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HGD 1: Opening the 2021–22 season with a tilt against Tucson (8 p.m. MT, AHL TV)

Stockton Heat hockey is back!

The Calgary Flames’ American Hockey League affiliate will kick off its 2021–22 season tonight when the Tucson Roadrunners visit the Stockton Arena for a game at 7:00 p.m. local time (8:00 p.m. MT on AHL TV).

Friday’s game will be the first behind the bench for new Heat head coach Mitch Love, who replaced the promoted Cail MacLean during the off-season.

It’ll also be Stockton’s first game back in the United States since the 2019–20 season. The club spent the entire 2020–21 campaign playing out of Calgary’s Scotiabank Saddledome due to logistical concerns created by the COVID-19 pandemic.