Game 4 Thoughts

Broadcaster Ben Holden spoke with LakeQuicken Loans Arena and will end the season at The Q on Saturday when they host the Manitoba Moose.  Game Recap

The Lake Erie Monsters played their final road game of the 2008-09 season Wednesday night, dropping a 5-0 contest to the Chicago Wolves at Allstate Arena. The five-goal loss ties a season record for the largest margin of defeat the Monsters have suffered this season.

The scoring started with Joe Motzko notching his team-leading 28th goal of the season at the 6:33 mark of the first period. Jordan LaVallee and Steve Martins recorded the assists on the goal. Motzko’s tally would be the only goal in the first 20 minutes of the game, giving the Wolves a one-goal lead heading into regulation’s middle frame.

As it was in the first period, the Wolves would get the second period’s first score, with Andrew Kozek recording his first goal as a professional in just his third game in the AHL 2:22 into the second. Matt Anderson and Tyson Marsh picked up the assists on Kozek’s score.

Although the next nine minutes would go scoreless, the Wolves would net two scores six minutes apart in the latter half of the second period to take a 4-0 lead into the final frame. Chicago’s third goal of the game, scored at the 11:22 mark of the second, was Grant Stevenson’s ninth, and registered on the man advantage. Brett Sterling and Arturs Kulda picked up the assists on Stevenson’s power play tally.

Exactly six minutes later, Mike Hamilton put up his fourth goal of the season, pushing Chicago’s lead to four. Anderson would pick up the lone assist on the goal, his second of the game, giving the Wolves a 4-0 lead heading into the final 20 minutes.

The Wolves continued their trend of scoring first in each period, as Kozek netted his second net goal of the game and his professional career 8:21 into the final frame. Anderson would register his third assist of the game and Kulda picked up his second helper on the night, pushing the Wolves lead to five.

Chicago limited the Monsters to just five shots in the final frame, coming away with the 5-0 win. Wolves goalie Brent Krahn picked up the shutout, turning away all 17 Lake Erie shots on goal. Jason Bacashihua ended the night making 27 saves on 32 shots.

The Monsters return to The Q for their last game of the season on Saturday night when they host the Manitoba Moose for Fan Appreciation Night at 7:30 p.m.


Meet Goaltender Jason Bacashihua

04/03/2009 09:52:00
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In his second season with the Monsters after being acquired from the St. Louis Blues in November of 2007, goaltender Jason Bacashihua has excelled between the pipes. Bacashihua currently holds a 2.71 GAA, a .097 save percentage and two shutouts on the season thus far. Meet the man who wears #35.  Meet Jason

#35 Jason Bacashihua

    -Detroit Red Wings
    -A police officer
-Tiger Woods
    -A dog
    -I Always skate a figure eight on the ice
    -Women are more organized
    -Chicken Parmesan/sushi
    -It has the body of a snake, with no hands or feet
    -Being selected in the 2001 NHL Entry Draft (first round, 26th overall, by Dallas)
    -My family
    -The ability to prevent a puck from ever getting behind me


Corbin Named Monsters Man of the Year

03/26/2009 13:46:00
03/26/2009 13:46:00

The Lake Erie Monsters are proud to announce that left wing J.D. Corbin has been named the team’s winner of the American Specialty/AHL Man of the Year award for his contributions to the Cleveland community during the 2008-09 season. In recognition of his efforts, Corbin will be honored prior to an upcoming Monsters home game. Read More

The Lake Erie Monsters are proud to announce that left wing J.D. Corbin has been named the team’s winner of the American Specialty/AHL Man of the Year award for his outstanding contributions to the Cleveland community during the 2008-09 season.

Despite missing the majority of this season with a broken finger that required surgery, Corbin has been active in the greater Cleveland area, appearing in more than a dozen community-related events since the beginning of the year.

He has ventured throughout Northeast Ohio on the Monsters Respect Tour, speaking to students about the importance of respect while stressing the role that having a solid education has had in his life. Corbin has traveled to local hockey rinks to help coach youth hockey players during on-ice sessions, despite the fact his hand was covered with a cast. Although he has spent plenty of time in the hospital this year with his own ailments, his injury also did not deter him from visiting patients at St. John West Shore Hospital.

