STOCKTON, Calif. – Based on a fan vote earlier in the season, the Heat are proud to unveil Stockton hockey’s all-time team.
Open to fan selections from the all-time AHL Heat and ECHL Thunder rosters, Stockton hockey fans were invited to vote for the top nine forwards, four defensemen, one goalie and one coach to comprise the 15-person all-time team.
FORWARDS (listed alphabetically)
Dillon Dube: Dube skated for the Heat in the 2017-18, 2018-19 and 2019-20 seasons, emerging as a top prospect within the Flames’ system. Overall, the Golden, British Columbia, native has played in 56 AHL games, recording a total of 56 points (19g, 37a) and a plus-8 rating. Dube, who was called up to Calgary on November 18, has 16 points (6g, 10a) in 45 games with the Flames during the 2019-20 season.
Derek Grant: Grant earned Fastest Skater distinction at the 2016 AHL All-Star Classic, highlighting his brief 36-game stint in Stockton. Grant, who has gone on to compete for the Buffalo Sabres, Nashville Predators, Anaheim Ducks, Pittsburgh Penguins, and Philadelphia Flyers, notched 45 points (27g, 18a) in his time with the Heat. The forward played in 15 games with the Calgary Flames, recording an assist.
Garnet Hathaway: Hathaway spent three seasons in Stockton on the back end of a lengthy stint within the Flames organization that dated back to eight games with the Abbotsford Heat in the 2013-14 season. Hathaway appeared in 93 regular season games and all five postseason games in Stockton Heat history, tallying 29 goals and 35 assists in those 98 games.
Garet Hunt: The face of the Stockton Thunder and the lone number hanging in the rafters at Stockton Arena, Hunt donned the black and yellow from 2008-09 through the final year of the Thunder in 2014-15. Hunt, who wore the ‘C’ in each of his final three campaigns in Stockton, played in 441 regular season games with Stockton’s ECHL club and ran up a remarkable 1,657 penalty minutes while contributing 159 points in a Thunder sweater.
Mark Jankowski: Drafted in the first round, 21st overall, in the 2012 NHL Draft, Jankowski came to Stockton after completing his collegiate career at Providence College in the 2015-16 season. Jankowski tallied 70 points (34g, 36a) in 78 AHL games before becoming a full-time member of the Flames in the 2018-19 season. To date, Jankowski has 208 regular season and five postseason NHL games to his credit.
Morgan Klimchuk: Klimchuk spent three-plus seasons in Stockton before a mid-season swap in the 2018-19 campaign and climbed to the top of the games-played chart in Heat history with 200 before ultimately being unseated by Ryan Lomberg. Klimchuk, who earned a game with the Calgary Flames, recorded 44 goals and 56 assists in a Heat sweater for an even 100 points.
Ryan Lomberg: The longest-tenured skater in Heat history, Lomberg has become a fan favorite for his competitive fire and locker room leadership. The forward, who has 219 AHL games under his belt – all with Stockton, has 109 points (49g,60a) to his credit and was off to a career pace in the 2019-20 season before suffering long-term, a lower body injury. Lomberg has also skated in 11 games with the Calgary Flames, recording an assist.
Andrew Mangiapane: Before catching fire in Calgary, Mangiapane excelled in Stockton to the tune of 104 points (50g, 54a) in 120 career AHL games. Selected in the sixth round of the 2015 NHL Draft, the forward saw his NHL workload jump from 10 games in the 2017-18 season to 44 games last year before becoming a Calgary mainstay this season. Mangiapane clicked at more than a point-per-game pace in each of the last two seasons at the AHL level.
Alan Quine: Alan Quine earned Heat Offensive Player of the Year honors in 2018-19, his first season with the club, after leading the way with 52 points in 41 games. Quine has recorded four hat tricks and 98 points in just 79 games Stockton and has skated in 22 games with the Calgary Flames. A lower body injury forced Quine out of game action this season since February 21.
DEFENSEMEN (listed alphabetically)
Rasmus Andersson: Andersson needed just 110 games in the AHL to showcase an NHL skillset, graduating to full-time Flames status prior to the 2018-19 season. With the Heat, the Malmo, Sweden, native recorded 12 goals and 49 assists with a plus-33 rating and 79 penalty minutes. To date, Andersson has 160 regular season and five postseason NHL games played – all with Calgary.
Ryan Constant: Next to Garet Hunt, the defenseman was one of the Thunder constants. Constant spent six seasons with the Thunder, sandwiched around the 2011-12 campaign spent in Italy. Overall, Constant recorded 41 goals and 110 assists in 304 games with the Thunder, wearing the ‘A’ as an alternate captain in each of his final three seasons.
Oliver Kylington: Not even 23 years of age and in his fifth pro season, Kylington cut his teeth at the AHL level with 190 games played with Stockton, starting with the 2015-16 campaign. Back in his rookie season, Kylington earned his first NHL call-up, making his NHL debut as just an 18-year-old, becoming the youngest Stockton Heat player to play in the NHL. Kylington has gone on to skate in 86 games with the Flames. The defenseman returned to Stockton for three games earlier in the 2019-20 season and potted a hat trick against the Tucson Roadrunners on November 9. All told, Kylington has 91 points (28g, 63a) to his credit with the Heat.
Tyler Wotherspoon: A second round pick by the Flames in the 2011 NHL Draft, Wotherspoon spent three seasons with Stockton. The defenseman totaled 176 games with the Heat, recording 15 goals, 50 assists and a plus-50 rating in a Heat sweater, finishing his run in Stockton in the 2017-18 season as an alternate captain of the team. Wotherspoon has since competed for the San Antonio Rampage and Lehigh Valley Phantoms. The blue-liner totaled 15 games with the Flames between the 2015-16 and 2016-17 seasons.
David Rittich: ‘Big Save Dave’ occupied the blue paint for the Heat 43 times split between the 2016-17 and 2017-18 seasons, recording AHL career totals of 22 wins, a 2.53 Goals Against Average and .917 Save Percentage. The netminder owns the Heat record with five shutouts in a season, set in the 2016-17 campaign. Rittich, who earned number one goalie status in Calgary this season, has totaled 115 NHL games with a 2.82 GAA and .908 SVP with the Flames.
Matt Thomas: After taking over behind the Thunder bench in the midst of the 2008-09 season, Thomas went on to guide Stockton to 163 regular season wins and playoff appearances in each season behind the bench, including a Kelly Cup Finals appearance in 2013. Thomas went on to coach at Alaska-Anchorage before returning to the ECHL in 2018 with the Cincinnati Cyclones.