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Heat announce opening night roster

by Staff Writer / Calgary Flames

ABBOTSFORD, BC -- The Abbotsford Heat announced today their opening night roster for the 2013-14 American Hockey League (AHL) season. The Heat open their season tonight in Cleveland against the Lake Erie Monsters (AHL affiliate of the Colorado Avalanche). Puck drop is set for 4:30 pm PST with the game broadcast live on 101.7 CIVL FM and

Head Coach Troy G. Ward returns for a third season behind the Heat bench and will have a new face beside him in Robbie Ftorek. Ftorek is the new Assistant Coach, who posseses tremendous hockey experience with 334 career NHL games played and as a three-time NHL Head Coach. Goaltending Coach Jordan Sigalet returns for his third season with the club.

The Heat have 14 players on the opening night roster who played at least one game for the Heat last season. This year’s team will also be very young, with only 7 of 27 players on the roster are over 25 years of age.


4 - Zach McKelvie

11 - Corban Knight

12 - Paul Byron

13 - Turner Elson

15 - Greg Nemisz

17 - Josh Jooris

20 - Roman Horak

22 - Blair Jones

24 - David Eddy

25 - Max Reinhart

26 - Markus Granlund

28 - Ben Hanowski

34 - Carter Bancks

36 - Michael Ferland

46 - Brett Lyon

48 - Brett Olson

49 - Steve Begin


2 - Braden Lamb

5 - Tyler Wotherspoon

7 - John Ramage

14 - Mark Cundari

16 - Dean Arsene

18 - Drew MacKenzie

23 - Chad Billins

32 - Patrick Sieloff


31 - Joni Ortio

33 - Reto Berra

The Heat home opener weekend is October 11th and 12th against the Milwaukee Admirals at 7:00PM, featuring an autograph session with NHL legend Guy Lafleur. The 2013 Heat Home Opener is presented by Rossdown Farms & Natural Foods, and if you purchase a group of 10 or more tickets before October 7th, you will be entered to win a Thanksgiving turkey dinner for 10 people during the October 11th Heat game. To purchase tickets call 1-877-452-HEAT or visit

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