Calgary Wranglers

ice hockey team in Calgary, Alberta

The Calgary Wranglers are a Canadian professional ice hockey team. They began playing in 2022. The team plays in the American Hockey League (AHL). They play their home games in Calgary, Alberta at the Scotiabank Saddledome. They are the AHL affiliate for the Calgary Flames of the National Hockey League (AHL). Their ECHL affiliate is the Rapid City Rush.

Calgary Wranglers
CityCalgary, Alberta
LeagueAmerican Hockey League
Home arenaScotiabank Saddledome
ColoursRed, yellow, white
General managerBrad Pascall
Head coachTrent Cull
AffiliatesCalgary Flames (NHL)
Rapid City Rush (ECHL)
WebsiteOfficial website
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
2015–2022Stockton Heat
2022–presentCalgary Wranglers
Regular season titles1 (2022–23)
Division titles1 (2022–23))

The team originally played in Stockton, California as the Stockton Heat from 2015 to 2022. During the 2020–21 season, the Heat would play in the newly created Canadian Division, which was made because of border restrictions during the COVID-19 pandemic.[1] The Heat played in the division because they were the affiliate of the Calgary Flames.

On May 23, 2022, the Flames announced that the Heat would stop playing in Stockton and would move to Calgary, Alberta.[2] The team name Wranglers was chosen to honour a former team played as the Calgary Wranglers in the Western Hockey League (WHL) from 1977 until 1987.[3]

On October 16, 2022, the team would play their first game as the Calgary Wranglers. They would be defeated by the Coachella Valley Firebirds 6–5. This was also the Firebirds first game.[4]

In the 2022–23 season, the Wranglers would finish the season leading the Pacific Division in points. They would make it to the Pacific Division finals but would lose to the Coachella Valley Firebirds three games to two.[5]


  1. "Heat to Play in Calgary for 2020-21 Season". Stockton Heat. Archived from the original on January 28, 2021. Retrieved January 20, 2024.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown (link)
  2. "Flames to move AHL affiliate to Calgary". American Hockey League. Retrieved January 20, 2024.
  3. "Flames officially reveal Calgary Wranglers as new AHL affiliate". Sportsnet. Retrieved January 20, 2024.
  4. "Warm Calgary welcome for AHL Wranglers despite debut loss at Dome". Calgary Sun. Retrieved January 20, 2024.
  5. "Firebirds advance to Western Conference Finals after OT win in high-scoring Game 5". KESQ. Retrieved December 20, 2023.

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