Heat Aim to Make it Two In-a-Row against San Diego at 6:00 p.m.

Arena: Stockton Arena
Date: October 21, 2017
Time: 6:00 p.m. PST (Doors at 5:00 p.m. PST, Heat Zone Pregame Party at 4:00)
Giveaway: First 2,500 fans receive a Heat Team Photo courtesy of Ray Morgan Company, Chase Chevrolet and Asvitt Photography
Broadcast: AHL Live, Spreaker and iHeartRadio at 5:45 p.m. PST
LEADING SCORER: STOCKTON: C Mark Jankowski (5 GP, 5-3-8) & LW Andrew Mangiapane (5GP 3-5-8)
                                         SAN DIEGO: LW Kalle Kossila (4GP, 2-3-5)

For the live, in-game tweets, follow @AHLHeat. Stay tuned at the end of the game for the Chase Chevrolet Big Moment of the Game with your chance to win an autographed puck from Ryan Lomberg.

JOIN THE FUN TONIGHT
Come out to the Arena tonight dressed in your best Halloween costumes and stay after the game to trick-or-treat inside the arena around the rink and along the concourse. It’s also Hockey Night in Stockton presented by Budweiser where fans 21-years and over can purchase a Bud & Burger for just $15!

Plenty going on before the game in Stockton, starting with the Dress for Success Fashion Show at 3:00 p.m.! If you have a ticket to the game, you can purchase a ticket for the show for just $5, which will be sold at the Resolution Table in the North Entry, or, you can call Mike Rojeski at 209.373.1552!

Full-Season Heat365 Members have another event today as it’s the first Chalk Talk of the season! Come prepared to ask Heat Head Coach Ryan Huska questions about the Heat, or the matchup against the Gulls, which begins at 3:45 p.m.

Our Heat Zone Pregame Party begins at 4:00 p.m. on Ring Road and is a great chance to bring the family to enjoy live music and interactive games for the kids along with local food trucks and a beergarden.

The Breakaway Cafe is another great food and beverage option and it will be available to every fan in the building featuring food from Bella Vista Cucina Italiana and Town & Country Cafe, with craft beer available from the Brewhaus!

Fans are encouraged to donate to our Canned Food Drive benefitting the United Way of San Joaquin County.  For every five donated earns you a free ticket to tonight’s game (limit two tickets per customer).

The first 2,500 fans will also receive a 2017-18 Stockton Heat Team Photo presented by Ray Morgan Company, Chase Chevrolet and Asvitt Photography, perfect to collect autographs with after the game ends as the Stockton Heat will exit the Arena through the North Concourse, giving fans a chance to collect autographs and take pictures with your favorite Heat players!

TONIGHT
Stockton hosts the San Diego Gulls for the second consecutive night aiming to improve their 3-1 home record and build off of last night’s 4-2 victory over the San Diego Gulls in the first of eight meetings in 2017-2018. The Heat went 7-2-0-1 against the Gulls last season and have posted a solid 14-7-0-2 record against the Gulls all-time including a 9-2-0-1 record at Stockton Arena including last night’s win.

 

LAST TIME VS. SAN DIEGO
Last Night the Stockton Heat leaned on their special teams units to defeat the San Diego Gulls 4-2. Spencer Foo notched his first professional goal to make it 1-0 and Mark Jankowski scored his third game winning goal to improve Stockton’s record to 3-2. Jankowski has tallied the game-winner in every second period of the team’s three wins. San Diego never led during their second loss of the season, but winger Kalle Kossila kept the Gulls within striking distance with his 2-goal performance. Jon Gillies finished with 29 saves to improve to 2-1 on the season. Heat goaltenders have now allowed just two goals combined in the three Heat wins.

WHO TO WATCH
Tonight we want to keep an eye on Spencer Foo, just a day removed from scoring his first professional goal and recording his first pro multi-point effort. Heat Head Coach Ryan Huska praised Foo’s ability to start creating offense and that is a point of focus to continue to develop the former college hockey standout. Foo, Marek Hrivik and Morgan Klimchuk started to show signs of chemistry last night, and that trio could be a great compliment to the top-line of Mark Jankowski, Andrew Mangiapane and Garnet Hathaway.

Balanced scoring was a big reason for the 4-2 win last night and sustained offensive production from Foo, Hrivik and Klimchuk would provide much needed scoring balance to this Heat attack. With two-straight games of leading the Heat in shots, we want to keep an eye on Foo tonight against the Gulls.

NO SLOWING DOWN STOCKTON’S TOP-LINE
Mark Jankowski and Andrew Mangiapane are on a roll to start the year, and last night’s game extended both sophomore’s point streaks to five games with Jankowski scoring 5 goals and adding 3 assists and Mangiapane scoring 3 goals and adding 5 assists. Jankowski’s ability to net game-winners is also becoming routine in the early goings with Mangiapane as his right-hand man. Both players have totaled 8 points in the first 5 games of the season to rank first in the Pacific Division in scoring and third in the AHL.

Another interesting fact about Jankowski is that he has outscored opponents 5-4 in the three home wins this year.

POWER PLAY BACK TO LIFE
Coach Huska continues to preach the importance of special teams and last night they were finally able to cash in, going 3 for 7 last night after going just 2 for 21 on the man-advantage through the first 4 games of the season. All four of Stockton’s goals were scored on special teams, and although San Diego scored twice on the power play, the Heat’s penalty kill continues to be a weapon as they notched their second short-handed goal of the season, joining a short list of four other teams to have scored more than one shorthanded tally, leading the league.

INTERESTING FACT
We know how hot that top-line for Stockton has been through five games, but Andrew Mangiapane has a chance to put his name in the Heat record books tonight. With an assist tonight, Mangiapane would join Linden Vey and Colby Robak as the only players in the club’s history with assists in five consecutive games.

Vey accomplished this feat twice last season, one from February 26 through March 6 (7 assists) and again from March 28 through April 8 (9 assists) while Robak held the record nearly all season despite playing in just six contests for the Heat, picking up assists from Opening Night on October 15 through October 28 (5 assists).  That streak to start the season snapped Brett Kulak’s initial Heat record of four-straight games with assists established in 2015-16 (5 assists).

STOCKTON HEAT HOCKEY FIGHTS CANCER JUST AROUND THE CORNER
After tonight’s game, Stockton heads on the road for three-straight games, starting with San Diego on Wednesday night and then two games in Bakersfield against the Condors over next weekend. The following weekend the Heat return to Stockton Arena for a pair of home games beginning on Friday, November 3 against the Manitoba Moose.  The home stand begins with another Fry Day presented by Golden State Restaurant Group McDonald’s where fans can bring their receipts from participating McDonald’s locations to the Box Office to receive a buy one, get one free ticket deal. The Heat will be holding a Coat Drive on November 3 benefitting the United Way of San Joaquin County, where we’ll reward fans who donate a new or gently used coat with a free ticket to the game!

Then on Saturday, November 4, we’ll host the first Stockton Heat Hockey Fights Cancer presented by Dignity Health St. Joseph’s Medical Center. The night will serve as a fundraise raiser in hopes of purchasing a new state-of-the-art Linear Accelerator machine, which destroys cancer cells!  A portion of the proceeds from ticket sales, silent auction and the jersey auction from the special Heat Hockey Fights Cancer jerseys will help support the cause!

Not only that, but the first 500 kids and 1,000 adults into the Arena will receive a Stockton Heat Hockey Fights Cancer replica jersey!

Fans can purchase the Heat Hockey Fights Cancer Promo Pack featuring a pair of tickets to the game and two limited edition, Heat Hockey Fights Cancer Beanies for just $45!

Order online right now and secure your tickets or set up your group night by calling 209.373.1500. Learn more about Heat Hockey Fights Cancer by visiting stocktonheat.com/fightscancer.

Heat Start Season Series with San Diego at Stockton Arena Tonight at 7PM

Arena: Stockton Arena
Date: October 20, 2017
Time: 7:00 p.m. PST (Doors at 6:00 p.m. PST)
Broadcast: AHL Live, Spreaker and iHeartRadio at 6:45 p.m. PST
LEADING SCORER: STOCKTON: C Mark Jankowski (4GP, 4-3-7) & LW Andrew Mangiapane (4GP 3-4-7)
                                         SAN DIEGO: LW Kevin Roy (3GP, 3-1-4)

For the live, in-game tweets, follow @AHLHeat. Stay tuned at the end of the game for the Chase Chevrolet Big Moment of the Game with your chance to win an autographed puck from Spencer Foo.

TONIGHT
The Heat return home after their first road game of the season to host the San Diego Gulls for the first of eight meetings in 2017-18. The Heat went 7-2-0-1 against the Gulls last season and have posted a solid 13-7-0-2 record against the Gulls all-time including an 8-2-0-1 record at Stockton Arena. Tonight’s kicks off a series of three-straight meetings between the clubs with two this weekend at Stockton Arena and a game next Wednesday at the VVCC.

TGI FRY DAY!
We know you’re glad that it’s the weekend because that means another Friday night spent at Stockton Arena, and it kicks off another Fry Day presented by Golden State Restaurant Group McDonald’s!  Fans who eat at a participating McDonald’s location can bring their receipt to the Stockton Arena Ticket Office and with a purchase of one ticket, can get one ticket free! To find a participating McDonald’s location nearest you click here!

