Linden Vey Hits Milestone in Weekend Tilt

Vey’s 200th AHL point was a memorable shorthanded goal, which was followed up by an assist for point number 201

Last Week’s Record: 0-2-0-0, 0 points
Overall Record: 19-21-4-1, 0.478 Points Percentage, 7th in the Pacific Division

Last Week’s Results
Feb. 17 – Stockton Heat 4 vs. San Jose 5
Feb. 18 – Stockton Heat 2 vs. Bakersfield 4

This Week’s Schedule
Wed. Feb. 22 – Stockton Heat vs. Texas Stars – Stockton Arena (7:00 p.m. PST)
Sat. Feb. 25 – Stockton Heat at Bakersfield Condors – Rabobank Arena (6:00 p.m. PST)
Sun. Feb. 26 – Stockton Heat vs. Texas Stars – Stockton Arena (4:00 p.m. PST)

Mikkel Aagaard returned to the Heat lineup after being recalled from Adirondack and picked up an assist in his first game back on Friday (PHOTO BY JACK LIMA)

Recent Transactions
2/17 – Brett Kulak assigned to Stockton from Calgary
2/14 – Mikkel Aagaard recalled to Stockton from Adirondack

Team Leaders
Goals: Mark Jankowski with 16
Assists: Linden Vey with 19
Points: Mark Jankowski with 33
PIMs: Ryan Lomberg with 98 PIMS
Wins: Jon Gillies with 11
Losses: Jon Gillies with 12
GAA: David Rittich with 2.29 (Among Heat Goalies who’ve played 900 minutes or more)
SV%: David Rittich with 0.921 (Among Heat Goalies who’ve played 900 minutes or more)

Team Stats
Goals For: Week: Overall: 128
Goals Against: Week: 9 | Overall: 133
Power Play: 27-181 (14.9%)
, T-26th in AHL
Penalty Kill: 161-198 (81.3%), 16th in AHL

Records vs. Opponents
Pacific Division
Bakersfield (2-5-1-0)
Ontario (2-2-1-0)
San Antonio (1-1-0-0)
San Diego (6-1-0-1)
San Jose (2-4-1-0)
Texas (1-0-0-0)
Tucson (2-4-1-0)
TOTALS vs. PACIFIC: (16-15-4-1)

Central Division:
Charlotte (2-2-0-0) – SERIES COMPLETED
Grand Rapids (0-1-0-0)
Milwaukee (1-1-0-0) – SERIES COMPLETED
TOTALS vs. CENTRAL: (3-4-0-0)

After being reassigned to Stockton, Kulak had his first multi-point game of the year, assisting on Linden Vey’s shorthanded goal and scoring one of his own in the third (PHOTO BY JACK LIMA)

Calgary Flames (NHL)
Record Last Week: 1-1-1, 3 points
Record Overall: 29-26-4, 62 points, 4th in Pacific Division
This Week’s Schedule:
Tue. Feb. 21 – Flames at Nashville (5:00 p.m. PST)
Thr. Feb. 23 – Flames at Tampa Bay (4:30 p.m. PST)
Fri. Feb. 24 – Flames at Florida (4:30 p.m. PST)
Sun. Feb. 26 – Flames at Carolina (Noon PST)

Adirondack Thunder (ECHL)
Record Last Week: 1-0-3, 5 points
Record Overall: 27-14-10, 64 points, 3rd in East Division
This Week’s Schedule:
Fri. Feb. 24 – Thunder vs. Reading (4:00 p.m. PST)
Sat. Feb. 25 – Thunder vs. Brampton (4:00 p.m. PST)

News and Notes

  • With Linden Vey’s shorthanded goal on Saturday, Stockton now has 4 total shorties this year which ties them for 22nd in the AHL
    • This goal snapped a stretch of 21-games without a goal, the longest such stretch for Vey in his career
      • His previous long was 12-games without a goal
    • Vey’s shorthanded goal was his second this season, putting him in the team lead.  He also tied Morgan Klimchuk for the most shorthanded points on the team with two
  • David Rittich ranks eighth among goalies who’ve played 960 minutes or more in the AHL with a 2.29 goals-against average
    • He’s tied for sixth among qualified goalies with a 0.921 save-percentage
    • He also is tied for second in the league in shutouts with 4 (most all-time in Heat team history and in one season)
  • Mark Jankowski is tied for 10th in the AHL among rookie scorers with 33 points
  • Andrew Mangiapane is tied third in the AHL among rookies with 6 power-play goals
  • Hunter Shinkaruk’s goal capped off a four-goal second period by the Heat as Rasmus Andersson, Mark Jankowski and Matt Frattin scored the others (PHOTO BY JACK LIMA)

