it was announced Ryan Huska, former head coach of the Kelowna Rockets of the Western Hockey League (WHL), would be the team's first head coach.
On February 10, 2015, the Adirondack Flames routed the Syracuse Crunch by a franchise-high score of 10–0. Sven Baertschi recorded his first professional hat-trick. Turner Elson added two goals, and Kenny Agostino (1G-2A), Mark Cundari (1G-2A), Markus Granlund (1G-1A), Ben Hanowski (2A), Garnet Hathaway (3A), Brian McGrattan (2A) and Tyler Wotherspoon (2A) all posted multi-point efforts. In total, 13 Flames skaters posted at least one point. It was the first time since 2002 a score has reached double-digits in the AHL.
Relocation and replacementEdit
On January 29, 2015, it was confirmed by the AHL via press conference that the Adirondack Flames would relocate from Glens Falls to Stockton, California, and become the Stockton Heat. In turn, the Calgary Flames acquired the Stockton Thunder of the ECHL and relocated that team to Glens Falls as the Adirondack Thunder for the 2015–16 season.
|2014–15||76||35||33||6||2||78||.513||233||240||4th, North||2015||Did not qualify|
- Ryan Huska (2014–15)
- Abbotsford Heat leave city with $12M in losses - British Columbia - CBC News
- It’s official: Glens Falls keeping AHL hockey League approves team move to Adirondack
- "Glens Falls tried to recruit four other AHL teams before Calgary". poststar.com. 2014-05-14. Retrieved 2014-05-14.
- Adirondack Flames to replace controversial mascot. Post-Star. Retrieved October 15, 2014.