Corbin also was a participant in the first annual Tip-A-Monster event, which saw the Monsters trade in their jerseys for aprons, helping to raise more than $4,300 for a non-profit group in Northeast Ohio that serves children with cancer and their families. During the event, Corbin served food, poured drinks, cleaned up spills and signed autographs for the 200 guests. Corbin has also appeared at the team’s Tour with the Monsters events, which has the Monsters take part in public practices at local rinks, as well as skating with fans and signing autographs.

In recognition of his efforts, Corbin will be presented with an etched crystal trophy during an on-ice presentation prior to an upcoming Monsters home game.

Corbin is now one of 29 finalists for the AHL’s 2008-09 Yanick Dupre Memorial Award, honoring the overall American Specialty/AHL Man of the Year. The league award is named after the former Hershey Bears forward and AHL All-Star who died in 1997 following a 16-month battle with leukemia. The winner of the Yanick Dupre Memorial Award will be announced by the American Hockey League in the coming weeks.

Individual tickets for upcoming Lake Erie Monsters games, starting at just $10 per seat per game, as well as season ticket plans and group tickets, are on sale now by calling (216) 420-0000 or visiting

The Lake Erie Monsters are part of the Cleveland Cavaliers and Quicken Loans Arena organization and also owned by a group led by Cavaliers Majority Owner and Quicken Loans Founder and Chairman Dan Gilbert.


Saturday's Game with San Antonio Postponed

03/21/2009 21:43:00
03/21/2009 21:43:00

Due to unsafe ice conditions, the game against San Antonio on Saturday was postponed following the first period.  The game will be rescheduled for a later date.  Fans with tickets for the game may exchange them for any remaining home games, and can be done by visiting the The Q box office or by calling 420-0000.  We apologize for any inconvenience.  


Pink the Rink Night This Saturday!

03/16/2009 09:48:00
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On Saturday night the Monsters will "Pink the Rink" in order to promote breast cancer awareness. The ice at Quicken Loans Arena will be painted pink and Monsters players will wear special pink jerseys. The jerseys will be auctioned off at the end of the evening to benefit the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Northeast Ohio Affiliate. More


The Q is Going to the Dogs on Sunday

03/16/2009 07:04:00
03/16/2009 07:04:00

On Sunday afternoon, the Lake Erie Monsters and Camp Bow Wow of Bedford Heights will welcome a new breed of fans to Quicken Loans Arena. In honor of the first ever Pucks and Paws night, the Monsters are encouraging all fans to bring their dogs to the game, with doggy ticket proceeds benefitting the Cleveland APL. Find Out More


Meet Center Mark McCutcheon

03/10/2009 09:22:00
03/10/2009 09:22:00

In his second full season with the Lake Erie Monsters, center Mark McCutcheon has excelled in the corners and on the penalty kill. Known for his tenacious forechecking, McCutcheon has tallied 13 points (5G,8A) to go along with 60 penalty minutes in 52 games for the Monsters this season. Meet the man who wears #14.  Meet Mark

#14 Mark McCutcheon

    -Detroit Red Wings/Steve Yzerman
    -Two and a Half Men
-Tiger Woods
    -A black lab
    -Shinto (Strongsville)
    -"Should Have Been a Cowboy" by Toby Keith
    -Cinnamon Toast Crunch
    -Jay Z
    -The Loch Ness Monster
    -My father
    -The ability to fly


Bacashihua Named AHL Player of the Week

03/02/2009 12:38:00
03/02/2009 12:38:00

Monsters netminder Jason Bacashihua was a perfect 3-0 in goal last week, and on Monday he was rewarded for it.  He has been named the Reebok/AHL Player of the Week.  In three games, he recorded two straight shutouts and a shootout while posting a 0.65 goals against average and .973 saves percentage.  Read More

Lake Erie Monsters goaltender Jason Bacashihua (ba-CASH-u-ah) led his team to multiple franchise records over the past week, and today he has been rewarded for it. Bacashihua has been named the Reebok/AHL Player of the Week, it was announced by the American Hockey League today.

