Albany Devils

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Albany Devils
2016–17 AHL season
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City Albany, New York
League American Hockey League
Conference Eastern
Division North
Founded 1998
Home arena Times Union Center
Colors Red, black, white
              
Owner(s) New Jersey Devils
General manager Tom Fitzgerald
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 L. Robb sold his team to MAK Hockey LLC, led by Charlotte beer distributor Michael Kahn, owner of the ECHL Charlotte Checkers. It was then announced that the River Rats would play the 2010–11 season as the Charlotte Checkers, and the ECHL franchise was relinquished to the league. Meanwhile, Robb, 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][2]

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.[3][4] 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.[5]

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.[6]

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.,[7] 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.[8]

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.[9]

On December 28, 2013, the Devils achieved six consecutive wins at home, a franchise record, in front of a crowd of 4,566.[10]

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

On January 13, 2016, the Devils won their 11th consecutive home win to set a new franchise record. [11]

On April 1, 2016, the Devils broke the franchise's previous wins record, set in 2013-14, with their 41st win: an overtime victory over the Binghamton Senators.[12][13]

On April 4, 2016, the Times Union Center and its managing group SMG announced they had reached an agreement with the New Jersey Devils to extend the lease of its AHL affiliate through the 2018-2019 season.[14]

Season-by-season results[edit]

Calder Cup Champions Conference Champions Division Champions League Leader

Records as of the end of the 2015–16 AHL season.[15]

Players[edit]

Current roster[edit]

Updated August 13, 2016.[16]

# Nat Player Pos S/G Age Acquired Birthplace Contract
41 Canada Appleby, KenKen Appleby G L 21 2015 North Bay, Ontario New Jersey
9 Canada Blandisi, JosephJoseph Blandisi C L 22 2015 Markham, Ontario New Jersey
14 United States Boucher, ReidReid Boucher LW L 22 2012 East Lansing, Michigan New Jersey
11 United States Coleman, BlakeBlake Coleman F L 24 2015 East Lansing, Michigan New Jersey
2 United States Helgeson, SethSeth Helgeson D L 25 2013 Faribault, Minnesota New Jersey
38 United States Jacobs, JoshuaJoshua Jacobs D R 20 2016 Shelby Township, Michigan New Jersey
37 United States Johnson, BenBen Johnson C L 22 2014 Hancock, Michigan New Jersey
22 Canada Kujawinski, RyanRyan Kujawinski C L 21 2015 Iroqouis Falls, Ontario New Jersey
25 United States Lappin, NickNick Lappin RW R 23 2016 Geneva, Illinois New Jersey
23 Czech Republic Mozik, VojtechVojtech Mozik D R 24 2015 Prague, Czechoslovakia New Jersey
12 United States Novak, MaxMax Novak RW R 25 2015 Oak Ridge, New Jersey Albany
10 Canada Pelley, RodRod Pelley (C) C L 31 2013 Kitimat, British Columbia Albany
18 United States Pietila, BlakeBlake Pietila LW L 23 2015 Brighton, Michigan New Jersey
42 United States Rooney, KevinKevin Rooney C L 23 2016 Canton, Massachusetts Albany
24 Canada Scarlett, ReeceReece Scarlett D L 23 2013 Sherwood Park, Alberta New Jersey
26 Canada Thomson, BenBen Thomson LW L 23 2014 Orangeville, Ontario New Jersey
31 Canada Wedgewood, ScottScott Wedgewood G L 24 2012 Brampton, Ontario New Jersey

Team Captains[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "River Rats on the way out of town". www.TheSaratogian.com. Retrieved 2016-04-07. 
  2. ^ Sichko, Adam (2010-02-10). "River Rats sold, relocating to N.C.". American City Business Journals. Retrieved 2010-05-06. 
  3. ^ 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. 
  4. ^ "AHL hockey back in Albany". Times Union. 2010-06-10. Retrieved 2010-06-10. 
  5. ^ "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. 
  6. ^ "Finances, scoreboard top county's agenda". Times Union. 2010-05-11. Retrieved 2010-05-11. 
  7. ^ "Devils shift AHL operations to Albany". New Jersey Devils. 2010-06-10. Archived from the original on 14 June 2010. Retrieved 2010-06-10. 
  8. ^ "Devils name MacLean as new head coach". New Jersey Devils. 2010-06-17. Retrieved 2010-06-17. 
  9. ^ "Albany Devils announce coaching staff". Albany Devils. 2010-08-10. Retrieved 2010-08-10. 
  10. ^ Doughrty, Pete (28 December 2013). "Devils set franchise record with sixth straight home victory". Times Union. Retrieved 29 December 2013. 
  11. ^ "Wedgewood Posts Shutout; Devils Extend Home Streak | Albany Devils". www.thealbanydevils.com. Retrieved 2016-02-11. 
  12. ^ "Albany Devils hockey team statistics and history". www.hockeydb.com. Retrieved 2016-04-07. 
  13. ^ "The American Hockey League". www.theAHL.com. Retrieved 2016-04-07. 
  14. ^ "The Albany Devils". www.TheAlbanyDevils.com. Retrieved 2016-04-07. 
  15. ^ Hockeydb.com, Albany Devils season statistics and records.
  16. ^ "Albany Devils - Team roster". Albany Devils. Retrieved June 28, 2016. 

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