|Quad City Flames|
|League:||American Hockey League|
|Home Arena:||i wireless Center|
|Colors:||Red, black, gold, white
|1977 to 1987:||Maine Mariners|
|1987 to 1993:||Utica Devils|
|1993 to 2003:||Saint John Flames|
|2005 to 2007:||Omaha Ak-Sar-Ben Knights|
|2007 to 2009:||Quad City Flames|
|2009 to present:||Abbotsford Heat|
The Quad City Flames were an ice hockey team that played between 2007 and 2009. They were owned by QC Sports Ventures Inc., an ownership group based out of the Quad Cities. The Flames played at the I wireless Center in Moline, Illinois. They were the American Hockey League farm team of the Calgary Flames of the National Hockey League. The move to the Quad Cities was confirmed on May 24, 2007. As a result, the arena's previous hockey tenant, the Quad City Mallards of the United Hockey League ceased operations.
The team began play in Abbotsford, British Columbia as the Abbotsford Heat in the 2009-10 season.
History[edit | edit source]
The Flames AHL franchise relocated from Omaha, Nebraska, where the team spent two seasons as the Omaha Ak-Sar-Ben Knights. Following two disappointing seasons at the gate in which the Flames and the Knights of Ak-Sar-Ben lost over $4 million, the Flames chose to relocate the franchise. The new franchise joined former UHL rival, the Rockford IceHogs in moving up to the AHL. The Flames made their AHL regular-season debut in Moline on October 6, 2007 with a 5–1 victory over Rockford.
The Flames were the third team to attempt to place an AHL team in the Quad Cities. Both the San Jose Sharks and Edmonton Oilers were unable to reach an agreement with the owners of the Mallards, and of the arena. While the NHL franchise had signed an affiliation agreement to the end of the 2011–12 season, the Flames and Quad City Sports Ventures agreed to end the agreement after just two seasons as the Flames will place their affiliate in Abbotsford, British Columbia for the 2009–10 AHL season.Local ownership in Quad Cities estimated the team's losses for 2008–09 at $1.3 million.
This market was previously served by:
- Quad City Mallards of the UHL (1995–2007)
The market was subsequently home to:
- Quad City Mallards of the IHL (2009–present)
Season-by-Season Results[edit | edit source]
Regular Season[edit | edit source]
|2007–08||80||38||32||3||7||86||203||214||6th, West Division|
|2008–09||80||36||31||6||7||85||212||216||5th, West Division|
Playoffs[edit | edit source]
|Season||1st Round||2nd Round||3rd Round||Finals|
|2007–08||Out of playoffs.|
|2008–09||Out of playoffs.|