Aspire School’s will also be in the building Heating Up the Numbers, as a number of children from the schools will be in attendance!   The Breakaway Cafe will be up and running available to every fan in the building featuring food from Bella Vista Cucina Italiana and Cast Iron Trading Co., with craft beer available from the Brewhaus!

LAST TIME VS. SAN DIEGO
Back on April 5 of the 2016-17 season, the Heat were in the midst of a terrific run, having come back from the Lone Star State with points in all of the five road games.  The Heat continued the momentum behind Hunter Shinkaruk, who recorded the Heat’s second ever hat trick and Shinkaruk’s third career AHL hat trick as the Heat took down the Gulls 5-3.

WHO TO WATCH
Tonight we want to keep an eye on the 28th selection in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft as Morgan Klimchuk scorched the Gulls last year, going over a point-per-game by scoring 7 goals and 4 assists for 11 points against the Gulls last season in 10 games played, which is actually just over a quarter of his point total for the entire season!

Some guys just have the hot hand against certain teams and we think tonight is the night that Klimchuk breaks onto the scoresheet in a big way.  His line on Wednesday with Marek Hrivik and Spencer Foo generated a number of scoring chances, but were ultimately held off the scoresheet.

We think tonight that line, led by Klimchuk, bounces back in a good way!

WHAT SOPHOMORE SLUMP?
Heat sophomores Mark Jankowski and Andrew Mangiapane are on a roll to start the year and show no signs of slowing down.  Both players have totaled 7-points in the first 4 games of the season to rank tied 3rd in the AHL in points. Jankowski’s 4 goals on the season sees him tied for second in the AHL behind only Danick Martel of Lehigh Valley who has 5 goals in 5 games.

Breaking it down even further, both Jankowski and Mangiapane have had some pretty solid success against San Diego in the past, with Jankowski leading the Heat in all-time points against the Gulls with 12 points in 13 games played and Mangiapane tied third on the Heat in points against San Diego with nine.

TOP LINE EN FUEGO
After being put on a line together late last season, the trio of Mark Jankowski in between Andrew Mangiapane and Garnet Hathaway have been inseparable. Put on a line with one another to start this season has proven dividends for the club as both Jankowski and Mangiapane have points in every game so far while Hathaway has points in three of the four.

The trio have factored into 20 of the 37 total points registered by Heat players this season and have been involved in 10 of the 14 goals scored this season.

INTERESTING FACT
Sometimes the difference in games is special teams and oddly enough, the Stockton Heat and San Diego Gulls are fairly even when it comes to their power-play conversion rate against one another.

In 2015-16, the Gulls scored 10 power-play goals on the Heat on 44 chances while Stockton managed just 7 power-play markers on 57 chances.  Last year, the numbers reversed, with Stockton recording the 10 power-play goals on 45 chances while the Gulls scored just 7 power-play tallies on 49 chances.

The math does work in the favor that the Gulls just edge Stockton in power-play percentage, scoring on 18.3% of power-plays against the Heat while Stockton has converted on 16.7% of power plays against San Diego.

Stockton could use a boost to the power play, having gone just 2 for 21 (9.5%) this season while the Heat will have to cool off the Gulls power play which has gone 5 for 17 (29.4%).

HEAT RETURN HOME THIS FRIDAY AND SATURDAY
Tomorrow night is another Hockey Night in Stockton presented by Budweiser! For just $15, fans 21-years-old and over can pick up a Bud and Burger at Stockton Arena during every Saturday home game this season! Fans can help us collect food to benefit the United Way of San Joaquin County by donating five canned food items on Saturday, and in exchange, we’ll give a FREE ticket to the game. Limit is two tickets per customer, but feel free to donate as much as you like!

There’s still time to attend the Dress for Success Fashion Show at 3:00 p.m. tomorrow! If you have a ticket to the game, you can purchase a ticket for the show for just $5, which will be sold at the Resolution table in the North Entry, or, you can call Mike Rojeski at 209.373.1552!

Full-Season Heat365 Members have another event today as it’s the first Chalk Talk of the season! Come prepared to ask Heat Head Coach Ryan Huska questions about the Heat, or the matchup against the Gulls, which begins at 3:45 p.m.

Everyone can attend tomorrow’s Heat Zone Pregame Party, featuring live music, food trucks, a kids area and beergarden!  It’s absolutely FREE to attend and open to the public beginning at 4:00 p.m.!

The first 2,500 fans will also receive a 2017-18 Stockton Heat Team Photo presented by Ray Morgan Company, Chase Chevrolet and Asvitt Photography, perfect to collect autographs with after the game ends as the Stockton Heat will exit the Arena through the North Concourse, giving fans a chance to collect autographs and take pictures with your favorite Heat players!

Also going of after the game will be the chance for kids to go Trick-Or-Treating! Kids can collect candy from Stockton Arena ushers and Hot Shots around the rink and on the concourse!

Set up your group or purchase your ticket plans by calling 209.373.1500 or by visiting stocktonheat.com/tickets.

Heat Face First Road Test in San Jose

Arena: SAP Center
Date: October 18, 2017
Time: 7:00 p.m. PST
Broadcast: AHL Live, Spreaker and iHeartRadio at 6:45 p.m. PST
LEADING SCORER: STOCKTON: C Mark Jankowski (3GP, 4-1-5) & LW Andrew Mangiapane (2-3-5)
                                         SAN JOSE: LW Adam Helewka (3GP, 1-3-4)

For the live, in-game tweets, follow @AHLHeat. Stay tuned at the end of the game for the Chase Chevrolet Big Moment of the Game with your chance to win an autographed puck from Heat Captain Rod Pelley.

TONIGHT
Get Fired Up as the Heat face their first road test of the season, a road contest at the SAP Center for the team’s second of 12 meetings against the San Jose Barracuda.  Stockton is 2-7-3-0 all-time against the Barracuda in San Jose and have suffered their lone blemish this season to San Jose on October 7 and look to get one back on their NorCal rival.

LAST TIME VS. SAN JOSE
Back on the second game of the season, Stockton would build a 3-1 lead in the first 21:59 of the contest, getting goals from each member of their top line, Andrew Mangiapane, Mark Jankowski and Garnet Hathaway.  However, San Jose would score three-straight goals to take the lead before Joseph Cramarossa evened the game up just 36 seconds after San Jose took their first lead.

With the Heat on the power play, San Jose would strike shorthanded, repaying the Heat who scored a shorthanded goal in their first game of the year the day before, with San Jose’s Manny Wiederer scoring his first goal of the year while shorthanded midway through the period which would prove to be the winner in the 6-4 win for San Jose at Stockton Arena.

WHO TO WATCH
He’s back on the board baby!

We may not have heard that too often, but after correcting some off-ice issues in his life, Emile Poirier got back on the board on Saturday against the Grand Rapids Griffins for the first time since January 7, 2017.  Poirier missed the final 23 games of the season and the playoffs for the Stockton Heat last season, playing in only 43 games for the club.

Named an AHL All-Star in his rookie season back in 2014-15 for the Adirondack Flames, Poirier saw his production decrease the last two seasons from 42 points, to 29 points and then to 17 points last season.

For a player that has only played 3 games since February 22, Poirier has shown glimpses of his old self, with last Saturday’s third period proving to be his best, even drawing some praise from his coach.

Reinvigorated and energized to get back to his scoring ways, we loved what we saw from Emile and it’s hard not to root for a guy like that.  We have a good feeling that tonight, we see even more improvement from Poirier as he continues to get his legs underneath him to start the year.  Tonight, we’ll be keeping an eye on Number 21 in red.

THE CZECH WALL
David Rittich got into his first game of the season on Saturday against the defending champs and recorded 36-saves for his sixth career AHL shutout and first of the season.

His 36-saves were the third most saves he’d make in an AHL game and second most he’s ever made in a shutout performance (37-saves, 12/3/16 vs. SD).

To trace back the most saves he’s ever made, you don’t have to go back far as he stopped 47 of 49 shots faced back on April 9, 2017 in a road game here at the SAP Center.  While his performance was one for the ages, the Heat would fall in that contest in overtime by a 2-1 final.

As far as the shutouts goes, it seems like David Rittich has been in the top five since his AHL career began last season, but he’s also got the top spot in the Heat record book locked down, holding the all-time team record in shutouts for the Heat with five, followed by Jon Gillies who has three shutouts for the Heat in his career.

WHAT SOPHOMORE SLUMP?
Heat sophomores Mark Jankowski and Andrew Mangiapane are on a roll to start the year and show no signs of slowing down.  Both players have totaled 5-points in the first 3 games of the season to rank tied 15th in the AHL in points.

Jankowski’s 4 goals on the season sees him tied for second in the AHL behind only Danick Martel of Lehigh Valley who has 5 goals in 5 games.

HIT THE ROAD, ROAD RECORD
The Heat play their first road game of the season tonight in San Jose looking to improve on their past records away from Stockton Arena.  Last season, the Heat went 13-17-3-1 on the road and all-time the Heat are 23-38-4-3, just a .390 win-percentage. However, the Heat improved on the road late last season, ending the year with points in seven-straight road games, going 5-0-1-1 in that stretch including a win and overtime loss (Rittich’s 47-save performance) against San Jose at the SAP Center.

