9/16 – Morning Skate

Welcome to the Albany Devils “Morning Skate” a daily feature on thealbanydevils.com. Check back each morning to catchup on the latest Albany and New Jersey Devils news.

Here’s what you need to know for Tuesday.

64 is the magic number

This year’s NJ Devils Training camp roster includes 64 names, including 26 players who suited up for Albany in 2013-14.

Rod Pelley, Tim Sestito, Chris McKelvie, Mike Sislo and Dan Kelly — Albany’s leadership group from last year — are all in camp.

Rebuilding the coaching staff

With Tommy Albelin being named to New Jersey’s coaching staff, David Cunniff has been hired to fill the void in Albany. He joins the Devils after spending the previous 12 seasons in the San Jose Sharks organization. David is the son of former NJ Devils Head Coach John Cunniff.

Gelinas re-signs before camp

The Devils re-signed restricted free agent defenseman Eric Gelinas, President and General Manager Lou Lamoriello announced yesterday.

“Just happy to have everybody here, everybody ready,” Lamoriello said. “It’s the first step towards getting our team together. We’ve got all our players here, and now training camp begins.”

Welcome back

On Monday, rookies reported to Prudential Center for the beginning of training camp. They split their time between physicals and media headshots.

The first on-ice session for the rookies will take place later this afternoon.

Tee time and then ice time

The New Jersey Devils host the 14th Annual Alumni Association Charity Golf Classic today at Upper Montclair Golf Club. The event features a silent auction for exclusive Devils memorabilia to support the association’s charitable efforts in the community.

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Brandon Burlon answers questions for MSG Network during Monday’s media circuit through the hallways of Prudential Center.

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Welcome To Newark

NEWARK, NJ – The locker room hall way at Prudential Center came alive Monday as players started to report for the 2014 New Jersey Devils training camp. The mornings activities were split between physicals and media headshots. The first on-ice session takes Tuesday with a select few of players participating.

As for the rest of camp, here is what the roster looks like:

Anthony Brodeur, Scott Clemmensen, Maxime Clermont, Keith Kinkaid, Cory Schneider, Scott Wedgewood

Brandon Burlon, Joe Faust, Eric Gelinas, Andy Greene, Peter Harrold, Seth Helgeson, Raman Hrabarenka, Tomas Kaberle, Dan Kelly, Mike Komisarek, Adam Larsson, Corbin McPherson, Renat Mamashev, Jon Merrill, Ryan Rehill, Bryce Salvador, Reece Scarlett, Damon Severson, Marek Zidlicky

Brandon Baddock, Reid Boucher, Mike Cammalleri, Ryan Carter, Ryane Clowe, Ruslan Fedotenko, Marty Havlat, Stefan Matteau, Chris McKelvie, Tuomo Ruutu, Ben Thomson, Dainius Zubrus, Joe Whitney

Graham Black, Patrik Elias, Stephen Gionta, Scott Gomez, Adam Henrique, Jacob Josefson, Ryan Kujawinski, Rod Pelley, John Quenneville, Tim Sestito, Scott Timmins, David Wohlberg, Darcy Zajac, Travis Zajac

Myles Bell, Steve Bernier, Damien Brunner, Connor Chatham, Jaromir Jagr, Cam Janssen, Ben Johnson, Michael Ryder, Mike Sislo, Paul Thompson, Jordin Tootoo, Kelly Zajac


Devils Add David Cunniff To Staff

NEWARK, NJ — The Albany Devils have added David Cunniff as an assistant coach, joining Sergei Brylin and Goaltending Coach Johan Hedberg on Head Coach Rick Kowalsky’s staff. The announcement was made by Albany Devils General Manager Chris Lamoriello.

Cunniff, 43, joins the Devils after spending the previous 12 seasons in the San Jose Sharks organization. He was promoted to associate coach of the American Hockey League’s Worcester Sharks in 2012-13 after serving the previous ten season as an assistant coach with both Cleveland (2002-06) and Worcester (2006-12).

