The Heat are now firmly ensconced in Abbotsford, finalizing its roster and setting its schedule. Hockey fans are excited to see the NHL stars of tomorrow, right in their backyard. But when I recently asked a group of Abbotsford residents who are also diehard Canucks fans what they thought of the Heat (Flames Affiliate), I received the same response.
It’s hard to imagine a professional prospect that doesn’t have at least a stub on Wikipedia. That may be the story of Patrick Maroon’s life though as a big power forward out of St. Louis, Missouri with the hands of a future highlight reel NHLer. There’s not much hockey in Missouri of course and even less in the way of future professional hockey players. In a world dominated by Minnesota, Michigan, and the North Eastern United States, Maroon stands out a kid who is doing everything he can to make it to the NHL.