In three games last week, Bacashihua was a perfect 3-0, including two straight shutouts and a shootout win. He posted a 0.65 goals against average and a .973 saves percentage, allowing only two goals on 74 shots over the three games. With the victories, the Dearborn Heights, Michigan native has now won six consecutive games, which is a Monsters franchise record and doubles the previous mark of three.

Bacashihua was also in goal for five consecutive team wins, a new franchise record, and while winning his past three starts at home last week, helped the Monsters post five straight wins at Quicken Loans Arena, another franchise record.

On Wednesday, February 25th, Bacashihua made 19 saves in a 6-0 win over the Syracuse Crunch, his first shutout of the season. The six-goal margin of victory was the largest in Monsters history. On Friday, he recorded 31 saves on the way to a 2-0 win over the visiting Toronto Marlies. Bacashihua followed that up on Saturday with 22 saves in a 3-2 shootout win over Grand Rapids. He stalled four of five Griffins shots in the shootout to get the victory.

Bacashihua, in his second season with Lake Erie, currently has a 2.54 goals against average and .913 save percentage, and an 11-16-3 record.

Bacashihua and the Monsters return to action at The Q this weekend, when they will play three games in three days. Tickets for the games begin at just $10 and are available at or by calling (216) 420-0000.


Hamilton Skates Past Monsters on Sunday

03/01/2009 19:15:00
03/01/2009 19:15:00

Lake Erie's record-breaking five-game win streak came to an end at The Q on Sunday, as the Monsters fell to Hamilton, 3-1.  Chris Durno scored the lone Lake Erie goal, and Tyler Weiman had 19 saves in goal.  The loss also ended the Monsters franchise-record four-game home winning streak.  Game Recap | Photo Gallery

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The Lake Erie Monsters dropped their first game on home ice since January 17th on Sunday afternoon, losing to the Hamilton Bulldogs, 3-1. Despite peppering Bulldogs goalie Cedric Desjardins with 40 shots, the team was hard pressed to muster much offense and, as a result, had their franchise-high five-game winning streak snapped. The loss also ended the team’s franchise-record five-game home win streak.

The Monsters started the game setting a season record by scoring just 55 seconds into the game with Chris Durno’s 14th goal of the season. Skating into the zone, forward T.J. Galiardi crossed paths with Durno, leaving the puck for the power forward at the top of the right circle. Striding toward the net, Durno put a shot on net that knuckled off of his stick and beat Desjardins low blocker side.

It would take another 12-plus minutes, but the Bulldogs would tie the score at one, when Steve Gainey notched his sixth goal of the season at the 12:31 mark of the first. With the puck at the point, defenseman Alex Henry threw a shot on net that was headed wide. Stopping the puck with his skate, Gainey kicked it to his stick and deposited it past a stretched-out Tyler Weiman to tie the game. Yanick Lehoux picked up the second assist on the goal.

Heading into regulation’s middle framed knotted at one, Lehoux would put the Bulldogs up 2-1 with his 17th of the season at the 11:01 mark of the second. Gaining speed in the neutral zone, Lehoux took a pass from Brock Trotter at the blue line. Coming in with the puck on his stick, Lehoux split the Monsters defense, went in one-on-one with Weiman and flipped the puck over the goalie’s glove into the top corner of the net. Chad Anderson picked up the second assist on the goal.

Not content with a one-goal lead, the Bulldogs added an insurance marker just a minute later, when Trotter registered his 12th of the season. Streaking down the slot, Trotter took a pass from Gainey. Dipping his shoulder, the Bulldogs winger faked a shot and deked forehand, slamming the puck low past the glove of Weiman to put the Bulldogs up 3-1.

Despite being down by two, the Monsters refused to give up. The team put 14 shots on goal in the final 20 minutes and had a goal disallowed with 29 ticks remaining. The valiant effort wasn’t enough, and the team had its five-game home-winning streak snapped.

