According to Newsday on Tuesday, the Calgary Flames have moved their top minor hockey league affiliate, the Abbotsford Heat to Glens Falls, New York starting in the 2014-15 American Hockey League season. The Flames announced in April that they would be discontinuing their relationship with Abbotsford for the next hockey season.
The American Hockey League has been in Glens Falls before. From 1979-1999, the New York city in Warren County hosted the top affiliate of the Detroit Red Wings, known as the Adirondack Red Wings and from 2009-2014 the Philadelphia Flyers used Glens Falls as the site of their top minor league affiliate. The Adirondack Phantoms are moving to Allentown, Pennsylvania starting next season.
Glens Falls is located in northeast New York and has a population of 14,700. The city is near a large waterfall from the Hudson River.
Glens Falls becomes the 11th place to host the top affiliate of the Calgary Flames. This will be the first move since 2009.
From 1980-1984, the Flames used teams from the Central Hockey League as their top affiliate. In 1980-1981, their top farm team was the Birmingham Bulls, in 1981-1982 it was the Oklahoma City Stars and from 1982-1984 it was the Colorado Flames.
From 1984-1987, the Flames' top affiliate was the Moncton Golden Flames of the American Hockey League. They were followed by Salt Lake Golden Eagles of the International Hockey League from 1987-1993. The Golden Eagles would be the last affiliate the Flames used outside the American Hockey League.
Since 1993, the Flames were affiliated with the Saint John Flames for a decade, before the partnership ended in 2003. From 2003-2005, the Flames were associated with the Lowell Loch Monsters. From 2005-2007, their affiliate was the Omaha Ak-Sar-Ben Knights and from 2007-2009, the Flames had their top affiliate in Quad City.