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Oilers, Flames AHL affiliates to play outdoor game

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There will be outdoor hockey in California once again this season.

The American Hockey League’s Bakersfield Condors and Stockton Heat will head outside for a game on Dec. 18 at Raley Field in West Sacramento, Calif.

The Edmonton Oilers’ affiliate and Calgary Flames’ farm club will be a part of the Golden State Hockey Rush – a six-week holiday extravaganza, which runs from Nov. 20 to Jan. 3.

“This event will be a special showcase for our Pacific Division in its inaugural season,” AHL president and CEO David Andrews said in a statement. “We look forward to this celebration of hockey outdoors and to sharing the experience with the terrific hockey fans in Northern California.”

The Condors and Heat begin play in the AHL’s new seven-team Pacific Division this season.

Photo courtesy of The AHL

Flames sign free agent forward Louick Marcotte

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The Calgary Flames have signed undrafted forward Louick Marcotte his agent Allain Roy confirmed.

According to the Calgary Sun, the deal is an American Hockey League contract.

Marcotte spent the 2014-15 season with Gatineau of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League leading the Olympiques with 36 goals and 76 points in 63 regular season games. The 6-foot-1, 195-pound Marcotte added a goal and two assists in 10 playoff games.

His most impressive season came in 2013-14. While with the Val d’Or Foreurs Marcotte scored 42 goals and 100 points in 67 games finishing second in team scoring behind Red Wings’ prospect Anthony Mantha. Marcotte added 12 goals and 37 points as the Foreurs won the QMJHL title earning a trip to the Memorial Cup.

The 21-year-old is likely to begin his professional career with the Stockton Heat next season.

PHT Morning Skate: Calgary’s AHL affiliate unveils logo and jerseys for next season

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PHT’s Morning Skate takes a look around the world of hockey to see what’s happening and what we’ll be talking about around the NHL world and beyond.

The Stockton Heat will be the Calgary Flames’ third different American Hockey League affiliate in three seasons when they begin play in 2015-16. On Wednesday night they unveiled their new name, logo and jerseys for next season.

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