Abbotsford Heat Dipping Into Public Coffers

Kent Wilson
March 18 2010 10:45AM

Outside of trades for doddering Oiler defensemen and fourth round draft picks, it seems the Flames orginzation is annoying people outside the realm of hockey decisions as well.

In this Province article, Kent Spence relates a cozy little deal the Heat have with the city of Abbotsford, as well as the local residents resistance to the arrangement:

 Council approved a deal with the Heat on Monday that will guarantee the team its $5.7-million annual expenses, regardless of fan support, which is 34-per-cent below expectations.

The subsidies absolve the team from paying its $200,000 annual rent at the Abbotsford Entertainment and Sports Centre unless a profit is made.


Vince Dimanno, president of the Abbotsford Ratepayers Association, said the subsidy amounts to a $57-million "liability" over the 10-year length of the deal.

"It's debt. Abbotsford has assumed all the risks. The owners risk nothing. There is no business plan to turn this money-loser around," he said.

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Around the League - Something smells FOWLer...

Jason Gregor
March 18 2010 10:38AM

Tyler Seguin was rated #1 by ISS (International Scouting Services) on Tuesday, which will re-ignite the Hall or Seguin debate into a full-blown frenzy.

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"V" for victory and Vesa

Jean Lefebvre
March 17 2010 09:33PM

In the hours leading up to Wednesday night's Flames-Avalanche tussle in Denver, Brent Sutter's choice of starting goaltender was either a hot topic of debate or, in the case of FlamesNation Game Day Fire Drill maestro TLP, the cue for a routine worthy of a Night at the Improv.

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GDFD No. 70: Or, Loss No. 27

Ryan Lambert
March 17 2010 06:11PM

Welcome to the Game Day Fire Drill, for this, Calgary’s 70th game of the season on March 17, 2010.

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Risky business

Pat Steinberg
March 17 2010 04:15PM

Calgary Flames vs Vancouver Canucks

It's the biggest game of the season (we all know that), against a team the Calgary Flames have yet to beat this season. That's why some find it odd to see the Calgary Flames start Vesa Toskala in net over Miikka Kiprusoff tonight in Denver.

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