Stockton Thunder Becomes Calgary Flames AHL Affiliate
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.