Trenton Titans

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Trenton Titans
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City Trenton, New Jersey
League ECHL
Conference Eastern Conference
Division Atlantic Division
Operated 1999-2013
Home arena Sun National Bank Center
Colors

Red, black, white

              
Owner(s) Delaware Valley Sports Group LLC
Media The Trenton Times, The Trentonian, WPHY-CD
Franchise history
1999–2007 Trenton Titans
2007–2011 Trenton Devils
2011–2013 Trenton Titans
Championships
Regular season titles 1 (2000–01)
Division Championships 2 (2000–01, 2001–02)
Conference Championships 2 (2000–01, 2004–05)
Kelly Cups 1 (2004–05)

The Trenton Titans were a professional minor league ice hockey team that played in the ECHL. The team last played in the Atlantic Division of the ECHL's Eastern Conference. The Titans played their home games at the Sun National Bank Center in Trenton, New Jersey.[1] Established in 1999, the team was owned by Delaware Valley Sports Group LLC, a local ownership group. They were most recently the ECHL affiliate of the NHL's Philadelphia Flyers and the AHL's Adirondack Phantoms.

The Titans finished with the best record in the ECHL once in 2002, and qualified for the playoffs for eight out of their fourteen seasons. They won the league's Kelly Cup championship in 2005.

The team was owned by the New Jersey Devils from 2007–2011, but remained an affiliate of the Flyers under the Titans name for the 2006–07 ECHL season. Renamed the Trenton Devils, the team was affiliated with the New Jersey Devils starting from the 2007–08 ECHL season. After the team was sold in 2011, the team reverted to the Titans moniker and affiliation with the Flyers for the 2011–12 ECHL season.

The ECHL announced on April 23, 2013 that the Titans have ceased operations and that all players are considered unrestricted free agents, effective immediately.[1][2]

History[edit]

Trenton Titans (1999–2007)[edit]

The ECHL awarded Trenton an expansion team in 1996, three years before the club played a game. The franchise started as the Trenton Titans and played their first season in 1999. The Titans were affiliated with the Philadelphia Flyers (NHL) and the Philadelphia Phantoms (AHL) from 1999-2000 to 2006-07 and with the New York Islanders (NHL) and the Bridgeport Sound Tigers (AHL) from 1999-2000 to 2002-03, and again for the 2005-06 season.

Following the 2004-05 ECHL season, the Titans won the Kelly Cup by defeating the Florida Everblades, four games to two. Leon Hayward was named the MVP of the Kelly Cup Finals. Rick Kowalsky was Trenton's captain. After the season, head coach Mike Havilland was hired by the AHL's Norfolk Admirals. Assistant coach Ted Dent was hired by the Columbia Inferno.

Intrastate rivalry[edit]

Before moving to Stockton, California to become the Stockton Thunder in 2005, the Atlantic City Boardwalk Bullies were rivals of the Titans. They played for the Garden State Cup, which was awarded to the regular season series winner between New Jersey's two ECHL teams.

  • 2001-02: Trenton wins, 6 games to 4
  • 2002-03: Atlantic City wins, 6 games to 4
  • 2003-04: Trenton wins, 6 games to 4
  • 2004-05: Trenton wins, 5-3-2

In 2006, the New Jersey Devils bought the Trenton Titans and the team became the ECHL affiliate of the Devils for the 2006–07 season.[3] The team still maintained their affiliation with the Flyers for that season only.

Trenton Devils (2007–11)[edit]

Main logo (2007–2011)

In 2007, the New Jersey Devils announced that the Titans were changing their name to the Trenton Devils.[4] This re-branding alienated fans in the Trenton area, many of whom were part of the Philadelphia Flyers' fan base. The name change and the team's lackluster record led to a significant decline in attendance, positioning Trenton at or near the bottom of the league in attendance.[5] The only exception to this was on February 21, 2009, when the Trenton Devils retired former Titan Kelly Cup champion Scott Bertoli's No. 19 in front of a crowd of 6,013 fans.[6][7]

On July 6, 2011, the New Jersey Devils announced that the Trenton Devils would be suspending operations immediately, citing a desire to restructure their player development system to more closely mirror those of other NHL franchises (New Jersey was the only NHL team to wholly own its ECHL affiliate). Trenton had failed to qualify for the playoffs in three of the previous four seasons and had regularly posted league-low attendance numbers. Prior to the suspension of operations, the team lost $1.5 million during the 2010–11 ECHL season.[5]