INTERESTING FACT
In what seems like destiny for these two players, did you know that Mark Jankowski and Daniel O’Regan have been foes since 2012-13 when the two played college hockey?  Jankowski and his Providence College Friars and O’Regan and his Boston University Terriers have been Hockey East rivals who were drafted by two Pacific Division Rivals with Jankowski going in the first round and O’Regan going in the fifth round to the San Jose Sharks in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft.

During Jankowski’s National Championship run in 2014-15, his Friars would actually take on O’Regan’s Terriers in the National Title Game.  Both players would score, with O’Regan putting his team up 2-1 midway through the first period and Jankowski scoring to tie the game up early in the second period.  The Friars would go on to win the game, and the title.

Now in their pro careers, we’ve seen O’Regan and Jankowski battle to one-up the other, with both players finishing as the top two rookie point getters and goal scorers last season. O’Regan may have narrowly won out on the AHL Rookie of the Year to Jankowski, but both players were rightfully named to the AHL’s All-Rookie Team.  Now in their second full seasons, look for these two, to continue to battle and show why they are two of the top prospects skating in the AHL, destined to play against each other in the NHL as Pacific Division rivals with the Flames and the Sharks.

HEAT RETURN HOME THIS FRIDAY AND SATURDAY
The Heat return home this weekend to take on the San Diego Gulls on both Friday, October 20 at 7:00 p.m. and Saturday, October 21 at 6:00 p.m.

Friday’s game will of course be another Fry Day, presented by Golden State Restaurant Group McDonalds, where fans can eat at a participating McDonald’s location and bring their receipt to the Stockton Arena Ticket Office for a buy one get one FREE ticket for Friday’s game.

Then on Saturday night, it’s another Hockey Night in Stockton presented by Budweiser! For just $15, fans 21-years-old and over can pick up a Bud and Burger at Stockton Arena during every Saturday home game this season! Fans can help us collect food to benefit the United Way of San Joaquin County by donating five canned food items on Saturday, and in exchange, we’ll give a FREE ticket to the game. Limit is two tickets per customer, but feel free to donate as much as you like!

After the game ends, we’ll have kids collect candy in costume as it’s our Safe Trick-or-Treat Night, plus, fans can meet up with Heat players after the game in the North Concourse to take pictures and get autographs as they leave the Arena for the evening.

There’s plenty more going on too!  Read all about what’s going on this weekend in this week’s Amtrak Tracks Ahead, detailing everything coming up at Heat Home games this weekend and in November!

Set up your group or purchase your ticket plans by calling 209.373.1500 or by visiting stocktonheat.com/tickets.

Heat Host Grand Rapids Tonight at 6PM

Arena: Stockton Arena
Date: October 14, 2017
Time: 6:00 p.m. PST (Doors at 5:00 p.m.) Join the Heat Zone Pregame Party on Ring Road from 4-6 p.m.!
Broadcast: AHL Live, Spreaker and iHeartRadio at 5:45 p.m. PST
LEADING SCORER: STOCKTON: C Mark Jankowski (2GP, 3-1-4), RW Garnet Hathaway (2GP, 2-2-4), LW Andrew Mangiapane (2-2-4)
                                         GRAND RAPIDS: LW Turner Elson (3GP, 3-4-7)

For the live, in-game tweets, follow @AHLHeat. Stay tuned at the end of the game for the Chase Chevrolet Big Moment of the Game with your chance to win an autographed puck from Brett Findlay.

TONIGHT
Get Fired Up as the Heat host the Grand Rapids Griffins for the only time this season during our Night of Champions tonight, recognizing some terrific champions in our community! It’s San Joaquin County Appreciation Night as we recognize those County employees who’ve worked hard to give back to the community through SJC Engage, the new division of San Joaquin County’s Human Resources.

It’s also another Hockey Night in Stockton presented by Budweiser! Fans 21-years-old and over can pick up a Bud & Burger for just $15 at the game!

Prior to puck drop, we’ll once again kick off the night with our Heat Zone Pregame Party starting a 4:00 p.m. featuring a kids zone, live music, beer garden and food trucks which is FREE and open to the public.  The Breakaway Cafe will be open as well where fans can enjoy dishes from BellaVista Cucina Italiana, Cast Iron Trading Company and Town & Country Cafe!

Team My58 & Team Estrella will be out at the game and setup with some fun interactive games and prizes for fans so be sure to stop by their table and say hi!

Need tickets to the game tonight? Set up your group or purchase your ticket plans by calling 209.373.1500 or single game tickets can be purchased at the Stockton Arena Ticket Office or Ticketmaster.com.

HEAT365 REMINDERS
After the game tonight, all Heat365 Members (both Full and Half-Season Members), can head to the Heat365 Bud Light Cold Zone as Members can meet the 2017-18 Stockton Heat and get your favorite Heat players to sign autographs starting 45 minutes after the game ends!

Members can begin to request Bring-A-Friend Tickets for the Friday, October 20 game against the San Diego Gulls by talking with Rachel Kisker.  You can call her at 209.373.1730 or find her during the game to RSVP or ask any questions about your membership.

LAST TIME VS. GRAND RAPIDS
During the second and final meeting of the season, the Heat jumped out to a 3-1 lead thanks in part to two goals from Andrew Mangiapane, but the Griffins would tie things up before the final 20.  Mikkel Aagaard would put the Heat up in the third only to see Joe Hicketts tie the game up with 16 seconds left in the game.  In the shootout, Linden Vey (STK) would be the lone goal scorer and Jon Gillies stopped all three shots he faced for the win.

WHO TO WATCH
Of teams that have played three or more games, the Grand Rapids Griffins rank third, averaging 4.67 goals-per-game, which means that the Heat defense and goaltending will have to be stout tonight against a high-powered offense.

So tonight we look for the goaltending of the Heat to take over whether it’s Jon Gillies going again for the Heat or David Rittich getting his first start of the season.  For Gillies, he was marvelous in the Home Opener to start the season off with a win and is actually just one game away from playing in his 50th career professional game and two games shy of playing in his 50th AHL game.

As for Rittich, the Czech netminder consistently ranked among the league leaders in major statistical categories in 2016-17 and resigned with the Flames in the offseason.  His next win will be his 50th pro win and if he should get the nod tonight, we certainly hope he can hit that milestone tonight!

TOP LINE STARS FOR HEAT
With the first weekend in the books, Stockton’s top line of Mark Jankowski  (3-1-4) in between Andrew Mangiapane (2-2-4) and Garnet Hathaway (2-2-4) lived up to it’s billing from the end of last season as all three players had 4 points after Opening Weekend. Only three players had more points than the trio after the first weekend including former Heat forward and current Griffin Turner Elson who had 5 points (1-4-5).

POWERING HIS PLAY
There’s something about the power play and Andrew Mangiapane as the Heat forward has been lethal when his club has a man advantage.  Of his 22 career AHL goals, 12 of them have been power-play markers, meaning 55% of his goals have come while a man up.

DEFENDERS ON  A ROLL
Both Tyler Wotherspoon and Rasmus Andersson picked up assists during the two games last weekend, joining Jankowski, Hathaway & Mangiapane with points in back-to-back games. Andersson had 3 assists total while Wotherspoon had a pair of assists.

INTERESTING FACT
The Grand Rapids Griffins come to town with two former members of the Stockton Heat including Turner Elson, who now leads the league in points with seven in just three games played, and goaltender Tom McCollum, who was traded from the Flames to the Detroit Red Wings back in July of this year.

Elson, who was part of the Flames organization from 2011 to 2016, had a brief stint with the Colorado Avalanche last season but had his season derailed due to injuries, appearing in just 13 games total with the Avalanche’s AHL affiliate, the San Antonio Rampage.  He signed as a free agent with the Detroit Red Wings and was assigned to Grand Rapids before the season began.

As for McCollum, he appeared in one game for the Heat last season and 5 games for the then ECHL affiliate of the Heat, the Adirondack Thunder, before being loaned to the Charlotte Checkers.  McCollum backstopped the Checkers to an improbable run to the playoffs after stabilizing their goaltending position, appearing in 17 games for the club.

HEAT RETURN HOME NEXT WEEKEND
After a quick trip to San Jose for a mid-week clash, the Heat return home next weekend to take on the San Diego Gulls on both Friday, October 20 at 7:00 p.m. and Saturday, October 21 at 6:00 p.m.

Friday’s game will of course be another Fry Day, presented by Golden State Restaurant Group McDonalds, where fans can eat at a participating McDonald’s location and bring their receipt to the Stockton Arena Ticket Office for a buy one get one FREE ticket for Friday’s game.

Then on Saturday night, it’s another Hockey Night in Stockton presented by Budweiser! For just $15, fans 21-years-old and over can pick up a Bud and Burger at Stockton Arena during every Saturday home game this season!

The Breakaway Cafe will once again be set up in the Arena with some local restaurants serving up some delicious dishes and the Brewhaus pouring some terrific craft beers.  Pregame with the Heat as the Heat Zone will once again be rocking a fan party along Ring Road from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. The Heat Zone includes a Kids Zone, Beer Garden, Live Music and food trucks and is FREE and open to the public!