“I thought we deserved better than that because we played well,” said head coach Joe Sacco. “We played hard but we just could not find a way to get one by their goalie tonight.”

Lake Erie will continue its push for a berth in the Calder Cup Playoffs next weekend with three games in as many days at The Q. The Rochester Americans will be in town on Friday and Saturday, and the team wraps up the weekend on Sunday against the Hershey Bears.

“Time is ticking in terms of getting in the playoffs, but we are going to battle all the way until the end,” said captain Chris Durno. “This was a big one tonight and it hurts, but we will have to regroup and come back Friday with a big effort.”

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Chris Durno Interview


Coach Joe Sacco Interview

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"I think we have enough time to get the playoff spot, but it's going to be an uphill climb. We have Toronto who is seven points ahead of us and then Syracuse in our division who is just ahead of us as well, plus teams in the other division because of the crossover rule.  So we have more than two teams to catch.  It's not impossible but we need that consistency and to play extremely well down the stretch.  But I like the fact that we are making it interesting.” - Head Coach Joe Sacco



Josh Cribbs at The Q

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Josh Cribbs of the Cleveland Browns was at The Q on Saturday night for a pregame autograph session with fans.  However, before he started meeting and greeting, the former NFL All-Pro talked with local media. was there to bring you the comments from the return specialist.  Watch Interview


Josh Cribbs of the Cleveland Browns


Meet Right Wing Chris Mueller

02/27/2009 08:24:00
02/27/2009 08:24:00

After spending the 2007-08 season with the Michigan State Spartans in the CCHA, right wing Chris Mueller has added a hard-nosed and hard-working presence to the Monsters offense. Known for his tenacious forechecking, Mueller has tallied 14 points (3G,11A) in 53 games for the Monsters this season. Meet the man who wears #22.  Meet Chris

#22 Chris Mueller

    -Buffalo Sabres/Steve Yzerman
    -Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
    -Winning the NCAA National Championship with Michigan State in 2007
    -A golden retriever
    -Reese's peanut butter cups
    -Nigel Williams
    -A professional card player
    -The President of the United States (Barack Obama) 
    -My father
    -I would like to be invincible!
    -Obtaining a hockey scholarship to Michigan State University


Is Your Dog the Monsters Next Top Dog?

02/24/2009 15:00:00
02/24/2009 15:00:00

Does your dog have what it takes to be named the Monsters Next Top Dog? In celebration of the first annual Pucks and Paws Night on March 22nd, we are looking for the cutest, friendliest, and overall best dog.  Simply send in your nomination, and fans will vote for the Next Top Dog, who will be announced at the game on the 22nd.  Find Out More


A Monster of a Road Trip

02/09/2009 18:12:00
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After the first 50 games of the regular season, the Lake Erie Monsters are in the midst of their toughest challenge yet: a road trip that spans 15 days, includes nine games and has the team travel more than 3,500 miles, venturing into six states and one province. The Monsters have 19 days in between their last and next home game. Read More

Road trips are a part of hockey. The Monsters, just like every AHL team, play 40 games away from their home rink during the regular season and are required to endure their fair share of bus trips and overnight stays in places nowhere near Cleveland. But this is something almost unheard of. In a 15-day span, the Monsters will play nine games in six states and one province and travel more than 3,500 miles. The Monsters will have 19 days in between home games, enough of a break that workers at The Q have removed the ice for the Monsters late winter getaway.

The trip begins February 7th in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and ends February 21st against the Griffins in the only state that touches four of the five great lakes. Michigan, which is also the state where Henry Ford began making automobiles, marks the birthplace of goaltender Jason Bacashihua and forward Bryan Marshall, as both grew up approximately 150 miles east of Grand Rapids in Dearborn Heights and Livonia, respectively. Michigan is also the state where forward Chris Mueller played four years of college hockey for the Michigan State Spartans.

After kicking off their road trip in Michigan, the team heads 321 miles east and across the border to play the Bulldogs in Hamilton, Ontario, on Sunday, February 8th. This province, home to approximately a third of Canada’s population, is also the birthplace of Mike Vernace, Alex Penner, Randy Rowe, Aaron MacKenzie, Chris Durno, Wes O’Neill and Rob Drummond. Aside from producing seven players on Lake Erie’s roster, Ontario is also responsible for roughly 60 percent of all manufactured exports coming out of Canada.

