The Stockton Heat, proud AHL affiliate of the NHL's Calgary Flames, announced today the 2017-18 Hockey Operations staff including the contract extension of Heat Head Coach Ryan Huska, the return of Assistant Coach Domenic Pittis, Goaltending Coach Colin Zulianello, Head Equipment Manager Peter Bureaux along with Strength & Conditioning Coach Alan Selby and the additions of Assistant Coach Cail MacLean, Head Athletic Trainer James Borrelli, Video Analyst and Team Services Kohl Schultz and Assistant Equipment Manager Mitch MacLeod.
Heat head coach Ryan Huska returns for his third season in Stockton and fourth in the Calgary Flames organization having compiled a 101-90-21 record and coming off his most successful year at the helm where the Heat went 34-25-9 and made it to Game 5 of the Pacific Division Semifinals against the Pacific Division winning San Jose Barracuda.
Pittis returns for his third season and Zulianello is set to begin his second season with the Heat. Bureaux will be entering his third season with the Heat and seventh season in the Flames organization. Selby heads into his second year in Stockton.
MacLean, who replaces Todd Gill after he accepted the Head Coaching job with the OHL's Owen Sound Attack, joins the Heat after two seasons as the Head Coach of the Adirondack Thunder of the ECHL, guiding the club to two-straight playoff appearances and a 79-48-17 record. In total, MacLean has posted a 157-96-35 record as a head coach at the ECHL level with Adirondack and the South Carolina Stingrays, having made the playoffs in his four seasons at the helm.
This is MacLean's second go-around with the Flames AHL affiliate, having served as an assistant coach with the Abbotsford Heat from 2011 to 2013. MacLean had an 11-year pro hockey career spanning from 1997 through 2008, playing 747 games in the AHL, ECHL and the former International Hockey League.
Borrelli arrives in Stockton after serving as the North Bay Battalion's (Ontario Hockey League) Head Athletic Therapist and Equipment Manager since 2013. A graduate of the University of Guelph and Sheridan College, Borrelli had two stints with the Hamilton Bulldogs of the AHL and spent two seasons with the Canadian Football League's Toronto Argonauts and has worked a number of tournaments with Hockey Canada.
Schultz begins his career in pro hockey after serving as the Director of Hockey Operations for Bemidji State University and as the Video Coordinator and Director of Community Engagement with the University of Maine men's hockey program. His main tasks with the Heat will be to assist the coaching staff with video analysis along with serving as the team's travel coordinator.
MacLeod returns to Stockton having previously been a Hockey Operations Intern with the Stockton Thunder in 2014-15. Since then, MacLeod has worked in Slovenia with Hockey Without Borders and as an Assistant Coach and Equipment Manager with the Odessa Jackalopes of the North American Hockey League.
The third season of Heat hockey begins on Friday, October 6 at 7:00 p.m. as the Heat host the Bakersfield Condors and follow that up with a rematch of the Pacific Division Semifinals, hosting the San Jose Barracuda on Saturday, October 7 at 6:00 p.m.
Fans can learn about ticket options for the 2017-18 season by attending the Heat's Open House on Saturday, August 5 from Noon to 3:00 p.m. In addition to test driving seats for the upcoming season, fans can enjoy broomball, tour the Heat locker room, take advantage of official Heat merchandise discounts and every fan in attendance will receive a free ticket to the Heat preseason game on Friday, September 29 at 7:00 p.m.