Set up your group or purchase your ticket plans by calling 209.373.1500 or by visiting stocktonheat.com/tickets.

Pacific Division Semifinals Rematch Tonight vs. San Jose at 6PM

Arena: Stockton Arena
Date: October 7, 2017
Time: 6:00 p.m. PST (Doors at 5:00 p.m.) Join the Heat Zone Pregame Party on Ring Road from 4-6 p.m.!
Giveaway: The first 1,000 fans will receive a hockey puck featuring the Calgary Flames, Stockton Heat and Kansas City Mavericks
Broadcast: AHL Live, Spreaker and iHeartRadio at 5:45 p.m. PST
2016-17 RETURNING LEADING SCORER: STOCKTON: C Mark Jankowski (64GP, 27-29-56)
                                                                                     SAN JOSE: C Daniel O’Regan (63GP, 23-35-58)

For the live, in-game tweets, follow @AHLHeat. Stay tuned at the end of the game for the Chase Chevrolet Big Moment of the Game with your chance to win an autographed puck from Josh Healey.

TONIGHT
Get Fired Up because the Heat are back in action tonight as they renew their rivalry against the San Jose Barracuda, in the first official meeting since last year’s tough playoff series.  The Heat will once again be wearing special jerseys as they’ll put on the Calgary Flames, Flaming-C jerseys and take to the ice against the Barracuda. There are 15 jerseys available for bid through the silent auction tonight near the South Entry and starting next Wednesday, 15 jerseys available for purchase in the Stockton Fan Attic and 11 jerseys available to bid for online.

There’s more than just jerseys too as the 1,000 fans will receive a hockey puck featuring logos of the Flames, Heat and new ECHL affiliate, the Kansas City Mavericks.

Tonight we debut the Heat Zone, a fan party along Ring Road kicking off every Saturday home game from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., open to the public.  The Heat Zone is absolutely FREE to everyone and includes a Kids Zone, Beer Garden, Live Music and food trucks.

Saturday nights are Hockey Night in Stockton presented by Budweiser! For just $15, fans 21-years-old and over can pick up a Bud and Burger at Stockton Arena during every Saturday home game, including tonight’s game, during the 2017-18 season.

The Breakaway Cafe will once again be set up in the Arena with Cast Iron Trading Co. and BellaVista Italiana Cucina serving up some delicious dishes and the Brewhaus pouring some terrific craft beers.

Need tickets to the game tonight? Set up your group or purchase your ticket plans by calling 209.373.1500 or single game tickets can be purchased at the Stockton Arena Ticket Office or Ticketmaster.com.

HEAT365 REMINDERS
If you’re a Heat365 Member and you haven’t picked up your tickets or Membership Card, there will be a table outside of the Heat365 Bud Light Cold Zone starting at 3:45 p.m.  The Heat365 Bud Light Cold Zone will be open to Heat365 Members only beginning at 4:00 p.m. where Members can pick up their Heat365 gifts, meet up with friends before the game and enjoy food and beverage from the Arena at an additional cost.

You can begin to request Bring-A-Friend Tickets for the Friday, October 20 game against the San Diego Gulls by talking with Rachel Kisker.  You can call her at 209.373.1730 or find her during the game to RSVP or ask any questions about your membership.

LAST TIME VS. SAN JOSE
Stockton and San Jose met up in the first round of the 2017 Calder Cup Playoffs, ultimately going to a pivotal Game 5.  Stockton would strike first but the Barracuda would tie the game up and send it to overtime.  After the Barracuda took a Delay of Game penalty, the ensuing faceoff resulted in an errant pass by the Heat that would be chased down by San Jose with Ryan Carpenter putting the dagger past Jon Gillies to give the 3-2 series win to the Barracuda.

Stockton and San Jose have met up 24 times in the last two seasons with the Heat holding just an 8-13-3 record against their NorCal rival. Last year the Heat did improve on their inaugural season performance against San Jose, going 5-5-2-0 last season.  In 12 meetings at Stockton Arena, the Heat have gone 6-6-0-0 against San Jose.

WHO TO WATCH
The Heat started the season off with a splash, and not just on the scoreboard. Before they even stepped on the ice last night, Heat General Manager Brad Pascall made a key roster splash signing two veteran defensemen in familiar face Colby Robak and newcomer Cody Goloubef, adding a combined 176 NHL games and 661 AHL games to the blueline.

Both veterans were in the lineup last night and provided a lift to a team that was, at times, under siege from the Condors attack. Goloubef had a few quality chances to score his first as a member of the Heat last night, even ringing one of the post that was so close the referees had to go to the video review to double check on if it went in or not.  Two inches down and to the left and Goloubef could’ve added to the Heat lead.

As for Robak, he once again proves to be red hot in a Heat sweater (we think it looks good on him too) as he recorded his sixth assist in his seventh career game with the Heat last night on Garnet Hathaway’s empty netter.

You may recall Robak suited up for the Heat to start 2016-17, had a five-game assist streak (which still stands tied as the longest assist streak in Heat history) and totaled 5 points in 6 games before he signed an AHL contract with the Utica Comets.

Both players stand to form up a formidable defensive leadership group along with alternate captain Tyler Wotherspoon, providing a presence on and off the ice with some of the Flames top prospects.  Look for them to continue to be formidable on that backend tonight against the Barracuda.

IN JANKO WE TRUST
The story of the week for the Stockton Heat was the assignment of Mark Jankowski this past Tuesday to the Stockton Heat after a terrific push to make the Flames to start the year. The forward out of Providence College racked up the honors last year, being named an AHL All-Star, given an AHL Rookie of the Month nod in March, named to the AHL’s All-Rookie Team, making his NHL debut, leading the Heat in scoring, matching a Heat record of 27 goals in a single season, becoming the Heat’s All-Time Leading Scorer and we could continue to rattle off a few more too, but for the sake of time, you get the picture!

With the honors outlined above, it’s no wonder that Jankowski got off to a fantastic start to his season last night, scoring two goals (including a shorthanded game winner) and adding an assist for his first 3-point night since March 1, 2017. His shorthanded goal was the second of his career and it was his sixth career game winner.

After the first night of AHL play in the books, Jankowski is tied for the third best offensive output, sitting behind only Chicago’s Alex Tuch and former Heat forward and current Grand Rapid Griffin Turner Elson who had 4 point nights in their season debuts.  Tuch recorded a hat trick and had an assist while Elson had a goal and three helpers to open up the season.

GILLIES ROCK SOLID IN SEASON OPENER
The only way Jankowski becomes the hero last night is by the goaltending performance from fellow Providence College Friar Jon Gillies who was in mid-season form last night.

Gillies was stellar facing 20 shots in the first period alone and a total of 42 in the contest, ranking as the third most shots he’s ever faced in his AHL career.  His 41 saves made is also a third-best mark in his career, as is the fact that Gillies has been the starting goaltender for the Heat for three-straight home openers, surrendering just 3 goals in those games and posting a 3-0-0-0 record and stopping 88 of the 91 shots faced (0.967).

Whether Gillies or David Rittich get the nod between the pipes tonight, Stockton will have a terrific tender between the pipes as they try and start the season off going 2-0 for the second-straight season.

POWERING HIS PLAY
There’s something about the power play and Andrew Mangiapane as the Heat forward has been lethal when his club has a man advantage.  Of his 21 career AHL goals, 12 of them have been power-play markers.

Last night, he recorded not only a power-play goal, but also the first goal of the Heat’s season, joining an exclusive three-man list which includes Derek Grant from the 2015-16 season and Matt Frattin from the 2016-17 season as the players who’ve scored the first goals of a season.

Interestingly enough, last year Mangiapane was the lone assist on Frattin’s goals, making him involved in opening tallies for two-straight seasons.

INTERESTING FACT
If you include the end of last season, the Heat put a regular season points streak on the line tonight, which stems from March 24 through April 15 of the 2016-17 season when the Heat went 7-0-3-1.  Including last night’s win, the Heat now find themselves on a 12-game points streak during regular season play.

HOCKEY NIGHT IN STOCKTON NEXT SATURDAY
The Heat are back in action a week from tonight as the team hosts the Grand Rapids Griffins on Saturday, October 14 at 6:00 p.m. for Night of Champions as we celebrate the many champions in our community.  Whether it be athletic, academic or community based achievement, we want to recognize some of the great people who make Stockton a great place to live, work and play.

It’s also another Hockey Night in Stockton presented by Budweiser! For just $15, fans 21-years-old and over can pick up a Bud and Burger at Stockton Arena during every Saturday home game this season!

The Breakaway Cafe will once again be set up in the Arena with some local restaurants serving up some delicious dishes and the Brewhaus pouring some terrific craft beers.  Pregame with the Heat as the Heat Zone will once again be rocking a fan party along Ring Road from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. The Heat Zone includes a Kids Zone, Beer Garden, Live Music and food trucks and is FREE and open to the public!

 

Set up your group or purchase your ticket plans by calling 209.373.1500 or by visiting stocktonheat.com/tickets.

