The Calgary Flames made it official this morning, christening their new AHL farm club with the wonderfully un-imaginative title of the Adirondack Flames with an early-morning press conference in Glens Falls, NY.
The huge up-shot of everything is the return of the old-school Flaming A for their primary logo, albeit with a slightly-tweaked colour scheme. The Flaming A has been in disuse since the Atlanta Flames moved to some podunk prairie town in 1980.
I hope the Adirondack Flames affiliate uses the Flaming A logo.
— Ryan Pike (@RyanNPike) May 1, 2014
In a media release, Flames GM Brad Treliving announced the move.
“The Calgary Flames are dedicated to developing players in the American Hockey League, and are excited at the prospect of moving to a mature hockey market like Glens Falls that deserves to remain an AHL market. The history and tradition of the Flames franchise goes back to the team’s birth as the Atlanta Flames and we are proud to also pay tribute to our history with the introduction of a new version of the flaming “A” here in Adirondack. We look forward to building on Glens Falls’ rich hockey history.”
The team has a “multi-year deal” in Glens Falls, and any realignment of the AHL divisions wasn’t announced – the AHL Board of Governors meets in July to finalize that stuff. The press release confirmed that the Baby Flames will wear roughly the same colours as the NHL team, granted with a different logo.
All kidding aside, there seems to be a lot of support for the Adirondack Flames in Glens Falls already, which is crucial for the team’s long-term success. There was a big (and boisterous) crowd at the press conference, and there already seems to be a lot of fan and corporate support.