The Albany Devils are a professional ice hockey team in the American Hockey League. In 2010 the ice hockey team Lowell Devils changed home arena from Tsongas Center at UMass Lowell in Massachusetts to Times Union Center in Albany, New York, and this prompted a change of team name as well, from Lowell Devils to Albany Devils. When the Times Union Center in Albany can not be utilized, the Albany Devils use the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey as their alternative home arena.
The Albany Devils are owned by the New Jersey Devils, who purchased Lowell Devils in 2006. Before that, the team was known as Lowell Lock Monsters.
This is not the first time the New Jersey Devils are affiliated with an AHL team in Albany; they used the Albany River Rats as their top minor league team from 1993 to 2006. The Albany River Rats where then affiliated with Colorado Avalanche and Carolina Hurricanes. In February 2010, the Albany River Rats were turned into the Charlotte Checkers. Their move from Albany to the Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte, North Carolina left space available for a new ice hockey team in Albany.
In April 2010, the New Jersey Devils told Albany County that they wished to move the Lowell Devils to Times Union Center and sign a five-year long contract, provided that the county undertook certain renovations of the arena. According to New Jersey Devils General Manager Lou Lamoriello, changes in the lease with Tsongas Center at UMass Lowell made it financially impossible for the team to stay in Lowell.
In May 2010, the Albany county legislature voted in favor of spending $1.6 millions on upgrading the Times Union Center. The money was to be spent on a new scoreboard, ribbon board advertising and exterior lighting. In June 2010, the New Jersey Devils officially announced that the Lowell Devils would move from Lowell to Albany and change their team name from Lowell Devils to Albany Devils.
Short facts about the Albany Devils
City Albany, New York
League American Hockey League
Conference Eastern Conference
Division East Division
Home arena Times Union Center, Boardwalk Hall (alternate venue in Atlantic City, New Jersey)
Colors Red, black, white
Owner New Jersey Devils