Heat Announce Roster Moves, Opening Night Roster

Stockton, Calif. – The Stockton Heat, proud AHL affiliate of the NHL’s Calgary Flames, announced today that the club has signed veteran defensemen Cody Goloubef and Colby Robak to AHL contracts. In addition, the club has assigned goaltender Tyler Parsons and forward Mike McMurtry to the club’s ECHL affiliate, the Kansas City Mavericks and have released Dylan Olsen and Dan Maggio from their tryouts.

Stockton’s Opening Night Roster includes:

Forwards (16) Contract Defensemen (9) Contract Goaltenders (2) Contract
#9 Garnet Hathaway NHL #3 – Josh Healey NHL #32 Jon Gillies NHL
#10 Rod Pelley AHL #4 – Oliver Kylington NHL #39 – David Rittich NHL
#15 Spencer Foo NHL #5 Tyler Wotherspoon NHL
#16 Hunter Shinkaruk NHL #14 Rasmus Andersson NHL
#17 Mark Jankowski NHL #25 Oleg Yevenko AHL
#18 Morgan Klimchuk NHL #27 Colby Robak AHL
#19 Joseph Cramarossa AHL #29 Cody Goloubef AHL
#20 Austin Carroll NHL #33 Adam Ollas Mattsson AHL
#21 Emile Poirier NHL #48 – Kayle Doetzel AHL
#23 Brett Pollock NHL
#26 Andrew Mangiapane NHL
#34 Hunter Smith NHL
#36 Brett Findlay AHL
#40 Darren Nowick AHL
#41 Ryan Lomberg NHL
#43 Luke Gazdic NHL

Goloubef, 27, enters his eighth professional season, playing nearly his entire career with the Columbus Blue Jackets organization, the club that drafted the defender in the second round (#37 overall) in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft.  In November, Goloubef was traded to the Colorado Avalanche where he’d initially report to the San Antonio Rampage before getting the call to Colorado where he’d play 33 games for the club.

CODY GOLOUBEF (D)
BORN: Oakville, ON, CAN              DATE: November 30, 1989
HEIGHT: 6’1”                                   WEIGHT: 201 lbs.
SHOOTS: Right
HOW ACQUIRED:  Signed with the Heat to an AHL contract on October 6, 2017

Season Team Lge GP G A P PIM GP G A P PIM
2007-08 Univ. of Wisconsin NCAA 40 4 6 10 36
2008-09 Univ. of Wisconsin NCAA 36 5 8 13 40
2009-10 Univ. of Wisconsin NCAA 42 3 11 14 64
2010-11 Springfield Falcons AHL 50 5 12 17 42
2011-12 Columbus Blue Jackets NHL 1 0 0 0 0
Springfield Falcons AHL 48 1 11 12 43
2012-13 Columbus Blue Jackets NHL 11 1 0 1 0
Springfield Falcons AHL 38 5 8 13 49 7 0 2 2 10
2013-14 Columbus Blue Jackets NHL 5 0 0 0 2
Springfield Falcons AHL 62 7 21 28 98 5 0 0 0 6
2014-15 Columbus Blue Jackets NHL 36 0 9 9 19
Springfield Falcons AHL 3 0 0 0 0
2015-16 Columbus Blue Jackets NHL 43 1 7 8 20
2016-17 Cleveland Monsters AHL 16 2 5 7 22
Colorado Avalanche NHL 33 0 5 5 25
San Antonio Rampage AHL 2 0 1 1 2
NHL Totals   129 2 21 23 66
AHL Totals   219 20 58 78 256 12 0 2 2 16
NCAA Totals   118 12 25 37 140

Robak, 27, begins his eighth season pro and his second straight season he finds himself on the Opening Night Roster for the Stockton Heat.  After attending camp last season, Robak signed a pro tryout with the club, picking up 5 assists in his first 6 games of the season before accepting an AHL contract offer from the Utica Comets.  A second-round selection of the Florida Panthers in 2008, Robak has 487 games of NHL and AHL experience on his resume along with an AHL All-Star nod during the 2011-12 season.

COLBY ROBAK (D)
BORN: Gilbert Plains, MB, CAN   DATE: April 24, 1990
HEIGHT: 6’3”                                   WEIGHT: 194 lbs.
SHOOTS: Left
HOW ACQUIRED:  Signed with the Heat to an AHL contract on October 6, 2017

Season Team Lge GP G A P PIM GP G A P PIM
2006-07 Brandon Wheat Kings WHL 39 2 3 5 12 1 0 0 0 0
2007-08 Brandon Wheat Kings WHL 71 6 24 30 25 6 0 2 2 8
2008-09 Brandon Wheat Kings WHL 65 13 29 42 41 12 6 8 14 4
2009-10 Brandon Wheat Kings WHL 71 16 50 66 9 15 3 9 12 2
2010-11 Rochester Americans AHL 76 7 17 24 22
2011-12 Florida Panthers NHL 3 0 0 0 0
San Antonio Rampage AHL 73 9 30 39 30 8 1 4 5 4
2012-13 Florida Panthers NHL 16 0 1 1 17
San Antonio Rampage AHL 63 5 18 23 50
2013-14 Florida Panthers NHL 16 0 2 2 6
San Antonio Rampage AHL 56 8 13 21 24
2014-15 Florida Panthers NHL 7 0 0 0 2
Anaheim Ducks NHL 5 0 1 1 0
Norfolk Admirals AHL 29 1 5 6 18
2015-16 Rochester Americans AHL 73 5 15 20 50
2016-17 Stockton Heat AHL 6 0 5 5 6
Utica Comets AHL 64 3 25 28 54
NHL Totals   47 0 4 4 25
AHL Totals   440 38 128 166 254 8 1 4 5 4
WHL Totals   246 37 106 143 87 34 9 19 28 14

The 2017-18 regular season gets underway tonight for our Port Proud, Stockton Proud Home Opener presented by the Port of Stockton as the Heat will host the Condors at 7:00 p.m.  The first 2,500 fans to enter the building will receive an Official Stockton Heat Stadium Cup which is refillable at Stockton Arena all season long at a discounted price!  Upon exit after the game, 2,500 fans will receive a Heat Magnetic Schedule, sponsored by Chase Chevrolet and the Port of Stockton as well.

Tickets are on sale now but you can save and get a limited edition Opening Night Roster T-shirt through our Opening Weekend Combo Pack.  A $100 value, the package includes two Lower Premium tickets to the October 6 and 7 games and a pair of t-shirts for just $65.

Order your Opening Weekend Combo Packs by visiting stocktonheat.com/homeopener2017 or to set up your groups or purchase your ticket plans, call 209.373.1500.

STOCKTON HEAT HOCKEY. GET FIRED UP

Port Proud, Stockton Proud Home Opener Tonight at 7PM

Arena: Stockton Arena
Date: October 6, 2017
Time: 7:00 p.m. PST (Doors at 6:00 p.m.)
Giveaway: Heat Refillable Stadium Cups to the first 2,500 fans & after the game ends, the first 2,500 fans will receive a Heat Magnetic Schedule
Broadcast: AHL Live, Spreaker and iHeartRadio at 6:45 p.m. PST
2016-17 RETURNING LEADING SCORER: STOCKTON: C Mark Jankowski (64GP, 27-29-56)
                                                                                     BAKERSFIELD: F Joey LaLeggia (67GP, 20-18-38)

For the live, in-game tweets, follow @AHLHeat. Stay tuned at the end of the game for the Chase Chevrolet Big Moment of the Game with your chance to win an autographed puck from Oliver Kylington.

TONIGHT
Get Fired Up because hockey is officially back as our Port Proud, Stockton Proud Home Opener kicks off at 7:00 p.m., presented by the Port of Stockton! The Heat will be wearing specialty jerseys tonight celebrating the Port of Stockton, which moves 230 ships a year toting 4 million tons of goods from 55 countries worth $1.5 billion to not only California but across the country.  There will be 15 jerseys available during the silent auction tonight while 10 jerseys will be made available to purchase in the store and 11 jerseys up for auction online starting next Wednesday.

It’s also a Fry Day presented by Golden State Restaurant Group McDonald’s. Fans who eat at a participating McDonald’s location can bring their receipt to the Stockton Arena Ticket Office and with a purchase of one adult ticket, can get one ticket free! To find a participating McDonald’s location nearest you click here!

It’s also the debut of our new Breakaway Cafe located on the Fan Deck!  The Breakaway Cafe is available to anyone in the building on Friday and Saturday home games this year, featuring food from local restaurants and craft beer available from the Brewhaus!  This weekend you can enjoy food from Cast Iron Trading Co. and BellaVista Cucina Italiana in a fun, social environment!

We’re Fired Up for the beginning of the season and hope you are too!  With so many exciting new changes, be sure to get here early and check out all the new stuff inside Stockton Arena!

HEAT365 REMINDERS
If you’re a Heat365 Member and you haven’t picked up your tickets or Membership Card, there will be a table outside of the Heat365 Bud Light Cold Zone starting at 4:30 p.m.  The Heat365 Bud Light Cold Zone will be open to Heat365 Members only beginning at 5:00 p.m. where Members can pick up their Heat365 gifts, meet up with friends before the game and enjoy food and beverage from the Arena at an additional cost.