    Ryan Lomberg has the lead in penalty minutes among rookie skaters with 98 PIMS

    • His eight major penalties (all for fighting) are tied for the most among rookies and tied for second most among all skaters league wide
  • Tyler Wotherspoon is fourth among defenseman with a plus-16 rating
  • Stockton averages the fifth most penalty minutes per game with 16.33 minutes in the box
  • The Heat average 2.84 goals per game and 2.96 goals against per game
    • They are 12th in the AHL averaging 30.02 shots but are the sixth worst in shots allowed, averaging opposition 31.47 shots per game
  • Speaking of shots, a season high of 47 shots were fired against Bakersfield on Saturday, which was the first time the Heat hit 40 or more shots since December 8, a span of 25 games
    • The 23 shots in the first period established a new season high in a single period and also tied the most shots in a single period every by the Heat
      • Stockton had 23 shots in a third period back on April 6, 2016 vs. Ontario during the 2015-16 season
  • Stockton’s four-goal second period on Friday against San Jose tied the most goals in a single period this season
    • Four is also the most goals the Heat have ever scored in a single period.  It’s occurred twice this year, this past Friday (2nd period) and December 3 vs. San Diego (3rd Period) and happened in the Heat’s first ever game back on October 10, 2015 (1st Period)
  • Heading into Friday’s game, the Heat had scored just 4 goals in their last 7 games
    • Stockton scored six this past weekend
  • Brett Kulak recorded his first multipoint game since April 3, 2016 (0-2-2) this past Saturday in his first game back with the Heat since being reassigned to Stockton from Calgary.  He had a goal and an assist
  • Stockton is on a 10-game winless streak
    • That’s the longest winless streak this season in the AHL
    • Stockton looks to break their 11-game winless streak on the road on Saturday in Bakersfield.
      • This streak is tied with the Condors for the second longest such streak in the AHL this season
  • Stockton is plus-15 in goals scored in the first and second periods combined, but are minus-17 in goal differential in the third
  • Friday happened to be Stockton’s first loss at home by one goal and on Saturday it was Stockton’s first home loss by two goals this season
  • The Heat take on the Texas Stars two times this week.  The Heat are 5-1-1-0 vs. Texas all-time and are 3-0-1 at home against their Lone Star State rival

Daniel Pribyl will be playing in his 400th professional game the next time he steps on the ice having played 174 games in the top Czech league and 25 games in the AHL (PHOTO BY JACK LIMA).

Approaching Milestones

  • Daniel Pribyl is a game away from playing his 200th professional game (AHL + Czech 1)
  • Tyler Wotherspoon is 4 assists shy of 50 in his AHL career
    • Wotherspoon is also 4 games away from playing in his 200th career AHL game
  • Kenney Morrison is 5 games away from 100 in his AHL career
  • Linden Vey is 6 games away from playing his 400th professional game (AHL + NHL)
  • Emile Poirier is 8 points away from 100 in his AHL career
  • Brett Kulak is 10 points away from 50 in his AHL career
  • David Rittich is 11-games shy of playing in his 100th professional game (AHL + Czech 1)
  • Coach Ryan Huska is 14 wins away from 100 in his AHL career
    • He’s also 11 games away from coaching his 200th AHL game
    • Coach Huska is 7 games away from coaching in his 700th game (Kelowna Rockets of the WHL included)
  • Hunter Smith is 14 games away from playing in his 100th AHL game
  • Oliver Kylington is 14 games away from playing in his 100th AHL game
  • Mike Angelidis is 15 games away from playing in his 700th professional game (AHL + NHL)

Recently Accomplished Milestones

  • Linden Vey’s shorthanded goal on Saturday was his 200th career AHL point.  He would add his 201st later in the game with an assist

Heat Announce New Membership Program

Heat365 will Deliver a Year-Round Heat Hockey Experience

Stockton, Calif. – The Stockton Heat, proudly owned by the NHL’s Calgary Flames, announce that the Heat’s most loyal customers will receive an upgraded fan experience beginning with the 2017-18 season through the new Heat365 Membership Program which starts at only $395!

