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Albany Devils
AlbanyDevils
City: Albany, New York
League: American Hockey League
Conference: Eastern Conference
Division: Northern Division
Founded: 2010
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
Media: Albany Times Union
Affiliates: New Jersey Devils (NHL)
vacant(ECHL)
Franchise history
1998–2006: Lowell Lock Monsters
2006–2010: Lowell Devils
2010–present: Albany Devils

The Albany Devils are a professional ice hockey team of the American Hockey League (AHL). The top AHL affiliate and counterpart 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 resultsEdit

LowellEdit

Season Games WonLostTiedOTLSOLPoints Goals
for
Goals
against
Standing
1998–9980333213 2 812192371st, Atlantic
1999–00803336 7 4 772282403rd, Atlantic
2000–01803535 5 5 802252444th, New England
2001–0280412511 3 962292091st, North
2002–03801951 7 3 481752755th, North
2003–04803236 6 6 762082426th, Atlantic
2004–05804727 5 11002421903rd, Atlantic
2005–06802937 6 8 722222575th, Atlantic
2006–07803830 6 6 882122205th, Atlantic
2007–08802543 7 5 621832707th, Atlantic
2008–09803536 2 7 792132436th, Atlantic
2009–10803931 4 6 882392324th, Atlantic
Season1st round2nd round3rd roundFinals
1998–99 L, 0-3, Saint John
1999–00 W, 3-0, Saint John L, 0-4, Providence
2000–01 L, 1-3, Worcester
2001–02 L, 2-3, St. John's
2002–03 Out of playoffs.
2003–04 Out of playoffs.
2004–05 W, 4-2, Hartford L, 1-4, Providence
2005–06 Out of playoffs.
2006–07 Out of playoffs.
2007–08 Out of playoffs.
2008–09 Out of playoffs.
2009–10 L,1-4, Worcester

AlbanyEdit

Calder Cup Champions Conference Champions Division Champions League Leader

Records as of the end of the 2015–16 AHL season.[10]


Team CaptainsEdit

References Edit

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

External linksEdit

New Jersey Devils
Team Kansas City ScoutsColorado RockiesPlayersAward WinnersSeasonsRecordsDraft picks • • Continental Airlines ArenaPrudential Center
New Jersey Devils coaches MacMillanMcVieCarpenterSchoenfeldCunniffBrooksLemaireFtorekRobinsonConstantineBurnsLamorielloJulienSutter
Division titles 1996-97, 1997-98, 1998-99, 2000-01, 2002-03, 2005-06, 2006-07
Conference Championships 1994-95, 1999-00, 2000-01, 2002-03
Stanley Cups 1994-95, 1999-00, 2002-03
Affiliates Lowell Devils (AHL), Trenton Devils (ECHL)

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