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Stockton’s Finest Awards – First Half

With the AHL All-Star game over, the second half push is now on for the Stockton Heat. Even though they are ranked third in the league in winning percentage, they do not hold the top spot in either the conference (Milwaukee Admirals) or division (Tucson Roadrunners). At the break, Stockton is three points from the…

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A timeline for player development

Over the past few years, I have made the argument that a winning Stockton Heat team is good not only for the fans but also for the players. Most of the comments I receive are “Stockton is for player development” and winning is a secondary focus. While I still think winning should be included, let’s…

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Overtime games cool down the Stockton Heat

The Stockton Heat have cooled off a little over the past two weeks. After a blazing 6-1-0-1 start, Stockton has gone 1-1-1-1 over their past four, going to overtime in the first three games, with two of them going to a shootout. Heading into Monday’s matinee, the Heat found themselves third in the division, trailing…

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Division-leading Stockton Heat sizzle in October

It was a record-setting opening month for the Stockton Heat, as they finished October with a 6-1-0-1 record which puts them in a tie for the top spot in the Pacific Division with the Ontario Reign with 13 points and fourth overall in the league.

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Another season, another Finest visit

With just over 50 days until the puck drops on the 15th season of hockey in Stockton, the Heat are not the only ones planning for the new season. For us, in addition to our full slate of home games for the new season, there are a few major items that need to be confirmed:…

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Looking at minor league UFA targets for the Stockton Heat

July 1 – the day where National Hockey League teams can sign that missing piece or two they think will help them in the pursuit of a Stanley Cup. It is also the day where teams start to fill their American Hockey League rosters with players cast off by others in order to accommodate their…

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Pondering the future of Heat hockey in Stockton

As the Calgary Flames continue their preparation for the draft, trades, and free agency, there is one more important matter to secure, at least for Mrs. Finest and me. October will begin the fifth and final year of the contract between the City of Stockton, Stockton Arena, and the Calgary Flames. The City of Stockton…