The Calgary Flames announced on Tuesday that they are pulling their American Hockey League farm team out of Abbotsford, B.C. at the end of the season.
The Abbotsford Heat have played out of the 7,000-seat Abbotsford Entertainment and Sports Centre since the franchise moved the Quad Cities Flames from Illinois for the 2009-10 season.
Flames president and CEO Ken King explained some of the reasons for the decision in a statement.
"The economics did not turn out the way any of us intended, despite the tremendous efforts of many men and women who made it their mission to convert the allegiances of local hockey fans, at least at the American Hockey League level, to the Heat," explained King. "Notwithstanding economics our experiences in the Fraser Valley have been good. We have made good friends, have wonderful local partners and believe that our players have been served well in this market. Unfortunately the time has come for us to move on."
The Heat have already clinched a playoff spot this season and will make a postseason appearance for the third time in their five seasons in Abbotsford. They have made it to the second round twice.
Abbotsford is the western-most franchise in the AHL and is the only team playing in the Pacific time zone.
The Flames did not announce a new location for the team but said that several opportunities exist for the organization.