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:…


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…


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…


What if Stockton’s Finest ran the Stockton Heat?

With the Calgary Flames ending their season prematurely, the speculation on what the lineup will look like next year is about 90% set already. The same cannot be said for the Stockton Heat. With most players’ contracts expiring at the end of June, the Heat’s roster looks to be only about 10% filled.


Stockton Heat season in one word: Meh

As the seconds ticked off the clock on Stockton’s season Sunday, Heat fans were left wondering what went askew. The offseason moves brought so much promise and anticipation that gradually faded into yet another disappointing year of missing the playoffs for the Flames’ top affiliate.


Tucson sweeps two from Stockton – no Heat playoffs

On Friday, the Stockton Heat had an opportunity to remain in the Calder Cup playoff hunt, albeit an outside chance. The team directly above them, the Tucson Roadrunners, came into Stockton sporting a 1-6-1 record in their last eight games. After going 6-2-0-1 in their last eight, Stockton had set itself up for a late…


The Heat push to the playoffs – 11 games to go

Last week was a good one for the Stockton Heat but it ended on a sour note. They welcomed Michael Stone (on a conditioning stint) for some much-needed defensive help, albeit for what may be only five games. Dating back to last weekend, they took two out of three games against San Diego, a team…


Stockton Heat clip Colorado Eagles twice

On Saturday, both the Heat and Mrs. Finest and I returned to Stockton Arena from a road trip. While I went 0-1-0-1 (and Mrs. Finest went 1-0-0-1), the Heat went 1-3-0-0 on their road trip, keeping them in sixth in the division, a whopping 11 points from a playoff spot. The good news is they welcomed…


Stockton Heat winless against San Jose Barracuda

Stockton played a home and home series with the San Jose Barracuda this weekend, which was bad news for the Heat. Someone asked me who owns the Heat? I said “Owns… Owns…” San Jose owns the Heat, as Stockton had a 0-8 record against their Northern California rivals going into the weekend.


An ace up the Flames’ sleeve

Free The Flame reached out to me and asked if I could rank the forwards group in Stockton to see who would fit the term “Black Ace” for the Flames playoff run. Unless the Heat go on a 10-game winning streak, Stockton will miss the Calder Cup playoffs for the third time in four years.