GLENS FALLS, NY -- Brad Treliving and Brian Petrovek knew that Glens Falls was passionate about hockey.
Both had experienced the loud, fervent crowd at the Glens Falls Civic Center many a time during their careers and witnessed just how much the town loved their teams.
However, they weren't expecting the crowd that showed up for the press conference that officially announced the Adirondack Flames as the Calgary Flames AHL affiliate.
Hundreds of fans packed into Heritage Hall to cheer on their new team, talk to team officials and get information on securing tickets for the 2014-15 season. At the conclusion of the press conference, they gave the organization a standing ovation.
"That was completely unexpected but exciting," Treliving told CalgaryFlames.com. "That room was as big of a press conference as I've seen at level. It's comforting and exciting that, first and foremost, there's a want for the team. That there is a following. That there is a passion for the team.
"I don't know if you could have had a better response."
Treliving, who was hired as the Flames general manager a couple of weeks ago, has spent more than a few nights at the Civic Center, both on and off the ice.
As a member of the Phoenix Coyotes hockey operations group, he worked closely with their AHL affiliate, the Portland Pirates. During his tenure in the AHL, the former defenceman was tasked with taking on Adirondack Red Wings.
"I used to hate like hell coming in here," he chuckled. "It was a difficult place to play. It was a miserable place to play as an opponent. The fans were loud ... we're going to get it back to that again starting next year."
Petrovek, who was named the Adirondack Flames President on Friday, joins the organization with over 15 years experience in the AHL. He has never witnessed anything remotely like what he saw in Heritage Hall.
"Our entire team was blown away," he said after the press conference. "I've been in situations where we had great press coverage but this - with everyone who came - it just blew me away.
"I'm absolutely thrilled with the reception and now, we've got to hold up our end."
The team's end, according to Petrovek, equates to not only placing a great product on the ice but also providing an excellent in-game experience for the fans who will packing the Civic Center for home games.
"For this to succeed, it's going to take hard work and we have every intention of delivering on that promise," he stated. "Our approach will be fan-first, and as Brad has said, committed to the community.
"Our goal will be to create lasting memories for fans of all ages."
The Civic Center has been a hockey hotbed in the Adirondack region for decades. It holds 4,794 people and averaged over 4,000 in attendance during the Phantoms stint in Glens Falls despite the team not being a playoff contender during their time in upstate New York.
"This building is going to be a fun place to be," Treliving smiled. "I can't wait to see it when the season starts."