The Monsters will leave Canada and travel to the state where the U.S. Constitution and the Declaration of Independence were signed, Pennsylvania, for a Wednesday, February 11th game against the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins. Located two hours north of America’s first capital, Philadelphia, Wikes-Barre is also the birthplace of the Planter’s Peanuts Company and Benjamin Burnley, lead singer of the rock band Breaking Benjamin.

After a quick stop in “Penn’s Woods,” the Monsters travel just over 200 miles northeast to play a game in Connecticut’s state capital against the Hartford Wolfpack on Friday, February 13th. The city is also home to The Hartford Courant, the country’s oldest, continuously published newspaper. The Courant, which has been in circulation since 1764, was a publication that George Washington advertised in to lease some of his Mount Vernon property.

Lake Erie will remain in New England after their tilt in Hartford, traveling just over 130 miles north through the home state of head coach Joe Sacco, Massachusetts, to play the Manchester Monarchs on Valentine’s Day. The game will be the first and last of the regular season in New Hampshire, the state with the motto “Live Free or Die.” After their two-game stay in New England, the Monsters will travel over 1,300 miles west to play the Iowa Chops.

When the Monsters arrive in Iowa, they will land in the state’s capital, Des Moines, to play the Chops on February 16th. Des Moines, whose residents consume more potato chips per capita than any metro area in the country, is also the home of the third-largest insurance center in the world and the state where the movie “Field of Dreams” was captured.

The Monsters next stop: Illinois, the home state of Monsters defenseman Nigel Williams, Presidents Barack Obama, Abraham Lincoln and poet Ernest Hemingway. Lake Erie will play two games in the Midwest state, the first of which on February 18th in Moline, the home of the John Deere World Headquarters, to play the Quad City Flames.

Lake Erie will stay in Illinois, traveling 120 miles northeast to Rockford, the third largest city in the state, to play the IceHogs on February 20th. Rockford also represents the second-to-last stop for Lake Erie, as the Monsters complete the 15-day road trip the same place it began, in Grand Rapids, to play the Griffins on February 21st.

When the Monsters return to Cleveland, they will have ventured over 3,500 miles, played nine games in 15 days and visited two countries, six states and one province. Thankfully for them, the remainder of the year leaves Lake Erie with just 21 games in the regular season, 14 of which will be played at Quicken Loans Arena.


Talking to the Chief

02/06/2009 19:47:00
02/06/2009 19:47:00

David Andrews, President and CEO of the American Hockey League, was in town for the Monsters game on Friday night and took time to speak to local media.  Andrews, in his 15th season at the helm of the league, addressed the state of the AHL, the team here in Lake Erie, and various other subjects.  Watch Video


David Andrews, President/CEO, AHL


Meet Center Matt Hendricks

02/03/2009 10:50:00
02/03/2009 10:50:00

After spending the 2007-08 season in Rhode Island with the Providence Bruins, center Matt Hendricks has added valuable leadership, energy, and scoring touch to the Monsters offense. Hendricks has eight points (3G,5A) in 15 games with Lake Erie this season. We recently caught up with the man who wears #16.  Meet Matt

#16 Matt Hendricks

    -I love fishing and golf. I don't excel in either, but it's relaxing and usually very humorous
    -Seinfeld/The NHL Network
    -Matt "Attack" Hendricks 
    -Major League
    -My dogs, Lloyd and Kentucky 
    -Working on a sod farm
    -"Dream big." (from Juno)
    -It's definitely female, it looks beautiful, and packs a mean bite!
    -Dave Matthews Band
    -Wayne Gretzky
    -My father, Doug
    -I would like to have x-ray vision!
    -Signing my first NHL contract and getting married


The Early Bird Gets... A Lot!

