Charlotte Checkers

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Charlotte Checkers
2013–14 Charlotte Checkers season
Charlotte Checkers (AHL) logo.svg
City Charlotte, North Carolina
League American Hockey League
Conference Western Conference
Division West
Founded 1990
Home arena Time Warner Cable Arena
Colors Red, Black, Silver, White
                   
Owner(s) MAK Hockey, LLC (Michael Kahn, president/CEO)
General manager Jeff Daniels
Head coach Jeff Daniels
Media Fox Sports Carolinas
610 The Fan
Affiliates

Carolina Hurricanes (NHL)

Florida Everblades (ECHL)
Franchise history
1990–1993 Capital District Islanders
1993–2010 Albany River Rats
2010–present Charlotte Checkers
Championships
Regular season titles 2 (1994–95, 1995–96)
Division Championships 4 (1994–95, 1995–96, 1996–97, 1997–98)
Calder Cups 1 (1994–95)

The Charlotte Checkers are a minor-league professional ice hockey team based in Charlotte, North Carolina, USA. They are members of the West Division of the Western Conference of the American Hockey League (AHL), and are the AHL affiliate of the Carolina Hurricanes of the National Hockey League (NHL). The Checkers play their home games at Time Warner Cable Arena in Uptown Charlotte, also home to the NBA's Charlotte Hornets. The current organization is the third team by this name; it succeeded a Checkers franchise which played in the ECHL from 1993 until the end of the 2009–10 ECHL season. The original Checkers team played in the city from 1956 to 1977, originally in the Eastern Hockey League and then in the Southern Hockey League. The franchise is one of four teams which share a name with a predecessor from a lower-tier league; the other three are the Norfolk Admirals, Rockford IceHogs, and Peoria Rivermen.

History[edit]

The franchise was originally the Capital District Islanders from 1990–1993. They then became the Albany River Rats from 1993–2010, until the River Rats were sold to MAK Hockey, LLC, led by Michael Kahn.[1] The new ownership relocated the team to Charlotte for the 2010–11 season, renaming the franchise the "Charlotte Checkers", and relinquished the ECHL franchise to the league. The Checkers' first home game was played on October 15, 2010, in front of 12,512 spectators which set an attendance record for a hockey game in Charlotte. On February 26, 2011, the attendance record was broken as 12,933 fans watched the Charlotte Checkers defeat the Connecticut Whale 1-0.[2][3] Almost a year later, on February 25, 2012, the attendance record was broken yet again as 13,102 fans watched the Checkers fall to the Oklahoma City Barons, 3-2.

Season-by-season results[edit]

Players[edit]

Current roster[edit]

Updated July 30, 2014.[4][5]

# Nat Player Pos S/G Age Acquired Birthplace Contract
United States Aleardi, AlexAlex Aleardi RW R 22 2014 Ft. Wayne, Indiana Checkers
9 Canada Biega, DannyDanny Biega D R 22 2013 Montreal, Quebec Hurricanes
26 Canada Blanchard, NicolasNicolas Blanchard (A) LW L 27 2010 Granby, Quebec Hurricanes
11 Canada Boychuk, ZachZach Boychuk C L 24 2010 Airdrie, Alberta Hurricanes
16 United States Dolan, SeanSean Dolan C R 26 2012 St. Louis, Missouri Checkers
United States Hagel, KyleKyle Hagel RW L 29 2014 Hamilton, Ontario Checkers
29 Czechoslovakia Jordan, MichalMichal Jordan D L 24 2010 Zlin, Czechoslovakia Hurricanes
United States LaRose, ChadChad LaRose RW R 32 2014 Fraser, Michigan Checkers
32 United States Levi, AustinAustin Levi D L 22 2012 Aurora, Colorado Hurricanes
4 Canada Lowe, KeeganKeegan Lowe D L 21 2013 Edmonton, Alberta Hurricanes
30 United States Muse, JohnJohn Muse G L 26 2011 East Falmouth, Massachusetts Checkers
23 Sweden Rask, VictorVictor Rask C R 21 2012 Leksand, Sweden Hurricanes
2 Finland Rissanen, RasmusRasmus Rissanen D L 23 2011 Kuopio, Finland Hurricanes
36 United States Schmitz, BeauBeau Schmitz D R 23 2012 Howell, Michigan Hurricanes
14 Canada Shugg, JustinJustin Shugg LW R 22 2011 Niagara Falls, Ontario Hurricanes
22 Canada Staal, JaredJared Staal RW R 24 2010 Thunder Bay, Ontario Hurricanes
12 Canada Sutter, BrodyBrody Sutter C R 22 2012 Viking, Alberta Hurricanes
25 Canada Terry, ChrisChris Terry (A) LW L 25 2010 Brampton, Ontario Hurricanes
33 Canada Woods, BrendanBrendan Woods C L 22 2013 Humboldt, Saskatchewan Hurricanes


Team Captains[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Capital District Sports announce River Rats sale". Albany River Rats. 2010-02-10. Retrieved 2010-06-16. 
  2. ^ "AHL Hockey coming to Charlotte in 2010-11". Charlotte Checkers. 2010-02-10. Retrieved 2010-02-10. 
  3. ^ "Charlotte added to AHL for 2010-11". American Hockey League. 2010-02-10. Retrieved 2010-02-10. 
  4. ^ "Charlotte Checkers Team Roster". Charlotte Checkers. Retrieved 2013-12-11. 
  5. ^ "Eliteprospects.com Charlotte Checkers". Eliteprospects.com. Retrieved 2013-12-11. 

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