The Abbotsford Heat, the top affiliate of the Calgary Flames, will be on national television twice this month: on Sunday January 16 and Sunday January 23 as the CBC broadcasts some American Hockey League action.
The Heat will face the Toronto Marlies Sunday January 16 at the Abbotsford Entertainment and Sports Centre. Gametime is noon MT.
The following weekend the Heat travel to Winnipeg to face the Manitoba Moose, the Vancouver Canucks top affiliate. Puck drop is 11 a.m. MT.
Sunday’s tilt with Toronto marks the second time the two teams have battled it out nationally on the CBC. Last March the Marlies edged the Heat 2-1 in overtime at Ricoh Coliseum in Toronto.
“I think it’s good for the whole organization to deal with - to let the people know that there is a team in Abbotsford which plays professional hockey,” said Heat head coach Jim Playfair. “The CBC game is going to help indentify us as being a team that prides itself on being a good team in a good environment, a great city and a great building that can provide great entertainment value.”
Defenceman Keith Seabrook, who was a part of last year’s game, says it’s a great opportunity for out of town relatives to catch a game when they otherwise wouldn’t have been able to.
“It’s cool, doing it last year was definitely fun too,” said Seabrook. “We’ve got a lot of friends and family that don’t see us play much. They get to watch it on TV. It’s definitely a cool thing to have and both teams are going to be prepared for it.”