Calgary’s getting one other skilled hockey staff, at the least for one season.
The Calgary Flames introduced as we speak that their AHL affiliate, the Stockton Warmth, will quickly relocate to Calgary for the 2020-21 season resulting from cross-border journey restrictions brought on by the pandemic.
“We’re appreciative of the Metropolis of Stockton and the San Joaquin County Public Well being Workplace for the work they put ahead in try to accommodate the staff for this season,” mentioned Flames assistant normal supervisor Brad Pascall. “Nonetheless, the problems of cross-border journey within the face of COVID-19 has introduced us to our resolution as we speak.”
Recalling gamers from northern California shouldn’t be possible given Canada’s 14-day quarantine regulation for incoming travellers, necessitating this transfer. Together with the Edmonton Oilers and Vancouver Canucks, the Flames are one among three Canadian NHL groups which have AHL associates situated in the US.
The Stockton Warmth will preserve their identify however will play out of the Scotiabank Saddledome, following all NHL COVID-19 protocols, working intently with the Alberta Ministry of Well being to make sure a protected work setting, the Flames introduced.
Just like the NHL, the AHL will seemingly kind an all-Canadian division, which means that the Warmth will play all its video games in opposition to Belleville (Ottawa Senators), Laval (Montreal Canadiens), Manitoba (Winnipeg Jets), and Toronto (Toronto Maple Leafs).