Stockton Heat Fans,
Despite our hard-fought defeat yesterday to the San Jose Barracuda, on behalf of the coaches, players and staff, I’d like to thank all of you for your support this season.
I think back to my first week here in Stockton in early March, to our first sellout in Heat history with 9,267 fans packing the Arena to watch the Heat beat our arch-rival San Jose Barracuda on a Saturday night. You’d be hard-pressed to find a more passionate crowd than on that night.
And our on-ice journey in 2016-17 – was it ever an extraordinary one, especially down the stretch as we pushed for the playoffs. Even when the chips were down, your Stockton Heat pulled together. We saw our guys grind through tough stretches in the schedule to earn our first playoff appearance in team history and compete admirably against a tough Pacific Division rival during the Calder Cup Playoffs. Great moments took place and many memories were made.
Heat365 is off to a great start, providing our most loyal supporters year-round benefits and experiences connecting to our players better than ever before. You’ve already begun to experience some changes such as our pregame parties in the H365 Members Only Bud Light Cold Zone, the new Spirit Station on the Fan Deck, and some of the exciting upgrades to our game presentation. We’re putting fans first, and that means you.
We have a tremendous live entertainment product here in Stockton with your Stockton Heat. The future is bright and so much of that optimism results from the support and loyalty you have provided us all season long. Thanks again, have an enjoyable off-season and we’ll see you in 166 days at Stockton Arena to kick-off the 2017-18 AHL season.