Albany Devils

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Albany Devils
2013–14 Albany Devils season
AlbanyDevils.PNG
CityAlbany, New York
LeagueAmerican Hockey League
ConferenceEastern Conference
DivisionNortheast Division
Founded1998
Home arenaTimes Union Center
Boardwalk Hall
(alternate venue in Atlantic City, New Jersey)
Colors

Red, black, white


              
Owner(s)New Jersey Devils
General managerChris Lamoriello
Head coachRick Kowalsky
CaptainRod Pelley
MediaAlbany Times Union
WTMM-FM/104.5
AffiliatesNew Jersey Devils (NHL)
Elmira Jackals (ECHL)
Franchise history
1998–2006Lowell Lock Monsters
2006–2010Lowell Devils
2010–presentAlbany Devils
 
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Albany Devils
2013–14 Albany Devils season
AlbanyDevils.PNG
CityAlbany, New York
LeagueAmerican Hockey League
ConferenceEastern Conference
DivisionNortheast Division
Founded1998
Home arenaTimes Union Center
Boardwalk Hall
(alternate venue in Atlantic City, New Jersey)
Colors

Red, black, white


              
Owner(s)New Jersey Devils
General managerChris Lamoriello
Head coachRick Kowalsky
CaptainRod Pelley
MediaAlbany Times Union
WTMM-FM/104.5
AffiliatesNew Jersey Devils (NHL)
Elmira Jackals (ECHL)
Franchise history
1998–2006Lowell Lock Monsters
2006–2010Lowell Devils
2010–presentAlbany Devils

The Albany Devils are a professional ice hockey team in the American Hockey League (AHL), founded in 2010. The top AHL affiliate of the National Hockey League (NHL)'s New Jersey Devils, the team has as its home the Times Union Center in Albany, New York. This is the second time the New Jersey Devils have been affiliated with an Albany-based AHL team; from 1993 to 2006, the Devils used the Albany River Rats as their top minor league team.

History[edit]

On February 10, 2010, Albany River Rats owner Walter Robb sold his team to Michael Kahn. It was then announced that the River Rats would begin playing the 2010–11 season as the Charlotte Checkers. Robb, however, as well as members of the River Rats and Times Union Center's front office, had already begun looking for an American Hockey League team to replace the River Rats.[1]

On April 26, 2010, the New Jersey Devils sent Albany County a letter of intent to relocate to Albany, with a five-year commitment, on the grounds that the arena had specific renovations made.[2][3] New Jersey Devils General Manager Lou Lamoriello, in a letter to the members of the Lowell Devils Booster Club, stated that changes presented in the lease with Lowell made it "financially impossible" to stay.[4]

On May 10, 2010, the county legislature voted 35–2 in favor of a $1.6 million upgrade to the facility to be spent on a new scoreboard, ribbon board advertising, and exterior lighting.[5]

On June 10, 2010, the New Jersey Devils officially announced on their website that they were moving the Lowell Devils to the Times Union Center in Albany, New York beginning with the 2010–11 AHL season to play as the Albany Devils.,[6] playing 36 of their 40 home games in Albany. The other four home games will be played in Atlantic City, New Jersey, at Boardwalk Hall.

Soon thereafter, on June 17, 2010, the New Jersey Devils announced they had promoted John MacLean to fill their head coaching vacancy. MacLean had been the head coach of the Lowell Devils during the 2009–10 season.[7]

On August 10, 2010, it was announced that Rick Kowalsky was named head coach of the team, with former New Jersey Devils defenceman Tommy Albelin being named the assistant coach.[8]

On December 28, 2013, the Devils achieved six consecutive wins at home, a franchise record, in front of a 4,566-person crowd at the Times Union Center.[9]

Season-by-season results[edit]

Calder Cup ChampionsConference ChampionsDivision ChampionsLeague Leader

Records as of June 22, 2013.[10]

Players[edit]

Current roster[edit]

Updated January 18, 2014.[11]

