The Flames moved their A.H.L. franchise from Abbotsford, BC to Glens Falls new York this past offseason. The move meant the death of the "Heat" monicker as they made the A.H.L. and N.H.L. teams eponymous, but they then purchased the Stockton Thunder and announced that they would switch the E.C.H.L. locations of Adirondack and Stockton which meant new names.
Adirondack's name was quickly decided as they decided to move the name Thunder to Adirondack. They then had a contest to determine the name of the new Stockton Franchise. Fans submitted names to the Flames brass who narrowed it down to five and would determine the name tonight.
Well, it would appear that the "Heat" monicker is back from the dead. The team announced that Stockton will assume the former Abbotsford name during the first intermission of tonight's Thunder game. The name beat out the Blaze, the Inferno, the Fire, and the Scorch.
The Stockton team will join the San Diego Gulls (Ducks affiliate), Bakersfield Condors (Oilers affiliate), Ontario Reign (Kings affiliate), and the still unnamed San Jose Sharks affiliate in the A.H.L.'s westward expansion which begins next year.