jersey

2011-12 NJD NUMERICAL TRAINING CAMP ROSTER

by New Jersey Devils // 09.13.2011 // News

Here’s the Devils’ numerical roster for 2011-12 training camp. Rookies report Thursday and hit the ice Friday. Veterans report Friday and hit the ice on Saturday:

1. JOHAN HEDBERG, G
30. MARTIN BRODEUR, G
31. JEFF FRAZEE, G
35. KEITH KINKAID, G
50. MAXIME CLERMONT, G
60. SCOTT WEDGEWOOD, G

2. MARK FRASER, D
6. ANDY GREENE, D
7. HENRIK TALLINDER, D
8. DAINIUS ZUBRUS, RW
9. ZACH PARISE, LW
10. ROD PELLEY, C
12. NICK PALMIERI, RW
15. DAVID STECKEL, C
16. JACOB JOSEFSON, C
17. ILYA KOVALCHUK, LW
18. VLADIMIR ZHARKOV, LW
19. TRAVIS ZAJAC, C
20. MATT TAORMINA, D
21. MATTIAS TEDENBY, RW
22. ERIC BOULTON, LW
23. DAVID CLARKSON,RW
24. BRYCE SALVADOR, D
25. CAM JANSSEN, RW
26. PATRIK ELIAS, C
28. ANTON VOLCHENKOV, D
29. PETER HARROLD, D
32. MATTHEW CORRENTE, D
33. JAY LEACH, D
34. MARK FAYNE, D
36. ALEXANDER URBOM, D
37. ERIC GELINAS, D
38. BRANDON BURLON, D
39. DAN KELLY, D
40. PETR SYKORA, C
41. HARRY YOUNG, D
42. ADAM LARSSON, D
43. JOE SOVA, D
44. REECE SCARLETT, D
45. ANTON STRALMAN, D
46. TIM SESTITO, C
47. STEPHEN GIONTA, C
48. BRAD MILLS, C
49. NATHAN PERKOVICH, RW
51. ADAM HENRIQUE, C
52. STEVE ZALEWSKI, C
53. STEPHANE VEILLEUX, LW
54. STEVE BERNIER, RW
55. MIKE HOEFFEL, LW
56. MIKE SISLO, RW
57. CHAD WISEMAN, LW
58. JOSEPH WHITNEY, RW
59. REID BOUCHER, RW
61. DARCY ZAJAC, C
62. J.T. BARNETT, LW
63. THOMAS NESBITT, RW
64. KORY NAGY, LW
65. MYLES STOESZ, LW
66. J.S. BERUBE, LW
68. MATT ANDERSON, RW

atlantic-city

ATLANTIC CITY TO HOST ALL-STAR CLASSIC

by AHL.com // 08.08.2011 // News

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. — American Hockey League President and CEO David Andrews announced today that the 2012 AHL All-Star Classic will be held at historic Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, N.J., on Sunday, January 29 and Monday, January 30, 2012.

The first AHL All-Star event held outside an AHL city is being made possible through the partnership of the Atlantic City Convention & Visitors Authority, the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority, Caesars Entertainment and the American Hockey League.

“The American Hockey League is looking forward to working with Boardwalk Hall, the ACCVA, the CRDA and Caesars to make the 2012 AHL All-Star Classic a truly special event,” said Andrews. “The historic Boardwalk Hall will provide an incredible and appropriate backdrop for us to celebrate our league and our sport’s best young players.”

The 2012 AHL All-Star Classic, pitting the top players from the AHL’s Eastern Conference against the best of the Western Conference, will begin with the AHL All-Star Skills Competition on Sunday, Jan. 29, at 3 p.m.; the AHL All-Star Game will follow on Monday, Jan. 30, at 7 p.m. Tickets for the 2012 AHL All-Star Classic, which include admission to both the Skills Competition and the All-Star Game, are priced at $52 for seats on the glass, $37 for lower-level seats and $32 for upper-level seats. Tickets go on sale Monday, Sept. 12, at noon ET, at the Boardwalk Hall box office, all Ticketmaster locations, by phone at (800) 736-1420 and at www.ticketmaster.com. For group orders, please call (609) 348-7021.

Details on other social events to take place during the All-Star Classic, including the 2012 AHL Hall of Fame Induction and Awards Ceremony, will be announced at a later date.

