|City||Charlotte, North Carolina|
|League||American Hockey League|
|Home arena||Bojangles' Coliseum|
|Colors||Red, black, silver, white|
|General manager||Don Waddell|
|Head coach||Ryan Warsofsky|
|Media|| 730 The Game |
|Affiliates|| Carolina Hurricanes (NHL)|
Greenville Swamp Rabbits (ECHL)
|1990–1993||Capital District Islanders|
|1993–2010||Albany River Rats|
|Regular season titles||1 (2018–19)|
|Division Championships||1 (2018–19)|
|Conference Championships||1 (2018–19)|
|Calder Cups||1 (2018–19)|
The Charlotte Checkers are a minor-league professional ice hockey team based in Charlotte, North Carolina. They are members of the Atlantic Division of the Eastern Conference in the American Hockey League (AHL), and are the top minor-league affiliate of the Carolina Hurricanes of the National Hockey League (NHL). The Checkers play their home games at Bojangles' Coliseum. The current organization is the third team by this name; it succeeded a Checkers franchise which played in the ECHL from 1993 until the end of the 2009–10 ECHL season. The original Checkers team played in the city from 1956 to 1977, originally in the Eastern Hockey League and then in the Southern Hockey League. The franchise is one of six teams to replace and share a name with a predecessor franchise from a lower-tier league; the others are the Bakersfield Condors, Colorado Eagles, Ontario Reign, Rockford IceHogs, and San Diego Gulls.
Ice hockey is a contact team sport played on ice, usually in a rink, in which two teams of skaters use their sticks to shoot a vulcanized rubber puck into their opponent's net to score points. The sport is known to be fast-paced and physical, with teams usually consisting of six players each: one goaltender, and five players who skate up and down the ice trying to take the puck and score a goal against the opposing team.
Charlotte is the most populous city in the U.S. state of North Carolina. Located in the Piedmont, it is the county seat of Mecklenburg County. In 2018, the U.S. Census Bureau estimated the population was 872,498, making it the 16th-most populous city in the United States. The Charlotte metropolitan area's population ranks 23rd in the U.S., and had a 2018 population of 2,569,213. The Charlotte metropolitan area is part of a sixteen-county market region or combined statistical area with a 2018 census-estimated population of 2,728,933.
The American Hockey League (AHL) is a professional ice hockey league based in the United States and Canada that serves as the primary developmental league for the National Hockey League (NHL). Since the 2010–11 season, every team in the league has an affiliation agreement with one NHL team. When NHL teams do not have an AHL affiliate, players are assigned to AHL teams affiliated with other NHL teams. Twenty-seven AHL teams are located in the United States and the remaining four are in Canada. The league offices are located in Springfield, Massachusetts, and its current president is David Andrews.
The franchise was originally based in Troy, New York, as the Capital District Islanders from 1990 to 1993. They then became the Albany River Rats from 1993 to 2010, until the River Rats were sold to MAK Hockey, LLC, led by Charlotte beer distributor Michael Kahn, owner of the ECHL Checkers.The new ownership relocated the team to Charlotte for the 2010–11 season, renaming the franchise the "Charlotte Checkers", and relinquished the ECHL franchise to the league.
Troy is a city in the U.S. state of New York and the seat of Rensselaer County. The city is located on the western edge of Rensselaer County and on the eastern bank of the Hudson River. Troy has close ties to the nearby cities of Albany and Schenectady, forming a region popularly called the Capital District. The city is one of the three major centers for the Albany Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA), which has a population of 1,170,483. At the 2010 census, the population of Troy was 50,129. Troy's motto is Ilium fuit. Troja est, which means "Ilium was, Troy is".
The Capital District Islanders were a team in the American Hockey League based in Troy, New York, which is located within a region popularly called the Capital District. The Islanders were the principal minor league affiliate of the National Hockey League's New York Islanders during the 1990–91, 1991–92 and 1992–93 seasons.
The Albany River Rats were a minor league professional ice hockey team in the American Hockey League. They played in Albany, New York at the Times Union Center.
The Checkers are the second North Carolina-based team to play at the highest level of minor-league hockey, following the Carolina Monarchs, who played in Greensboro from 1995 to 1997. The Checkers inherited the River Rats' affiliation with the Hurricanes, in keeping with a recent trend to have NHL teams' top affiliates as geographically close to their parent teams as possible in order to ease movement between the AHL and the NHL.
The Carolina Monarchs were a short-lived ice hockey team in the American Hockey League. They played in Greensboro, North Carolina, at the Greensboro Coliseum.
