(Excerpt from Abbotsford Today:)

“Now the rumours have surfaced that the Flames are talking to officials at the Glen Falls, New York Civic Centre about that rink becoming a possible home for their farm team.

According to the Glen Falls PostStar, “Glens Falls Mayor John “Jack” Diamond and EDC Warren County President Edward Bartholomew on Thursday gave a tour of the Civic Center to a Calgary Flames official.

“The trio came by after practice but before the Adirondack Phantoms players had all cleared out and asked head coach Terry Murray for a tour of the team facilities.

“They also stopped by the team offices on the second floor and may have seen more of the building.

“A Post-Star sports reporter was standing a few feet away when the Flames official introduced himself to Murray. The official appeared to be Mike Holditch, the Flames’ senior vice president and assistant general manager. A source who works at the Civic Center, but who asked for anonymity because of the confidential nature of the city’s hockey recruitment efforts, confirmed his identity.

“When reached by a Post-Star news reporter on Thursday afternoon, Bartholomew denied the man they showed around the building was affiliated with the Flames.

“Bartholomew, the city’s lead point person on hockey recruitment, would not identify the man or discuss his visit to Glens Falls.”

The PostStar also noted, “Calgary’s AHL affiliate, the Heat, is the most isolated in the league, in Abbotsford, British Columbia. The Heat has a good deal in Abbotsford. According to the team’s contract, they are guaranteed $5.7 million (Canadian), which is about $5.1 million (U.S.), and the city must make up the difference in “supply fees.”