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 (As a member of the IHL)
Home arena Quicken Loans Arena

Wine, Black, Blue, Gold, White

Owner(s) Dan Gilbert
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)
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.


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.[1] 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.[2]

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.[3] With the team colors of Wine, Black, White, Gold and Blue, the Monsters secondary logo was chosen instead to feature on the front jerseys.[4]

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.[5]

With Lake Erie placed to compete in the North Division of the American Hockey League.[6] The Monsters opened their inaugural 2007–08 campaign at home against the Grand Rapids Griffins on October 6, 2007.[7]

On November 11, 2010, it was announced that the Avalanche and Lake Erie Monsters agreed on a multi-year extension to their current agreement.[8] 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:

Radio and TV[edit]

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.[9][10]

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


Current roster[edit]

Updated September 3, 2014.[11]

# Nat Player Pos S/G Age Acquired Birthplace Contract
18 Canada Agozzino, AndrewAndrew Agozzino LW L 23 2012 Vaughan, Ontario Avalanche
30 Finland Aittokallio, SamiSami Aittokallio G L 22 2012 Tampere, Finland Avalanche
47 Canada Beaupré, GabrielGabriel Beaupré D L 21 2012 St-Jean Chrysostome, Quebec Avalanche
39 United States Cheek, TrevorTrevor Cheek LW L 21 2013 Vancouver, Washington Avalanche
Canada Condon, NathanNathan Condon C L 24 2014 Wausau, Wisconsin Monsters
49 Canada Desjardins, GabrielGabriel Desjardins LW L 21 2013 Montreal, Quebec Monsters
48 Canada Heard, MitchellMitchell Heard C R 22 2012 Bowmanville, Ontario Avalanche
11 Denmark Lauridsen, MarkusMarkus Lauridsen D L 23 2012 Gentofte, Denmark Avalanche
44 Canada Maggio, DanielDaniel Maggio D R 23 2013 Windsor, Ontario Monsters
36 Canada Meurs, GarrettGarrett Meurs RW R 21 2013 Ripley, Ontario Avalanche
31 Canada Pickard, CalvinCalvin Pickard G L 22 2011 Winnipeg, Manitoba Avalanche
24 Sweden Schumacher, MichaelMichael Schumacher LW L 21 2013 Örnsköldsvik, Sweden Monsters
43 Canada Sgarbossa, MichaelMichael Sgarbossa C R 22 2012 Campbellville, Ontario Avalanche
25 Canada Siemens, DuncanDuncan Siemens D L 21 2012 Sherwood Park, Alberta Avalanche
37 Canada Smith, ColinColin Smith C R 21 2013 Edmonton, Alberta Avalanche
12 United States Wyman, J.T.J.T. Wyman (A) RW R 28 2013 Wayzata, Minnesota Avalanche

Team 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

Retired Numbers[edit]

Name #
Jock Callander 15

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 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]

Mascot/In-Game Entertainment[edit]

The Monsters' official mascot is a seagull character named "Sullivan C. Goal" (aka "Sully").[12] Other aspects of the in-game entertainment include the "Mullet Brothers" (characters based on the Hanson Brothers from the movie Slapshot),[13] and the "Monsters Hockey Girls" cheerleaders.[14]


  1. ^ "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. 
  2. ^ "Cleveland to be Primary Avalanche affiliate". American Hockey League. 2006-12-17. Retrieved 2010-07-14. 
  3. ^ "Lake Erie Monsters announced as new team name". Cleveland Lake Erie Monsters. 2007-01-25. Retrieved 2007-01-10. 
  4. ^ "Monsters dress for success!". Lake Erie Monsters. 2007-09-05. Retrieved 2010-07-14. 
  5. ^ "Joe Sacco and Sylvain Lefebvre Named Coaches". Lake Erie Monsters. 2007-05-07. Retrieved 2010-07-14. 
  6. ^ "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. 
  7. ^ "Monsters announce 2007-08 schedule". Lake Erie Monsters. 2007-08-07. Retrieved 2007-08-10. 
  8. ^ "Monsters and Avs Announce Extension". Lake Erie Monsters. 2010-11-11. Retrieved 2010-11-11. 
  9. ^ "Monsters radio broadcast agreements announced". Lake Erie Monsters. 2012-09-29. Retrieved 2012-09-29. 
  10. ^ "Broadcast schedule 2013-14". Lake Erie Monsters. 2012-09-29. Retrieved 2012-09-29. 
  11. ^ "Lake Erie Monsters - Team roster". Lake Erie Monsters. Retrieved 2013-12-12. 
  12. ^ ""Sully"". Lake Erie Monsters. Retrieved 2014-04-30. 
  13. ^ "Mullet Brothers". Lake Erie Monsters. Retrieved 2014-04-30. 
  14. ^ "Monsters Hockey Girls". Lake Erie Monsters. Retrieved 2014-04-30. 

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