As part of our ongoing celebration of 15 years of hockey in Stockton, the Heat hosted a fan vote to determine the top 15 moments in the sport’s history here.
We will unveil the top 15 over the coming weeks, starting with moments 15 through 11, based on fan vote.
15 – First Thunder Playoff Series Win
The Stockton Thunder claimed their first-ever playoff series win with a 5-4 victory over Ontario on April 22, 2009. The Thunder jumped on top 4-1 in the first period before holding off a late push from the Reign, and goalie Parker Van Buskirk earned first star of the night honors with 27 saves. Cory Urquhart tallied three points on the night with a goal and two assists.
14 – Derek Grant Named Fastest Skater at AHL All-Star Classic
Derek Grant was Stockton’s lone representative at the 2015-16 AHL All-Star Classic with a time of 14.307 seconds and helped the Western Conference to a 19-14 win. Grant, who finished the campaign with 45 points in 36 games with Stockton, has since skated for the NHL’s Buffalo Sabres, Nashville Predators, Pittsburgh Penguins and Anaheim Ducks.
13 – Heat Earn First Home Playoff Win
Linden Vey scored a pair of goals and was named the night’s first star as Stockton took a 5-3 win over San Jose on April 30, 2017 in the Heat’s first home playoff win. Andrew Mangiapane and Garnet Hathaway rounded out the three stars of the night as the Heat pushed the series to a decisive elimination game at the SAP Center.
12 – Rittich Sets Heat Single Season Shutout Record
David Rittich set a Heat record with his fifth shutout of the 2016-17 season when he blanked the Bakersfield Condors in a 4-0 win. Rittich, who has become Calgary’s starting goaltender, totaled seven shutouts in his two seasons with Stockton and owns AHL marks of a .914 Save Percentage and 2.53 Goals Against Average.
11 – Ryan Constant Nets Playoff OT Winner
Ryan Constant gave Stockton a 2-1 series lead over Idaho when he broke a scoreless tie in triple overtime of a May 5, 2010 playoff game against the Steelheads. Constant’s goal came just 36 seconds into the third overtime, snapping the scoreless stretch at just over 100 minutes of game time. Bryan Pitton was named first star of the night after stopping all 49 shots he faced in the win.
Stay tuned as we continue to roll out the top 15 moments of Stockton hockey history!