You can begin to request Bring-A-Friend Tickets for the Friday, October 20 game against the San Diego Gulls by talking with Rachel Kisker.  You can call her at 209.373.1730 or find her during the game to RSVP or ask any questions about your membership.

LAST TIME VS. BAKERSFIELD
If you’re thinking about the last time these teams met up, you don’t have to think too far back…or maybe you do.

If you think about the last time these teams played against one another, you can go back a week ago today as the Heat took on the Condors during the preseason opener at Stockton Arena, with the home team capturing a 4-2 win.  The Heat dressed many of their returning players against a weaker Bakersfield team and got goals from Colby Robak, Emile Poirier, Joseph Cramarossa and Hunter Shinkaruk with both Poirier and Cramarossa’s goals coming shorthanded.

However, if you want to go back to the last time these teams played with two points on the line, you have to go to a pivotal game on the second-to-last day of the season.  The Heat needed a win or an overtime or shootout loss to clinch a playoff berth and they got off to a good start with Oliver Kylington sniping a shot over goaltender Nick Ellis to give the Heat the lead.

Bakersfield would answer with a shot through traffic that fooled Heat goalie David Rittich to tie the game up at one. Since the Condors needed two points to stay alive in the playoff race, they opted to pull Ellis from the cage, leaving the net empty, which would eventually see Ryan Lomberg alleviating any pressure the Heat faced in their quest for their first trip to the playoffs when he sealed his team’s fate with the empty netter.

WHO TO WATCH
Without a doubt the player to watch here is a player that could have easily found himself with the big club.

The story of the week is certainly the return of Mark Jankowski to the Stockton Heat.  Jankowski, in just his second full season pro, ranks as the Heat’s All-Time Leading Scorer, was the second member of the club to attend the All-Star Game, named to the AHL’s All-Rookie Team and he led the Heat and all rookie skaters in goal scoring last season with 27 markers, tying Derek Grant for the most goals in a single season by a member of the Heat.

Jankowski proved last year, and through training camp that he certainly belongs in the NHL, so his time in Stockton may be limited, but fans of his will enjoy the big centerman while he’s here and cheer him on throughout his career.

He happened to be on a line with Andrew Mangiapane and Spencer Foo during the Penticton Young Stars Classic and Coach Huska could certainly turn to that line to produce tonight as they looked lethal with their speed and skill during the preseason tournament.

FOO FOR THOUGHT
Speaking of Spencer Foo, there’s no doubt that the winger will be making his pro debut tonight as a member of the Stockton Heat.  Foo is a gifted offensive threat, scoring 68 points for his Union College (NCAA) club last season in just 38 games played.  In total, Foo went nearly a point-per-game in his NCAA career with 112 points in 113 games played before signing with the Flames this offseason and turning pro.

Foo ranked fourth in the nation last year with his 68 points.  His 112 points is 12th on Union’s all-time scoring list and Foo’s 49 tallies over his NCAA career rank eighth on Union’s all-time goal scoring list.

HATH IS BACK
The Heat received a boost from the Calgary Flames yesterday as two-time alternate captain Garnet Hathaway was assigned to the Heat by the Flames after suiting up for the big club in the team’s season opener, a loss to the Edmonton Oilers.  Hathaway skated 11:01 with 13 shifts but was shifted back to Stockton after Calgary signed 28-year pro Jaromir Jagr to a contract this past week.

Hathaway split last year between Calgary and Stockton and certainly gave the team a late boost which ultimately led to the Heat going to the playoffs.  During the Pacific Division Semifinals, Hathaway ranked among the team’s leaders in points with 2 goals and 2 assists in the five-game series against San Jose.

CARROLL PLAYING GAME 100
Should he be in the lineup tonight, Austin Carroll will be playing in his 100th AHL game of his career.  Entering his third season pro, Carroll increased his goals, assists and point totals during his second year and would like to find the same magic that saw him score three game winning goals last season, ranking him fourth on the team.

INTERESTING FACT
The Heat put a streak on the line stemming from last year as the club currently finds themselves on an 11-game points streak in the regular season!  To end the season and capture that final spot in the postseason, the Heat got very hot in March and April, going 7-0-3-1 beginning on March 24 in Texas.

DON’T MISS CALGARY FLAMES NIGHT TOMORROW AGAINST SAN JOSE
Don’t forget the Heat are back in action tomorrow night as well as they’ll renew their rivalry against their other big rival, the San Jose Barracuda, in the first official meeting since last year’s tough playoff series.  The Heat will once again be wearing special jerseys as they’ll put on the Flaming-C sweaters and take to the ice against the Barracuda with 15 jerseys available for bid through the silent auction and starting next Wednesday, 15 jerseys available for purchase in the Stockton Fan Attic and 11 jerseys available to bid for online.

There’s more than just jerseys too as the 1,000 fans will receive a hockey puck featuring logos of the Flames, Heat and new ECHL affiliate, the Kansas City Mavericks.

The Breakaway Cafe will once again be set up in the Arena with Cast Iron Trading Co. and BellaVista Italiana Cucina serving up some delicious dishes and the Brewhaus pouring some terrific craft beers.  It will also be the debut of the Heat Zone, a fan party along Ring Road kicking off every Saturday home game 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. open to the public.  The Heat Zone is absolutely FREE to everyone and includes a Kids Zone, Beer Garden, Live Music and food trucks.

Saturday night’s are Hockey Night in Stockton presented by Budweiser! For just $15, fans 21-years-old and over can pick up a Bud and Burger at Stockton Arena during every Saturday home game, including tomorrow’s game, during the 2017-18 season.

There’s still time to sign up for the Cornhole tournament on Saturday too!  The double elimination tournament begins tomorrow at 11:00 a.m. at Banner Island Ballpark in conjunction with the California Cornhole Association – Central Valley and the Banner Island Ballpark Brewfest. Enjoy 24 different beer stands, a cornhole tournament with great prizes, ballpark food, and live music.

For just $150, your team will receive entry into the cornhole tournament (teams of 2), two Beerfest tickets (includes tasting stein and eight drink tickets per person), Stockton Heat game tickets (two Lower Premium Tickets), and two Stockton Heat Hats ($270 total value).

Sign your team up now!  Just want to get tickets to the game tomorrow? Set up your group or purchase your ticket plans by calling 209.373.1500 or by purchasing your tickets at the Stockton Arena Ticket Office or Ticketmaster.com.

Heat Conclude Preseason with Road Test in San Jose

Arena: SAP Center
Date: September 30, 2017
Time: 1:30 p.m. PST
Broadcast: Spreaker and iHeartRadio at 1:15 p.m. PST
2016-17 RETURNING LEADING SCORER: STOCKTON: F Morgan Klimchuk (66GP, 19-24-43)
                                                                                     SAN JOSE: F John McCarthy (67GP, 19-14-33)

For the live, in-game tweets, follow @AHLHeat. Stay tuned at the end of the game for the Chase Chevrolet Big Moment of the Game with your chance to win an autographed puck from Mark Jankowski.

TODAY
The Stockton Heat conclude their preseason schedule with an afternoon tilt against the San Jose Barracuda at the SAP Center.  Stockton came away with a 4-2 win over the Bakersfield Condors last night and look to sweep their preseason tune-up games.  San Jose sat idle last night but fell on Thursday to the Condors by a 6-0 score.

LAST TIME VS. SAN JOSE
The last meeting against San Jose was quite the emotional roller coaster.  After forcing a Game 5 with a big win at Stockton Arena, the Heat moved to the SAP Center and saw their starting goaltender David Rittich, leave with an illness in the first period, take the lead, surrender a tying goal, go to overtime, have a breakaway in overtime that hit the post and surrender an overtime shorthanded goal to fall in the decisive game.

It’s a new season though and the Stockton Heat are excited to get back at their NorCal rival starting in the preseason today!

WHO TO WATCH
Assuming that players that didn’t play last night will find themselves in the lineup tonight, it’s hard to not be excited about seeing a goaltender like Tyler Parsons make his unofficial AHL debut. A Memorial Cup victory, a World Junior Championship gold medal and an athletic style make him such an interesting player to watch in the preseason, and with the potential of a goalie coming down from Calgary, David Rittich and Mason McDonald, Parsons will need a good game to establish his name at this level.

While it’s completely possible that Head Coach Ryan Huska will watch Parsons and McDonald split today’s game, we can’t help but get excited to see the start of his pro career!

I’M GLAD I CALLED THAT GUY
After being a pest to both the Stockton Thunder and Stockton Heat, Joseph Cramarossa joined the Northern California side just yesterday after signing an AHL contract with the club.

Then part of the Utah Grizzlies, Cramarrossa played just three games in his ECHL career back in 2013-14 and recorded an assist against the Stockton Thunder inside Stockton Arena.  Most recently, Cramarossa could be seen donning the Gulls crest on the front of his sweater, providing a ton of energy and a couple big goals against the Heat in 2015-16.

Last year, Cramarossa played primarily in the NHL, suiting up for the Anaheim Ducks in 49 games before being claimed of the waiver wire by the Vancouver Canucks and playing 10 games for the club. Having stuck around Flames camp for a long time, Cramarossa showed enough to keep him in the organization as he looks to play that same hard-nosed, high-energy game in hopes of returning to the show sooner rather than later.

