The team was based in Abbotsford, British Columbia, Canada and played their home games at the Abbotsford Entertainment & Sports Centre. It arrived in Abbotsford in 2009 as a relocated franchise (formerly known as the Quad City Flames).
The team played five seasons in British Columbia before the Flames' lease agreement with the City of Abbotsford was terminated following the 2013–14 season.
On May 5, 2014, the AHL's Board of Governors approved the relocation of the franchise to Glens Falls, New York where the Adirondack Flames replaced the Adirondack Phantoms who moved to Allentown, Pennsylvania.
The Flames moved their affiliate to the Fraser Valley after playing two seasons in Moline, Illinois as the Quad City Flames. The team's transfer was approved on April 28, 2009 and as a result, Abbotsford became the westernmost city in the AHL.
The team closest to the Heat in distance, the Oklahoma City Barons, was 1,583 mi (2,548 km) away, and the Heat were the only AHL team west of the Central Time Zone.
In order to reduce travel costs, road teams sometimes played two consecutive games in Abbotsford, and in some cases, the Heat played consecutive road games at the same arena. The same scheduling is used for the St. John's Ice Caps.
The organization held a "name the team" contest and on May 14, 2009, Heat was announced as the team's new name.
On June 5, 2009, the Calgary Herald reported that Jim Playfair would debut as head coach of the Abbotsford Heat after spending two seasons with the Calgary Flames.
Relocating to Glens Falls
The team struggled financially and saw low attendance; talks eventually broke down between the city of Abbotsford, the Vancouver Canucks and the Calgary Flames on a possible affiliation swap.
Upon the Vancouver Canucks' purchase of the Peoria Rivermen, the Heat's owners were petitioned from interested groups in Utica, New York.
On June 14, 2013, the Vancouver Canucks and Mohawk Valley Garden, the managing partner based in Utica, signed a six-year affiliation agreement and the Utica Comets became the new AHL affiliate of the Vancouver Canucks.
The city of Abbotsford terminated the contract with the Heat on April 15, 2014. The Heat finished the season and Calder Cup Playoffs in Abbotsford.
On May 5, 2014, the AHL's Board of Governors announced at their spring meeting in Chicago that they approved the relocation of the team to Glens Falls for the 2014-15 season with games played at the Glens Falls Civic Center as the Adirondack Flames.
Abbotsford Heat Team Captains
- Garth Murray (2009–10)
- Carter Bancks and Ben Walter (2009-10)
- Quintin Laing (2010–13)
- Dean Arsene (2013–14)
|2009–10||80||39||29||5||7||90||.563||217||231||3rd, North||2010||W, 4–3, RCH||L, 2–4, HAM||—||—|
|2010–11||80||38||32||4||6||86||.538||186||212||4th, North||2011||Out of playoffs|
|2011–12||76||42||26||3||5||92||.605||200||201||2nd, West||2012||W, 3–0, MIL||L, 1–4, TOR||—||—|
|2012–13||76||34||32||4||6||78||.513||171||198||4th, North||2013||Out of playoffs|
|2013–14||76||43||25||5||3||94||.618||237||215||2nd, West||2014||L, 1–3, GR||—||—||—|
|Totals||388||196||144||21||27||440||.567||1011||1057||3 playoff appearances|