Forward Spencer Foo Commits to Calgary Flames

Calgary, AB – The Calgary Flames announced today that free agent right wing Spencer Foo of Union College (ECAC) has committed to the Calgary Flames. As per CBA regulations, the standard players’ contract will be finalized and made official on July 1st.

Foo, a native of Edmonton, Alberta, just completed his junior year at Union College where he put up 26 goals and 36 assists for 62 points in 38 games and was a finalist for the 2016-17 Hobey Baker Memorial Award. He topped the 100 career points mark this season and had a program-record 21-game point streak in addition to tying for the ECAC scoring title; while leading the league in assists (25), multi-point games (14) and plus-minus (+20).

SPENCER FOO – RIGHT WING
BORN: Edmonton, AB               DATE: May 19, 1994
HEIGHT: 6’0”                                 WEIGHT: 185 lbs.
SHOOTS: Right
SIGNED: Signed as a free agent on June 27, 2017

  Regular Season Playoffs
Season Team Lge GP G A Pts PIM +/- GP G A Pts PIM
2012-13 Bonnyville Pontiacs AJHL 55 13 17 30 59 9 1 1 2 2
2013-14 Bonnyville Pontiacs AJHL 60 40 27 67 67 3 4 1 5 2
2014-15 Union College ECAC 39 11 14 25 24 9
2015-16 Union College ECAC 36 12 13 25 14 1
2016-17 Union College ECAC 38 26 36 62 24 29
  TOTALS ECAC 113 49 63 112 62 39  –  – –   –  –
    AJHL 115 53 44 97 126 12 5 2 7 4

Calgary Qualifies Nine Players

Calgary, AB – The Calgary Flames announced today that the following nine players have received qualifying offers from the club:

Sam Bennett (C)
Micheal Ferland (RW)
Jon Gillies (G)
Garnet Hathaway (RW)
Brett Kulak (D)
Curtis Lazar (C)
David Rittich (G)
Linden Vey (C)
Tyler Wotherspoon (D)

The following players did not receive qualifying offers:

Alex Chiasson (RW)
Ryan Culkin (D)
Kenney Morrison (C)

Heat CEO Joins Greater Stockton Chamber of Commerce Board

Stockton Heat CEO Brian Petrovek was sworn in as one of five new board members for the Greater Stockton Chamber of Commerce and will serve a three-year term.

While Stockton’s Hockey teams have been active with the Greater Stockton Chamber of Commerce since 2005, Petrovek’s board membership marks the first time that an employee from either the Heat or Stockton Thunder (ECHL) has served on the board of directors.

Petrovek previously served as a board member in Portland, Maine with the Portland Regional and Community Chambers and was the recipient of the 2008 Henri A. Benoit Award for Leadership in the Private Sector from the Portland Regional Chamber not only for his successful stewardship of the Pirates organization, but also for his extraordinary contribution to the greater Portland community.

The Chamber’s board, which has 13 members in addition to six officers and directors, oversees the activities, goals and policies of the Chamber.  Petrovek joined Stephanie Banuelos (Croce and Company Accountancy Corporation), F.J. “Joe” Dietrich IV (F.J. Dietrich & Co.), Scott Frafius (Steele Insurance Agency) and Bryan Meadows (Stockton Ports) as the newest members of the board.

Congratulations to all of the new board members!

Schedule Coming In July

As the club made the transition to the American Hockey League in 2015-16, the wait for the schedule was always much anticipated by fans and teams alike, but it was a longer wait then everyone would have liked.

The 2016-17 schedule was revealed on August 22, 2016 while the team’s inaugural schedule was announced on August 27, 2015.  Why so late you may ask? It has more to do with the National Basketball Association’s schedule then our own, as back then, four AHL teams, the Charlotte Checkers, Cleveland Monsters, Milwaukee Admirals, and San Antonio Rampage all shared their building with an NBA team.  Now, only the Monsters and Rampage share their buildings with the Cavaliers and Spurs of the NBA, and the teams were able to make it work for everyone to plan for an earlier announcement of the schedule for us all.

