NEWS: @InsideAHLHockey has learned, per AHL sources, expectation is Calgary Flames will relocate their AHL franchise from Stockton & move it closer to home for 2022-23
Also, AHL's Board of Governors scheduled to meet Mon. to discuss divisional realignment https://t.co/d8k80jpegV
— Tony Androckitis* (@TonyAndrock) May 15, 2022
The smoke has been building for quite some time, and multiple sources have reached out to Inside AHL Hockey over the past few weeks indicating the expectation is the Calgary Flames will be relocating their American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate from Stockton and moving it into Canada – and into the Calgary area, specifically – for the 2022-23 season.
But with Abbotsford working for the Canucks, Canada has become a viable option for AHL West.
More below (in two tweets)… https://t.co/v7rW35a5fU
— The Mayor | John Hoven (@mayorNHL) May 15, 2022
- Max Bell Arena is centrally-located, but small (1,600 capacity for hockey) and quite old.
- Markin MacPhail Arena has good capacity (3,000), but it has international ice (rather than the smaller NHL size).
- 7 Chiefs Sportsplex on the Tsuut’ina Nation might be the best fit. The facility is new and modern, it seats 2,000 for hockey, it’s fairly centrally-located, and there’s already a relationship between the Flames and the Tsuut’ina based upon them hosting the Calgary Hitmen multiple times since the beginning of the pandemic.