CEDAR PARK — The Texas Stars didn’t have much to play for in their regular-season finale, a 4-3 loss against the Abbotsford Heat in front of a sellout crowd.
Texas (48-18-3-7, 106 points) had already clinched the Macgregor Kilpatrick trophy — given annually to the regular-season points champion — and American Hockey League President David Andrews presented seven team or individual awards to the Stars before the game.
After the positive feelings from a 10-minute pregame ceremony, Abbotsford jumped out to a 3-0 first-period lead in its last regular-season game as a franchise.
It was announced last week that the Calgary Flames would move their AHL affiliate after the playoffs, and the city of Abbotsford, in British Columbia, opted out of a 10-year agreement. It hasn’t been determined where, or if, the Heat will play next season.
“I’m sure a lot of the guys are going to miss it there,” said Stars forward Justin Dowling, who started his AHL career with Abbotsford in 2010. “It’s a great little city; it’s an unbelievable spot. Hopefully, they get a good spot wherever they go.”
Abbotsford (43-25-5-3, 94 points) locked up the fifth seed in the Western Conference for the playoffs with its victory.