Charlotte Checkers

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Charlotte Checkers
Hockey current event.svg 2018–19 AHL season
Charlotte Checkers (AHL) logo.svg
City Charlotte, North Carolina
League American Hockey League
Founded 1990
Operated 2010–present
Home arena Bojangles' Coliseum
ColorsRed, black, silver, white
Owner(s)MAK Hockey, LLC (Michael Kahn, president/CEO)
General manager Don Waddell
Head coach Mike Vellucci
Media Fox Sports Carolinas
610 The Fan
AHL.TV (Internet)
Affiliates Carolina Hurricanes (NHL)
Florida Everblades (ECHL)
Franchise history
1990–1993 Capital District Islanders
1993–2010 Albany River Rats
2010–presentCharlotte Checkers

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 AHL 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 five teams to directly replace and share a name with a predecessor from a lower-tier league; the others are the Bakersfield Condors, Ontario Reign, Rockford IceHogs, and San Diego Gulls.

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Charlotte, North Carolina Largest city in North Carolina

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 2017, the U.S. Census Bureau estimated the population was 859,035, making it the 17th-most populous city in the United States. The Charlotte metropolitan area's population ranks 22nd in the U.S., and had a 2016 population of 2,474,314. The Charlotte metropolitan area is part of a sixteen-county market region or combined statistical area with a 2016 census-estimated population of 2,632,249.

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The franchise was originally the Capital District Islanders from 1990–1993. They then became the Albany River Rats from 1993–2010, until the River Rats were sold to MAK Hockey, LLC, led by Charlotte beer distributor Michael Kahn, owner of the ECHL Checkers. [1] 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. [2] [3] The Checkers are the second North Carolina-based team to play at the highest level of minor-league hockey, following the Carolina Monarchs, which played in Greensboro from 1995 to 1997.

Capital District Islanders

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.

Albany River Rats

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.

Michael A. Kahn is an American businessman based in Charlotte, North Carolina. He is the founder and CEO of Kahn Ventures, Inc., which operates the 15th largest beer and wine distribution in the United States.

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. [4] 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. [5]

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. [6] As Kahn detailed, the move would reconnect with said team legacy, and 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 is up to AHL standards, the Charlotte City Council arranged to provide $16 million to fund renovations. [7] [8]

Bojangles Coliseum

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.

Charlotte Checkers (1993–2010) ice hockey team

The Charlotte Checkers were an American ice hockey team in Charlotte, North Carolina, and played in the ECHL.

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. [9]

Lehigh Valley Phantoms

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.

Season-by-season results


Current roster

Updated January 4, 2019. [10] [11]

# Nat Player Pos S/G AgeAcquiredBirthplaceContract
2 Flag of Canada.svg Jake Bean D L20 2017 Calgary, Alberta Hurricanes
1 Flag of Canada.svg Callum Booth G L21 2017 Montreal, Quebec Hurricanes
24 Flag of the United States.svg Patrick Brown  ( C ) C R26 2014 Bloomfield Hills, Michigan Hurricanes
5 Flag of Canada.svg Trevor Carrick  ( A ) D R24 2014 Stouffville, Ontario Hurricanes
35 Flag of the United States.svg Scott Darling G L30 2017 Newport News, Virginia Hurricanes
4 Flag of the United States.svg Josiah Didier D R25 2017 Littleton, Colorado Checkers
12 Flag of Canada.svg Julien Gauthier RW R21 2017 Pointe-aux-Trembles, Quebec Hurricanes
19 Flag of Canada.svg Morgan Geekie C R20 2018 Strathclair, Manitoba Hurricanes
23 Flag of Finland.svg Janne Kuokkanen C L20 2017 Oulunsalo, Finland Hurricanes
10 Flag of Canada.svg Steven Lorentz C L22 2017 Waterloo, Ontario Hurricanes
3 Flag of Canada.svg Roland McKeown D R22 2016 Listowel, Ontario Hurricanes
26 Flag of Canada.svg Zach Nastasiuk RW R23 2018 Barrie, Ontario Checkers
88 Flag of the Czech Republic.svg Martin Necas C R19 2018 Nové Město na Moravě, Czech Republic Hurricanes
30 Flag of the United States.svg Alex Nedeljkovic G L23 2016 Parma, Ohio Hurricanes
22 Flag of the United States.svg Andrew Poturalski C R24 2016 Williamsville, New York Hurricanes
16 Flag of Canada.svg Cliff Pu RW R20 2018 North York, Ontario Hurricanes
28 Flag of Canada.svg Dan Renouf D L24 2018 Pickering, Ontario Hurricanes
20 Flag of Canada.svg Dennis Robertson D L27 2016 Fort St. John, British Columbia Checkers
15 Flag of Canada.svg Nicolas Roy C R21 2017 Amos, Quebec Hurricanes
7 Flag of Finland.svg Aleksi Saarela C L22 2017 Helsinki, Finland Hurricanes
6 Flag of the United States.svg Bobby Sanguinetti D R30 2019 Trenton, New Jersey Checkers
37 Flag of the United States.svg Nick Schilkey RW R24 2017 Marysville, Michigan Checkers
18 Flag of Canada.svg Spencer Smallman RW R22 2017 Summerside, Prince Edward Island Hurricanes
21 Flag of Canada.svg Zack Stortini RW R33 2017 Elliot Lake, Ontario Checkers
6 Flag of the United States.svg Josh Wesley D R22 2016 Raleigh, North Carolina Hurricanes

Team captains

Bryan Rodney Canadian ice hockey player

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Brett Sutter Canadian ice hockey player

Brett Darryl Sutter is a Canadian professional ice hockey player. He is currently playing with the Ontario Reign of the American Hockey League (AHL). Sutter was drafted by the Calgary Flames in the 6th round of the 2005 NHL Entry Draft. He made his NHL debut for the Flames during the 2008–09 season, scoring a goal in his first game. He is the son of former Los Angeles Kings head coach Darryl Sutter, and the one of nine members of the famous Sutter family to play in the NHL.

Michal Jordán Czech ice hockey player

Michal Jordán is a Czech professional ice hockey defenceman currently playing for Amur Khabarovsk of the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL). He previously played for the Carolina Hurricanes of the National Hockey League (NHL). He was selected by the Hurricanes in the fourth round, 105th overall, of the 2008 NHL Entry Draft.

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