Albany Devils

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Albany Devils
2014–15 Albany Devils season
City Albany, New York
League American Hockey League
Conference Eastern Conference
Division Northeast Division
Founded 1998
Home arena Times Union Center
Boardwalk Hall
(alternate venue in Atlantic City, New Jersey)

Red, black, white

Owner(s) New Jersey Devils
General manager Chris Lamoriello
Head coach Rick Kowalsky
Captain Rod Pelley
Media Albany Times Union
Affiliates New Jersey Devils (NHL)
Franchise history
1998–2006 Lowell Lock Monsters
2006–2010 Lowell Devils
2010–present Albany 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.


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]

On April 18, 2014, the Devils clinched a berth to the 2014 Calder Cup Playoffs with a 3-2 shootout win at Portland. That was their first playoff appearance since the 2009-2010 season with Lowell. It was their first ever playoff berth in Albany.

On April 25, 2014, Albany hosted Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals of the 2014 Calder Cup Playoffs. It was the first time Albany had a home playoff game since the 2009-2010 season. The Albany River Rats went on to sweep the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins 4 games to none that year. The Devils trailed 1-0 through most of the game, before managing to tie it up. St. John's IceCaps defenceman Ben Chiarot scored the game winning goal with 22.7 seconds left in regulation. Albany lost 2-1 to St. John's in front of 6,572 people.

On April 26, 2014, Albany hosted Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals. Unlike Game 1 the day before, this was a much different story. St. John's lead 1-0 at the 10:10 mark of the 1st period. Albany would manage to tie it up 59 seconds later on a Reid Boucher goal at the 11:09 mark of the 1st period. The Devils would add another goal. This time, a power play goal from Stefan Matteau, at the 16:56 mark of the 1st period. St. John's would tie it up at 5:11 of the 2nd period. Albany would add 2 more power play goals at the 8:08 mark of the 2nd period and 10:01 mark of the 3rd period. Albany would go on to win 4-2 in front of 8,026 people.

Total attendance for both Game 1 and Game 2 at the Times Union Center was 14,598. It averaged out to 7,299 people per game.

Game 3 and Game 4 were at St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada. Albany lost Game 3 by a score of 1-0. The Devils also lost Game 4, by a score of 4-1. The Albany Devils lost the series 3-1, and failed to advance to the Eastern Conference Semifinals.

Season-by-season results[edit]

Calder Cup Champions Conference Champions Division Champions League Leader

Records as of May 5, 2014.[10]


Current roster[edit]

Updated July 2, 2014.[11]

# Nat Player Pos S/G Age Acquired Birthplace Contract
38 Canada Black, GrahamGraham Black C R 21 2014 Regina, Saskatchewan New Jersey
14 United States Boucher, ReidReid Boucher LW L 21 2012 East Lansing, Michigan New Jersey
7 Canada Burlon, BrandonBrandon Burlon D L 24 2011 Nobleton, Ontario New Jersey
24 Canada Gelinas, EricEric Gelinas D L 23 2011 Vanier, Ontario New Jersey
2 United States Helgeson, SethSeth Helgeson D L 23 2013 Faribault, Minnesota New Jersey
29 Belarus Hrabarenka, RamanRaman Hrabarenka D R 22 2012 Mogilev, Belarus Albany
22 United States Janssen, CamCam Janssen RW R 30 2013 St. Louis, Missouri New Jersey
36 United States Johnson, BenjaminBenjamin Johnson C L 20 2014 Hancock, Michigan New Jersey
28 United States Kelly, DanDan Kelly D L 25 2010 Morrisonville, New York New Jersey
1 United States Kinkaid, KeithKeith Kinkaid G R 25 2011 Farmingville, New York New Jersey
5 Sweden Larsson, AdamAdam Larsson D R 21 2012 Skelleftea, Sweden New Jersey
18 United States Matteau, StefanStefan Matteau LW L 20 2013 Chicago, Illinois New Jersey
16 United States McKelvie, ChrisChris McKelvie (A) LW L 29 2012 New Brighton, Minnesota Albany
33 United States McPherson, CorbinCorbin McPherson D R 26 2011 Folsom, California New Jersey
5 United States Merrill, JonJon Merrill D L 22 2013 Brighton, Michigan New Jersey
10 Canada Pelley, RodRod Pelley (C) C L 30 2013 Kitimat, British Columbia New Jersey
12 United States Sestito, TimTim Sestito (A) C L 29 2010 Rome, New York New Jersey
34 Canada Scarlett, ReeceReece Scarlett D L 21 2013 Sherwood Park, Alberta New Jersey
19 United States Sislo, MikeMike Sislo RW R 26 2011 Superior, Wisconsin New Jersey
17 Canada Timmins, ScottScott Timmins C L 25 2013 Hamilton, Ontario New Jersey
31 Canada Wedgewood, ScottScott Wedgewood G L 22 2012 Brampton, Ontario New Jersey
9 United States Whitney, JoeJoe Whitney LW L 26 2011 Reading, Massachusetts New Jersey
25 United States Wohlberg, DavidDavid Wohlberg C L 24 2011 South Lyon, Michigan New Jersey
23 Canada Zajac, DarcyDarcy Zajac C R 28 2010 Winnipeg, Manitoba New Jersey
11 Canada Zajac, KellyKelly Zajac C L 26 2012 Winnipeg, Manitoba Albany

Team Captains[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". 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. ^, Albany Devils season statistics and records.
  11. ^ "Albany Devils - Team roster". Albany Devils. Retrieved April 21, 2014. 

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