Albany Devils

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Albany Devils
2015–16 Albany Devils season
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City Albany, New York
League American Hockey League
Conference Eastern Conference
Division North Division
Founded 1998
Home arena Times Union Center
Boardwalk Hall
(alternate venue in Atlantic City, New Jersey)
Colors Red, black, white
              
Owner(s) New Jersey Devils
General manager Chris Lamoriello
Head coach Rick Kowalsky
Captain Rod Pelley
Media Albany Times Union
WTMM-FM/104.5
Affiliates New Jersey Devils (NHL)
Franchise history
1998–2006 Lowell Lock Monsters
2006–2010 Lowell Devils
2010–present Albany Devils

The Albany Devils are a professional ice hockey team in the American Hockey League (AHL). The top AHL affiliate of the National Hockey League (NHL)'s New Jersey Devils, the team has as its home the Times Union Center in Albany, New York. This is the second time the New Jersey Devils have been affiliated with an Albany-based AHL team; from 1993 to 2006, the Devils used the Albany River Rats as their top minor league team. Unlike the River Rats, the Devils own their Albany affiliate outright.

The current Albany franchise was originally located in Lowell, Massachusetts from its founding in 1998. It took on the Devils name when the franchise purchased the then-Lowell Lock Monsters in 2006 and retained it when the parent club moved them to Albany in 2010.

History[edit]

On February 10, 2010, Albany River Rats owner Walter Robb sold his team to Michael Kahn. It was then announced that the River Rats would begin playing the 2010–11 season as the Charlotte Checkers. Robb, however, as well as members of the River Rats and Times Union Center's front office, had already begun looking for an American Hockey League team to replace the River Rats.[1]

On April 26, 2010, the New Jersey Devils sent Albany County a letter of intent to relocate their AHL affiliate to Albany, with a five-year commitment, on the grounds that the arena have specific renovations made.[2][3] New Jersey Devils General Manager Lou Lamoriello, in a letter to the members of the Lowell Devils Booster Club, stated that changes presented in the lease with Lowell made it "financially impossible" to stay.[4]

On May 8, 2015, the Albany Devils announced that they had renewed their lease at Times Union Center.

On May 10, 2010, the county legislature voted 35–2 in favor of a $1.6 million upgrade to the facility to be spent on a new scoreboard, ribbon board advertising, and exterior lighting.[5]

On June 10, 2010, the New Jersey Devils officially announced on their website that they were moving the Lowell Devils to the Times Union Center in Albany, New York beginning with the 2010–11 AHL season to play as the Albany Devils.,[6] playing 36 of their 40 home games in Albany. The other four home games will be played in Atlantic City, New Jersey, at Boardwalk Hall.

Soon after that, on June 17, 2010, the New Jersey Devils announced they had promoted John MacLean to fill their head coaching vacancy. MacLean had been the head coach of the Lowell Devils during the 2009–10 season.[7]

On August 10, 2010, it was announced that Rick Kowalsky was named head coach of the team, with former New Jersey Devils defenseman Tommy Albelin being named the assistant coach.[8]

On December 28, 2013, the Devils achieved six consecutive wins at home, a franchise record, in front of a crowd of 4,566.[9]

Season-by-season results[edit]

Calder Cup Champions Conference Champions Division Champions League Leader

Records as of May 5, 2014.[10]

Players[edit]

Current roster[edit]

Updated July 19, 2015.[11]

