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Charlotte Checkers
City: Charlotte, North Carolina
League: American Hockey League
Conference: Western Conference
Division: Midwest
Founded: 2010–11
Home Arena: Time Warner Cable Arena
Colors: Red, Black, White and Silver
Owner(s): MAK Hockey, LLC Michael Kahn, president/CEO)
General Manager: Jeff Daniels
Head Coach: Jeff Daniels
Affiliates: Carolina Hurricanes (NHL)

Florida Everblades (ECHL)

Franchise history
1990–1993: Capital District Islanders
1993–2010: Albany River Rats
2010–present: Charlotte Checkers
Regular Season Titles: 2 1994–95, 1995–96
Division Championships: 4 1994–95, 1995–96, 1996–97, 1997–98
Calder Cups: 1 1994–95

The Charlotte Checkers are an ice hockey team that play in the Midwest Division of the Western Conference of the American Hockey League. Based in Charlotte, North Carolina, the team is the AHL affiliate of the Carolina Hurricanes of the National Hockey League. The Checkers play their home games at Time Warner Cable Arena in Uptown Charlotte, also home to the NBA's Charlotte Bobcats. The team succeeded a team of the same name, which played in the ECHL until the end of the 2009-10 ECHL season. The franchise is one of three franchises who shares its name with a franchise from a lower-tier league, the other two being the Rockford IceHogs and the Peoria Rivermen.

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The franchise was originally the Capital District Islanders from 1990–1993. They then became the Albany River Rats from 1993–2010, until the River Rats were sold to MAK Hockey, LLC, led by Michael Kahn. The new ownership relocated the team to Charlotte for the 2010–11 season, renaming the franchise the "Charlotte Checkers", and relinquished the ECHL franchise to the league. The Checkers' first home game was played on October 15, 2010, in front of 12,512 spectators which set an attendance record for a hockey game in Charlotte. On February 26, 2011, the attendance record was broken as 12,933 fans watched the Charlotte Checkers defeat the Connecticut Whale 1-0. Almost a year later, on February 25, 2012, the attendance record was broken yet again as 13,102 fans watched the Checkers fall to the Oklahoma City Barons, 3-2.

Season-by-Season Results[]

Season GP W L OTL SOL PTS Goals
2010–11 80 44 27 2 7 97 265 243 3rd, East
2011–12 76 38 29 3 6 85 209 214 3rd, Midwest


Season 1st Round 2nd Round 3rd Round Finals
2010–11 W, 4-2, HER W, 4-2, WBS L, 0-4, BIN
2011–12 Out of Playoffs