Tuesday, September 28, 2010

New Jersey assigns 11 to Albany

The New Jersey Devils assigned 11 players to the Albany Devils, thus reducing the NHL club’s training camp roster to 32.

Sent to Albany are forwards Patrick Davis, Stephen Gionta, David McIntryre, Brad Mills, Tim Sestito, Michael Swift, Alexander Vasyunov, Chad Wiseman and Vladimir Zharkov, along with defensemen Tyler Eckford and Olivier Magnan-Grenier.

The Albany Devils continue their training camp this week. After they open their preseason schedule at the Adirondack Phantoms on Friday at 7:30 p.m., the Devils will face the Phantoms again on Saturday at 7 p.m. at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute’s Houston Field House.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Albany Devils to play games in Atlantic City

The Albany Devils will be hitting the boardwalk this upcoming season.
Boardwalk Hall and the New Jersey Devils today announced that the team’s top development squad, the American Hockey League’s Albany Devils, will play four games at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, N.J. this December through February 2011.
Their ECHL team, the Trenton Devils, will also play one game on Atlantic City’s ice. The series is sponsored by the Atlantic City Convention & Visitors Authority and Caesars Atlantic City.
The series kicks off Sunday, Dec. 5 with the Albany Devils taking on the Adirondack Phantoms followed by a game Sunday, Dec. 12 pitting the Albany Devils against the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins.
On Sunday, Jan. 23, the ECHL Trenton Devils will take the ice to play the Wheeling Nailers. Friday, Feb. 4 marks the return of the Albany Devils when they face off against the Hershey Bears, and the series concludes on Sunday, Feb. 27 with the Albany Devils vs. the Norfolk Admirals.
Sunday games are scheduled for 4 p.m.; Friday night’s game time is at 7 p.m.
Tickets for the five-game Boardwalk Hall Devils series package are priced at $120 for first two rows on the glass, $95 for the lower bowl and $70 for the upper bowl, and will go on sale this Saturday at noon. Ticket prices and the on-sale date for the individual Boardwalk Hall Devils games will be announced in September. Tickets can be purchased at the Box Office, all Ticketmaster locations, by calling 800-736-1420 or at www.ticketmaster.com.
Atlantic City will also host the ECAC Hockey championships next March, which moves to New Jersey after moving from Albany.

Adirondack to host Albany Devils in preseason

The Albany Devils will travel to face the Adirondack Phantoms in a preseason game in Glens Falls on Friday, Oct. 1.
Phantoms preseason tickets go on sale Sept. 10.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Kowalsky named as Albany Devils coach

The Albany Devils at long last have a coach.
Rick Kowalsky has been named as Albany’s head coach, Albany and Trenton Devils general manager Chris Lamoriello announced on Tuesday,
A pair of former Albany River Rats have new assignments in the New Jersey organization as well as Tommy Albelin will serve as an assistant coach with Albany and Kevin Dean has been named as Trenton’s head coach.
Kowalsky is certainly no stranger to the New Jersey organization as he served as Trenton’s head coach for the past four seasons.
“I was happy at the ECHL level and I hadn’t pursued anything at the AHL level thus far in my career just because I liked the way things were going,” Kowalsky said. “I knew that the Devils really made me feel a part of this organization, especially after the last couple of years. Just knowing (New Jersey President, CEO and General Manager) Lou Lamoriello’s history of promoting from within, I knew this could potentially arise.”
The organizational moves come after New Jersey skipper Jacques Lemaire retired and John McLean was named as head coach.
Kowalsky becomes the seventh head coach in Albany at the AHL level, joining Robbie Ftorek (1993-94 to 1995-96; 2003-04 to 2005-06); the late John Cunniff (1996-97 to 2000-01); Bobby Carpenter (2001-02); Red Gendron (2002-03 to 2003-04); Tom Rowe (2006-07 to 2007-08) and Jeff Daniels (2008-09 to 2009-10).
Kowalsky takes over the coaching reigns just months after the Devils’ AHL franchise moved from Lowell, Mass.
New Jersey’s AHL affiliate moves back to Albany after it was housed for 13 seasons (1993-94 to 2005-06) here.
Last year in Lowell, the Devils reached the Calder Cup playoffs for the first time since 2000.
Without knowing all the facts, I think there are a lot of good young prospects coming out,” Kowalsky said. “With that said, Lowell had a pretty young, exciting team last year. There are probably eight to 10 players in Albany that I had in Trenton for at least a year — some of them for a year and another small group for two years.
“So I have an idea what the landscape might look like in Albany, but there is still a lot I need to be informed on.”
Kowalsky compiled a 138-122-28 record with Trenton and was honored as the ECHL’s top coach with the John Brophy Award in 2009.
“Rick has been with us for four years and he brings great passion, great intensity; that was the type of player he was,” Chris Lamoriello said. “ … So developmentally he’s been through the process. He’s comfortable with us and our objective and, certainly, we are comfortable with him and his objectives.”
Kowalsky’s pro playing career spanned 12 seasons with six different teams in two leagues.
A right wing, Kowalsky played in 183 AHL games with Cornwall, Portland and Norfolk. He totaled 516 games in the ECHL with Hampton roads, Trenton and Roanoke.
He served as a player/assistant coach with Roanoke while generating a career-high 83 (35 goals-48 assists) points in the 2001-02 season.
In his last campaign as a player, he captained the Trenton Totals to the 2005 Kelly Cup championship.
“He’s a coach who challenges himself as well,” Chris Lamoriello said. “He’s not only looking for the players to be better, but for himself to be better.”
Joining Kowalsky behind the bench in Albany is the 46-year-old Albelin, who joined New Jersey’s coaching staff as an assistant in July of 2007 following an 18-year career in the NHL.
A veteran of 952 regular season games with Quebec, New Jersey and Calgary, Albelin skated on the Devils’ Stanley Cup champion teams in 1995 and 2003.
Albelin, who appeared in nine games with the River Rats, as well as a pair of stints with the Utica Devils, went on to become just the fifth player in New Jersey franchise history to rejoin the team.
Dean, 41, is entering his fifth season as a coach in New Jersey’s system after serving as an assistant coach for the Lowell Devils for the past four seasons.
The former defenseman is a veteran of 331 NHL games with New Jersey, Atlanta, Dallas and Chicago, including 198 with the Devils.
In 1995, Dean was the only member of the New Jersey organization to win a Stanley Cup with the Devils and a Calder Cup with the Albany River Rats as he served as team captain of the AHL champions.
Dean appeared in 146 games over the course of five seasons with Albany.
“Hockey is hockey and I enjoy it,” Dean said. “I love hockey and I’ll enjoy it at this level as well.”

