Devils Support Capital Region In Big Way

The Albany Devils will host an array of promotional nights and events to support the Capital Region during the 2014-15 season. In all, 11 games at Times Union Center will have a community-betterment theme, starting with the Home Opener on Saturday, Oct. 18 at 5:05 pm with Mayor Kathy Sheehan’s “Cash for Coats.” 

“Beginning the season with Mayor Sheehan’s ‘Cash for Coats’ sets a standard we hope to maintain throughout the upcoming season,” said Albany Devils’ CEO Christopher Ciceri. “The Devils organization is in a unique situation to provide family-friendly entertainment and in the same breath make a big impact in the Albany area.
“I truly believe we have the most generous fan base in the American Hockey League and with its support we can truly make a difference for a lot of people.”

Below is a list of the community initiatives for the upcoming season:

Saturday, October 18 at 5:05 pm

  • Mayor Kathy Sheehan’s “Cash for Coats” — fans are encouraged to make a cash donation that will be used towards providing winter clothing for Albany’s youth. Additionally, Mayor Sheehan will drop the ceremonial puck.

Saturday, October 25 at 5:00 pm

  • Bullying Prevention Game — The Devils, who have partnered with CBS 6 Albany and the Anti-Defamation League, stand up against bullying and will ask its fans to take a pledge to prevent bullying.

Saturday, November 1 at 5:00 pm; Sunday, November 2 at 3:00 pm; Wednesday, November 12 at 7:00 pm; Friday, November 21 at 7:00 pm; Sunday, November 23 at 3:00 pm

  • Thanksgiving Food Drive — for the fifth consecutive season, the Devils have partnered with Price Chopper to host a “Thanksgiving Food Drive” to benefit a regional food bank. 

Saturday, December 6 at 5:00 pm

  • Teddy Bear Toss — fans are encouraged to bring new or slightly used Teddy Bears or stuffed animals to the game to be donated to non-profits in the Albany area.

Saturday, January 10 at 5:00 pm

  • Pucks and Paws – fans can bring their dogs to the game at Times Union Center by making a $5 donation to the Mohawk & Hudson Humane Society.

Saturday, March 21 at 5:00 pm

  • Devils Fight Cancer Night — for the second straight year, the Devils will offer $18 tickets with $5 benefitting the Melodies Center for Childhood Cancer and Blood Disorders at the Children’s Hospital at Albany Medical Center. Additionally, fans can enter-to-win prizes in a charitable raffle.

Saturday, April 4 at 5:00 pm

  • Military Appreciation Night — all active and retired service members will receive free admission to the game by showing proper identification at the Times Union Center box office.

“Position of strength”

TROY, NY – The major question heading into the Albany Devils season opener at Adirondack Saturday is which 20 players will be on the ice.

The AHL regular season begins Friday night, but the Devils will only play one game this opening weekend. They will have six days to retool and reevaluate before traveling to Bridgeport on Friday, Oct. 17.

“It’s really going to be a message to the guys not playing: it’s one game and there is another week here, “ said Head Coach Rick Kowalsky after Thursday’s practice at Knickerbacker Ice Arena. “There are always tough decisions this time of year, but it’s from a position of strength. We could easily ice five lines that we would be confident could play.”

Offensively, the Devils return seven of their top eight scorers from last season. They added 20-goal scorer Paul Thompson and rookies Graham Black, Ben Johnson and Ben Thomson. Additionally, Steve Bernier and Cam Janssen were just assigned by New Jersey to Albany.

“I’ve said it quite a few times: it’s been a really competitive camp, everybody has shown really well, and done really well,” Kowalsky said. “It’s not just going to be about the young guys or the guys who have been here, we are going to put the best lineup that we think can win that night on the ice.”

The Devils staff will have one final practice to formulate Saturday’s roster. The team is scheduled to skate Friday morning at Knickerbacker Ice Arena.

Practice Notes

• Peter Harrold joined his Albany teammates after being assigned Tuesday. Harrold  — a vet of 231 career NHL games – played 61 games with Albany during the 2011-12 season.

• Alexander Carrier, Renat Mamashev and Tom Hartnett have all been released from their training camp tryouts.

• Both Chris McKelvie (lower body) and Kelly Zajac (lower body) missed Thursday’s practice.


10/9 – Morning Skate

Welcome to the Albany Devils “Morning Skate” a daily feature each weekday morning to catch up on the latest Albany and New Jersey Devils news.

Here’s what you need to know for Thursday.

New Jersey gets started

The NHL regular season began last night and tonight the New Jersey Devils open on the road against rival the Philadelphia Flyers at 7 pm. The game can be seen in the Capital Region on MSG+.

Helgeson up to the task

As a rookie in 2013-14, Seth Helgeson consistently found himself in the Albany line and going against opponents’ top lines.

Today’s schedule

The A-Devils will skate at 10 am at Knickerbacker Ice Arena. New Jersey is at Philadelphia at 7 pm.

About today’s image

Mike Sislo traded in his stick for a microphone during last night’s Albany Devils “Puck Drop Party” at Wolf’s 1-11. Sislo helped out NBC 13 during its interview with Dan Kelly.

Today’s Morning Skate was posted at 8:40 am

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Helgeson: “Being ready for the night’s task”

TROY, NY – One of the most consistent parts of last season was seeing Seth Helgeson’s name in the Albayn Devils lineup. The then rookie played in all but one regular season game, missing game 76 to rest before the playoff run. Not a bad start to the Devils defenseman’s career.

The 24-year-old, whose birthday happened to be Wednesday, was one of the last defensemen to be assigned by New Jersey to Albany during this year’s training camp. Last season, he posted a goal, nine assists, a +12 rating and 100 penalty minutes.