“The AHL All-Star Classic is a great addition to the lineup of exciting sporting events scheduled to take place in Boardwalk Hall this year,” said Jeff Vasser, President of the Atlantic City Convention & Visitors Authority. “Continuing with A10 Men’s Basketball, ECAC Hockey and the Atlantic City Boardwalk Rodeo, Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall is the perfect venue to enjoy your favorite activity.”

“Partnerships and events of this magnitude are what continue to help grow our market and position Atlantic City as the East Coast’s top entertainment destination,” said Don Marrandino, Eastern Division President for Caesars Entertainment. “The 2012 AHL All-Star Classic at historic Boardwalk Hall will shine the national spotlight on Atlantic City, allowing the community to showcase what a diverse entertainment destination we are.”

While this is the debut of the AHL’s All-Star Classic at Boardwalk Hall, the venue enjoys a life-long association with hockey dating back to Dec. 28, 1929, when the New York Rangers took on the Ottawa Senators in a regular-season National Hockey League contest. Boardwalk Hall hosted four Albany Devils games during the 2010-11 AHL season, and is currently the home of the ECAC Hockey men’s championship.

“We’re thrilled to host this event as it provides the perfect opportunity for local fans to see the best up and coming talent that hockey has to offer”, said Greg Tesone, General Manager for Boardwalk Hall. “The All-Star Game, coupled with the Skills Competition and Hall of Fame Induction and Awards Ceremony, will also allow fans to interact with the players and experience the sport on a more engaging level.”

The 2012 AHL All-Star Classic in Atlantic City will feature the top young talent in the American Hockey League, competing in the AHL All-Star Skills Competition and the AHL All-Star Game. Of the 562 players to take part in the AHL All-Star Classic since 1995, more than 93 percent have competed in the National Hockey League, including Patrice Bergeron, Brad Boyes, Dan Boyle, Daniel Briere, Brian Campbell, Zdeno Chara, Miikka Kiprusoff, Ryan Miller, Zach Parise, Bobby Ryan, Martin St. Louis, Jason Spezza, Eric Staal and Tomas Vokoun.

Listed on the National Register of Historic Landmarks, Boardwalk Hall first opened in 1929 and underwent a three-year, $90-million renovation to transform the building into a modern special events arena capable of variable seating for up to 14,770 people. Upon its reopening in 2001, the unique seaside venue has been recognized as Atlantic City’s premier entertainment venue, known for high profile concerts, family shows and sporting events. SMG manages Boardwalk Hall on behalf of its client, the Atlantic City Convention & Visitors Authority.

Vasyunov

LAMORIELLO STATEMENT ON LOKOMOTIV PLANE CRASH

[stream provider=youtube flv=http%3A//www.youtube.com/watch%3Fv%3DSzSjOnQl54k img=x:/img.youtube.com/vi/SzSjOnQl54k/0.jpg embed=true share=true width=365 height=200 dock=true controlbar=over bandwidth=high autostart=false /]

by New Jersey Devils // 09.07.2011 // News

Devils President/CEO/GM Lou Lamoriello on Wednesday released a statement regarding the Lokomotiv Yaroslavl plane crash:

“Nothing could prepare the hockey community for the devastating news it received today. The tragic plane crash involving Lokomotiv Yaroslavl of the Kontinental Hockey League has left all of us beyond words.

I had the pleasure of knowing several members of the team, plus the entire coaching staff. In particular, Alexander Vasyunov, who played for us last season, was an outstanding young man and a gifted athlete. Captain Karel Rachunek skated for us in 2007-08. Both were members of the Devils family.

On behalf of the entire Devils organization, our thoughts and prayers go out to the families and loved ones of the entire Lokomotiv club.”

Zajac

ZAJAC ANSWERS YOUR QUESTIONS

by Albany Devils // 09.02.2011 // Feature

Darcy Zajac answered your questions as part of thealbanydevils.com weekly segment that focuses on user submitted questions. Each Monday, thealbanydevils.com will announce which player will be showcased that week. Fans can submit their questions via Facebook or Twitter and the answers will appear Thursday or Friday.

Zajac is entering his second full professional season. In 2010-11, he appeared in 40 games at the AHL level, producing four goals and five assists for nine points. Zajac enjoyed a four-year collegiate career at the University of North Dakota and helped the Fighting Sioux to a WCHA Championship in 2010.

Sandy Schieffelin
what was your favorite part of playing in Albany this past year, Any favorite restaurants?

Zajac: The thing I liked about playing in Albany: it was a great fit for me. I loved the community, I loved the team and I just felt at home. As for my favorite Albany restaurant, I’m going to go with Hana Japanese Steak House.

