Lake Erie Monsters
|Lake Erie Monsters|
|League||American Hockey League|
|Founded||1994 (As a member of the IHL)|
|Home arena||Quicken Loans Arena|
Wine, Black, Blue, Gold, White
|General manager||David Oliver|
|Head coach||Dean Chynoweth|
|Media||WKNR AM 850
WHKW AM 1220
WUAB TV Channel 43
Fox Sports Ohio
|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.
The Lake Erie Monsters began with the revival of the dormant Utah Grizzlies franchise purchased by a Cleveland ownership group led by Dan Gilbert, owner of the Cleveland Cavaliers NBA basketball team and Quicken Loans on May 16, 2006. The team was relocated to Cleveland to replace the former Cleveland American Hockey League tenant, the Cleveland Barons, who had moved to Massachusetts to compete as the Worcester Sharks 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 primary NHL affiliate with a five-year agreement on December 17, 2006.
On January 25, 2007, the franchise was announced by Dan Gilbert 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. With the team colors of Wine, Black, White, Gold and Blue, the Monsters secondary logo was chosen instead to feature on the front jerseys.
Former NHL player, Joe Sacco who had been coaching within the Avalanche's affiliate organizations for the past three-years, was named as the Lake Erie Monsters first head coach and was joined by former Avalanche and NHL defenseman Sylvain Lefebvre as an assistant on May 7, 2007.
With Lake Erie placed to compete in the North Division of the American Hockey League. The Monsters opened their inaugural 2007–08 campaign at home against the Grand Rapids Griffins on October 6, 2007.
On November 11, 2010, it was announced that the Avalanche and Lake Erie Monsters agreed on a multi-year extension to their current agreement. The terms of this extension were not disclosed as per NHL/AHL policy. 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 3-4.
This market was previously served by:
- Cleveland Indians (1929–1934) IHL
- Cleveland Falcons (1934–1936) IHL
- Cleveland Falcons (1936–1937) AHL
- Cleveland Barons (1937–1972) AHL
- Cleveland Crusaders (1972–1976) WHA
- Cleveland Barons (NHL) (1976–1978) NHL
- Cleveland Lumberjacks (1992–2001) IHL
- Cleveland Barons (2001–2006) AHL
Radio and TV
The Lake Erie Monsters' flagship radio stations are WKNR AM 850 (which has been on board since the beginning of the franchise) and WHKW AM 1220. When on AM 1220, the games will be also be heard on Youngstown sister station WHKZ AM 1440 (which simulcasts the bulk of WHKW's schedule). Each station will air 38 games. The dual flagship arrangement allows for all 76 games to be aired live. Doug Plagens is the radio voice of the team. In the event of scheduling conflicts, WHK AM 1420 (sister station of WHKW) and WWGK AM 1540 (sister station of WKNR) will serve as backup stations.
On the TV side, select games will be televised, with the games split between Fox Sports Ohio and Cleveland My Network TV affiliate WUAB. Whenever a game is televised, the broadcast will be simulcast on radio as well. Assistant coach Jock Callander joins Plagens in the booth as color analyst, with Kenny Roda as rinkside/locker room reporter.
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, 3-4, 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||76||.492||200||235||4th, North||2014||Out of playoffs|
Updated July 31, 2014.
- 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. Lake Erie Monsters 6, Manitoba Moose 4.
- Franchise First Playoff Goal: April 16, 2011. Lake Erie Monsters 6, Manitoba Moose 4. Goal scored by Matthew Ford.
- Franchise First Playoff Win: April 16, 2011. Lake Erie Monsters 6, Manitoba Moose 4.
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.
- "New American Hockey League Team Takes the Ice at Quicken Loans Arena for the 2007-08 Season". Cleveland Lake Erie Monsters. 2006-05-16. Retrieved 2010-07-14.
- "Cleveland to be Primary Avalanche affiliate". American Hockey League. 2006-12-17. Retrieved 2010-07-14.
- "Lake Erie Monsters announced as new team name". Cleveland Lake Erie Monsters. 2007-01-25. Retrieved 2007-01-10.
- "Monsters dress for success!". Lake Erie Monsters. 2007-09-05. Retrieved 2010-07-14.
- "Joe Sacco and Sylvain Lefebvre Named Coaches". Lake Erie Monsters. 2007-05-07. Retrieved 2010-07-14.
- "AHL announces division alignment for 2007-08". American Hockey League. 2007-05-30. Archived from the original on 2007-07-09. Retrieved 2007-06-01.
- "Monsters announce 2007-08 schedule". Lake Erie Monsters. 2007-08-07. Retrieved 2007-08-10.
- "Monsters and Avs Announce Extension". Lake Erie Monsters. 2010-11-11. Retrieved 2010-11-11.
- "Monsters radio broadcast agreements announced". Lake Erie Monsters. 2012-09-29. Retrieved 2012-09-29.
- "Broadcast schedule 2013-14". Lake Erie Monsters. 2012-09-29. Retrieved 2012-09-29.
- "Lake Erie Monsters - Team roster". Lake Erie Monsters. Retrieved 2013-12-12.
- ""Sully"". Lake Erie Monsters. Retrieved 2014-04-30.
- "Mullet Brothers". Lake Erie Monsters. Retrieved 2014-04-30.
- "Monsters Hockey Girls". Lake Erie Monsters. Retrieved 2014-04-30.
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