A forward, Cunniff played five season professionally, including three-plus season in the Devils organization with Raleigh (ECHL) and Albany (AHL). Between 1997-2000, he appeared in 120 AHL games, posting 25 points (5g-20a) and 219 penalty minutes. He began his professional career in 1996-97 with Jacksonville (ECHL) before joining Raleigh later that season. Cunniff, who played 148 career ECHL games, spent his last season in 2001-02 between Louisiana and Richmond (ECHL).

For the past 12 years, the South Boston native has been an instructor at the Sharks Summer Hockey School, teaching hockey to more than 1,000 campers ranging in age from six to adult. Additionally, Cunniff created and operates Cunniff Hockey, which offers hockey camps, private lessons and video analysis for all age groups and all levels of expertise.

David, the son of former Devils Head Coach John Cunniff, resides in Milton, MA with his wife, Mary Ann and two sons, David Jr. and Patrick.


Devils Announce Schedule Adjustment

ALBANY, NY – The Albany Devils game against the Springfield Falcons on Tuesday, Dec. 2 will now be played on Wednesday, Oct. 29 at Times Union Center. Puck drop remains at 7 pm. The adjustment was made at the request of the arena’s management, SMG.

View Complete 2014-15 Schedule

The game will be the first meeting of the season between the Devils and the Falcons. The teams occupied the first two spots in the Northeast Division in 2013-14. Albany was second with a 40-23-5-8 record (93 pts.) and Springfield was first with a 47-23-1-5 mark (100 pts.). In eight games last year, the Devils earned eight-out-of-a-possible-16 points against the Falcons.

Albany’s season opener is set for Saturday, Oct. 11 (7 pm) at the Adirondack Flames and the home opener is slated for Saturday, Oct. 18 (5:05 pm) against the Bridgeport Sound Tigers.


Game Worn Jerseys

The Albany Devils Online Store has just made 80+ game worn jerseys available for sale. Choose from a wide assortment of current and past players. The jerseys are sold on a first-come-first-serve basis, so act now.

Matt Anderson Jersey 1      
Reid Boucher SOLD SOLD  SOLD   
Riley Boychuk Jersey 1      
Brandon Burlon Jersey 1 Jersey 2 Jersey 3  Jersey 4 
Dave Caruso SOLD      
Matt Corrente Jersey 1      
Phil DeSimone Jersey 1 Jersey 2    
Eric Gelinas Jersey 1 Jersey 2    
Seth Helgeson Jersey 1 Jersey 2     
Mike Hoeffel Jersey 1 Jersey 2  Jersey 3  Jersey 4 
Raman Hrabarenka SOLD Jersey 2     
Cam Janssen SOLD      
Jacob Josefson Jersey 1 Jersey 2     
Dan Kelly Jersey 1 Jersey 2  SOLD  Jersey 4 
Keith Kinkaid SOLD SOLD     
Adam Larsson Jersey 1 Jersey 2     
Olivier Magnan Jersey 1      
Stefan Matteau SOLD SOLD     
Chris McKelvie Jersey 1 Jersey 2     
Corbin McPherson Jersey 1 Jersey 2  Jersey 3  Jersey 4 
Jon Merrill Jersey 1      
Rod Pelley Jersey 1 SOLD     
Harri Pesonen Jersey 1 Jersey 2  Jersey 3   
Reece Scarlett SOLD      
Tim Sestito Jersey 1 Jersey 2     
Mike Sislo SOLD Jersey 2  Jersey 3  Jersey 4 
Stefan Stepanov Jersey 1      
Mattias Tedenby Jersey 1 Jersey 2  Jersey 3   
Scott Timmins Jersey 1 Jersey 2     
Alexander Urbom Jersey 1 Jersey 2  Jersey 3  Jersey 4 
Scott Wedgewood SOLD SOLD  SOLD  Jersey 4 
Joe Whitney SOLD SOLD  Jersey 3   
David Wohlberg Jersey 1 Jersey 2  Jersey 3   
Harry Young Jersey 1 Jersey 2     
Darcy Zajac Jersey 1 Jersey 2  Jersey 3   
Kelly Zajac Jersey 1 Jersey 2     

Top 10 Tuesdays: Goals In A Season

Mike Sislo, Reid Boucher and Joe Whitney‘s efforts during the 2013-14 season put them on the franchise’s top 10 list for goals during a single season. Whitney’s name appears on the list twice; he along with current NJ Devil Adam Henrique are two of three players to register 25 goals in one campaign.

