Lake Erie Monsters

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Lake Erie Monsters
Lake Erie Monsters.svg
City Cleveland, Ohio
League American Hockey League
Conference Western Conference
Division Midwest Division
Founded 1994 (In the IHL)
Home arena Quicken Loans Arena
Colors Burgundy, Steel Blue, Silver, Gray and Black
Owner(s) Dan Gilbert
General manager Craig Billington
(de facto - officially asst. GM of parent club Colorado)[1]
Head coach Dean Chynoweth
Media WKNR AM 850
WHK AM 1420
WUAB Channel 43
Affiliates Colorado Avalanche (NHL)
Fort Wayne Komets (ECHL)
Franchise history
1994–1995 Denver Grizzlies (IHL)
1995–2001 Utah Grizzlies (IHL)
2001–2005 Utah Grizzlies (AHL)
2007–present Lake Erie Monsters

The Lake Erie Monsters are a professional ice hockey team in the American Hockey League that began play in the 2007–08 AHL season. The Monsters play all of their home games at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio, which they share with the NBA's Cleveland Cavaliers and the Arena Football League's Cleveland Gladiators. The team is an affiliate of the Colorado Avalanche of the NHL and Fort Wayne Komets of the ECHL.

Franchise history[edit]

The Lake Erie Monsters began in 2006 when the dormant Utah Grizzlies AHL franchise was purchased by a Cleveland ownership group led by Dan Gilbert, owner of the Cleveland Cavaliers NBA team and Quicken Loans on May 16, 2006, after a new AHL team was awarded to Cleveland following the Cleveland Barons moving to Worchester following the 2005–06 season.[2] With the Quicken Loans Arena established as the team's home venue, the Colorado Avalanche were announced as the franchise's NHL parent club with a five-year agreement on December 17, 2006.

On January 25, 2007, the franchise was officially announced as the Lake Erie Monsters, referring to Bessie, a creature of local folklore. The name was chosen from researching focus groups around the Cleveland area and the logo incorporated the Geographical connection in the Region with Lake Erie.[3] The Monsters do not recognize any past links to the Grizzlies and promote themselves as having began in 2007.

Former NHL player Joe Sacco was named as the Lake Erie Monsters first head coach.

The Monsters opened their inaugural 2007–08 campaign at home against the Grand Rapids Griffins on October 6, 2007. At the end of the 2010–11 season the Monsters made it into the playoffs for the first time in franchise history. After gaining a 3-1 game lead over the Manitoba Moose they lost in game 7 4-1 and lost the round four games to three.[4]

Cleveland hockey history[edit]

The following teams have previously played in Cleveland. The Monsters recognize and honor past Cleveland teams with commemorative banners at Quicken Loans Arena:[5]

Season-by-season results[edit]

This is a partial list of the last five seasons completed by the Monsters. For the full season-by-season history, see List of Lake Erie Monsters seasons

Players[edit]

Current roster[edit]

Updated February 26, 2015.[7]

