Lake Erie Monsters
|Lake Erie Monsters|
|League||American Hockey League|
|Founded||1994 (In the IHL)|
|Home arena||Quicken Loans Arena|
|Colors||Burgundy, Steel Blue, Silver, Gray and Black|
|General manager||Craig Billington
(de facto - officially asst. GM of parent club Colorado)
|Head coach||Dean Chynoweth|
|Media||WKNR AM 850
WHK AM 1420
WUAB Channel 43
|Affiliates||Colorado Avalanche (NHL)
Fort Wayne Komets (ECHL)
|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.
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. 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. 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.
Cleveland hockey history
The following teams have previously played in Cleveland. The Monsters recognize and honor past Cleveland teams with commemorative banners at Quicken Loans Arena:
- Cleveland Indians/Falcons/Barons (1929-1936 IHL; 1936-1937 I-AHL; 1937–1973 AHL) - nine-time Calder Cup Champions
- Cleveland Crusaders (1972–1976) WHA
- Cleveland Barons (1976–1978) NHL
- Cleveland Lumberjacks (1992–2001) IHL
- Cleveland Barons (2001–2006) AHL
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
|2009–10||80||34||37||1||8||77||.481||234||257||6th, North||2010||Out of playoffs|
|2010–11||80||44||28||3||5||96||.600||223||206||2nd, North||2011||L, 4-3 MTB||—||—||—|
|2011–12||76||37||29||3||7||84||.553||189||210||3rd, North||2012||Out of playoffs|
|2012–13||76||35||31||3||7||80||.526||211||220||3rd, North||2013||Out of playoffs|
|2013–14||76||32||33||1||10||75||.492||200||235||4th, North||2014||Out of playoffs|
Updated March 21, 2015.
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.
|Johnny Bower||1 (Barons)|
|Fred Glover||9 (Barons)|
|Jock Callander||15 (Lumberjacks)|
- 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 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
- Franchise First Game: October 6, 2007. Grand Rapids Griffins 3, Lake Erie Monsters 2
- Franchise First Win: October 20, 2007. Lake Erie Monsters 3, Syracuse Crunch 2.
- Franchise First Goal: October 6, 2007. Grand Rapids Griffins 3, Lake Erie Monsters 2. Goal scored by Matt Hussey
- Franchise First Shutout: November 15, 2007. Jason Bacashihua. Lake Erie Monsters 2, Quad City Flames 0.
- Franchise First Hat Trick: November 17, 2007. Chris Stewart. Lake Erie Monsters 5, Toronto Marlies 3.
- Franchise Most Goals in a Game: December 3, 2010. 4-Patrick Rissmiller. Lake Erie Monsters 6, Chicago Wolves 3.
- Franchise Most Wins in a Season: 44 (2010–11)
- Franchise Most Points in a Season: 96 (2010–11)
- Franchise Most Games Won in a Row: 8 (2010–11)
- Franchise First Playoff Game: April 16, 2011. (vs Manitoba Moose)
- Franchise First Playoff Goal: April 16, 2011 (by Matthew Ford)
- Franchise First Playoff Win: April 16, 2011 (Monsters 6, Manitoba Moose 4)
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.
Mascot and entertainment
The Monsters' official mascot is a seagull character named "Sullivan C. Goal" (aka "Sully"). Other aspects of the in-game entertainment include the "Mullet Brothers" (characters based on the Hanson Brothers from the movie Slapshot), and the "Monsters Hockey Girls" cheerleaders.
- Monsters front office - Lake Erie Monsters.com
- Lake Erie Monsters history - Case Western Reserve University
- Famous sea monsters - Sea Monster.org
- Monsters' stats - Just Sports Stats.com
- Cleveland hockey history - Lake Erie Monsters.com
- "Lake Erie Monsters - Team roster". Lake Erie Monsters. Retrieved 2015-01-17.
- 2014-15 radio schedule released - Lake Erie Monsters.com
- WUAB to air Monsters games - Lake Erie Monsters.com
- Sully - Lake Erie Monsters.com
- Mullet Bros. - Lake Erie Monsters.com
- Monsters Hockey Girls - Lake Erie Monsters.com
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