|City:||Albany, New York|
|League:||American Hockey League|
|Home Arena:||Times Union Center|
|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)|
Kalamazoo Wings (ECHL)
|1998 – 2006:||Lowell Lock Monsters|
|2006 – 2010:||Lowell Devils|
|2010 – present:||Albany Devils|
The Albany Devils are a professional ice hockey team set to begin play in the 2010-2011 American Hockey League season. Based out of Albany, New York, the team will play its home games at the Times Union Center. This is the second time the New Jersey Devils have been affiliated with an Albany-based AHL team. From 1993-2006, the Devils used the Albany River Rats as their top minor league team.
Official Albany Devils Website: http://www.thealbanydevils.com/
History[edit | edit source]
On Wednesday, February 10, 2010, River Rats owner Walter Robb sold his team to Michael Kahn, after years of losing money. It was then announced that the River Rats would begin playing the 2010-2011 season as the Charlotte Checkers. However, 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.
On April 26, 2010, the New Jersey Devils sent Albany County a letter of intent to relocate to Albany, with a five year commitment, on the grounds that the arena had specific renovations made. 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.
On May 10, 2010 the county legislature voted 35-2 in favor of a 1.6 million dollar upgrade to the facility to be spent on a new scoreboard, ribbon board advertising, and exterior lighting.
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 2010-2011 AHL season to play as the Albany Devils.
Soon thereafter, 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 2009-2010 season.
On August 10, 2010, it was announced that Rick Kowalsky was named head coach of the team, with former New Jersey Devils defenceman Tommy Albelin being named the assistant coach.
Season-by-Season Results[edit | edit source]
Playoffs[edit | edit source]
|Season||1st Round||2nd Round||3rd Round||Finals|
|2010–11||Out of Playoffs|
|2011–12||Out of Playoffs|