# Nat Player Pos S/G Age Acquired Birthplace Contract
18 Canada Agozzino, AndrewAndrew Agozzino (A) LW L 24 2012 Vaughan, Ontario Avalanche
74 Finland Aittokallio, SamiSami Aittokallio G L 22 2012 Tampere, Finland Avalanche
47 Canada Beaupré, GabrielGabriel Beaupré D L 22 2012 St-Jean Chrysostome, Quebec Avalanche
14 Canada Bourke, TroyTroy Bourke C L 20 2014 Edmonton, Alberta Avalanche
39 United States Cheek, TrevorTrevor Cheek LW L 22 2013 Vancouver, Washington Avalanche
41 United States Corbett, CodyCody Corbett D L 21 2014 Lakeland, Minnesota Avalanche
46 Canada Elliott, StefanStefan Elliott D R 24 2011 North Vancouver, British Columbia Avalanche
51 Canada Heard, MitchellMitchell Heard C R 22 2012 Bowmanville, Ontario Avalanche
42 Canada Henley, SamuelSamuel Henley LW L 21 2014 Val-d'Or, Quebec Avalanche
38 Canada Hishon, JoeyJoey Hishon C L 23 2011 Stratford, Ontario Avalanche
27 Canada Gervais, BrunoBruno Gervais (C) D R 30 2014 Longueuil, Quebec Avalanche
11 Denmark Lauridsen, MarkusMarkus Lauridsen D L 24 2012 Gentofte, Denmark Avalanche
5 Canada Leach, JoeyJoey Leach D L 23 2014 Wadena, Saskatchewan Monsters
44 Canada Maggio, DanielDaniel Maggio D/W R 23 2013 Windsor, Ontario Monsters
36 Canada Meurs, GarrettGarrett Meurs RW R 22 2013 Ripley, Ontario Avalanche
26 Canada Noreau, MaximMaxim Noreau Injured Reserve D R 27 2014 Montreal, Quebec Avalanche
4 Canada Petryk, ReidReid Petryk C R 22 2013 Edmonton, Alberta Monsters
31 Canada Pickard, CalvinCalvin Pickard G L 22 2011 Winnipeg, Manitoba Avalanche
17 United States Ryan, KennyKenny Ryan RW R 23 2014 Franklin, Michigan Monsters
24 Sweden Schumacher, MichaelMichael Schumacher LW L 21 2013 Örnsköldsvik, Sweden Monsters
43 Canada Sgarbossa, MichaelMichael Sgarbossa C R 22 2012 Campbellville, Ontario Avalanche
16 Canada Siemens, DuncanDuncan Siemens D L 21 2012 Sherwood Park, Alberta Avalanche
37 Canada Smith, ColinColin Smith C R 21 2013 Edmonton, Alberta Avalanche
3 Canada Stollery, KarlKarl Stollery D L 27 2012 Camrose, Alberta Avalanche
10 Canada Street, BenBen Street (A) C L 28 2014 Coquitlam, British Columbia Avalanche
81 Czech Republic Vincour, TomasTomas Vincour RW R 24 2014 Brno, Czech Republic Avalanche


Captains[edit]

Name Years
Mark Rycroft 2007–2008
Wyatt Smith 2008
Brian Willsie 2008–2010
David Liffiton 2010–2012
Bryan Lerg 2012–2014
Brian Sutherby 2013
Bruno Gervais 2014–

Retired numbers[edit]

No Monsters player has had his number retired. However the team has retired the numbers of players who have played on past Cleveland franchises to honor the city's hockey history.[5]

Name Number
Johnny Bower 1 (Barons)
Fred Glover 9 (Barons)
Jock Callander 15 (Lumberjacks)

Team records[edit]

Single season[edit]

Goals: Brian Willsie (2009–10), Matt Ford (2010–11), 26
Assists: T.J. Hensick, 50 (2009–10)
Points: T.J. Hensick (2009–10), Ben Walter (2010–11), 70
Penalty Minutes: Mitch Love, 213 (2007–08)
Wins: Jason Bacashihua, 23 (2010–11)
GAA: Cedrick Desjardins, 2.11 (2011–12)
SV%: Cedrick Desjardins, .932 (2011–12)
Shutouts: Tyler Weiman, 8 (2008–09)
  • Goaltending records need a minimum 25 games played by the goaltender

Career[edit]

Career Goals: David Van der Gulik, 58
Career Assists: T.J. Hensick, 92
Career Points: T.J. Hensick, 131
Career Penalty Minutes: Patrick Bordeleau, 435
Career Goaltending Wins: Tyler Weiman, 51
Career Shutouts: Tyler Weiman, 13
Career Games: Justin Mercier, 220

Firsts and Franchise records[edit]

Media[edit]

WHK/Cleveland (1420 AM) and WKNR/Cleveland (850 AM) share local coverage of the Monsters, with each team airing 36 games. Doug Plagens serves as the announcer.[8]

WUAB channel 43 airs select games on television. Plagens (play by play), Cleveland hockey legend and Monsters assistant coach Jock Callander (analyst), and WHBC/Canton personality Kenny Roda (reporter) serve as the broadcast team. When a Monsters game is televised, the broadcast will be simulcast on the radio as well.[9]

Mascot and entertainment[edit]

The Monsters' official mascot is a seagull character named "Sullivan C. Goal" (aka "Sully").[10] Other aspects of the in-game entertainment include the "Mullet Brothers" (characters based on the Hanson Brothers from the movie Slapshot),[11] and the "Monsters Hockey Girls" cheerleaders.[12]

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