We reveal the top five moments in Stockton’s hockey history, as voted on by YOU, the fans! The Heat will host our final 15th anniversary specialty game on Sunday, March 15 against the Colorado Eagles at 5 p.m. Read more about how you can get one of our specialty jerseys here!
5. Heat Win First-Ever Game, 7-0 Over Rockford
It didn’t take long for the Stockton Heat to get in the win column, the club winning its first-ever game by a 7-0 final score against Rockford at Stockton Arena. Played in front of a crowd of 6,543, the Heat jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the game’s first frame then added one more in the second, two in the third for the seven-goal win. Jakub Nakladal took first-star honors with a pair of helpers while Derek Grant was named second star with a pair of goals and Turner Elson the third star with two assists. Jon Gillies stopped all 19 shots faced in the rout.
4. First Sellout in Stockton Hockey History
Big performance, bigger crowd. The Stockton Thunder played the first 15 games of the 2005-06 season on the road before making their debut on home ice, and they did not disappoint with a 4-0 win over the Phoenix Roadrunners. Stockton faithful turned out with a sellout crowd of 10,117 for the contest as the home club turned in a strong performance.
3. Devan Dubnyk Earns Win in Stockton Debut
Clad in the Thunder black and gold, Devan Dubnyk earned an impressive victory in his first pro start, turning away 48 of 49 shots faced in a 6-1 win for Stockton. The game featured a remarkable 37 power plays, with the Thunder going 2-for-18 on the man-advantage and holding the Bakersfield Condors to just 1-for-19 while up a skater. Dubnyk has gone on to appear in three NHL All-Star games, won the Masterton Trophy in 2015 and is in the midst of his sixth season with the Minnesota Wild.
2. Flames Purchase Stockton Thunder
On January 29, 2015, the Calgary Flames announced the purchase of the Stockton hockey team and plan to move their AHL club from Glenns Falls, New York in conjunction with the AHL’s creation of the Pacific Division. In addition to the Flames, AHL affiliates for the Anaheim Ducks, Edmonton Oilers, Los Angeles Kings and San Jose Sharks announced moves to California with the start of the 2015-16 season.
1. ‘Thunder’ Chosen as Stockton’s ECHL Team Name
Hockey was finally coming to Stockton, and it was time to choose a name. Ultimately, ‘Thunder’ beat out challengers Brawlers, Fog, Skate, Spears and Stallions. The Thunder were joined by Arena Football League team Lightning as Stockton Arena mainstays. Naming the team was the first step in a proud first 15 seasons of hockey in Stockton.
A special thank you to all fans who voted for the greatest moments in Stockton hockey history.