A tough feat no doubt, but an appreciated effort for both the teams and schedule makers by everyone in the AHL!  During the 2017 AHL Marketing Meetings, nobody seemed happier than AHL President and CEO Dave Andrews, who excitedly announced to every team in attendance that the schedule will be announced in July this year!

However, Heat fans don’t have to wait for then to book your groups, premium seating options and plans to attend some of the most popular nights of the year!  The team has already announced six guaranteed dates for the 2017-18 season, including the Home Opener on October 14, Heat Hockey Fights Cancer on November 4, Teddy Bear Toss on January 18, Safety Night on February 17, Star Wars Night on March 3 and Heat Hockey Goes Green on March 17!

Calgary Flames Select Five at the NHL Draft

Chicago, IL – The Calgary Flames selected five players (one defensemen and four forwards) at the 2017 NHL Draft in Chicago during the seven-round selection process.

The Flames started their draft weekend on Friday by selecting Finnish defenseman Juuso Valimaki from the Tri-City Americans (WHL) with the 16th overall pick.

On Saturday Calgary used its next pick to select centre Adam Ruzicka in the fourth round (109th overall). The Flames finished by picking up three wingers as they took Zach Fischer (140th overall) in the fifth, D’Artagnan Joly in the sixth round (171st overall) and Filip Sveningsson (202nd overall) with their final pick in the seventh round.

JUUSO VALIMAKI (D)
Drafted: 1st round (16th overall)
HT: 6’2”           WT: 204 lbs.
Shoots: Left     Born: Nokia, Finland (October 6, 1998)
2016-17 Regular Season Statistics

TEAM LEAGUE GP G A PTS PIM
Tri-City WHL 60 19 42 61 34

ADAM RUZICKA (C)
Drafted: 4th round (109th overall)
HT: 6’4”           WT: 202 lbs.
Shoots: Left     Born: Bratislava, Slovakia (May 11, 1999)
2016-17 Regular Season Statistics

TEAM LEAGUE GP G A PTS PIM
Sarnia OHL 61 25 21 46 30

ZACH FISCHER (RW)
Drafted: 5th round (140th overall)
HT: 6’2”           WT: 207 lbs.
Shoots: Right  Born: Lloydminster, AB (July 19, 1997)
2016-17 Regular Season Statistics

TEAM LEAGUE GP G A PTS PIM
Medicine Hat WHL 62 34 29 63 145

D’ARTAGNAN JOLY (RW)
Drafted: 6th round (171st overall)
HT: 6’3”           WT: 181 lbs.
Shoots: Right  Born: Gatineau, QC (April 7, 1999)
2016-17 Regular Season Statistics

TEAM LEAGUE GP G A PTS PIM
Baie-Comeau QMJHL 66 16 32 48 35

FILIP SVENINGSSON (RW)
Drafted: 7th round (202nd overall)
HT: 6’0”           WT: 180 lbs.
Shoots: Left     Born: Gislaved, Sweden (July 3, 1999)
2016-17 Regular Season Statistics

TEAM LEAGUE GP G A PTS PIM
HV71 Jonkoping SweHL 2 0 0 0 0
HV71 U20 J20 SuperElit 37 15 14 29 59

Flames Select Juuso Valimaki

With the 16th overall pick at the 2017 NHL Draft, the Flames have selected Tri-City Americans defenceman Juuso Valimaki.

Valimaki was the Americans’ fourth-leading scorer in 2016-17, netting 19 goals and 61 points in 60 regular season games. He had one assist in four playoff games this past spring.

He for Finland at the 2017 IIHF World Junior Championship, scoring two goals in seven games.

Valimaki has also represented Finland at the 2015 and 2016 U18 World Junior Championship tournaments, winning silver and gold medals respectively.

