Despite winning a rather pedestrian five of their past 10 games, the Abbotsford Heat sit a single point behind Grand Rapids for the top spot in the Western Conference.
The most recent rumour, as cited by The Province and the Vancouver Sun, was that the Calgary Flames were considering packing up and moving their team to Utica, New York. The rumour suggested that the Vancouver Canucks would then buy the Peoria Rivermen, the St. Louis’ farm team that plays in Illinois, and then St. Louis would take over the Chicago Wolves. It seems complicated, but the end result is that the Flames would end up in New York, allowing the relocated Rivermen to move to Abbotsford. One part of the rumour came true on April 1.
To celebrate the end of the lockout, The Cascade recently attended a national student journalism conference in Toronto (not exactly true, but forgive us for thinking some celebration was in order). While there, we interviewed several sports editors from other student papers across the country to get their take on the glorious return of Canada’s favourite form of organized violence.
Are the Heat set to be snuffed out in Abbotsford? According to Don Laible of the Utica Observer-Dispatch, the answer is “yes.” Last Sunday, he reported that the Calgary Flames’ American Hockey League affiliate, the Abbotsford Heat, are set to pull up stakes at the Abbotsford Entertainment & Sports Centre and set up shop in the Utica Memorial Auditorium in New York next season.
With the departure of goaltender Danny Taylor to the big leagues early Wednesday morning, Barry Brust, whose playing time has been limited as of late, is now the go-to guy until Taylor returns. Unfortunately for Brust, his team came out flat in the later half of their back-to-back series against the Rochester Americans.
The Abbotsford Heat won 5-3 against the Rockford Icehogs Saturday night. The team started and finished strong, with three goals scored in the first period and two scored in the third.
As the Heat fade out, Abbotsford’s tangle of spectacle and political ambition waits for a future
Every team faces injuries during the course of a grueling 76 game AHL season. It’s the nature of the game. But during a season when the NHL is locked down, AHL teams face a deepening pool of roster depth. Not that they’d complain, of course, but the newly discovered depth could create roster dilemmas for coaches across the league.
Although it’s too early to say for sure, it looks as though Sulzer could be just what the Canucks are looking for from a depth defenceman – reliable.
The City of Abbotsford used the mid-way point of its 10-year contract with the Abbotsford Heat to pay half the estimated losses the city would have needed to pay over five years ($5.5 million), releasing both parties from the deal.