Last night, Cramarossa potted the game winner while shorthanded when he hammered home a one-time pass from Andrew Mangiapane. He was once again, tenacious on the puck, and we’re very glad he’s part of the Heat.

FOO FIGHTER
Spencer Foo will make his pro debut for the Stockton Heat after committing to the Calgary Flames over the offseason after a terrific career at Union College.  In his three years at Union, Foo was just shy of going a point-per-game in his NCAA career, recording 112 points (49-63) in 113 career games.

He turned heads with his skill and finesse during the Penticton Young Stars Classic, combining with Mark Jankowski and Andrew Mangiapane to form the most dangerous line for the Flames in the tournament. Look for Foo to get involved offensively this preseason as one of the big offensive weapons the Heat will have at their disposal.

THUNDER/HUSKA CONNECTION
Although he didn’t play last night, J.T. Barnett has a connection to Stockton Hockey’s history along with the history of the Heat’s head coach.

In his junior days, Barnett played for Coach Huska in Kelowna, which the winger said made him his favorite coach he’s ever played for.  However, this isn’t J.T.’s first time in Stockton as he played here frequently as an opponent of the Stockton Thunder (ECHL) with the Ontario Reign (ECHL) in 2013-14 and then played for the Thunder the following season.

Recently, Barnett played over in Russia in both the top league and the second division and is hoping that the magic that made him a popular player with the Thunder, and with his former junior coach, could be rekindled so he can find a place on the team.

Barnett is one of four players to ever play or tryout for the Heat that have been a member of the Stockton Thunder organization before.

INTERESTING FACT
There are a total of 10 players who are trying out for the Stockton Heat this season including Barnett, Joel Lowry, Dan Maggio, Mark Cooper, Carson Dubchak, Troy Donnay, Colby Robak, Dylan Olsen, Cliff Watson and Tyson Strachan. Last night against Bakersfield, only Robak suited up, which could mean that the other players looking to show what they can do to make the Heat could find themselves in the lineup.

DON’T MISS OUR PORT PROUD, STOCKTON PROUD HOME OPENER ON OCT. 6
The 2017-18 regular season gets underway on Friday, October 6 for our Port Proud, Stockton Proud Home Opener presented by the Port of Stockton as the Heat will host the Condors at 7 PM.

The first 2,500 fans to enter the building will receive an Official Stockton Heat Stadium Cup which is refillable at Stockton Arena all season long at a discounted price!  Upon exit after the game, 2,500 fans will receive a Heat Magnetic Schedule, sponsored by Chase Chevrolet and the Port of Stockton as well.

Tickets are on sale now but you can save and get a limited edition Opening Night Roster T-shirt through our Opening Weekend Combo Pack.  A $100 value, the package includes two Lower Premium tickets to the October 6 and 7 games and a pair of t-shirts for just $65.

Order your Opening Weekend Combo Packs by visiting stocktonheat.com/homeopener2017 or to set up your groups or purchase your ticket plans, call 209.373.1500.

Heat Host Condors in Preseason Hockey

Arena: Stockton Arena
Date: September 29, 2017
Time: 7:00 p.m. PST (Doors at 6:00 p.m.)
Broadcast: Spreaker and iHeartRadio at 6:45 p.m. PST
2016-17 RETURNING LEADING SCORER: STOCKTON: F Morgan Klimchuk (66GP, 19-24-43)
                                                                                     BAKERSFIELD: F Joey LaLeggia (67GP, 20-18-38)

For the live, in-game tweets, follow @AHLHeat. Stay tuned at the end of the game for the Chase Chevrolet Big Moment of the Game with your chance to win an autographed puck from David Rittich.

TONIGHT
Get Fired Up because hockey is back tonight as your Stockton Heat play host to the Bakersfield Condors!  While the Heat will be playing in their first preseason tune-up game, the Condors played last night at Rabobank Arena, shutting out the San Jose Barracuda 6-0.

PRESEASON TICKETS ARE ONLY $10!
General Admission tickets for tonights game are on sale now for just $10 at the Stockton Arena Ticket Office and Ticketmaster! Need to set up a last minute group? No problem as the Stockton Heat can get your group of 10 or more people into tonights game for just $8 per seat!

You can call the Heat Front Office for any questions tomorrow starting at 8:30 a.m. at 209.373.1500.

HEAT365 PRESEASON ROOKIE CAMP
We want to make sure all Heat365 Members take full advantage of all the great amenities that come with your membership along with utilizing your new online ticket manager to its fullest extent!  Tonight in the Bud Light Cold Zone starting at 4:30, all Heat365 Members are invited to a pregame event where you can not only learn tips about maximizing your Membership, but also allow Members to pick up some of their Heat365 gifts including their lanyard, pins and jerseys!

Our event will cover:

  • How to manage your Membership on your new Online Account Manager including how to email tickets to friends and family, change account information and purchase additional tickets
  • The Heat365 early entry into the Bud Light Cold Zone
  • How to use your Heat365 Membership Cards for entry and for perks
  • Member of the Month Opportunities
  • Bring-a-Friend Dates and Referral Days
  • Sign-ups for the Post Game Photos
  • How to become a Stockton Heat Ambassador
  • And More!

LAST TIME VS. BAKERSFIELD
Ahhh….memories!

The last time against Bakersfield was quite the memorable one because it was the game that allowed the Heat to clinch their first-ever playoff berth!

Leading in the standings, the Heat only needed a point to clinch their first trip to the Calder Cup Playoffs and the club got off to a good start with Oliver Kylington ripping a wrister over goalie Nick Ellis to give the Heat the early lead. However, the Condors would answer in the second with a shot through traffic that fooled Heat goaltender David Rittich to tie the game at one.

With the pressure on the Condors to pull out a regulation win, they opted to pull Ellis from the cage late and fortunately for the Heat, they alleviated that pressure thanks to an empty net goal from Ryan Lomberg which put the Heat into the postseason.

WHO TO WATCH
While lineups could certainly change in the preseason at a moments notice, one thing always remains consistent this time of year.  Players who are on a tryout have to stick out and have very little time to do so.

In the case of one tryout player in particular, Colby Robak has already stuck out for the Heat in his career.  The veteran defenseman attended the Flames camp on a tryout last year, eventually signing a Pro Tryout Contract with the Heat after a terrific camp and stuck out offensively early on.

Robak established a then Heat record long five-game assist streak (5 assists) to start the year, but would leave the Heat after his sixth game because of a contract offer with the Utica Comets across the country. The blueliner continued his hot start and would go on to record 33 points between the Comets and Heat which would go down as his second best statistical season of his career after his sophomore season when he recorded 39 points.

He, along with many others, will be looking to make an impression on the Heat coaching staff and management as he looks to procure an AHL contract with the Heat this season.  Gone though is his old number 43 jersey as he’ll be wearing number 27.

I’M GLAD I CALLED THAT GUY
After being a pest to both the Stockton Thunder and Stockton Heat, Joseph Cramarossa joined the Northern California side just yesterday after signing an AHL contract with the club.

Then part of the Utah Grizzlies, Cramarrossa played just three games in his ECHL career back in 2013-14 and recorded an assist against the Stockton Thunder inside Stockton Arena.  Most recently, Cramarossa could be seen donning the Gulls crest on the front of his sweater, providing a ton of energy and a couple big goals against the Heat in 2015-16.

Last year, Cramarossa played primarily in the NHL, suiting up for the Anaheim Ducks in 49 games before being claimed of the waiver wire by the Vancouver Canucks and playing 10 games for the club. Having stuck around Flames camp for a long time, Cramarossa showed enough to keep him in the organization as he looks to play that same hard-nosed, high-energy game in hopes of returning to the show sooner rather than later.

FOO FIGHTER
Spencer Foo will make his pro debut for the Stockton Heat after committing to the Calgary Flames over the offseason after a terrific career at Union College.  In his three years at Union, Foo was just shy of going a point-per-game in his NCAA career, recording 112 points (49-63) in 113 career games.

He turned heads with his skill and finesse during the Penticton Young Stars Classic, combining with Mark Jankowski and Andrew Mangiapane to form the most dangerous line for the Flames in the tournament. Look for Foo to get involved offensively this preseason as one of the big offensive weapons the Heat will have at their disposal.

VETERAN CAPTAIN LOOKING TO LEAD HEAT
For the last four years, centerman Rod Pelley has served as the Albany Devils team captain, leading his team in three of his four seasons to the postseason. A veteran of 256 NHL games and a player who will undoubtedly hit the 500 AHL game milestone early this season, Pelley brings not only his gritty, high-energy style to the Heat, but certainly will serve as one of the stronger voices in the Heat dressing room.

An undrafted player out of Ohio State University, Pelley has played most of his career within the New Jersey Devils organization, playing for the Devils in the NHL or AHL in all but one of his 12 seasons pro.  Look for Pelley to be a contributor on the penalty kill and someone who can be highly reliable in the faceoff circle as well.

INTERESTING FACT
Speaking of Ohio State University, there are quite a few Buckeye’s on the Heat’s preseason roster.  We know that Pelley was a member of Ohio State but so too was his college teammate in veteran blueliner Tyson Strachan.