Heat365 is a new and exclusive, all-encompassing membership that not only includes season tickets, but also a wide range of other benefits, year-round activities and gifts. 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.

The new program continues a number of perks Heat fans have grown accustomed to, like an unlimited ticket exchange policy for unused tickets, bring-a-friend vouchers, discounts on merchandise and additional game tickets and much more.

However, Heat365 will add new benefits and value such as inclusion in the pregame high-five tunnel during a Heat home game, a post-game photo on the ice or team bench, a membership ID and lanyard, additional vouchers for use during opening night and other select Heat games and much more!

Plus, fans who purchase their membership and pay in full by April 8 will not only receive 10% off their membership fee, but will also receive an exclusive Heat jersey.  Fans who pay in full by April 30 will receive 5% off their membership fee. Members can also opt for the convenience of an auto-pay 12-month payment plan. For a list of all benefits and how to join visit

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Vey Earns 200th AHL Point as Heat Comeback Falls Short

Stockton, Calif. – The Stockton Heat received multi-point efforts from both Linden Vey and Brett Kulak, but their comeback effort comes up just short against the Bakersfield Condors in a 4-2 loss Saturday night at Stockton Arena. Vey returned to form with a shorthanded goal in the second period that put the Heat on the board – his 200th AHL career point. Meanwhile, Brett Kulak netted his second goal of the season in his first game back in Stockton since being returned to the Heat from Calgary on Friday. Unfortunately for the Heat, Nick Ellis and his 45-save performance proved tough to beat as the Heat extend their winless streak to 10 (0-9-1-0). Up next for the Heat is a date with the Texas Stars this coming Wednesday for a 7:00 p.m. puck drop.


1st Period
Bakersfield goal: F Joey LaLeggia (11) catch-and-shoot opportunity from the top of the nearside faceoff circle goes high glove past the goaltender (Puljujarvi, Lander assists), 6:57
Bakersfield goal: D David Musil (3) puck pops out of scramble in the slot and is put back through traffic past the goaltender’s blocker (Hamilton, Beck assists), 12:08
Shots: STK – 23 | BAK – 8

2nd Period
Bakersfield goal: F Anton Lander (16) 2-on-1 rush leads to a backdoor tap-in that beats the outstretched goaltender blocker side (LaLeggia, Fayne assists), 8:03
HEAT GOAL: F Linden Vey (9) shot on the rush from the far side faceoff circle goes cross-cage and beats the goaltender high blocker side (Kulak assist), 17:31 (SH)
Shots: STK – 16 | BAK – 10

3rd Period
HEAT GOAL: D Brett Kulak (2) slap shot from just outside the top of the nearside faceoff circle goes through traffic and beats the screened goaltender blocker side (Vey, Kylington assists), 7:17
Bakersfield goal: F Josh Currie (10) shot from the opposite blueline bounces into the empty net (unassisted), 19:29 (EN)
Shots: STK – 8 | BAK – 9

W: Nick Ellis (47 shots, 45 saves)
L: David Rittich (26 shots, 23 saves)

Three Stars: 1 – Nick Ellis (47 shots, 45 saves) 2 – Linden Vey (1 goal, 1 assist) 3 – Anton Lander (1 goal, 1 assist)
Final Shots: STK – 47 | BAK – 27
Power Plays: STK – 0/3 | BAK – 0/3
Linden Vey (1 goal, 1 assist) ties Mark Jankowski for the team-lead in multi-point games (7)
Vey earned his 200th and 201st points in his AHL career
Vey also snapped a streak of 21-straight games without a goal and 12 games without a point
Brett Kulak (1 goal, 1 assist) earned his first multi-point game on the season
Stockton has now gone winless in their last 10 games (0-9-1-0)
23 shots in the first period is the most in a single period for Stockton this season and ties all-time marker (4/6/16 vs ONT)
Vey’s shorthanded tally is the fourth shorthanded goal for the Heat this season (Vey has 2 shorthanded goals this season)
Vey and Morgan Klimchuk are now tied for the Heat team-lead with two shorthanded points apiece
Tonight was the first time the Heat had over 40 shots in a game since 12/8/16 at SJ and tonight’s 47 shots is the most in a single game for the Heat this season

