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 Central Division
Founded 1994 (In the IHL)
Operated 2007–present
Home arena Quicken Loans Arena
Colors Burgundy, Steel Blue, Silver, Gray and Black
Owner(s) Dan Gilbert
General manager Bill Zito[1]
Head coach Jared Bednar
Media WKNR AM 850
WHK AM 1420
WUAB Channel 43
Affiliates Columbus Blue Jackets (NHL)
Kalamazoo Wings (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 (AHL) 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.

They are the AHL affiliate for the Columbus Blue Jackets of the National Hockey League (NHL).

Franchise history[edit]

The Lake Erie Monsters began in 2006 when the dormant Utah Grizzlies AHL franchise was purchased by a Cleveland ownership group led by Dan Gilbert, owner of the Cleveland Cavaliers NBA team and Quicken Loans on May 16, 2006, after a new AHL team was awarded to Cleveland following the Cleveland Barons moving to Worcester following the 2005–06 season.[2] With the Quicken Loans Arena established as the team's home venue, the Colorado Avalanche were announced as the franchise's first NHL parent club with a five-year agreement on December 17, 2006.

On January 25, 2007, the franchise was officially announced 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] The Monsters do not recognize any past links to the Grizzlies and promote themselves as having begun in 2007.

Former NHL player Joe Sacco was named as the Lake Erie Monsters first head coach. The Monsters opened their inaugural 2007–08 campaign at home against the Grand Rapids Griffins on October 6, 2007, with Craig Billington acting as the Monsters General Manager.[4]

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 four games to three.[5]

On April 17, 2015, it was announced that the Monsters had signed a multi-year agreement to become the AHL affiliate for the Columbus Blue Jackets, which will take effect in the 2015–16 season. The affiliation was among several that offseason that brought AHL and NHL franchise affiliations geographically closer together.[6]

Cleveland hockey history[edit]

The following teams have previously played in Cleveland. The Monsters recognize and honor past Cleveland teams with commemorative banners at Quicken Loans Arena:[7]

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 June 29, 2015.[9]

# Nat Player Pos S/G Age Acquired Birthplace Contract
United States Ambroz, SethSeth Ambroz RW R 22 2015 New Prague, Minnesota Monsters
Canada Craig, RyanRyan Craig LW L 33 2015 Abbotsford, British Columbia Monsters
United States Vogelhuber, TrentTrent Vogelhuber RW R 27 2015 Dublin, Ohio Monsters
Belarus Yevenko, OlegOleg Yevenko D L 24 2015 Minsk, Belarus Monsters


Name Years
Mark Rycroft 2007–2008
Wyatt Smith 2008
Brian Willsie 2008–2010
David Liffiton 2010–2012
Bryan Lerg 2012–2014
Brian Sutherby 2013
Bruno Gervais 2014–2015

Retired numbers[edit]

No Monsters player has had his number retired. However the team has retired the numbers of players who have played on past Cleveland franchises to honor the city's hockey history.[7]

Name Number
Johnny Bower 1 (Barons)
Fred Glover 9 (Barons)
Jock Callander 15 (Lumberjacks)

Team records[edit]

Single season[edit]

Goals: 30, Andrew Agozzino (2014–15)
Assists: 50, T.J. Hensick (2009–10)
Points: 70 T.J. Hensick (2009–10), Ben Walter (2010–11)
Penalty Minutes: 215, Daniel Maggio (2014–15)
Wins: 23 Jason Bacashihua (2010–11), Calvin Pickard (2014–15)
GAA: 2.11, Cedrick Desjardins (2011–12)
SV%: .932, Cedrick Desjardins (2011–12)
Shutouts: 8, Tyler Weiman (2008–09)
  • Goaltending records need a minimum 25 games played by the goaltender


Career Goals: Andrew Agozzino, 67
Career Assists: Andrew Agozzino, 98
Career Points: Andrew Agozzino, 165
Career Penalty Minutes: Daniel Maggio, 522
Career Goaltending Wins: Calvin Pickard, 60
Career Shutouts: Tyler Weiman, 13
Career Games: Andrew Agozzino, 225

Firsts and Franchise records[edit]


WHK/Cleveland (1420 AM) and WKNR/Cleveland (850 AM) share local coverage of the Monsters, with each station airing 36 games.[10]

WUAB channel 43 airs select games on television. When a Monsters game is televised, the broadcast will be simulcast on the radio as well.[11]

Mascot and 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 Slap Shot),[13] and the "Monsters Hockey Girls" cheerleaders.[14]


  1. ^ "Blue Jackets assistant G.M. Bill Zito named Monsters GM". Columbus Blue Jackets. 2015-06-23. Retrieved 2015-06-23. 
  2. ^ "Lake Erie Monsters history". Case Western Reserve University. 2013-02-03. Retrieved 2013-02-03. 
  3. ^ "Famous sea monsters". Sea 2013-04-05. Retrieved 2013-04-05. 
  4. ^ "Monsters front office". Lake Erie Monsters. 2014-10-10. Retrieved 2014-10-10. 
  5. ^ "Monsters' stats". 2011-04-28. Retrieved 2012-03-04. 
  6. ^ "Monsters affiliate with the Columbus Blue Jackets". Lake Erie Monsters. 2015-04-17. Retrieved 2015-04-17. 
  7. ^ a b c "Quicken Loans Arena hockey banners". Stadium 2014-06-07. Retrieved 2014-06-07. 
  8. ^ "Cleveland hockey history". Lake Erie Monsters. 2013-02-03. Retrieved 2013-02-03. 
  9. ^ "Lake Erie Monsters - Team roster". Lake Erie Monsters. Retrieved 2015-01-17. 
  10. ^ "2014-15 radio schedule released". Lake Erie Monsters. 2014-10-10. Retrieved 2014-10-10. 
  11. ^ "WUAB to air Monsters games". Lake Erie Monsters. 2014-10-10. Retrieved 2014-10-10. 
  12. ^ "Sully, the Monsters official Mascot". Lake Erie Monsters. 2013-10-02. Retrieved 2013-10-02. 
  13. ^ "Mullet Bros game entertainment". Lake Erie Monsters. 2013-10-02. Retrieved 2013-10-02. 
  14. ^ "Monsters Hockey Girls". Lake Erie Monsters. 2013-10-02. Retrieved 2013-10-02. 

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