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Abbotsford, BC – The Abbotsford Heat announced today their opening night roster for the 2013-14 American Hockey League (AHL) season. The Heat open their season tonight in Cleveland against the Lake Erie Monsters (AHL affiliate of the Colorado Avalanche). Puck drop is set for 4:30 pm PST with the game broadcast live on 101.7 CIVL FM and

Head Coach Troy G. Ward returns for a third season behind the Heat bench and will have a new face beside him in Robbie Ftorek. Ftorek is the new Assistant Coach, tremendous hockey experience with 334 career NHL games played and as a three time NHL Head Coach. Goaltending Coach Jordan Sigalet returns for his third season with the club.

The Heat have 14 players on the opening night roster who played at least one game for the Heat last season. This year’s team will also be very young, with only 7 of 27 players on the roster are over 25 years of age.


4 Zach McKelvie
11 Corban Knight
12 Paul Byron
13 Turner Elson
15 Greg Nemisz
17 Josh Jooris
20 Roman Horak
22 Blair Jones
24 David Eddy
25 Max Reinhart
26 Markus Granlund
28 Ben Hanowski
34 Carter Bancks
36 Michael Ferland
46 Brett Lyon
48 Brett Olson
49 Steve Begin


2 Braden Lamb
5 Tyler Wotherspoon
7 John Ramage
14 Mark Cundari
16 Dean Arsene
18 Drew MacKenzie
23 Chad Billins
32 Patrick Sieloff


31 Joni Ortio
33 Reto Berra

The Heat home opener weekend is October 11th and 12th against the Milwaukee Admirals at 7:00PM, featuring an autograph session with NHL legend Guy Lafleur. The 2013 Heat Home Opener is presented by Rossdown Farms & Natural Foods, and if you purchase a group of 10 or more tickets before October 7th, you will be entered to win a Thanksgiving turkey dinner for 10 people during the October 11th Heat game. To purchase tickets call 1-877-452-HEAT or visit


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