Chris Hunt
Hey Darcy thanks for coming to Albany what kind of goals have you set for yourself this season and what is your favorite kind of cake?

Zajac: My goal is to earn a spot on this team and be there full time. I want to have a solid role, help the team win and perform on a daily basis. As for my favorite cake, I’m going to keep is simple and say red velvet.

Tracey Lake
Of all the Zajac brothers, who is the best athlete hockeywise?

Zajac: Well Travis is the furthest along in his career – he plays at the top level. We all say that our youngest brother Nolan has the best set of skills. So if we are going athlete skill-wise, we have to go with our youngest brother Nolan.

Carol Fisher
Whats sort of things are you doing to prepare yourself for this upcoming season?…How awesome is it to be near your younger brother Kelly?

Zajac: It’s a lot of off-ice training in the weight room and on the track.  When you’re on the ice, it’s just doing the little things that help you prepare.

It was pretty cool; we haven’t been that close in years. The sad thing was that even though we were so close together it was hard to get together. We were always playing when they were playing. The days we did get together, we enjoyed them. It was easy for our parents because we were all so close.

Kelly Esarey Goergen
Darcy – looking forward to this season! What do you think was your biggest obstacle last season and how have you overcome it, or how are you working to overcome it?

Zajac: My biggest obstacle was making the transition from the college game to the pro game. There is a huge difference in the number of games played during the year. You have to prepare differently and you have to be prepared and ready to go every day.

Siller-Play

STEPHEN SILLER TUNNEL TO TOWER 5K

[stream provider=youtube flv=http%3A//www.youtube.com/watch%3Fv%3DFpCQnesvg5U img=x:/img.youtube.com/vi/FpCQnesvg5U/0.jpg embed=false share=false width=365 height=200 dock=true controlbar=over bandwidth=high autostart=false /]

by Albany Devils // 08.30.2011 // News

> Register Here (select “Albany Devils”)

ALBANY, N.Y. – The Albany Devils invite fans to join their executive office staff, the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation, the Blue Star Mothers of America and USA Cares to participate in the running of the The Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers 5K Run/Walk. The event will be held at Washington Park in Albany, N.Y. on Sunday, Sept. 11 at 10 a.m.

The run/walk will honor the courage and dedication of first responders, the United States Military and families involved in the events of 9/11.

By selecting “Albany Devils” under the team category when registering online at tunneltotowersfoundation.org/albany.aspx, each runner will receive part of a player’s uniform. Additionally, all participants will receive a Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers commemorative t-shirt. Registration is $25.

The Albany Devils, along with Devil Dawg, will be running a kids zone during the event. Children of all ages can participate in a variety of activities and enter to win prizes.

The Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation honors the legacy of Stephen Siller, FDNY, who lost his life in the 9/11 terrorist attacks. The foundation supports firefighters, military members and children of parents who suffered while in the line of duty.

Blue Star Mothers of America provide support for all active duty personnel, while assisting in Veterans’ organizations, promoting patriotism and being available to assist in other homeland volunteer efforts.

USA Cares provides financial and advocacy assistance to post 9/11 active duty military service personnel, veterans and their families.

Zajac_Darcy

SOCIAL Q&A: DARCY ZAJAC

by Albany Devils // 08.29.2011 // Feature

Darcy Zajac finished his first full professional season last year and is gearing up for the 2011-12 campaign. Before training camp begins, he will answer your questions. Submit your questions to Zajac Monday and Tuesday via Facebook and Twitter and thealbanydevils.com will have the answers posted Thursday.

Previous Q&A
Stephen Gionta (06.09.2011)
Click Here
Pierre-Luc Letourneau-Leblond (06.17.2011)
Click Here
Dan Kelly (06.23.2011)
Click Here
Jeff Frazee (07.08.2011)
Click Here
Matt Anderson (07.15.2011)
Click Here
Keith Kinkaid (08.05.2011)
Click Here
Tim Sestito (08.19.2011)
Click Here

FAN ADVISORY BOARD WEIGHS IN

by Matt Farron // 08.24.2011 // Fan Advisory Board

On Monday, Aug. 22, the Albany Devils Fan Advisory Board held their second meeting, which took place in the Executive offices. Board Member Matt Farron provided this update for the fans.