Playing at the Time Warner Cable Arena, the Checkers' first home game on October 15, 2010, in front of 12,512 spectators which set an attendance record for a hockey game in Charlotte. On February 26, 2011, the attendance record was broken as 12,933 fans watched the Charlotte Checkers defeat the Connecticut Whale 1–0. Almost a year later, on February 25, 2012, the attendance record was broken yet again as 13,102 fans watched the Checkers fall to the Oklahoma City Barons, 3–2.On April 11, 2015, the attendance record was broken a third time as 13,219 fans watched the last Checkers game at Time Warner Cable Arena, a 2–0 loss to the Rockford Icehogs.
In late 2014, the Checkers announced they would return in the following season to the Bojangles' Coliseum, the home of the previous Checkers teams until 2005.As Kahn detailed, the move would reconnect with said team legacy. Additionally, having a dedicated arena allowed for "greater control over every aspect of our business, including scheduling, amenities, game presentation and sponsorship inventory." To make sure the Coliseum was up to AHL standards, the Charlotte City Council arranged to provide $16 million to fund renovations. While Time Warner Cable Arena had been one of the largest arenas in the AHL, it left much to be desired as a hockey venue. It seated 14,100 people, but over 4,000 seats had obstructed views.
Bojangles' Coliseum is an 8,600-seat multi-purpose arena located in Charlotte, North Carolina. It is operated by the Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority, which also oversees nearby Ovens Auditorium and the uptown Charlotte Convention Center. The naming-rights sponsor is Bojangles' Famous Chicken 'n Biscuits. The building's signature domed roof is made of tin instead of steel or iron. The dome spans 332 feet in diameter and rises to 112 feet tall.
In Charlotte on May 9 and 10, 2018, in game four of the second round of the Calder Cup playoffs, the Checkers and the Lehigh Valley Phantoms played the longest game in the history of the American Hockey League. A 1–1 tie was broken by a Phantoms' goal at 6:48 of the fifth overtime period, more than six hours after the game began. The Checkers made 95 shots against Lehigh Valley goalie Alex Lyon.
The Lehigh Valley Phantoms are a professional ice hockey team in the American Hockey League (AHL) based in Allentown, Pennsylvania, and play out of the PPL Center. The Phantoms' franchise has been the top minor league affiliate for the NHL's Philadelphia Flyers since the 1996–97 season.
Alexander Augustus Lyon is an American professional ice hockey goaltender for the Lehigh Valley Phantoms as a prospect for the Philadelphia Flyers in the National Hockey League (NHL). He played collegiately for the Yale Bulldogs men's ice hockey team, competing in the ECAC.
The 2018–19 season was the Checkers' best season as an AHL team to date and one of the best in Charlotte's hockey history. They won their first division title with 110 points and the Macgregor Kilpatrick Trophy for the league's best regular season record. It was the first time a Charlotte hockey team had broken the 100-point barrier since the SHL Checkers earned 101 points in 1974–75. They defeated the defending champion Toronto Marlies in the Eastern Conference finals to advance to their first Calder Cup final. They defeated the Chicago Wolves in five games to win their first AHL title, and the seventh hockey championship by a Charlotte-based team.
|2010–11||80||44||27||2||7||97||.606||265||243||3rd, East||2011||W, 4–2, HER||W, 4–2, WBS||L, 0–4, BNG||—|
|2011–12||76||38||29||3||6||85||.559||209||214||3rd, Midwest||2012||Did not qualify|
|2012–13||76||42||26||4||4||92||.605||226||202||2nd, South||2013||L, 2–3, OKC||—||—||—|
|2013–14||76||37||36||1||2||77||.507||228||241||4th, West||2014||Did not qualify|
|2014–15||76||31||38||6||1||69||.454||172||231||4th, West||2015||Did not qualify|
|2015–16||76||36||32||3||5||80||.526||214||229||5th, Central||2016||Did not qualify|
|2016–17||76||39||29||7||1||86||.566||212||208||4th, Central||2017||L, 2–3, CHI||—||—||—|
|2017–18||76||46||26||1||3||96||.632||261||212||3rd, Atlantic||2018||W, 3–0, WBS||L, 1–4, LV||—||—|
|2018–19||76||51||17||7||1||110||.724||255||189||1st, Atlantic||2019||W, 3–1, PRO||W, 4–0, HER||W, 4–2, TOR||W, 4–1, CHI|
Updated October 5, 2019.
