Abbotsford Mayor Bruce Banman has scheduled a news conference for 10 a.m. PT with the CEO of the Calgary Flames Ken King, and the president of the Abbotsford Heat Ryan Walter.
In 2009 the city signed a10-year deal with the Heat to guarantee almost $6 million a year in revenue, but the Heat has a tough time filling the city-owned 7,000-seat Abbotsford Entertainment and Sports Centre.
With the team pulling in around 2,000 fewer fans per game than the minor hockey league average, taxpayers in Abbotsford have covered more than $5 million in losses in four years. The Heat's contract with the city lasts until 2019.
Last year the owners of the Vancouver Canucks failed to reach a deal with the city to move their farm team to centre, but speculation continues that a new deal to move their Unica Comets farm team from New York to Abbotsford could be in the works.