Quad City Flames

The Quad City Flames were an ice hockey team that played between 2007 and 2009. They were owned by QC Sports Ventures Inc., an ownership group based out of the Quad Cities. The Flames played at the iWireless Center in Moline, Illinois. They were the American Hockey League farm team of the Calgary Flames of the National Hockey League. The move to the Quad Cities was confirmed on May 24, 2007. As a result, the arena's previous hockey tenant, the Quad City Mallards of the United Hockey League ceased operations.[1]

Quad City Flames
CityMoline, Illinois
LeagueAmerican Hockey League
Home arenaiWireless Center
ColorsRed, black, gold, white                    
AffiliatesCalgary Flames
Franchise history
1977–1987Maine Mariners
1987–1993Utica Devils
1993–2003Saint John Flames
2005–2007Omaha Ak-Sar-Ben Knights
2007–2009Quad City Flames
2009–2014Abbotsford Heat
2014–2015Adirondack Flames
2015–presentStockton Heat

The team left the Quad Cities after the 2008–09 season and relocated to Abbotsford, British Columbia to play as the Abbotsford Heat in the 2009–10 season.


The Flames AHL franchise relocated from Omaha, Nebraska, where the team spent two seasons as the Omaha Ak-Sar-Ben Knights. Following two disappointing seasons at the gate in which the Flames and the Knights of Ak-Sar-Ben lost over $4 million, the Flames chose to relocate the franchise.[2] The new franchise joined former UHL rival, the Rockford IceHogs in moving up to the AHL. The Flames made their AHL regular-season debut in Moline on October 6, 2007 with a 5–1 victory over Rockford.

The Flames were the third team to attempt to place an AHL team in the Quad Cities. Both the San Jose Sharks and Edmonton Oilers were unable to reach an agreement with the owners of the Mallards, and of the arena.[3] While the NHL franchise had signed an affiliation agreement to the end of the 2011–12 season, the Flames and Quad City Sports Ventures agreed to end the agreement after just two seasons and the Flames placed their affiliate in Abbotsford, British Columbia for the 2009–10 AHL season.[4] Local ownership in Quad Cities estimated the team's losses for 2008–09 at $1.3 million.[5]

This market was previously served by:

The market was subsequently home to:


Season-by-season results

Regular season

2007–08 80 38 32 3 7 86 203 214 6th, West Division
2008–09 80 36 31 6 7 85 212 216 5th, West Division


Season1st round2nd round3rd roundFinals
2007–08Out of playoffs.
2008–09Out of playoffs.

Team records

Single season

Goals: 39 Kyle Greentree (2008–09)
Assists: 43 Grant Stevenson (2007–08)
Points: 76 Kyle Greentree (2008–09)
Penalty Minutes: 248 Brandon Prust (2007–08)
GAA: 2.23 Leland Irving (2008–09)
SV%: .912 Matt Keetley (2007–08), Leland Irving (2008–09)
Wins: 24 Leland Irving (2008–09)
Shutouts: 3 Curtis McElhinney (2007–08)
  • Goaltending records need a minimum 25 games played by the goaltender


Career Goals: 43 Kris Chucko
Career Assists: 76 Carsen Germyn
Career Points: 108 Carsen Germyn
Career Penalty Minutes: 271 Matt Pelech
Career Goaltending Wins: 24 Leland Irving
Career Shutouts: 3 Curtis McElhinney Matt Keetley
Career Games: 154 Kris Chucko


  1. Quad City Flames website
  2. AHL: Knights are leaving for the Quad Cities, Omaha World-Herald, May 15, 2007
  3. DeVrieze, Craig, Quad-Cities step up to AHL Archived December 25, 2008, at the Wayback Machine, pantagraph.com, May 24, 2007
  4. "Report: Flames plan to move AHL affiliate to Abbotsford". The Sports Network. 2009-03-12. Retrieved 2009-03-14.
  5. Hall, Vicki (2009-03-12). "Calgary Flames' farm team to move from Quad Cities to Abbotsford, B.C." Calgary Herald. Archived from the original on February 12, 2010. Retrieved 2009-03-14.

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