|City||Charlotte, North Carolina|
|League||American Hockey League|
|Home arena||Bojangles' Coliseum|
|Colors||Red, 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
|Affiliates|| Carolina Hurricanes (NHL)|
Florida Everblades (ECHL)
|1990–1993||Capital District Islanders|
|1993–2010||Albany River Rats|
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.
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 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.
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 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.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. 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.
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.
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.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, 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.
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.
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.
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.
|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||—||—|
Updated January 4, 2019.
|2||Jake Bean||D||L||20||2017||Calgary, Alberta||Hurricanes|
|1||Callum Booth||G||L||21||2017||Montreal, Quebec||Hurricanes|
|24||Patrick Brown ( C )||C||R||26||2014||Bloomfield Hills, Michigan||Hurricanes|
|5||Trevor Carrick ( A )||D||R||24||2014||Stouffville, Ontario||Hurricanes|
|35||Scott Darling||G||L||30||2017||Newport News, Virginia||Hurricanes|
|4||Josiah Didier||D||R||25||2017||Littleton, Colorado||Checkers|
|12||Julien Gauthier||RW||R||21||2017||Pointe-aux-Trembles, Quebec||Hurricanes|
|19||Morgan Geekie||C||R||20||2018||Strathclair, Manitoba||Hurricanes|
|23||Janne Kuokkanen||C||L||20||2017||Oulunsalo, Finland||Hurricanes|
|10||Steven Lorentz||C||L||22||2017||Waterloo, Ontario||Hurricanes|
|3||Roland McKeown||D||R||22||2016||Listowel, Ontario||Hurricanes|
|26||Zach Nastasiuk||RW||R||23||2018||Barrie, Ontario||Checkers|
|88||Martin Necas||C||R||19||2018||Nové Město na Moravě, Czech Republic||Hurricanes|
|30||Alex Nedeljkovic||G||L||23||2016||Parma, Ohio||Hurricanes|
|22||Andrew Poturalski||C||R||24||2016||Williamsville, New York||Hurricanes|
|16||Cliff Pu||RW||R||20||2018||North York, Ontario||Hurricanes|
|28||Dan Renouf||D||L||24||2018||Pickering, Ontario||Hurricanes|
|20||Dennis Robertson||D||L||27||2016||Fort St. John, British Columbia||Checkers|
|15||Nicolas Roy||C||R||21||2017||Amos, Quebec||Hurricanes|
|7||Aleksi Saarela||C||L||22||2017||Helsinki, Finland||Hurricanes|
|6||Bobby Sanguinetti||D||R||30||2019||Trenton, New Jersey||Checkers|
|37||Nick Schilkey||RW||R||24||2017||Marysville, Michigan||Checkers|
|18||Spencer Smallman||RW||R||22||2017||Summerside, Prince Edward Island||Hurricanes|
|21||Zack Stortini||RW||R||33||2017||Elliot Lake, Ontario||Checkers|
|6||Josh Wesley||D||R||22||2016||Raleigh, North Carolina||Hurricanes|
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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.
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