The ECHL worked to find a new ownership group for the franchise, with the NHL's Philadelphia Flyers eager to affiliate with franchise and help in cross-promotion. The Flyers, however, were not interested in owning the ECHL franchise.[8] Two weeks prior to the announcement of the Trenton Devils' suspension of operations, the ECHL registered the Trenton Titans name with the United States Patent and Trademark Office, with a logo description that was similar to the logo used by the Titans from 1999–2007.[9] One week after the Devils suspended operations, a group of local fans began lobbying investors to restart the franchise under the Titans name.[10]

Trenton Titans (2011–Present)[edit]

Blue Line Sports LLC, managed by John and Eileen Martinson, took over the team, restoring the original Titans moniker and affiliating the team once again with the Philadelphia Flyers.[11][12] On March 28, 2012, the team and its owner Blue Line Sports LLC was sold to Delaware Valley Sports Group LLC, consisting of Jim O'Connor, Jim Cook, Tim Curran and the team's general manager Richard Lisk.

Former Titan all-time scoring leader Scott Bertoli, whose number 19 is the only one to be retired by the franchise, was named senior adviser of hockey operations for the team. Former Titans' general manager from 2001–05, Richard Lisk, rejoined the team and was appointed to be the franchise's president and CEO.[13]

Former Titans defenseman and previous assistant coach during the Trenton Devils years Vince Williams was named head coach of the Titans on August 1, 2011.[14][15]

NHL veteran and original Titan Todd Fedoruk was named assistant coach on November 9, 2011.[16][17] On August 28, 2012 the Titans announced the addition of Joe Trotta as an assistant coach. Joe Trotta last served as video coach for the Anaheim Ducks of the NHL.[18] The Trenton Titans announced an affiliation with the Danbury Whalers of the Federal Hockey League on September 10, 2012. This is one of the first times an ECHL team has affiliated with a lower minor league team.[19]

On Tuesday April 23, 2013 the Titans announced they will cease operations for the 2013-14 season.[1][20]

Season-by-season record[edit]

Note: GP = Games played, W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, OTL = Overtime losses, SOL = Shootout losses, Pts = Points, GF = Goals for, GA = Goals against, PIM = Penalties in minutes

Season GP W L T OTL SOL Pts GF GA PIM Finish Playoffs
1999–2000 70 37 29 4 78 233 199 1461 4th Northeast Division Lost in conference finals
2000–01 72 50 18 4 104 236 164 1284 1st Northeast Division Lost in Kelly Cup finals
2001–02 72 46 16 10 102 238 178 1822 1st Northeast Division Lost in divisional finals
2002–03 72 38 24 10 86 229 207 1860 4th Northeast Division Lost in divisional semifinals
2003–04 72 37 28 7 81 222 193 1569 6th North Division Out of playoffs
2004–05 72 42 21 9 93 213 197 1441 2nd East Division Won Kelly Cup
2005–06 72 31 36 5 67 166 214 1318 5th East Division Lost in divisional quarterfinals
2006–07 72 36 31 1 4 77 250 242 1400 4th North Division Lost in divisional semifinals
2007–08 72 29 36 3 4 65 183 220 1260 6th North Division Out of playoffs
2008–09 72 40 25 2 5 87 236 206 1146 2nd North Division Lost in divisional semifinals
2009–10 72 33 30 4 5 75 244 252 1465 3rd East Division Out of playoffs
2010–11 72 27 37 2 6 62 218 257 1255 3rd Atlantic Division Out of playoffs
2011–12 72 21 41 4 6 52 211 271 959 4th Atlantic Division Out of playoffs
2012–13 72 32 32 0 4 72 226 247 1171 4th Atlantic Division Out of playoffs

Playoffs[edit]

Season Prelim 1st round 2nd round Conference
Finals
Kelly Cup
Finals
1999–2000 W, 3-0, Richmond W, 3-2, Hampton Roads L, 2-4, Peoria
2000–01 W, 3-1, Johnstown W, 3-0, Toledo W, 4-3, Peoria L, 1-4, South Carolina
2001–02 W, 3-1, Roanoke L, 0-3, Atlantic City
2002–03 L, 0-3, Atlantic City
2003–04 Out of playoffs
2004–05 W, 3-0, Atlantic City W, 3-1, Reading W, 4-3, Alaska W, 4-2, Florida
2005–06 L, 0-2, Johnstown
2006–07 W, 2-0, Johnstown L, 0-3, Dayton
2007–08 Out of playoffs
2008–09 L, 3-4, Elmira
2009–10 Out of playoffs
2010–11 Out of playoffs
2011–12 Out of playoffs
2012–13 Out of playoffs

Club Records[edit]

Season[edit]