Welcome & Opening Remarks

  • Kevin Zalaznik (Director, Public Relations) made a number of hockey operation announcements including:  the 2011-12 Albany Devils schedule release, signing of 12 players by the NJ Devils and the new Albany Devils Kids Club presented by United Way of the Greater Capital Region.
  • Chris Valente (V.P. of Sales and Marketing) updated the board on how sales and marketing have progressed in the past month.  The Devils are currently sixth in the AHL for season ticket renewal percentage.  The team has already surpassed last year’s revenue generated from season ticket sales.  In addition, corporate sponsorships have doubled from last season and better fan promotions are expected for the upcoming season (four bobble-heads, mascot bank and the possibility of a hat giveaway were discussed).  It was emphasized that the organization has made great strides forward compared to last season.  The Devil’s staff was not even fully assembled at this point in time last year.
  • Chris Ciceri (Chief Executive Officer) talked about the process of creating the Devils schedule.  The Devils office submits a list of available dates at the Times Union Center to the AHL.  In return, the AHL provides a final schedule back to the club.  The Devils have very little influence of the final outcome of the schedule.  Thirty of the 38 home games will be played on the weekend this season.  Of special note, the Devils face Adirondack for a 2 p.m. Martin Luther King Day game on Monday, Jan. 16 and Rochester for a special 11:30 a.m. School Day Game on Wednesday, March 28.  The AHL has reduced each team’s schedule by 4 games this season (2 home, 2 away).
  • There is a high level of excitement for the upcoming season by the Devils executive staff.  With a full season of experience in the Albany market under their belts, they are expecting bigger things both on and off the ice.

Discussion Items

  • Merchandise vote: the Devils plan on offering a Martin Brodeur or Zach Parise t-shirt this season.  Only one player can be selected due to the high volume of shirts that have to be ordered.  The team’s Facebook poll on the issue has resulted in a tie and the board was asked to break the deadlock.  The vote was split and the tie remained.  It was determined that the staff will make the decision with a vote of their own.
  • Sports Business Journal’s “Minor League Market” rating was briefly discussed.  A few members of the board felt the rating lacked validity by breaking the Capital Region into small segments (Albany market vs. Troy market for example).  Overall, most members of the board felt that the rating was insignificant.
  • Selling AHL hockey to the Capital Region was a major focus for the meeting.  The Devils staff discussed the challenge of educating the market about the quality of their product.  Last season alone, 19 Albany Devils played in the National Hockey League.
  • It was stressed that unlike the past, this organization will not flood the market with free tickets in the attempt to get bodies in the seats.  The attendance figures that are listed on game nights are what they are – sold tickets to the game.  The exception may be tickets provided to organizations such as the Boys and Girls Club or Special Olympics.  The Devils have been making every effort to reach out to the community this past off-season and will have been part of 200 charity events by opening night.
  • Many good ideas on how to increase interest in the club were provided by the Board members during this conversation.  This will be a recurring theme as the group continues to meet in the future.  This season Devil fans can expect an increased amount of give-a-way games, a Promotion Team instead of a Dance Team, and Wolf’s 1-11 in place of Broadway Joe’s in front of the arena.

ALB VS. WOR HISTORICAL BREAKDOWN

by Albany Devils // 08.24.2011 // Feature

With less than 28 seconds remaining, the Albany Devils, who were on a power-play, won an offensive-zone faceoff and pressured for the go-ahead goal against the Worcester Sharks on Feb. 18. The Devils had erased a three-goal deficit with less than 10 minutes to play. As regulation neared, Chad Wiseman found Matt Anderson atop the left face-off circle. His shot went wide, but Steve Zalewski grabbed the puck off the end boards and roofed it with 4.9 seconds remaining (LISTEN).

Not only was it one of the most dramatic finishes in Devils AHL history, but — interestingly enough — Zalewski had just been traded from the Sharks organization to the Devils nine days earlier to add to the intensity.

The Devils and the Sharks have met 44 times during the last five years and are slated to meet four times during the 2011-12 season.