01/30/2009 08:53:00
01/30/2009 08:53:00

Become a Monsters Early Bird today, and get a lot: your seats for next year, 10 free games this year, and a free jersey! It's time to become an Early Bird and secure your season tickets for the 2009-10 hockey season.  You can become an Early Bird by simply making an initial payment of just $50 per ticket. Find Out More


A Midseason Review

01/26/2009 13:29:00
01/26/2009 13:29:00

Through the first half of the 2008-09 American Hockey League season, the Lake Erie Monsters have made some memories both on and off the ice. While the Monsters have been entertaining on the ice, they have also been reaching out to fans off the ice in the Greater Cleveland community.  Read Midseason Review Photo Gallery

The old adage that “numbers don’t lie” isn’t always a true statement. In the case of the 2008-09 Lake Erie Monsters, the numbers don’t even begin to describe where the team is at the halfway point of the season. With a 17-22-1-5 record, the Monsters currently sit in sixth place in the North Division. But to suggest their rank in the standings indicates where the team is through its first 45 games would be a near-sighted observation.

From an individual point of view, the Monsters have developed and groomed many young players to take the next step in their careers. Three players – Phil Dupuis, Chris Durno and Chris Stewart – have all made their NHL debuts with Lake Erie’s NHL affiliate, the Colorado Avalanche, this year. Perhaps the player making the biggest impact among those three has been Stewart, Colorado’s 2006 first round pick. With Colorado, Stewart has registered 11 points (6G, 5A), appeared in 22 games and put up 30 penalty minutes.

Durno, however, has played a more important role with the Monsters. He currently leads the team in goals (10), assists (16), points (26), shots (112), power play goals (5), power play assists (5) and power play points (10). Dupuis currently paces the team in the plus/minus category with a +11 rating.

Lake Erie has also sent up three others for extended stays with Colorado as Kyle Cumiskey, T.J. Hensick and Brian Willsie have spent time in Denver. Hensick and Willsie have been up with the Avalanche for the longest time period. Hensick, Colorado’s third round selection in 2005, has put up 15 points (4G, 11A) through 34 games with Colorado. His plus/minus rating of +4 ties him for second on the team.

Willsie, an NHL veteran of 350 games, has recorded four points (1G, 3A) and six penalty minutes in 15 contests with the Avalanche. Earlier in the season, Willsie set the standard in the league with a goal in six consecutive contests. That number is second best this season in the AHL and is a Monsters franchise record. Cumiskey, a seventh round pick by Colorado in 2005, has played in five games with the Avalanche.

Cumiskey, along with goaltender Tyler Weiman, are also scheduled to appear at the AHL All-Star game on January 26th in Worcester, Massachusetts. Weiman has been a rock in goal for the Monsters, and his numbers are a testament to that statement. Weiman currently is tied for the league lead with five shutouts, is fifth in the league with a 2.35 GAA and is seventh in the AHL with a 0.923 save percentage. Cumiskey currently leads all Lake Erie blueliners in goals (5), assists (12), points (17) and is tied for second on the team in the plus/minus category with a +7 rating.

As a team, one of Lake Erie’s better efforts came during their home and season opener, in front of 10,868 fans on October 11th at Quicken Loans Arena against the Grand Rapids Griffins. In the 4-3 overtime win, the team received goals from four different players, all of whom were new acquisitions. Marty Sertich notched Lake Erie’s first goal of the year, followed by tallies from Jesse Boulerice and Nigel Williams. But the biggest goal undoubtedly came from the stick of Brian Willsie, who sent the home crowd into a frenzy with his game-winner at the 1:18 mark into the extra frame. The game also featured a strong effort from goaltender Jason Bacashihua, who turned aside 33 of 36 shots from the Griffins.

Another game of note on the schedule was Lake Erie’s 6-4 win over Hamilton on November 9th at The Q. The six goals tie the most the Monsters have scored so far this season and the combined 10 goals is also a season-high for the team. Down 4-2 going into the third period, the Monsters’ offense ignited for four scores in 4:48 to blow past the Bulldogs. In the win, Lake Erie received its only hat trick to date this season from the stick of Stewart and an individual high in assists, as Cumiskey posted three helpers on the night.

