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Stockton Thunder Becomes Calgary Flames AHL Affiliate

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Stockton Mayor Anthony Silva (left), Calgary Flames General Manager Brad Treliving and Stockton Thunder President Dave Piecuch. (Courtesy: Stockton Thunder)

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The Stockton Thunder have been bought by the Calgary Flames and will be the team’s American Hockey League affiliate, the team announced Thursday.

“First off, Stockton Arena is a world-class facility that is the envy of not just ECHL teams, but AHL teams as well. Having our players play at a top-notch facility was paramount,” Flames General Manager Brad Treliving said at a press event. “Also, the fans pack the house here every night; we look forward to that same support for the new team.”

Stockton’s inclusion in the AHL rounds out the league’s Pacific Division – which also includes teams in San Diego, Bakersfield, Ontario and San Jose.

The Thunder will play the Utah Grizzlies at the Stockton Arena Saturday at 7:30 p.m.