Head Coach Rick Kowalsky gives instructions.

No Introduction Required

NEWARK, NJ — Introductions weren’t needed during the first couple of days of this year’s training camp. The majority of players, who have already reported to Prudential Center, are quite familiar with each other. Of the 33 players to skate Tuesday at AmeriHealth Pavilion, 24 have appeared on the Albany Devils roster at some point during the last two seasons. 

The AHL Devils hope this familiarity will help the team start the 2014-15 season where it left off just months ago. The team is coming off a 40 win season and an appearance in the Calder Cup Playoffs. 

“It gives a lot of positives to build off of,” said Head Coach Rick Kowalsky. “The fact that the group’s not going to change a lot and the young kids who are coming in we are pretty familiar with — they’ve spent time with us either last year or the year before.” 

Sometimes a new season allows teams to hit the reset button. That might not be the case for Albany. Depending on how New Jersey’s roster aligns, Albany’s roster at its core could remain unchanged. 

At the center of that group are Albany leaders. Captain Rod Pelley and alternate captains Tim SestitoChris McKelvieMike Sislo and Dan Kelly are all back with the organization. 

“It’s really important and it makes our job as a coaching staff a little easier,” Kowalsky said. “We don’t have to pick a new leadership group. They know what is expected of them and they know what we expect. As a whole, I think the leadership group did a great job last year.” 

Hearing from members of that leadership group, the first set in returning to the postseason is setting the expectations and take nothing for granted. 

“We should set the bar very high for ourselves and demand nothing but the best on the ice,” McKelvie said. “We have to definitely build off last year, but we have to remember it was just last year. We have to continue to move forward and take big steps.” 

Pelley reiterated nothing comes easy in hockey. 

“Be hungry to exceed expectations,” Pelley said. “I know sometimes you can think it’s going to be easier just because you’ve done it already. The main message with the group that we have — guys will understand that it’s not going to get any easier.
Teams are going to be ready for us.” 

For the next three-plus weeks, the players will be competing for roster spots, while at the same time growing as a unit. Albany’s first official preseason game is slated for Wednesday, Oct. 1 at Hartford. The regular season begins on Saturday, Oct. 11 at Adirondack.

Watch: Rick Kowalsky

Watch: Rick Kowalsky

Watch: Rod Pelley

Watch: Rod Pelley


Watch: Chris McKelvie

Corbin McPherson and Raman Hrabarenka battle along the boards.

9/18 – Morning Skate

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Here’s what you need to know for Thursday.

The second wave

The rookies had their go at physicals and media headshots on Monday, now it’s the veterans turn. Today the remaining players on the training camp roster report to Prudential Center. The days activities can be followed on the NJ Devils twitter feed.

Back on their feet

“The feet aren’t quite up to two session shape yet.”

Those were Albany Head Coach Rick Kowalsky’s words following the first two on-ice sessions of this year’s camp. In all, 33 players participated in two groups.


Kowalsky along with Albany captains Rod Pelley and Chris McKelvie were interviewed after yesterday’s skate. The main theme was building off last season and the lack of roster turnover.

Preseason games still weeks away

The AHL Devils are still about two weeks away from their first official preseason game, which will take place on Wednesday, Oct. 1 against the Hartford Wolf Pack. The contest is slated for 7 pm at the Champions Skating Center in Cromwell, CT.

Albany’s preseason schedule concludes on Saturday, Oct. 4 against the Lehigh Valley Phantoms. Puck drop is at 7:05 pm at PPL Center in Allentown, PA.

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Corbin McPherson and Raman Hrabaranka battle for positioning during yesterday’s first session. Combined, the two Devils defensemen are a towering 12′ 7″.

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Chris McKelvie receives instructions.

Day 1: Training Camp

NEWARK, NJ — The on-ice portion of Devils training camp began at high noon Wednesday at AmeriHealth Pavilion. In all, 33 players participated in two sessions that Albany Head Coach Rick Kowalsky, New Jersey Assistant Coach Tommy Albelin and Albany Assistant Coaches Sergei Brylin and David Cunniff directed.

New Jersey Goaltending Coach Chris Terreri and Albany Goaltending Coach Johan Hedberg worked with the netminders.

Anthony Brodeur, Keith Kinkaid

Raman Hrabarenka, Dan Kelly, Corbin McPherson, Reece Scarlett

Myles Bell, Reid Boucher, Connor Chatham, Cam Janssen, Ben Johnson, Chris McKelvie, John Quenneville, Tim Sestito, David Wohlberg, Darcy Zajac, Kelly Zajac

Maxime Clermont, Scott Wedgewood

Brandon Burlon, Joe Faust, Seth Helgeson, Ryan Rehill, Damon Severson

Brandon Baddock, Ryan Kujawinski, Stefan Matteau, Rod Pelley, Mike Sislo, Paul Thompson, Ben Thomson, Scott Timmins, Joe Whitney


9/17 – Morning Skate

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Here’s what you need to know for Wednesday.

Streaming and broadcast schedule set

Yesterday, the Devils announced that audio streaming for all 76 games this season can be heard for free on ahllive.com. Additionally, 38 dates will be aired on the flagship station 104.5 “The Team” ESPN Radio.

The voice of the Albany Devils, Josh Heller, returns for his fifth season. Along with calling all the action, he will provide a 10 minute pre and postgame show.

Veterans audition

Five NHL veterans are attending camp as tryouts: forwards Scott Gomez, Ruslan Fedotenko and Jordin Tootoo, and defensemen Tomas Kaberle and Mike Komisarek.

Not much change

Of the 33 players to appear in at least one regular-season game for Albany last season, 24 are participating in training camp. Notably nine of the team’s top 10 scorers from 2013-14 are back with the organization this season.

Gear up

Game worn Albany Devils jerseys are on sale now through the team’s online team store

About today’s image

Keith Kinkaid gives a thumbs up after having his headshot taken Monday morning. Before this shot was snapped, Kinkaid — like all players — had his picture taken in a suit and tie and another in his jersey with no shoulder pads.

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Devils Release Streaming & Broadcast Schedule

ALBANY, NY – The Albany Devils announced their 2014-15 broadcast schedule. All 76 games can be streamed online and on mobile devices at AHLLive.com and 38 contests will be aired on 104.5 “The Team” ESPN Radio.

“We are extremely excited to offer our fans access to all 76 games this season whether it’s audio or video through AHL Live or over the airways on 104.5 ‘The Team’ ESPN Radio,” said Albany Devils CEO Christopher Ciceri. “Thanks to these partnerships, we are able to provide high-quality and in-depth coverage for our loyal fans.”

View Broadcast Schedule

Through collaboration between the Devils and AHL Live, fans can access free audio of all Devils games. Individuals can also watch each game online or through the AHL Live app – available for Apple and Android devices. For more information on subscription fees visit AHLLive.com.

For the fifth consecutive season, “The Team” will be the official flagship station of AHL hockey in the Capitol Region. The broadcast schedule will feature 28 away contest and 10 home contests, including the Jan. 21 game at Prudential Center – the home of the New Jersey Devils.

“We’re very excited to announce the continuation of our partnership with the Albany Devils,” said WTMM Brand Manager Armen Williams. “We fully recognize the passion for the sport in the area and are excited as ‘Your Home for New York sports’ that we can provide coverage of our local hockey team to the Capital Region listeners.”

The first broadcast on “The Team” will be Friday, Oct. 17 when the Devils travel to Bridgeport to take on the Sound Tigers at 7:00 pm. Each game this season will include 10-minute pre-and post-game shows.


9/16 – Morning Skate

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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


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