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VANCOUVER – Global News has learned major changes are on the way for the Abbotsford Heat hockey team and its contentious relationship with taxpayers.

Sources tell us the City of Abbotsford has terminated its contract with the Abbotsford Heat, but whether that means there will be a new contract or the team will be moving remains to be seen. The city has called a press conference for Tuesday morning at 10 a.m.

There are rumours the Calgary Flames farm team will be moving to Glens Falls, New York Civic Centre, but that has yet to be confirmed.

The Abbotsford Heat came to the city for the 2009-10 season, after signing a 10-year contract guaranteeing the team $5.7 million every year.

In the first four years of the 10-year deal, the Heat cost Abbotsford taxpayers $5.24 million. Figures for this season have not yet been released.

How much this new deal will cost the City of Abbotsford remains to be seen, but it will be less than the total of the remaining five years.

- With files from Aaron McArthur.

Reporter Ted Field has followed the team’s experience in Abbotsford since the beginning and provided this look at what has happened:

“Why is Calgary’s farm team in Abbotsford?”

That was the question asked in 2009 and it still doesn’t have a rational answer five years later.

Abbotsford was eager to show it was a “city in the country.”

Taxpayers approved building a $60 million arena complete with luxury boxes and club seats.

Build it and they will come.

A team came but the crowds didn’t.

This year’s average attendance was 3,007, second worst in the American Hockey League.

The sight of Flames colours on the, “Home” team failed to connect in a Canucks mad market.

The team is also thousands of kilometers from the rest of the league’s heart in the eastern U.S.

That means millions of dollars in Abbotsford taxpayer help.

The team could soon be gone but not before one last act.

Unlike the Canucks, the Heat made the playoffs.

Tickets are still available.

http://globalnews.ca/news/1271141/city-of-abbotsford-terminating-contract-with-abbotsford-heat-hockey-team/

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Kinda disappointing as I like to hit up Heat games from time to time. Saw this coming a mile away though. Not sure what Abbotsford was thinking bringing in a Flames farm team. It was never going to work in a Canucks hockey market.

Gonna be interesting to see what they try to bring in to pay the bills.

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I looked back a couple pages in this forum and didn't see anything about it. If I missed something, my bad.

There's more than one sub forum, but it's on the first page for me whether I view by most recently updated, or most recently posted.

Heat getting the heck out of dodge.

There's also one in the Trades, Rumours and Signings forum that got locked in favour of the one I just mentioned, plus one in the Prospects forum (also locked now) as well.

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There's more than one sub forum, but it's on the first page for me whether I view by most recently updated, or most recently posted.

Heat getting the heck out of dodge.

There's also one in the Trades, Rumours and Signings forum that got locked in favour of the one I just mentioned, plus one in the Prospects forum (also locked now) as well.

I get that there are more than one sub forum. I picked the one that said talk about AHL hockey here. I obviously overlooked the title as it only said Heat, I was more looking for Abbotsford in the title as it's the name of the team.

As I said, I made a mistake, my bad. Hopefully CDC can find it in their heart to forgive me, LOL!

I'm not one to normally make duplicate threads around here.

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I get that there are more than one sub forum. I picked the one that said talk about AHL hockey here. I obviously overlooked the title as it only said Heat, I was more looking for Abbotsford in the title as it's the name of the team.

As I said, I made a mistake, my bad. Hopefully CDC can find it in their heart to forgive me, LOL!

I'm not one to normally make duplicate threads around here.

No worries. Sometimes an actual search works better than just scanning the recent thread titles and hoping.

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