ALBANY, NY – Rod Pelley has received his fair share of praise for his leadership, which has helped the Albany Devils earn a playoff berth during two of the last three seasons. During Thursday’s Media Day, New Jersey Devils Executive Vice President and General Manager Ray Shero made it a point to acknowledge what Pelley has helped Albany accomplish.
Just to recap, the 2015-16 A-Devils set franchise records for wins (46) and points (102) in a season.
“You have to give a lot of credit to the whole team,” Pelley said. “Just because I have a “C” on my jersey; it’s a great honor, but it’s a team effort. We had a lot of great skill. Great coaching staff. I just basically relayed the message that the coaching staff is sending. I really do appreciate the praise. It means a lot to me and I take pride in that.”
Pelley, who resigned a one-year, AHL contract this past offseason, is no stranger to New Jersey Devils training camps. He was a member of the organization between 2006 and 2012 and now since 2013.
Although he is arguably one of the top captains in the AHL, Pelley doesn’t necessarily wear that hat during New Jersey’s training camp.
“Maybe off the ice a little more,” the 32-year-old said. “When we are at the rink it’s about letting guys do what they do. If guys ask questions, yeah sure I’ll help as much as I can. Mainly it’s off the ice: giving guys rides, taking them out to dinner. I know the area a little bit. Things like that I will help out with.”
Pelley is a veteran of 676 career games – 420 in the AHL and 256 in the NHL. His AHL totals include 126 points with 65 tallies and 61 helpers.
Since becoming Albany’s captain prior to the 2013-14 season, the Devils have posted a 123-71-34 record.