Here is a look at how the two teams have matched up all-time:

Date Result Location Overall Home Away
10/15/2006 L, 2-6 at Lowell 0-1-0-0 0-1-0-0 0-0-0-0
10/21/2006 W, 3-2 at Worcester 1-1-0-0 0-1-0-0 1-0-0-0
11/19/2006 W, 6-2 at Lowell 2-1-0-0 1-1-0-0 1-0-0-0
12/23/2006 W, 2-1 SO at Worcester 3-1-0-0 1-1-0-0 2-0-0-0
1/15/2007 L, 2-3 OT at Lowell 3-1-1-0 1-1-1-0 2-0-0-0
1/19/2007 L, 1-3 at Worcester 3-2-1-0 1-1-1-0 2-1-0-0
1/21/2007 L, 2-3 at Lowell 3-3-1-0 1-2-1-0 2-1-0-0
2/21/2007 W, 3-0 at Lowell 4-3-1-0 2-2-1-0 2-1-0-0
4/11/2007 L, 1-6 at Worcester 4-4-1-0 2-2-1-0 2-2-0-0
4/15/2007 L, 2-3 OT at Worcester 4-4-2-0 2-2-1-0 2-2-1-0
10/20/2007 L, 1-2 at Worcester 4-5-2-0 2-2-1-0 2-3-1-0
12/18/2007 L, 3-5 at Lowell 4-6-2-0 2-3-1-0 2-3-1-0
12/27/2007 W, 4-3 OT at Lowell 5-6-2-0 3-3-1-0 2-3-1-0
12/30/2007 W, 4-3 at Worcester 6-6-2-0 3-3-1-0 3-3-1-0
2/6/2008 L, 1-6 at Lowell 6-7-2-0 3-4-1-0 3-3-1-0
2/22/2008 W, 2-1 OT at Worcester 7-7-2-0 3-4-1-0 4-3-1-0
3/8/2008 W, 3-2 SO at Worcester 8-7-2-0 3-4-1-0 5-3-1-0
3/14/2008 L, 1-6 at Lowell 8-8-2-0 3-5-1-0 5-3-1-0
3/29/2008 W, 4-3 at Lowell 9-8-2-0 4-5-1-0 5-3-1-0
4/12/2008 L, 1-4 at Worcester 9-9-2-0 4-5-1-0 5-4-1-0
10/11/2008 W, 6-4 at Lowell 10-9-2-0 5-5-1-0 5-4-1-0
11/20/2008 L, 1-2 at Worcester 10-10-2-0 5-5-1-0 5-5-1-0
12/13/2008 L, 2-4 at Lowell 10-11-2-0 5-6-1-0 5-5-1-0
1/3/2009 L, 2-3 at Worcester 10-12-2-0 5-6-1-0 5-6-1-0
1/10/2009 L, 1-2 at Worcester 10-13-2-0 5-6-1-0 5-7-1-0
1/24/2009 W, 6-4 at Lowell 11-13-2-0 6-6-1-0 5-7-1-0
2/22/2009 W, 4-3 OT at Lowell 12-13-2-0 7-6-1-0 5-7-1-0
2/25/2009 L, 3-4 OT at Worcester 12-13-3-0 7-6-1-0 5-7-2-0
3/21/2009 W, 3-0 at Lowell 13-13-3-0 8-6-1-0 5-7-2-0
3/29/2009 W, 1-0 at Worcester 14-13-3-0 8-6-1-0 6-7-2-0
10/10/2009 L, 4-5 at Lowell 14-14-3-0 8-7-1-0 6-7-2-0
10/17/2009 W, 7-5 at Worcester 15-14-3-0 8-7-1-0 7-7-2-0
11/11/2009 W, 7-3 at Worcester 16-14-3-0 8-7-1-0 8-7-2-0
11/13/2009 W, 5-1 at Lowell 17-14-3-0 9-7-1-0 8-7-2-0
12/27/2009 L, 2-3 at Worcester 17-15-3-0 9-7-1-0 8-8-2-0
1/2/2010 L, 2-5 at Lowell 17-16-3-0 9-8-1-0 8-8-2-0
1/31/2010 W, 4-3 OT at Worcester 18-16-3-0 9-8-1-0 9-8-2-0
2/5/2010 L, 0-3 at Worcester 18-17-3-0 9-8-1-0 9-9-2-0
3/21/2010 L, 5-6 SO at Lowell 18-17-3-1 9-8-1-1 9-9-2-0
4/3/2010 W, 3-2 OT at Lowell 19-17-3-1 10-8-1-1 9-9-2-0
11/5/2010 W, 3-2 SO at Worcester 20-17-3-1 10-8-1-1 10-9-2-0
12/11/2010 L, 3-6 at Albany 20-18-3-1 10-9-1-1 10-9-2-0
1/11/2011 W, 2-0 at Worcester 21-18-3-1 10-9-1-1 11-9-2-0
2/18/2011 W, 5-4 at Albany 22-18-3-1 11-9-1-1 11-9-2-0
Top