Heat send three more players to ECHL

The Abbotsford Heat trimmed their roster further on Tuesday morning, assigning three players to the ECHL.

The Abbotsford Heat trimmed their roster further on Tuesday morning, assigning three players to the ECHL.

Defencemen Drew MacKenzie was sent to the Utah Grizzlies, the Heat’s ECHL affiliate, while blueliner Dennis Urban and left winger Kael Mouillierat were released from their tryout agreements and will return to their respective ECHL teams.

The moves mean that the Heat defence is set. The seven-man unit will consist of T.J. Brodie, Joe Piskula, Chris Breen, Joe Callahan, Steve McCarthy, Zach McKelvie and Brady Lamb.

With 18 forwards and three goalies still on the roster, further cuts will have to be made in advance of the regular season opener this weekend, when the Heat host the Peoria Rivermen in a Friday-Saturday set (7 p.m. both nights, Abbotsford Entertainment and Sports Centre).