#NatPlayerPosS/GAgeAcquiredBirthplaceContract
7CanadaBurlon, BrandonBrandon BurlonDL232011Nobleton, OntarioNew Jersey
21BelarusDemkov, ArtemArtem DemkovCL242013Minsk, BelarusAlbany
2United StatesHelgeson, SethSeth HelgesonDL232013Faribault, MinnesotaNew Jersey
26United StatesHoeffel, MikeMike HoeffelLWL242011North Oaks, MinnesotaNew Jersey
29BelarusHrabarenka, RamanRaman HrabarenkaDR212012Mogilev, BelarusAlbany
28United StatesKelly, DanDan Kelly (A)DL242010Morrisonville, New YorkNew Jersey
1United StatesKinkaid, KeithKeith KinkaidGR242011Farmingville, New YorkNew Jersey
5SwedenLarsson, AdamAdam LarssonDR212012Skelleftea, SwedenNew Jersey
18United StatesMatteau, StefanStefan MatteauLWL192013Chicago, IllinoisNew Jersey
16United StatesMcKelvie, ChrisChris McKelvie (A)LWL282012New Brighton, MinnesotaAlbany
33United StatesMcPherson, CorbinCorbin McPhersonDR252011Folsom, CaliforniaAlbany
10CanadaPelley, RodRod Pelley (C)CL292013Kitimat, British ColumbiaNew Jersey
15FinlandPesonen, HarriHarri PesonenFL252012Muurame, FinlandNew Jersey
12United StatesSestito, TimTim Sestito (A)CL292010Rome, New YorkNew Jersey
34CanadaScarlett, ReeceReece ScarlettDL202013Sherwood Park, AlbertaNew Jersey
19United StatesSislo, MikeMike Sislo (A)RWR252011Superior, WisconsinNew Jersey
8SwedenTedenby, MattiasMattias TedenbyLWL232010Vetlanda, SwedenNew Jersey
17CanadaTimmins, ScottScott TimminsCL242013Hamilton, OntarioNew Jersey
32SwedenUrbom, AlexanderAlexander UrbomDL232014Stockholm, SwedenNew Jersey
31CanadaWedgewood, ScottScott WedgewoodGL212012Brampton, OntarioNew Jersey
9United StatesWhitney, JoeJoe WhitneyFL252011Reading, MassachusettsAlbany
25United StatesWohlberg, DavidDavid WohlbergCL232011South Lyon, MichiganNew Jersey
23CanadaZajac, DarcyDarcy Zajac Injured ReserveCR272010Winnipeg, ManitobaNew Jersey
11CanadaZajac, KellyKelly ZajacCL252012Winnipeg, ManitobaAlbany

Team Captains[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Sichko, Adam (2010-02-10). "River Rats sold, relocating to N.C.". American City Business Journals. Retrieved 2010-05-06. 
  2. ^ D'Errico, Richard A. (2010-04-30). "The Albany Devils? Times Union Center receives letter of intent". American City Business Journals. Archived from the original on 23 May 2010. Retrieved 2010-04-30. 
  3. ^ "AHL hockey back in Albany". Times Union. 2010-06-10. Retrieved 2010-06-10. 
  4. ^ "Lou Lamoriello told Lowell booster club it was 'financially impossible' to stay". NJ.com. 2010-06-01. Archived from the original on 4 June 2010. Retrieved 2010-06-01. 
  5. ^ "Finances, scoreboard top county's agenda". Times Union. 2010-05-11. Retrieved 2010-05-11. 
  6. ^ "Devils shift AHL operations to Albany". New Jersey Devils. 2010-06-10. Archived from the original on 14 June 2010. Retrieved 2010-06-10. 
  7. ^ "Devils name MacLean as new head coach". New Jersey Devils. 2010-06-17. Retrieved 2010-06-17. 
  8. ^ "Albany Devils announce coaching staff". Albany Devils. 2010-08-10. Retrieved 2010-08-10. 
  9. ^ Doughrty, Pete (28 December 2013). "Devils set franchise record with sixth straight home victory". Times Union. Retrieved 29 December 2013. 
  10. ^ Hockeydb.com, Albany Devils season statistics and records.
  11. ^ "Albany Devils - Team roster". Albany Devils. Retrieved January 18, 2014. 

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