The AHL season isn’t even over yet and we have some shuffling amongst AHL teams for next season.
If you weren’t already aware – the Adirondack Phantoms were set to move over to Allentown, Pennsylvania where they would play under the banner of the Lehigh Valley Phantoms.
Now that their old barn is free the Calgary Flames have finally managed to get the heck on out of Abbotsford and right in where Adirondack left off. With the AHL Spring Meeting taking place in Chicago earlier in the day – it was announced today that the move will be official and the Abbotsford Heat will be moving over to Glens Falls, New York. No official team name has been announced as of yet.
Abbotsford has been among the lowest of the low as far as attendance is concerned in the AHL. This past season they saw an average of 3,007 fans which put them second to only the Portland Pirates (2,185 average attendance) for the lowest in the league. Compare that to the team/location they’ll be moving into, Adirondack, who sported an average of 4,192 fans. That may have still been at the cliff of the bottom ten in AHL attendance this past season -but- it is a massive improvement as far as Abbotsford is concerned.
With no more Abbotsford Heat to speak of, sob – cry – tear, let’s look back on the most classic of classic moments in Heat history.
What do you think about this move for the Calgary Flames organization? What do you think their new affiliate should be called? If this causes a shuffle in the Conferences – who is most likely to shift to the West in their place?