Albany, NY – Albany County and SMG, management company of Times Union Center, announced today that they have come to an agreement with the New Jersey Devils, extending the lease for the AHL affiliate, the Albany Devils through the 2018-2019 season.
“Times Union Center is thrilled to continue our relationship with the Devils. We look forward to being a part of the Capital Region’s tremendous support of the team, and we are honored to be their home. There is a lot of exciting hockey that is left to be played this season and wish the Devils the best of luck on a long run in the playoffs.” said Times Union Center General Manager Bob Belber.
New Jersey relocated its AHL franchise from Lowell, MA to Albany, NY prior to the 2010-11 season and the Albany Devils are currently enjoying their most successful season on the ice in team history. With six games remaining in the regular season, the team has already secured a spot in the 2016 Calder Cups and has won a franchise-record 42 games.
“We are happy to solidify this partnership between the county and the people of this community, which makes the Times Union Center home to the Albany Devils,” said Hugh Weber, President of the New Jersey Devils. “We look forward to engaging the community and business leaders to make this team an asset we all can be proud of.”
“This is great news for not only the Times Union Center and Albany County, but also for all of the hockey fans in the region,” said County Executive Daniel P. McCoy. “Local businesses, community leaders and fans show their support for the Devils year after year, and we are looking forward to 3 more years of professional of hockey. Go Devils!”
Albany has played a major role in developing the next wave of NHL players. Since the inaugural season, Albany has had 52 players play for New Jersey, including 13 on the current roster.
The Devils have played approximately 225 games at Times Union Center since 2010. According to the Albany County Convention and Visitor’s Bureau, the team generates an economic impact of more than $17.1 million per season. Additionally, the Devils have made a major impact on the educational, social and cultural needs of the Capital Region. The Devils calendar this season includes events such as Mayor Sheehan’s Cash for Coats, Thanksgiving Food Drive, Teddy Bear Toss, Pucks and Paws, Devils Fight Cancer Night, Autism Awareness Game and Military Appreciation Night.