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Abbotsford Heat leave city with $12M in losses
CBC News Posted: Apr 15, 2014 10:14 AM PT Last Updated: Apr 15, 2014 4:16 PM PT
The City of Abbotsford has paid the owners of the Abbotsford Heat another $5.5 million to end the Calgary Flames’ farm team’s contract with the city, capping off years of financial losses for the city.
Abbotsford Mayor Bruce Banman joined CEO of the Calgary Flames, Ken King, and president of Abbotsford Heat, Ryan Walter, at the announcement on Tuesday morning.
Banman said in total the contract with the team has cost the city more than $12 million since 2010, when then-mayor George Peary signed a ten-year deal with the Heat to guarantee $5.7 million a year in revenue. Read More…
UPDATED: Calgary’s AHL affiliate leaving Abbotsford
Hopes are high for AHL hockey in Glens Falls.
Calgary Flames CEO Ken King announced Tuesday that their AHL affiliate will be leaving Abbotsford, British Columbia. He did not say where the team will be going.
Glens Falls mayor John “Jack” Diamond said the city has not had any discussions with Calgary, but “they know that our building is available.”
Flames assistant general manager Mike Holditch was in Glens Falls to tour the Civic Center on March 20.
The next meeting of the AHL Board of Governors, which would typically approve a move, is May 5. “They have until then to discuss options. Read More…
Abbotsford Heat to leave, city to pay $5.5 million to end deal
The Abbotsford Heat’s five-season tenure in this city is coming to a close.
At a press conference this morning at the Abbotsford Entertainment and Sports Centre (AESC), Calgary Flames CEO Ken King announced that the team will be leaving the city at the conclusion of the Calder Cup playoffs.
A payment of $5.5 million will be allocated to the Heat from the city’s 2014 operating savings and unappropriated reserves to pay out the remaining five years left in their 10-year supply agreement with the city.
Mayor Bruce Banman said this amount is less than half what the estimated losses would have been if the Heat had continued playing in Abbotsford for the next five years.
“There is absolutely no question in our minds that taking this step with the Abbotsford Heat is the best scenario financially for the city and our ratepayers,” he said. Read More…
Pirates moving season finale to Saco
By Chris Roy | MaineHockeyJournal.com
SACO – The circus is coming to town after all Saturday as the Androscoggin Bank Colisee will host the Kora Shire Circus as scheduled. As a result the Portland Pirates will play their season finale on that day at 7pm at MHG Ice Centre in Saco.
Wednesday’s game against the Albany Devils will be the final AHL game played at the Colisee.
The Pirates along with the Colisee and Kora Shrine Circus were unable to reach a solution on keeping both events going at the Colisee on Saturday. The Pirates were scheduled to play three-games-in-three-days this weekend to wrap up their regular season, but moved games on Friday and Sunday in attempt to accommodate the Colisee and Circus.
“When we began working with the Devils and Admirals and moving those games on Friday and Sunday we thought we might have fixed the problem,” said Pirates Chief Operating Officer Brad Church.
The scheduling issues began when it was realized that both the Pirates and Kora Shrine Circus were scheduled to occupy the Colisee on April 18 and 19. Both sides were adamant on laying claim to the 19th. The Pirates released a pair of statements indicating that the game was going on as schedule, while the Shrine Circus continued to promote itself around the Lewiston/Auburn area. Read More…
Blashill voted AHL’s outstanding coach
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. … The American Hockey League announced today that Jeff Blashill of the Grand Rapids Griffins has been voted the winner of the Louis A.R. Pieri Memorial Award as the AHL’s outstanding coach for the 2013-14 season.
The award is voted on by fellow coaches and members of the media in each of the league’s 30 cities.
Blashill has steered the Griffins to the second-best record in the Western Conference entering the final week of the 2013-14 regular season despite a large-scale roster turnover. With a 46-22-2-4 record (98 points) and two games remaining, Grand Rapids is closing in on a second consecutive Midwest Division title despite seeing just four of their top 12 scorers from a year ago spend even half of this season with the AHL club. The Griffins, who rank seventh in the league in offense (3.15 goals per game) and second in defense (2.42), have managed to sit in first place in the division since Nov. 3 and have not lost more than two consecutive games in regulation at any point this season. Read More…
Survey questions Thunder Bay residents on hosting AHL club
CBC News Posted: Apr 15, 2014 11:43 AM ET Last Updated: Apr 15, 2014 11:43 AM ET
The owners of the NHL’s Winnipeg Jets want to move their farm team to Thunder Bay, but are asking city residents for feedback first.
The Jets announced in January that their farm team would be leaving its current home in St. John’s, NL, within a few years.