Albany Devils

New Jersey Devils move AHL team to Albany.

New Jersey Devils announcement: Devils AHL hockey team moves from Lowell, Massachusetts to Albany, New York

After weeks of speculation and rumors, the New Jersey Devils have confirmed that their AHL hockey team that’s played in Lowell’s Tsongas Arena since 2006, will be moved to Albany, New York. The move is immediate, and the team will begin playing at the Times Union Center for the 2010-2011 season.  The move comes on the heels of Lowell’s first Calder Cup playoff appearance.

The Devils’ announcement was made official on the NHL.com website today. According to the news release,

“The National Hockey League’s New Jersey Devils will shift the operations of their top development team to Albany, NY beginning in 2010-11, after spending the past four seasons in Lowell, MA. The American Hockey League team will be known as the Albany Devils and will play its home games at Times Union Center.  The move has been approved by the AHL Board of Governors. The announcement was made by New Jersey Devils President/CEO/General Manager Lou Lamoriello.”

The team struggled with home game attendance, possibly due to the close proximity of other minor league hockey teams and also possibly because people in the area are Bruins fans, and they did not adopt the local team, as fans have adopted the local Red Sox affiliate, Lowell Spinners.

Lamoriello also added, “We would like to thank the fans and the city of Lowell for their enthusiastic support over the past four seasons.”