JUUSO VALIMAKI – DEFENCE
BORN: Oct. 6, 1998            HOMETOWN: Nokia, Finland
HEIGHT: 6’2″                      WEIGHT: 211 lbs.
SHOOTS: Left
NHL CENTRAL SCOUTING FINAL RANKING: 11

WHAT SCOUTS SAY – JUUSO VALIMAKI

Hear what scouts have to say about the Flames’ first round pick

INTERNATIONAL SCOUTING SERVICE – RANKED 14th OVERALL

Valimaki is one of the top two-way defenders in this year’s draft. He logs a lot of minutes for Tri-City and is relied on in every situation. He is a smooth skating and very mobile defender hat has an effortless skating stride. He has good vision and composure from the back end and rarely panics or turns the puck over. He is not afraid to join the rush to try to create offense for hist eam, but he picks his spots very well. Stands up at the blueline forcing the play -confidence in his mobility. Uses his partner well. Communicates well. Covers for his partner when he is in trouble. Needs to be more consistent overall, he can disappear for long periods of time.

Style Comparison: Ivan Provorov

FUTURE CONSIDERATIONS – RANKED 12th OVERALL

Valimaki is a fluid puck-mover that shows a creative knack in the offensive zone and plays a strong defensive game. A smooth-skating, two-way defender who excels with not only finesse but in his ability to play a heavy and reliable defensive game. He moves extremely well for his size and can absolutely fly at an impressive tempo when he wants to apply pressure. One of smartest player on the ice, Valimaki used his unflappable persona and high-end puck-moving skills to pick apart his opponents methodically. His ability to move or skate the puck makes him a dual threat from the backend as calm and confident player. He has a great release on his preferred wrist shot and is able to find holes to the net by mere inches, all due to his precision and ability to keep his head engaged with the target. His options are never limited and he’s too clever to defend comprehensively. He is a boulder on the back-end and not a player who coughs up the puck or gets steamrolled in battles or off the rush. While not an overly aggressive player, he gets in opponents’ heads by not relinquishing an inch of free ice and consistently causing frustration with his ability to remain in great position to separate his man from the puck.

NHL Potential: Top-Four Two-Way Defenceman

REDLINE REPORT – RANKED 17TH OVERALL

An all-around defenceman who plays big minutes in all situations. Outstanding hockey sense – anticipates the play well and makes good decisions. Plays a smooth game and is always under control. Very calm and patient with the puck. Sees the whole ice and is a confident puckhandler. Has a big frame and plenty of strength. Not a big banger, but uses his body effectively down low behind the net to rub men out and to box out in front. Highly mobile skater who loves to join the rush and carry the puck in deep. Has good offensive instincts and the skating ability to get back into position with ease. Crisp tape-to-tape outlets and always has his head up. Plays a mistake-free game and is rarely out of position. Communicates well with teammates and is active away from the puck. Good gap control and stick placement. Not an overpowering shot, but accurate and he gets it through traffic.

Style Comparison: Calvin de Haan

Heat365 Members Head to the Ports Game

Heat365 Members are already loving the changes made to enhance your experience with the Stockton Heat and we’ve not even got to hockey season yet!  Sure we saw the exclusive Heat365 Bud Light Cold Zone during the playoffs, which was the exclusive pregame party place for Members!

Since the season ended though, Members are invited to special Member Only Events, the first of which was a trip down the Sierra Railroad Dinner Train during a wine tasting event.  The next event, which is actually this Saturday, is going to be huge as each Member received a FREE ticket to come out and support our friends next door as the Stockton Ports take on the Modesto Nuts!  Over 200 Heat365 Members will be in attendance to cheer the Ports on to victory!

Getting ready to head down the tracks on our first @ahlheat365 event on the 🚂!#sierradinnertrain

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Not only that, but our Heat365 Members, both new and renewed, have been entered all month to win great prizes during our June #RenewalSweepstakes where 519 prizes will be given out during the entire month.