“We’re just not getting bodies in front of the net. We had a lot of shots and a lot of chances and you just got to go to those [dirty] areas and find a way to get the puck in the net. We press and press and get opportunities, but then give up an odd-man rush and they ended up capitalizing on a couple of them. It’s a pretty frustrating time right now, we just need to dig deep and find a way to get that first win and I think things will turn around for us.” – Linden Vey on the frustrations for the Heat of late. 

“It’s the details. We have a lot of zone time and are creating chances, and then all of the sudden, they get a bounce or we don’t cover the guy and they end up getting a grade a opportunity and score. Our goaltenders have been playing awesome all year and we’re just not giving them any support.” – Vey on how things are going to turnaround.

“It’s on us obviously. We know the gameplan, we need to go out there and execute. Myself included on the first goal, I have to take the guy away who got the shot off. It’s the little things, like coming back off the rush. It happens, that’s the game, good teams capitalize on your mistakes, like we capitalized on a couple of their’s, but we have to clean up our [defensive] zone.” – Brett Kulak on the defensive struggles early in the game. 

“We gave up a lot of chances. When you look at their shot totals, they weren’t high, but some of the chances we gave up were quality chances and you can’t do that against good players.” – Head Coach Ryan Huska on tonight’s shot differential. 

“It wasn’t necessarily a bad start from us. I thought we did a lot of good things in the first period. We made a couple of mistakes and they’re bigger mistakes where pucks end up in the back of our net. I thought we did a lot of good things, we just weren’t able to get that first goal and we were forced to chase the game again tonight.” – Coach Huska on the first period performance.

“Linden was on tonight. He had a little bit of edge to his play and I thought he played very well, so it was nice to see the old Linden Vey back tonight.” – Coach Huska on Linden Vey getting back on the board. 

STOCKTON HEAT vs. Texas Stars
February 22 @ Stockton Arena
Matt Frattin Photo Card to the first 500 fans
Doors @ 6:00 p.m., Puck drop @ 7:00 p.m.

Heat Tie Single-Period High with Four-Goal Second in Loss

Stockton, Calif. – Despite staging a furious comeback in the middle frame, the Stockton Heat fell to the San Jose Barracuda by a score of 5-4 at Stockton Arena. After falling behind 3-0 after the first period, the Heat tied their record for most goals in one period by scoring four goals in the second period. It was Rasmus Andersson who got the scoring started by tipping in a shot from Matt Frattin and shortly after, Mark Jankowski would score to bring the Heat to within one. The Heat would tie the game at 4-4 thanks to goals by Matt Frattin and Hunter Shinkaruk which occurred in a span of 1:52. Unfortunately, San Jose’s Joakim Ryan would add a goal late in the 2nd period and the Heat were unable to tie things up in the third period. The Heat will now have a quick turnaround, as they face the Bakersfield Condors Saturday night at Stockton Arena.


1st Period
San Jose Goal: F Nikita Jevpalovs (9) Shot from the from the faceoff circle is tipped passed the goaltender (O’Regan, Meier assists), 3:59
San Jose Goal: D Patrick McNally (3) shot through traffic from the mid-slot beats the goaltender on the glove side (Goodrow, Bergman assists), 11:26 (PP)
San Jose Goal: F Nikita Jevpalovs (10) shot from the mid-slot beats the goaltender off a 2 on 1 break (O’Regan assist), 18:21
Shots: STK – 12 | SJ – 9

