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.


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