Take Debbie Kester for example, who was not only our first winner, but our grand prize winner who will fly to San Diego to watch the Heat during the 2017-18 season!  Our the 11 fans who’ve won lunches with Heat players or staff members like Head Coach Ryan Huska, Heat CEO Brian Petrovek and the voice of the Heat, Brandon Kisker!  Of course 31 fans have gotten to add to their autograph collection with bobbleheads, pucks and a team signed stick given out during the Sweepstakes!

Still 144 prizes to give out during the final week of the month, including a Birthday Party Package at a Heat Game for three winners, a chance for six fans to watch from the broadcast booth during the 2017-18 season, and 100 fans who will have a chance to take a photo with a Stockton Heat player!

If you aren’t a Heat365 Member and are interested in learning about all the exclusive perks and benefits, like exclusive events like these, gifts, and special meet the team events, visit the Heat365 landing page or call the Heat Front Office at 209.373.1500!

Entry and Expansion Drafts

Although hockey season is over, it’s a busy time in the hockey community with the Expansion Draft and NHL Entry Draft on June 23 and 24.

The Flames held the 16th overall pick and ended up selecting Finish defenseman Juuso Valimaki out of the Western Hockey League. Valimaki grew up playing junior hockey in Finland before coming to North America after being selected 14th overall by the Tri-City Americans in the Canadian Hockey League’s (CHL) Import Draft.

Since arriving stateside, Valimaki has done great things with the Americans, recording 93 points in 116 WHL games including his point-per-game campaign last year (61 points in 60 games played) and being named to the WHL’s Second All-Star team in the West.

He captained the U-18 Finish squad in 2015-16 to a U-18 gold medal and represented his country again at the World Junior Championships (U-20) this past season, recording 2 goals in the 6 games played at the tournament.

Valimaki, who will turn 19 this October, would be eligible to play for the Calgary Flames should he make the club out of camp but wouldn’t be able to suit up for the Heat in 2017-18 due to the agreement between the NHL and CHL. That agreement states that only junior eligible players who are 20-years-old or turn 20 before December 31 to be eligible to play in the AHL instead of returning to the junior ranks.

With Valimaki in tow, the Flames will be waiting a while to pick again as they traded their second round pick to the Ottawa Senators in the trade that netted the club Curtis Lazar and Heat defenseman Mike Kostka.  A similar fate happened to the club’s third round selection as it was also traded away to the Arizona Coyotes in exchange for defenseman Michael Stone.

The team does hold four picks on Day 2 of the NHL Entry Draft, with selections in the fourth, fifth, sixth and seventh rounds.

Obviously the club expects to get a great player with their 16th overall pick, a position they haven’t drafted in since 1986 when they took right winger George Pelawa and just the third time ever selecting in the 16th spot in franchise history (1973 – Atlanta Flames selected Vic Mercredi).

Recent history suggests that this player will be an impact player at the NHL and AHL levels though.  Last year’s first rounder Matthew Tkachuk finished seventh in the Calder Trophy voting as the NHL’s Top Rookie in 2017.  Centers Sam Bennett and Sean Monahan were the Flames top picks in 2014 and 2013 respectively who have been top contributors on a team that has made the playoffs in two of the last three seasons.

That wasn’t the only draft to worry about though, as for the first time since 2000, the NHL held an Expansion Draft to populate the newest NHL club, the Vegas Golden Knights, with players from each team.  The Flames had to submit a list of unprotected players that Vegas could poach from with some top Heat players on the list of players including Brett Kulak and Hunter Shinkaruk.

In the end, the Golden Knights would take pending free agent defenseman Deryk Engelland and sign him to a one-year contract. Engelland’s adopted home is in Las Vegas as he met his wife while playing for the Las Vegas Wranglers, formerly of the ECHL from 2003 to 2005.

To get completely prepared for the draft, visit the Flames Draft Central Page and be sure to follow along on Twitter!