On the younger side, it was Josh Healey who was signed by the Flames after his NCAA season ended and brought up to the Heat at the tail end of last year.

DON’T MISS OUR PORT PROUD, STOCKTON PROUD HOME OPENER ON OCT. 6
The 2017-18 regular season gets underway on Friday, October 6 for our Port Proud, Stockton Proud Home Opener presented by the Port of Stockton as the Heat will host the Condors at 7 PM.

The first 2,500 fans to enter the building will receive an Official Stockton Heat Stadium Cup which is refillable at Stockton Arena all season long at a discounted price!  Upon exit after the game, 2,500 fans will receive a Heat Magnetic Schedule, sponsored by Chase Chevrolet and the Port of Stockton as well.

Tickets are on sale now but you can save and get a limited edition Opening Night Roster T-shirt through our Opening Weekend Combo Pack.  A $100 value, the package includes two Lower Premium tickets to the October 6 and 7 games and a pair of t-shirts for just $65.

Order your Opening Weekend Combo Packs by visiting stocktonheat.com/homeopener2017 or to set up your groups or purchase your ticket plans, call 209.373.1500.

Heat Face Barracuda in Winner-Take-All Game 5

San Jose Leads Series 2 – 2
Arena: SAP Center
Date: May 2, 2017
Time: 7:00 p.m. PST
Broadcast: AHL Live, Spreaker and iHeartRadio at 6:45 p.m. PST (Sportsnet 960 the Fan to join after NHL Hockey Concludes)
PLAYOFF LEADING SCORER: STOCKTON: F Linden Vey/Mark Jankowski (4GP, 4-1-5/1-4-5)
                                                              SAN JOSE: F Ryan Carpenter (3GP, 3-3-6)

For the live, in-game tweets, follow @AHLHeat. Stay tuned at the end of the game for the Chase Chevrolet Big Moment of the Game with your chance to win an autographed puck from David Rittich.

SERIES GAME-BY-GAME
Pacific Division Semifinals
Game 1 – Stockton at San Jose – L 0-4
Game 2 – Stockton at San Jose – W 6-4
Game 3 – Stockton vs. San Jose – L 3-5
Game 4 – Stockton vs. San Jose – W 5-3
Game 5 – Stockton at San Jose – Tuesday, May 2 at 7:00PM

GAME FIVE
The #4 seeded Stockton Heat conclude their Pacific Division Semifinals series with the #1 seeded San Jose Barracuda one way or another tonight in their best-of-five series. After San Jose shut the Heat out in Game 1, Stockton won a shootout in Game 2 at the SAP Center before the series shifted to Stockton.

In Game 3 the Heat were able to tie the game in the second but a timely goal late in the third would lead San Jose to a 2-1 series lead after the 5-3 win.  During Game 4, San Jose led the game until Andrew Mangiapane scored late in the third to knot the game up and Linden Vey scored moments later to seal the win and force the series back to San Jose for the decisive Game 5.

Can’t make it to San Jose?  No problem, join us at the Official Watch Party hosted by the University Plaza Waterfront Hotel located next to Stockton Arena, open to all fans for free.

Fans will be able to watch the game with some terrific food and drink options at the hotel’s restaurant, the Delta Bistro, which will be offering a family pizza special (a two-topping pizza, a pitcher of soda and a salad for four people for $24.99) and for fans 21-years-old and over, Coors Light and Blue Moon bottles will be $1 off! Plus, a number of raffle prizes will be given away over the course of the evening.

Learn more by calling 209.373.1500 or by visiting StocktonHeat.com.

WHO TO WATCH
While the attention has been placed on many of the leading scorers like Linden Vey and Mark Jankowski, there’s quietly been a defenseman for the Heat who has emerged as a real game changer and it’s been Brett Kulak who’s been the consistent driving force from the back end.

That’s not to say there aren’t others, but Kulak has been noticeably consistent every game in this series.  He’s been even or better in every game, including Stockton’s shutout loss to San Jose in Game 1, and has picked up points in every game since, currently putting up a three-game assist streak in tonight’s decisive game.

Kulak has been sharp offensively.  His long stretch pass to Garnet Hathaway in Game 2 was a thing of beauty, his feed to Brandon Bollig in Game 3 showcases his hockey IQ in the best way possible, and his helper on the tying effort in Game 3 helped keep the Heat season alive.

We’ve loved Kulak since we saw him don a Colorado Eagles (ECHL) sweater in Stockton Arena, but we love him even more when he plays for the home side!  For the Heat to win, you better believe Kulak will be front and center on both sides of the ice tonight.

UNBELIE-VEY-BLE
Linden Vey has been a real gem for the Heat all season long, ending the regular season as the second leading scorer on the Heat, just one point behind Mark Jankowksi, and now, Vey finds himself tied with Jankowski for the team lead in points in the postseason with five, four of which are goals for the veteran centerman.

Vey has recorded two multi-goal games in the series and recorded his first three-point game in the postseason, the second of his career.  Even with 23 games of Calder Cup Playoff experience before this season, Vey recorded his first ever game winning playoff goal on Sunday.

BATTLE OF THE TOP TWO ROOKIES
Young Mark Jankowski and Danny O’Regan were not only the Heat and Barracuda leading scorers, but were the top two point scoring rookies in 2016-17.  While Jankowski was held off the scoresheet with the rest of his team during Game 1, he bounced back beautifully to score the first playoff goal in Heat history and record the first multi-point effort in Heat playoff history, ending Game 2 with a goal and two assists.

Jankowski kept it rolling in Game 3 and ended the game with an assist and added another helper on Sunday to pick up points in three-straight (1-4-5). O’Regan had yet to register a point in the series through the first two games but was able to contribute a goal and an assist for his first playoff points in Game 3 and added a goal in Game 4.

PK LAYING IT ALL ON THE LINE
The Stockton Heat went a perfect 4-4 on the penalty kill to open up the series against the AHL’s second best power play and followed that performance up going 6-7 in Game 2 and went perfect in Game 3 and Game 4, both 3-3 nights.

San Jose’s power-play unit was the second best in the AHL this season at 23.8%, and against the Heat in the regular season went 20.7%, but through the series the San Jose Barracuda have a 5.9% conversion of their 17 chances for the third worst power-play in the Calder Cup Playoffs.

Meanwhile, the Heat’s penalty kill is the third best in the playoffs, killing off 94.1% of their penalties taken.

IT TAKES TWO BABY
With his 20th of the season on the regular season finale, Andrew Mangiapane joined Mark Jankowski as the only players to reach the 20-goal plateau.  Jankowski and Mangiapane were the only pair of rookie teammates in the AHL this season to hit the 20-goal mark.

It’s the first time a pair of rookies skating for the Flames Top Affiliate scored 20 in a single season since Chuck Kobasew and Matthew Lombardi did it for the Saint John Flames back in 2002-03.

Both Jankowski and Mangiapane bring in three-game point streaks tonight with Jankowski scoring a goal and adding 4 assists since Game 2 and Mangiapane recording a goal and 2 assists since Game 2.

PRESSURE COOKER
The pressure is squarely on both teams to try and avoid the heartbreaking loss in a final and decisive game, and while Stockton and San Jose have never had to go to a decisive series ender in their brief histories, the affiliates that came before them have.

For the Flames Top Affiliates, they’ve appeared in four decisive games going 2-2 in those contests.  Most recently, the Abbotsford Heat took out the Rochester Americans 2-0 in a Game 7 during Round 1 of the 2010 Calder Cup Playoffs.

As for the Sharks Top Affiliate, they are 4-2 in decisive games, most recently seeing the Worcester Sharks take down the Toronto Roadrunners in the 2004 Calder Cup Playoffs when the team had to win a Best of Three Qualifier to move on.  Roy Sommer, who’s been the head coach of San Jose’s top affiliate since 1998, is 2-2 in decisive games, outscored in those games 15-12.

The most recent loss for a Calgary affiliate was in 1997 when the Saint John Flames fell to Hamilton Bulldogs in Game 5 by a 3-1 score while San Jose’s affiliate, the Kentucky Thoroughblades, lost in Game 7 during the second round in 1999 to the Philadelphia Phantoms by a 9-3 score.

INTERESTING FACT
In the three other series ending Game 5 matchups in the Division Semifinals round, the road team has won two of the three matchups as Providence was able to knock off the top seed in the East, the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, and Hershey Bears edged the Lehigh Valley Phantoms.  The only home team to win was the Chicago Wolves, who beat the Charlotte Checkers to advance.

All of these games though were decided by one goal.

Both Pacific Division games are going to series ending games tonight.

HEAT365 – WHERE IT’S ALWAYS HOCKEY SEASON
Heat365 is a new and exclusive all-encompassing membership that provides more value than ever.  This membership not only includes your season tickets, but also a wide range of other benefits and year-round activities.

Fans will receive many exclusive perks like access to Member-only events with the team, early entry to Stockton Arena through a private entrance and even membership gifts, which will include a specially designed hat, blanket, collector pin and travel mug during the first season of the new initiative available only through Heat365.

For a list of all benefits and how to join visit StocktonHeat.com/Heat365 or call the Heat Front Office at 209.373.1500.