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 Radio: WHK, WKNR, WMMS-HD2
TV: WUAB, Fox Sports Ohio
Affiliates Columbus Blue Jackets (NHL)
Kalamazoo Wings (ECHL)
Franchise history
1994–1995 Denver Grizzlies
1995–2005 Utah Grizzlies
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 2007. The Monsters play all of their home games at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio, United States, which they share with the Cleveland Cavaliers of the National Basketball Association (NBA) and the Cleveland Gladiators of the Arena Football League. 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 on May 16, 2006 by a Cleveland ownership group led by Dan Gilbert, owner of the Cleveland Cavaliers and Quicken Loans. A new AHL team was awarded to Cleveland following the departure of the Cleveland Barons to Worcester, Massachusetts, after the 2005–06 season. With Quicken Loans Arena established as the team's home venue, the Colorado Avalanche was announced on December 17, 2006 as the franchise's first NHL parent club with a five-year agreement.[2]

The franchise was officially announced on January 25, 2007, 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]

It was announced on April 17, 2015 that the Monsters had signed a multi-year agreement to become the AHL affiliate for the Columbus Blue Jackets, which took 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 November 4, 2015.[9]

# Nat Player Pos S/G Age Acquired Birthplace Contract
17 United States Ambroz, SethSeth Ambroz RW R 22 2015 New Prague, Minnesota Monsters
29 Denmark Bjorkstrand, OliverOliver Bjorkstrand RW L 20 2015 Herning, Denmark Blue Jackets
2 Canada Bodnarchuk, AndrewAndrew Bodnarchuk (A) D L 27 2015 Drumheller, Alberta Blue Jackets
25 United States Broadhurst, AlexAlex Broadhurst C L 22 2015 New Lenox, Illinois Blue Jackets
39 Canada Chaput, MichaelMichael Chaput C L 23 2015 Montreal, Quebec Blue Jackets
12 Canada Craig, RyanRyan Craig (C) LW L 33 2015 Abbotsford, British Columbia Monsters
44 Canada Falk, JustinJustin Falk D L 27 2015 Snowflake, Manitoba Blue Jackets
31 Sweden Forsberg, AntonAnton Forsberg G L 23 2015 Härnösand, Sweden Blue Jackets
56 Canada Gallant, BrettBrett Gallant LW L 26 2015 Summerside, Prince Edward Island Blue Jackets
37 Finland Hannikainen, MarkusMarkus Hannikainen LW L 22 2015 Helsinki, Finland Blue Jackets
3 Canada Heatherington, DillonDillon Heatherington D L 20 2015 Calgary, Alberta Blue Jackets
70 Finland Korpisalo, JoonasJoonas Korpisalo G L 21 2015 Pori, Finland Blue Jackets
14 Switzerland Kukan, DeanDean Kukan D L 22 2015 Zürich, Switzerland Blue Jackets
22 United States Milano, SonnySonny Milano LW L 19 2015 Massapequa, New York Blue Jackets
7 Canada Moutrey, NickNick Moutrey RW L 20 2015 Shelburne, Ontario Blue Jackets
6 United States Paliotta, MichaelMichael Paliotta D R 22 2015 Westport, Connecticut Blue Jackets
5 United States Ramage, JohnJohn Ramage D R 24 2015 Chesterfield, Missouri Blue Jackets
16 Canada Rychel, KerbyKerby Rychel LW L 21 2015 Los Angeles, California Blue Jackets
28 Czech Republic Sedlak, LukasLukas Sedlak C L 22 2015 České Budějovice, Czech Republic Blue Jackets
26 United States Sifers, JaimeJaime Sifers (A) D R 32 2015 Stratford, Connecticut Blue Jackets
18 United States Tynan, T. J.T. J. Tynan C R 23 2015 Orland Park, Illinois Blue Jackets
13 United States Vogelhuber, TrentTrent Vogelhuber RW R 27 2015 Dublin, Ohio Monsters
24 Belarus Yevenko, OlegOleg Yevenko D L 24 2015 Minsk, Belarus Blue Jackets
27 Sweden Zaar, DanielDaniel Zaar RW R 21 2015 Helsingborg, Sweden Blue Jackets


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
Ryan Craig 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]


During the 2015–16 AHL season, radio play-by-play coverage will be split by Cleveland AM stations WHK (1420 AM) and WKNR (850 AM), as well as 99X – the WMMS-HD2 digital subchannel (100.7-HD2 FM) which also simulcasts over low-power FM translator W256BT (99.1 FM). WHK will air 18 regular season games; WKNR will air 32 games; and 22 will air on 99X (WKNR sister station WWGK is scheduled to air the remaining 4 games). Tony Brown serves as play-by-play announcer.[10]

Select Monsters games will be televised, with WUAB channel 43 and Fox Sports Ohio serving as the outlets. The broadcast team consists of play-by-play announcer Tony Brown, former Cleveland Lumberjacks player Jock Callander as analyst, and WHBC afternoon host Kenny Roda as rink side/locker room reporter. All televised games are also simulcast on the radio.[10][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". Eliteprospects. Retrieved 2015-09-16. 
  10. ^ a b "Monsters Welcome Broadcaster Tony Brown as 2015-16 Play-by-Play Announcer". (Press release). Cavaliers Hockey Holdings, LLC. September 29, 2015. Archived from the original on September 30, 2015. Retrieved September 30, 2015. ... 99X will carry 22 games (all Saturday nights)... 
  11. ^ Monsters broadcast schedule - Lake Erie
  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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