2nd Period
HEAT GOAL: D Rasmus Andersson (3) shot through traffic from the point beats the goaltender on the blocker side (Frattin, Aagaard assists), 1:32
HEAT GOAL: F Mark Jankowski (16) quick shot from the bottom of the faceoff circle beats the goaltender five hole (Klimchuk, Shinkaruk assists), 3:48
San Jose Goal: F Timo Meier (10) rebound off a shot from the point is redirected and beats the goaltender’s five hole (Ryan, Heed assists), 7:32 (PP)
HEAT GOAL: F Matt Frattin (12) shot in front of the crease gets redirected in off a pass from the side of the net (Mangiapane, Jankowski assists), 8:52 (PP)
HEAT GOAL: F Hunter Shinkaruk (8) wrap around beats the goaltender five hole (Carroll, Pribyl assists), 10:44
San Jose Goal: D Joakim Ryan (7) shot through traffic beats the goaltender five hole (Carpenter, McCarthy assists), 19:38
Shots: STK – 9 | SJ – 10

3rd Period
No Goals
Shots: STK – 9 | SJ – 7

W: Mantas Armalis (30 shots, 26 saves)
L: Jon Gillies (26 shots, 21 saves)

Three Stars: 1. Nikita Jevpalovs (2 goals) 2. Mark Jankowski (1 goal, 1 assist)3. Hunter Shinkaruk (1 goal, 1 assist)
Final Shots: STK – 30 | SJ – 26
Power Plays: STK – 1/4 | SJ – 2/4
Mark Jankowski (1 goal, 1 assist) had his 7th multi-point game of the season which gives him the team lead
Jankowski and Andrew Mangiapane (1 assist) are now tied for the team-lead in power-play points (11)
Hunter Shinkaruk (1 goal, 1 assist) had his 5th multi-point game of the season
Matt Frattin (1 goal, 1 assist) had his 6th multi-point of the season
Matt Frattin snapped a 7 game goal-less streak
Hunter Shinkaruk snapped a 14 game goal-less streak
Mikkel Aagaard (1 assist) earned a point in his first game back in Stockton since being recalled
Tonight’s game is the Heat’s first one-goal loss at home this season
Stockton scored their first power play goal since January 21st
With the Heat’s four goals in the second period, this is the most they’ve scored in the 2nd period and ties the season high for goals in one period with the other instance being vs San Diego on 12/3
Mike Angelidis left the game with an undisclosed injury. Coach Huska is awaiting word from the trainers.

“We’re a pretty offensive team that has a lot of fire power up front. For a couple guys to get a couple goals is refreshing for everybody, but the end result is that we have to play a complete game. You go down 3-0, that’s tough to come back from but I thought we fought hard in the second.” – Matt Fratin on the team’s offensive outburst in the second period.

“Obviously, it’s higher speed and better players [in the AHL], but everyone on my line helped me out today and the coaches have been really good setting me up and showing me the differences on what we do here compared to down there, so it was easy to feel comfortable.” – Mikkel Aagard on his recent recall to the Stockton Heat and how he felt in tonight’s game.

“I didn’t even see it. I still don’t know if it hit me or not. At the time, I thought I was slashed, but everybody kept telling me that I tipped it, so I wasn’t sure if it was the slash or the puck, but it was nice to get the one goal that kind of got us going. I think that helped turn things around.” – Rasmus Andersson on his goal tonight.

“Obviously, it was a big period by us. It was too bad we didn’t get the win because in the second and third period we were way better than [San Jose]. We just have to refuel our batteries here and get ready for tomorrow because I think this could be our turning point right here.” –  Andersson on carrying the confidence from tonight’s second period.

“It was nice to see us score some goals. It’s been a long time since we’ve scored more than one goal in a game, but moral victories at this stage [of the season] aren’t really worth all that much right now. I think it was good for a lot of guys to find the back of the net and realize and recognize that we can do that more often.” – Head Coach Ryan Huska on his team’s four-goal second period. 

“I thought our guys responded pretty well, even after the first period. It’s something that when you think of the stretch that we’re in right now, to have a response being down 3-0, I’m proud of them right now. It’s not an easy thing to do when you’re not feeling good about your game and I thought our guys did a good job responding.” – Coach Huska on the team’s comeback. 

STOCKTON HEAT vs. Bakersfield Condors
February 18 @ Stockton Arena
Covanta Easy Being Green: Tote bag to the first 750 adults and teens 13 years old & over
Doors @ 6:30 p.m., Puck drop @ 7:30 p.m.