# Player Year GP G
1 Chris Minard 2006-07 65 32
2 Joe Whitney 2012-13 66 26
3 Adam Henrique 2010-11 73 25
4 Michael Swift 2009-10 76 24
5 Matt Anderson 2010-11 76 23
  Mike Sislo 2013-14 59 23
7 Barry Tallackson 2007-08 63 22
  Ben Walter 2009-10 78 22
  Nicklas Bergfors 2008-09 66 22
  Reid Boucher 2013-14 56 22
  Joe Whitney 2013-14 73 22

Who The Devils Will See In ’14-’15

At the end of the 2013-14 regular season only five points separated fifth place from ninth. The Devils were fifth with 93 points, while the Hershey Bears missed the Calder Cup Playoffs in ninth with 88 points. The tight finish highlights the importance of each game whether in October or April.

A win in hockey is worth two points towards the standings. However, a victory against an Eastern Conference foe carries more weight for the Devils, because that win prohibits another team — fighting for the same playoff spots — from earning points.

Looking at Albany’s 2014-15 schedule, there is an emphasis on conference outings. Of the 76 contests, 72 are against inter-conference foes, making each game count that much more towards a Calder Cup Playoff berth.

Opponents Home Away
Adirondack 1 1
Binghamton 2 2
Bridgeport 5 5
Hartford 5 5
Hershey 2 2
Lehigh Valley 2 2
Manchester 1 1
Norfolk 2 2
Portland 2 2
Providence 1 1
Springfield 4 4
St. John’s 2 2
Syracuse 4 4
Utica 1 1
WB/Scranton 2 2
Worcester 2 2

Labor Day Notice

The Albany Devils Executive Office will be closed on Monday, Sept. 1 for Labor Day. The office resume normal business hours on Tuesday, Sept. 2 at 8:30 am.
51 South Pearl St.
Albany, NY 12207
The entire Devils organization would like to wish everyone a happy and safe Labor Day Weekend! Don’t forget: the Home Opener is Saturday, Oct. 18 at 5:05 pm against the Bridgeport Sound Tigers.

Devils 2014-15 Schedule Released

ALBANY, NY – The American Hockey League has announced the 2014-15 Albany Devils schedule. The team will open the doors to Times Union Center on Saturday, Oct. 18 at 5:05 pm against Northeast Division rival, the Bridgeport Sound Tigers. The Devils begin the season at the Adirondack Flames on Saturday, Oct. 11 at 7:00 pm.

View 2014-15 Schedule

Twenty-eight of the Devils home games will be played during the weekend: seven Friday fixtures, 13 Saturday outings and eight Sunday matches. Start times at Times Union Center include 7:00 pm puck drops for all midweek home games and Friday contests. Besides the Home Opener and a 2:00 pm start against Worcester on Jan. 24, all Saturday games will start at 5:00 pm. The team’s Sunday outings will all begin at 3:00 pm.

Albany will host Bridgeport at Prudential Center — the home of the New Jersey Devils — on Jan. 21 at 7:30 pm. The Devils will also host Lehigh Valley for a pair of games at Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall on Nov. 28 at 7:00 pm and Dec. 14. at 3:00 pm

The Devils longest homestand comes in a six-game set at Times Union Center between Mar. 13-22. The team will participate in a season-long five game road trip between Feb. 20-28.

Under the league’s scheduling matrix, Albany will face Northeast Division opponents Bridgeport and Hartford 10 times each and Springfield and Syracuse eight times each.

Season, flex, group and mini plan tickets are on sale now by contacting the Devils Executive Office at (518) 4-DEVILS.


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