# Nat Player Pos S/G Age Acquired Birthplace Contract
21 Canada Black, GrahamGraham Black C R 22 2014 Regina, Saskatchewan New Jersey
14 United States Boucher, ReidReid Boucher LW L 21 2012 East Lansing, Michigan New Jersey
7 Canada Burlon, BrandonBrandon Burlon D L 25 2011 Nobleton, Ontario New Jersey
United States Coleman, BlakeBlake Coleman F L 23 2015 East Lansing, Michigan New Jersey
Canada Danis, YannYann Danis G L 34 2015 Lafontaine, Quebec New Jersey
Canada Gragnani, Marc-AndreMarc-Andre Gragnani D L 28 2015 Montreal, Quebec New Jersey
2 United States Helgeson, SethSeth Helgeson D L 24 2013 Faribault, Minnesota New Jersey
29 Belarus Hrabarenka, RamanRaman Hrabarenka D R 22 2012 Mogilev, Belarus New Jersey
22 United States Janssen, CamCam Janssen (UFA) RW R 31 2013 St. Louis, Missouri New Jersey
20 United States Johnson, BenBen Johnson C L 21 2014 Hancock, Michigan New Jersey
8 United States Kelly, DanDan Kelly D L 26 2010 Morrisonville, New York New Jersey
18 United States Matteau, StefanStefan Matteau LW L 21 2013 Chicago, Illinois New Jersey
33 United States McPherson, CorbinCorbin McPherson (UFA) D R 26 2011 Folsom, California New Jersey
United States O'Brien, JimJim O'Brien C R 26 2014 Maplewood, Minnesota New Jersey
10 Canada Pelley, RodRod Pelley (C) C L 30 2013 Kitimat, British Columbia New Jersey
12 United States Sestito, TimTim Sestito (A) (UFA) C L 30 2010 Rome, New York New Jersey
24 Canada Scarlett, ReeceReece Scarlett D L 22 2013 Sherwood Park, Alberta New Jersey
19 United States Sislo, MikeMike Sislo (A) RW R 27 2011 Superior, Wisconsin New Jersey
15 United States Thompson, PaulPaul Thompson RW R 26 2014 Methuen, Massachusetts New Jersey
26 Canada Thomson, BenBen Thomson LW L 22 2014 Orangeville, Ontario New Jersey
17 Canada Timmins, ScottScott Timmins (UFA) C L 25 2013 Hamilton, Ontario New Jersey
31 Canada Wedgewood, ScottScott Wedgewood G L 22 2012 Brampton, Ontario New Jersey
25 United States Wohlberg, DavidDavid Wohlberg C L 25 2011 South Lyon, Michigan New Jersey
23 Canada Zajac, DarcyDarcy Zajac (UFA) C R 28 2010 Winnipeg, Manitoba New Jersey
11 Canada Zajac, KellyKelly Zajac C L 27 2012 Winnipeg, Manitoba Albany

Team Captains[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Sichko, Adam (2010-02-10). "River Rats sold, relocating to N.C.". American City Business Journals. Retrieved 2010-05-06. 
  2. ^ D'Errico, Richard A. (2010-04-30). "The Albany Devils? Times Union Center receives letter of intent". American City Business Journals. Archived from the original on 23 May 2010. Retrieved 2010-04-30. 
  3. ^ "AHL hockey back in Albany". Times Union. 2010-06-10. Retrieved 2010-06-10. 
  4. ^ "Lou Lamoriello told Lowell booster club it was 'financially impossible' to stay". NJ.com. 2010-06-01. Archived from the original on 4 June 2010. Retrieved 2010-06-01. 
  5. ^ "Finances, scoreboard top county's agenda". Times Union. 2010-05-11. Retrieved 2010-05-11. 
  6. ^ "Devils shift AHL operations to Albany". New Jersey Devils. 2010-06-10. Archived from the original on 14 June 2010. Retrieved 2010-06-10. 
  7. ^ "Devils name MacLean as new head coach". New Jersey Devils. 2010-06-17. Retrieved 2010-06-17. 
  8. ^ "Albany Devils announce coaching staff". Albany Devils. 2010-08-10. Retrieved 2010-08-10. 
  9. ^ Doughrty, Pete (28 December 2013). "Devils set franchise record with sixth straight home victory". Times Union. Retrieved 29 December 2013. 
  10. ^ Hockeydb.com, Albany Devils season statistics and records.
  11. ^ "Albany Devils - Team roster". Albany Devils. Retrieved July 19, 2015. 

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