The Flaming A is back — and so is professional hockey in Glens Falls.
The NHL Calgary Flames Friday came to Glens Falls to discuss the relocation of its American Hockey League franchise from Abbotsford, B.C., to the Glens Falls Civic Center.
The team will be known as the Adirondack Flames. A byproduct of the name is the team will employ a "Flaming A" logo similar to the one the parent club sported when the franchise was located in Atlanta from 1972-80.
"We are proud to ... pay tribute to our history with the introduction of a new version of the Flaming A here in Adirondack," Calgary General Manager Brad Treliving said in a statement. "We look forward to building on Glens Falls' rich hockey history."
The Glens Falls Civic Center has hosted to previous AHL teams: The Adirondack Red Wings (1979-99) and the Phantoms (2009-14). From Day 1 the recently departed Phantoms were seen as a short-term tenant.
Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo welcomed the team in a statement.
"We've seen in cities across the state — from Rochester and Syracuse to Utica — how a minor-league hockey affiliate can bring new energy, excitement, and jobs to local communities," he said.