  • Points: 79 - Scott Bertoli, (2006–07)
  • Goals: 36 - Mike Pandolfo, (2006–07)
  • Assists: 53 - Ryan Gunderson, (2008–09)
  • Penalty Minutes: 305 - Graham Belak, (2001–02)
  • Goaltending Appearances: 48 - Scott Stirling, (2000–01)
  • Goaltending Minutes: 2,722 - Andrew Allen, (2004–05)
  • Goaltending Wins: 32 - Scott Stirling, (2000–01)
  • Shutouts: 5 - Scott Stirling, (2000–01)

Game[edit]

  • Points: 7 - David Hoogsteen vs. Toledo (March 24, 2000)
  • Goals: 5 - Mathieu Brunelle vs. Augusta (January 31, 2004)
  • Assists: 5 - Colin Pepperall vs. Dayton (January 19, 2008) and David Hoogsteen vs. Toledo (March 24, 2000)
  • Penalty Minutes - 33 Todd Fedoruk vs. Roanoke (February 19, 2000)

Retired numbers[edit]

19 Scott Bertoli (Retired on February 21, 2009; Re-dedicated on October 22, 2011)

Media[edit]

The Titans were covered by the two city newspapers, The Trenton Times and The Trentonian. Hunterdon County Democrat writer Mike Ashmore kept an active blog[21] of the team during their time as the Devils. WRRC (107.7 FM The Bronc) carried all Titans games, both over-the-air and through an Internet link, with Daryle Dobos calling the action.

The games were broadcast on radio during the first nine years of existence on WHWH, WBCB-AM, and WTSR, In 2008, the broadcasts switched to internet-only, and were handled by first-year play-by-play announcer Paul Roper, who was selected to broadcast the 2009 ECHL All-Star Game.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c George, John (April 23, 2013). "Trenton loses a hockey team". Philadelphia Business Journal. Retrieved April 26, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Trenton Ceases Operations" (Press release). ECHL. April 23, 2013. Retrieved April 27, 2013. 
  3. ^ [1]
  4. ^ Kimelman, Adam (May 18, 2007). "Trenton Titans become Trenton Devils". The Times of Trenton. Retrieved July 7, 2011. 
  5. ^ a b Abdur-Rahman, Sulaiman (July 6, 2011). "ECHL's Trenton Devils suspend operations". The Trentonian. Retrieved July 7, 2011. 
  6. ^ http://www.nj.com/sports/times/index.ssf?/base/sports-5/1231850722132210.xml&coll=5
  7. ^ "Game Summary 610". ECHL. February 21, 2009. Retrieved July 7, 2011. 
  8. ^ Kimelman, Adam (July 6, 2011). "Flyers prospect achieves "Trial on the Isle" first". National Hockey League. Retrieved July 10, 2011. 
  9. ^ Creamer, Chris (July 6, 2011). "Trenton Devils suspend operations... Titans returning?". SportsLogos.Net. Retrieved July 10, 2011. 
  10. ^ Duffy, Erin (July 16, 2011). "With Trenton Devils iced, local group wants to revive hockey team’s predecessor". The Times of Trenton. Retrieved July 19, 2011. 
  11. ^ Rosenau, Joshua (July 27, 2011). "Trenton Titans minor league hockey team to be revived at Sun National Bank Center". The Times of Trenton. Retrieved July 28, 2011. 
  12. ^ Press release (July 28, 2011). "ECHL Board of Governors approves membership for Trenton Titans". ECHL. Retrieved July 28, 2011. 
  13. ^ Duffy, Erin (July 29, 2011). "Fans cheer the return of the Trenton Titans". The Times of Trenton. Retrieved July 29, 2011. 
  14. ^ "Williams named head coach of Titans" (Press release). ECHL. August 1, 2011. Retrieved August 1, 2011. 
  15. ^ "Trenton Titans name Williams head coach". The Trentonian. August 1, 2011. Retrieved August 1, 2011. 
  16. ^ "Todd Fedoruk named TItans Assistant Coach". Retrieved 9 November 2011. 
  17. ^ http://www.echl.com/original-titan-nhl-veteran-fedoruk-named-trenton-s-assistant-coach-p174038
  18. ^ "Trenton tabs former ECHL’r Joe Trotta as Assistant Coach". Retrieved 29 September 2012. 
  19. ^ "Trenton Titans Announce Affiliation with Danbury Whales of the FHL". Retrieved 29 September 2012. 
  20. ^ http://www.trentontitanshockey.com/trenton-ceases-operations/10034/
  21. ^ Inside the Trenton Devils

External links[edit]

Preceded by
Idaho Steelheads
Kelly Cup
2004–05
Succeeded by
Alaska Aces