Lowell Devils
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City: Lowell, Massachusetts
League: American Hockey League
Operated: 19982010
Home Arena: Tsongas Center at UMass Lowell
Colors: Red, black, white


Owner(s): New Jersey Devils
Affiliates: New York Islanders
Los Angeles Kings
Carolina Hurricanes
Calgary Flames
Colorado Avalanche
New Jersey Devils
Franchise history
1998–2006: Lowell Lock Monsters
2006–2010: Lowell Devils
2010–present: Albany Devils
Division Championships: two
(1998–99, 2001–02)

The Lowell Devils were an ice hockey team in the American Hockey League playing in Lowell, Massachusetts at the Tsongas Center at UMass Lowell. As their name implied, they were the top minor league affiliate of the New Jersey Devils of the National Hockey League. The team was founded in 1998 as the Lowell Lock Monsters and was purchased by the Devils in 2006.

After the 2009-2010 season, the Devils agreed to move the Lowell franchise to Albany, New York, where their previous AHL affiliate, the Albany River Rats, had played. The new team kept the Lowell team's name and plays as the Albany Devils.


Founded as the Lowell Lock Monsters in 1998, the team served as the top AHL affiliate of the New York Islanders for three seasons, the last of which was shared with the Los Angeles Kings. In 2001, team became the AHL affiliate of the Carolina Hurricanes, serving in that capacity for five seasons, portions of which were parts were shared with the Calgary Flames and Colorado Avalanche.

The team was purchased by the New Jersey Devils in 2006 and took the Devils' name for the start of the 2006–07 season. In effect, the Devils' move was an affiliate swap as the Hurricanes contracted with the Devils' former affiliate in Albany. In Lowell, the Devils averaged 2,293 fans per game during the 2008–09 season while receiving the AHL Excellence Award for the Eastern Conference for group sales.

In February 2010, the University of Massachusetts Lowell took ownership of the Tsongas Center from the City of Lowell. Negotiations began between the University and the Devils for a lease extension, with the current lease set to expire at the end of the 2009–10 season. They could not agree on one, and the Devils explored other options. They eventually struck an agreement with Albany, who was to lose the River Rats after the Hurricanes elected to move their top minor league affiliate to North Carolina (settling on Charlotte, where they became the Checkers), and following the season the Lowell Devils ceased to exist.[1]

Season-by-season resultsEdit

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Lowell's logo when they were named the Lock Monsters

Season Games WonLostTiedOTLSOLPoints Goals
1998–9980333213 2 812192371st, Atlantic
1999–00803336 7 4 772282403rd, Atlantic
2000–01803535 5 5 802252444th, New England
2001–0280412511 3 962292091st, North
2002–03801951 7 3 481752755th, North
2003–04803236 6 6 762082426th, Atlantic
2004–05804727 5 11002421903rd, Atlantic
2005–06802937 6 8 722222575th, Atlantic
2006–07803830 6 6 882122205th, Atlantic
2007–08802543 7 5 621832707th, Atlantic
2008–09803536 2 7 792132436th, Atlantic
2009–10803931 4 6 882392324th, Atlantic
Season1st round2nd round3rd roundFinals
1998–99 L, 0-3, Saint John
1999–00 W, 3-0, Saint John L, 0-4, Providence
2000–01 L, 1-3, Worcester
2001–02 L, 2-3, St. John's
2002–03 Out of playoffs.
2003–04 Out of playoffs.
2004–05 W, 4-2, Hartford L, 1-4, Providence
2005–06 Out of playoffs.
2006–07 Out of playoffs.
2007–08 Out of playoffs.
2008–09 Out of playoffs.
2009–10 L,1-4, Worcester

Players Edit

Team records Edit

Single Season
Goals: Chuck Kobasew (38) - 2004–05
Assists: Keith Aucoin (56) - 2005–06
Points: Keith Aucoin (85) - 2005–06
Penalty Minutes: Louis Robitaille (250) - 2009–10
GAA: Cam Ward (1.99) - 2004–05
SV%: Cam Ward (.937) - 2004–05

Career Goals: Mike Zigomanis (77)
Career Assists: Mike Zigomanis (114)
Career Points: Mike Zigomanis (191)
Career Penalty Minutes: Mark Fraser (321)
Career Goaltending Wins: Jeff Frazee (42)
Career Shutouts: Brent Krahn, Cam Ward (6)
Career Games: Mike Zigomanis (254)



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