|24||Jake Bean||D||L||21||2017||Calgary, Alberta||Hurricanes|
|11||Clark Bishop||C||L||23||2016||St. John's, Newfoundland||Hurricanes|
|22||Fredrik Claesson||D||L||26||2019||Stockholm, Sweden||Hurricanes|
|14||Cavan Fitzgerald||D||L||23||2019||Boston, Massachusetts||Checkers|
|31||Anton Forsberg||G||L||26||2019||Härnösand, Sweden||Hurricanes|
|2||Gustav Forsling||D||L||23||2019||Linköping, Sweden||Hurricanes|
|12||Julien Gauthier||RW||R||21||2017||Pointe-aux-Trembles, Quebec||Hurricanes|
|19||Morgan Geekie||C||R||21||2018||Strathclair, Manitoba||Hurricanes|
|17||Brian Gibbons||LW||L||31||2019||Braintree, Massachusetts||Hurricanes|
|37||Dave Gust||RW||R||25||2019||Orland Park, Illinois||Checkers|
|21||Ryan Horvat||LW||L||26||2019||Simcoe, Ontario||Checkers|
|23||Janne Kuokkanen||C||L||21||2017||Oulunsalo, Finland||Hurricanes|
|32||Cedric Lacroix||LW||L||24||2019||Shefford, Quebec||Checkers|
|4||Alex Lintuniemi||D||L||24||2019||Helsinki, Finland||Hurricanes|
|10||Steven Lorentz||C||L||23||2017||Waterloo, Ontario||Hurricanes|
|9||Anthony Louis||LW/C||L||24||2019||Winfield, Illinois||Checkers|
|27||Eetu Luostarinen||C||L||21||2019||Siilinjärvi, Finland||Hurricanes|
|6||Colin Markison||RW||R||27||2019||Princeton, New Jersey||Checkers|
|16||Stelio Mattheos||RW||R||20||2019||Winnipeg, Manitoba||Hurricanes|
|26||Max McCormick||LW||L||27||2019||De Pere, Wisconsin||Hurricanes|
|3||Roland McKeown||D||R||23||2016||Listowel, Ontario||Hurricanes|
|8||Reid McNeill||D||L||27||2019||London, Ontario||Checkers|
|30||Alex Nedeljkovic||G||L||23||2016||Parma, Ohio||Hurricanes|
|7||Chase Priskie||D||R||23||2019||Pembroke Pines, Florida||Hurricanes|
|25||Jacob Pritchard||LW||L||24||2019||Macomb Township, Michigan||Hurricanes|
|29||Derek Sheppard||D||L||25||2018||Scarborough, Ontario||Checkers|
|28||Hunter Shinkaruk||C||L||24||2019||Calgary, Alberta||Checkers|
|18||Spencer Smallman||RW||R||23||2017||Summerside, Prince Edward Island||Hurricanes|
|5||Kyle Wood||D||R||23||2019||Waterloo, Ontario||Hurricanes|
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Spectrum Center is an indoor arena located in Uptown Charlotte, North Carolina. It is owned by the city of Charlotte and operated by its main tenant, the NBA's Charlotte Hornets. The arena seats 19,077 for NBA games but can be expanded to 20,200 for college basketball games.
The South Carolina Stingrays are a professional minor league ice hockey team based in North Charleston, South Carolina. The Stingrays play in the South Division of the ECHL's Eastern Conference. They play their home games at the North Charleston Coliseum. The Carolina Ice Palace, also located in North Charleston, serves as a practice facility and backup arena for the Stingrays. Established in 1993, the team has been owned by a conglomerate of local business owners since 1995. The team was affiliated with the Washington Capitals of the National Hockey League and the Hershey Bears of the American Hockey League starting in 2004 and ending in July 2012 when the Capitals announced their affiliation with the ECHL's Reading Royals. On June 26, 2014, the Washington Capitals announced an affiliation agreement with the Stingrays for the 2014–15 season.
The Lowell Devils were an ice hockey team in the American Hockey League playing in Lowell, Massachusetts, at the Tsongas Center. 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.
The Charlotte Checkers were an American ice hockey team in Charlotte, North Carolina, and played in the ECHL.
The Cincinnati Cyclones are a professional ice hockey team based in Cincinnati, Ohio. The team is a member of the ECHL. Originally established in 1990, the team first played their games in the Cincinnati Gardens and now play at U.S. Bank Arena. The Cyclones are a minor league affiliate of the Buffalo Sabres and the Rochester Americans.
The Greensboro Generals were an East Coast Hockey League team based in Greensboro, North Carolina, and played at the Greensboro Coliseum from 1999 to 2004. The name was originally used by the Greensboro Generals in the Eastern Hockey League.
The Greensboro Monarchs were a professional ice hockey team based in Greensboro, North Carolina. The Monarchs joined the East Coast Hockey League (ECHL) as an expansion franchise prior to the start of the 1989–90 season and surrendered the franchise back to the league when the Monarchs ownership obtained an expansion franchise in the American Hockey League (AHL) at the conclusion of the 1994–95 ECHL season.
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Nicolas Blanchard is a Canadian former professional ice hockey player who played in the National Hockey League with the Carolina Hurricanes. He was selected in the 6th round, 192nd overall, by the Hurricanes in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft.
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