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

AHL, now at 30 teams, announces alignment for 2010 season

The American Hockey League has reached its long-term goal of 30 clubs, each serving as a primary affiliate among the National Hockey League’s 30 teams.
Yet here are few changes in the divisional alignment for the upcoming 2010-11 season for the AHL, which serves as the top developmental league for the NHL.
The new Albany Devils team will skate in the Eastern Conference’s East Division, just like its predecessor, the Albany River Rats — did before it was sold and moved to Charlotte, N.C. after serving as the top farm club of the Carolina Hurricanes for the past four seasons.
The Devils, who return to Albany after stocking the River Rats club with players for 13 seasons (1993-94 through 2005-06), moved their franchise to the Capital District after their affiliate spent the last four AHL campaigns in Lowell, Mass.
The new Albany franchise will be joined in the eight-team East Division by Empire state foes Adirondack, Syracuse, now Anaheim’s top affiliate, and Binghamton; Hershey, which recently won its second consecutive Calder Cup; Charlotte; Wilkes-Barre/Scranton and Norfolk.
With the move of the Devils to Albany, the Atlantic Division was trimmed to seven teams, which includes Springfield, now the top farm club of Columbus.
The Edmonton Oilers, who did house their prospects in Springfield, moved their franchise to Oklahoma City, which will compete in the Western Conference’s West Division.
Here are the new division alignments:

Atlantic Division
Bridgeport Sound Tigers (New York Islanders)
Hartford Wolf Pack (New York Rangers)
Manchester Monarchs (Los Angeles Kings)
Portland Pirates (Buffalo Sabres)
Providence Bruins (Boston Bruins)
Springfield Falcons (Columbus Blue Jackets)
Worcester Sharks (Worcester Sharks)
East Division
Adirondack Phantoms (Philadelphia Flyers)
Albany Devils (New Jersey Devils)
Binghamton Senators (Ottawa Senators)
Charlotte Checkers (Carolina Hurricanes)
Hershey Bears (Washington Capitals)
Norfolk Admirals (Tampa Bay Lightning)
Syracuse Crunch (Anaheim Ducks)
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins (Pittsburgh Penguins)

North Division
Abbotsford Heat (Calgary Flames)
Grand Rapids Griffins (Detroit Red Wings)
Hamilton Bulldogs (Montreal Canadiens)
Lake Erie Monsters (Colorado Avalanche)
Manitoba Moose (Vancouver Canucks)
Rochester Americans (Florida Panthers)
Toronto Marlies (Toronto Maple Leafs)
West Division
Chicago Wolves (Atlanta Thrashers)
Houston Aeros (Minnesota Wild)
Milwaukee Admirals (Nashville Predators)
Oklahoma City Barons (Edmonton Oilers)
Peoria Rivermen (St. Louis Blues)
Rockford IceHogs (Chicago Blackhawks)
San Antonio Rampage (Phoenix Coyotes)
Texas Stars (Dallas Stars)

Thursday, June 10, 2010

A Devil of a town once again

It's official --- the New Jersey Devils are back in town.
The Devils announced they will move their American Hockey League franchise from Lowell, Mass. to Albany for the upcoming season.
New Jersey, which owns its AHL team, agreed to a five-year deal with the Times Union Center.
The arena hosted the Devils' farm team --- the Albany River Rats for 13 seasons (1993-94 to 2005-06).
The new team will be called the Albany Devils and will wear sweaters with the traditional colors of red, black and white --- with the new logo an 'A' complete with Devil horns and tail.
The 2010-11 campaign will be the 18th consecutive season of pro hockey in downtown Albany.
The River Rats franchise, which was sold by owner Walter Robb, has been relocated to Charlotte, N.C., after four seasons as the Carolina Hurricanes top affiliate, where it will become the Charlotte Checkers.

Madden reunited with Lord Stanley

John Madden has reached the pinnacle of hockey again.
The 37-year-old center won his third Stanley Cup on Wednesday night as the Chicago Blackhawks defeated the Philadelphia Flyers, 4-3 in overtime in Game 6 to claim their first Cup since 1961.
Madden, who spent two seasons with the Albany River Rats (1997-98 and 1998-99) won two Stanley Cups with the New Jersey Devils in 1999-2000 and 2003-04.
The University of Michigan product spent 10 seasons with New Jersey and joined Chicago this season, and posted 23 (10-13) points in 79 games and contributed a goal and an assist in 21 playoff games.