“Well I think it starts with our leadership,” said Helgeson when asked about his consistency. “From the older guys on down, I think that helped me out with being mentally and physically prepared each and every day. The coaching staff did a great job as well. I think that was the biggest thing was going into the games, being well prepared and being ready for the night’s task.”

With camp coming to a close Tuesday, Seth Helgeson, along with the Albany Devils, practiced Wednesday at Knickerbacker Ice Arena. They begin the regular season Saturday at the Adirondack Flames at 7 pm.

Practice Notes

• Chris McKelvie, Scott Timmins and Kelly Zajac each sat out Wednesday’s practice. Their status for Saturday’s contest is still questionable.

• Steve Bernier and Cam Janssen, who were assigned to the AHL Tuesday, were present at practice. Peter Harrold is expected to join the squad Thursday.


10/8 – Morning Skate

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Here’s what you need to know for Wednesday.

Bernier, Harrold and Janssen to Albany

After clearing waivers yesterday, Steve Bernier, Peter Harrold and Cam Janssen were all assigned by New Jersey to Albany. Each player has a history with the A-Devils, Bernier played 17 games and Harrold played 61 games during the 2011-12 season. Janssen has split the past two season between the leagues, logging 63 games in Albany.

New Jersey’s decision to send the three players to Albany came before the NHL’s 5 pm deadline for teams to submit their 23-man roster.

Tootoo signs with NJ

Yesterday, New Jersey signed forward Jordin Tootoo to a new contract. Tootoo will enter his 12th professional season after attending training camp on a tryout basis. He split the 2013-14 campaign between Detroit and Grand Rapids (AHL), his second season with the Red Wings’ organization. The 5-9, 195 lb. forward has career totals of 49 goals and 85 assists for 134 points and 808 penalty minutes in 539 regular-season appearances with Nashville and Detroit.

Other notables from NJ

• Gomez remains with the team, but unsigned

• Severson makes squad

Today’s schedule

The A-Devils will practice at 10 am at Knickerbacker Ice Arena … New Jersey will skate at 1 pm at AmeriHealth Pavilion.

About today’s image

Cam Janssen will reconnect with his Albany teams for the beginning of the regular season. The winger has appeared in 101 AHL games spanning five seasons: 2005-06, 2006-07, 2007-08, 2012-13 and 2013-14.

Today’s Morning Skate was posted at 9:00 am

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AHL Devils Roster Grows

ALBANY, NY – The Albany Devils skated Tuesday at Knickerbacker Ice Arena in preparation for the season opener on Saturday at the Adirondack Flames. The big story of the day didn’t occur within the walls of the Troy, NY community rink, but south in Newark, NJ.

Forwards Steve Bernier and Cam Janssen and defenseman Peter Harrold all cleared waivers and were assigned by New Jersey to Albany. Pending roster moves, the AHL Devils could have a bloated roster  to start the regular season. Something not too uncommon in the AHL.


Devils TV: Rick Kowalsky

“Every year I can say there are probably some guys sitting out on opening night that maybe deserve to be or have to just bide their time,” said Head Coach Rick Kowalsky during his media availability Monday. “This year more than ever that’s going to be true.”

Unlike the NHL, the AHL does not require teams to operate with a 23-man roster. So Albany could take as much time as it needs to trim the roster.

Wohlberg skates

Kowalsky said Monday that Chris McKelvie, Scott Timmins and Kelly Zajac were all battling ailments, while David Wohlberg was fitting an injury from Saturday’ 2-1 preseason win at Lehigh Valley. Of the four, Wohlberg was the only one to participate in Tuesday’s practice. Kowalsky said all four were questionable for Saturday’s game.

Three goalies

The Devils practiced with three netminders: Maxime Clermont, Keith Kinkaid and Scott Wedgewood. Kowalsky indicated there is no timetable that number would decrease to two.


10/7 – Morning Skate

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Here’s what you need to know for Tuesday.

Kinkaid focused on Albany

Goaltender Keith Kinkaid, who was in a battle with Scott Clemmensen for the New Jersey backup job, says his focus is on the Albany Devils. Kinkaid was assigned to the AHL on Saturday.

“It’s a situation where I can play here and keep on proving to them that I belong to be up there,” Kinkaid said during Monday’s media availability.

Kowalsky has lineup decisions to make

There are 29 players residing in Albany and only 20 of them will be able to dress during Saturday’s season opener at the Adirondack Flames. Head Coach Rick Kowalsky said he will take the week before deciding his lineup.

Chris McKelvie, Scott Timmins, Kelly Zajac and David Wohlberg are all question marks. They are each ailing and will be monitored as Saturday’s game approaches.

Watching the clock

New Jersey needs to establish its 23-man roster by 5 pm today.

Today’s Schedule

Albany will practice at 10 am at Knickerbacker Ice Arena, while New Jersey will skate at 10:30 am at AmeriHealth Pavilion.

About today’s image

Seth Helgeson is introduced during the 2013 Home Opener. The Devils open the doors to Times Union Center in just over 10 days on Saturday, Oct. 18.

Today’s Morning Skate was posted at 8:45 am

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Join Us For The Puck Drop Party

The Albany Devils invite all hockey fans to Wolf’s 1-11 on Wednesday, Oct. 8 for the “2014-15 Season Opening Puck Drop Party.” The event will take place at 111 Wolf Rd., Colonie, NY between 6:30 and 8:30 pm.

Four Devils players – to be named after the roster is finalized – will be present to interact and sign autographs. Additionally, fans will have the opportunity to win prizes such as jerseys, signed memorabilia, tickets and much more. The Devils will provide complimentary hors d’oeuvres.

The party will also be an opportunity for Season Ticket Holders to pick up their tickets and visit with their account representatives.

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. 


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