Flames Assign Brett Kulak to Stockton

Calgary, AB – The Calgary Flames announced today that they have assigned defenseman Brett Kulak to their AHL affiliate, the Stockton Heat.

Kulak, Calgary’s fourth round pick (105th overall) in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft, has played 21 games for the Flames this season registering three assists and 12 penalty minutes. The 23-year-old has also played 11 games for Stockton this season and recorded five points (1G, 4A) 

BORN: Edmonton, AB   DATE: January 6, 1994
HEIGHT: 6’2’’                WEIGHT: 189 lbs.
DRAFTED: 4th round (105th overall) in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft

Season Team Lge GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2010-11 Vancouver Giants WHL 3 0 0 0 0
2011-12 Vancouver Giants WHL 72 9 15 24 22 6 0 4 4 2
2012-13 Vancouver Giants WHL 72 12 32 44 34
2012-13 Abbotsford Heat AHL 4 0 0 0 0
2013-14 Vancouver Giants WHL 69 14 46 60 51 4 1 2 3 7
2013-14 Abbotsford Heat AHL 6 1 2 3 2 4 0 0 0 2
2014-15 Adirondack Flames AHL 26 4 9 13 27
2014-15 Colorado Eagles ECHL 39 9 21 30 15
2014-15 Calgary Flames NHL 1 0 0 0 2
2015-16 Calgary Flames NHL 8 0 0 0 0
2015-16 Stockton Heat AHL 59 3 14 17 36
2016-17 Calgary Flames NHL 21 0 3 3 12
2016-17 Stockton Heat AHL 11 1 4 5 6
TOTALS NHL 30 0 3 3 14
    AHL 106 9 29 38 71 4 0 0 0 2

Flames Sign Defenseman Matt Bartkowski

Calgary, AB – The Calgary Flames announced today that they have signed defenseman Matt Bartkowski to a two-year, two-way contract which runs through the end of the 2017-18 season.

Bartkowski has spent the 2016-17 season with the Providence Bruins of the American Hockey League where he has 10 points (2G, 8A) in 34 games. The Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania native played for the Vancouver Canucks in 2015-16 after spending five years in the Bruins organization split between the NHL and AHL.

In total, Bartkowski has skated in 211 NHL games and has 42 points (6G, 36A) and 127 penalty minutes. The 28-year-old has also played in 15 playoff games where he has a goal, two assists and 14 penalty minutes. He was a seventh round pick (190th overall) by the Florida Panthers in the 2008 NHL Draft.

BORN: Pittsburgh, PA              DATE: June 4, 1988
HEIGHT: 6’1”                           WEIGHT: 196 lbs.
DRAFTED: FLA – 7th round, 190th overall in the 2008 NHL Draft
ACQUIRED: Signed as a free agent on February 14, 2017

Season Team Lge GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2006-07 Lincoln Stars USHL 57 3 6 9 95 3 0 0 0 2
2007-08 Lincoln Stars USHL 60 4 37 41 135 8 1 4 5 10
2008-09 Ohio State University CCHA 41 5 15 20 46
2009-10 Ohio State University CCHA 39 6 12 18 99
2010-11 Providence Bruins AHL 69 5 18 23 42
2010-11 Boston Bruins NHL 6 0 0 0 4
2011-12 Boston Bruins NHL 3 0 0 0 0
2011-12 Providence Bruins AHL 50 3 19 22 38
2012-13 Providence Bruins AHL 56 3 21 24 56 5 0 5 5 4
2012-13 Boston Bruins NHL 11 0 2 2 6 7 1 1 2 4
2013-14 Boston Bruins NHL 64 0 18 18 30 8 0 1 1 10
2014-15 Boston Bruins NHL 47 0 4 4 37
2015-16 Vancouver Canucks NHL 80 6 12 18 50
2016-17 Providence Bruins AHL 34 2 8 10 27
  TOTALS NHL 211 6 36 42 127 15 1 2 3 14
    AHL 209 13 66 79 173 5 0 5 5 4
    CCHA 80 11 27 38 145
    USHL 117 7 43 50 230 11 1 4 5 12