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Albany Devils
AlbanyDevils
City: Albany, New York
League: American Hockey League
Conference: Eastern Conference
Division: Atlantic Division
Founded: 2010
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)
Franchise history
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

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 ResultsEdit

Season Games WonLostOTLSOLPoints Goals
For
Goals
Against
Standing
2010–11803242 1 5702172838th, East
2011–12763134 6 5731902265th, Northeast

PlayoffsEdit

Season1st Round2nd Round3rd RoundFinals
2010–11 Out of Playoffs
2011–12 Out of Playoffs

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