The Monsters tied a season high in the AHL for goals in the third period this year on December 30th at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas. Trailing 2-1 going into regulation’s final frame, the offense sparked for five goals in a 6:47 span to propel the Monsters past the Aeros, 6-2.

Perhaps the most success the Monsters have achieved this season is against their North Division foe, the Toronto Marlies. In the six games against the Marlies, Lake Erie and goaltender Tyler Weiman have gone 4-1-0-1, earning nine of a possible 12 points. In those games, Weiman has made 185 saves on 198 Toronto shots.

Lake Erie also hit a milestone of sorts with the franchise’s 100th game, played on December 6th at The Q, a 2-1 overtime loss to the Iowa Chops.

Aside from being active on the ice, the Monsters have been busy in the greater Cleveland community as well. Teaming with the Ohio Lottery, 12 different players, along with team mascot, Sullivan C. Goal, broadcaster, John Michael, and in-arena host, Olivier Sedra, have gone into schools in Northeast Ohio for the “Monsters Respect Tour.” During the event, players, Michael and Sedra all speak to the students about how they have reached their goals today using the values of respect and hard work.

For an up-close and personal view into the life of a Lake Erie Monster, the team has conducted “Tour With the Monsters,” an event where the team conducts a practice in a local rink and stays on the ice afterward to skate with fans and sign autographs. So far, the tour has made five stops, and each time, the fans have gotten a first hand experience of what it’s like to be a professional hockey player.

One of the Monsters more heated battles came against a team that won’t be found in the AHL or any professional hockey league for that matter. On January 13th, five players went to St. Mary of the Woods Assisted Living Community to take on the Battling Beagles in a game of noodle hockey. Although the team competes regularly with some of the AHL’s best, they proved no match for the Beagles, as the team of St. Mary residents took the game, 10-5.

In perhaps one of the bigger role reversals in Cleveland hockey history, the Monsters swapped hockey jerseys for aprons as guest waiters on January 12th at Local Heroes in support of “The Littlest Heroes,” a non profit group that supports children with cancer and their families in Northeast Ohio. At the end of the night, when the team finished serving food, cleaning dishes and spills and hosting two groups of patrons, they had raised $4,300 for the charity, a fight the Monsters surely will drop the gloves for each time the opportunity presents itself.

At recent games this year, fans haven’t been the only supporters of Lake Erie hockey. The team has hosted champion boxer Kelly Pavlik and had Cleveland Cavaliers Anderson Varajeo, Daniel “Boobie” Gibson and J.J. Hickson make appearances at games. One of the more popular promotional nights was John McCain/Barack Obama bobble head night. On October 17th against the Norfolk Admirals, all children picked the bobble head of the presidential nominee they wanted to see in office. It was a way to give those who couldn’t vote a voice, and the Ohio youth provided some foreshadowing, as the majority of the bobble heads given out were that of future President Barack Obama.

Another popular night at The Q is “Dollar Dog Fridays,” in which all hot dogs and 16-ounce Pepsi products are available to fans for $1. Still remaining on the schedule of exciting promotions and giveaways will be the Sully Bobblehead night, a Josh Cribbs appearance, a team postgame autograph session, and, the promotion that drew in a season record in attendance in the AHL last year of 15,408, Fan Appreciation Night.

If you’ve missed the first half of regular season action at The Q, there’s no need to worry: the Monsters have 16 action packed games remaining at home and would love to see you in attendance!


Monsters Lose Lead and Game In Philly

01/24/2009 21:38:00
01/24/2009 21:38:00

Lake Erie finished up a four-game road trip in Philadelphia on Saturday night, falling to the Phantoms, 3-2.  The Monsters led until midway through the third period, before giving up two answered goals to the Phantoms, including the game winner with 19 seconds left.  Bryan Marshall and Phil Dupuis scored for Lake Erie.  Game Recap

Lake Erie couldn't do it two nights in a row.  On Friday, the Monsters led Norfolk in the third period, let the Admirals tie it up, but then pulled out a win.  On Saturday, Lake Erie led Philadelphia in the third, let the Phantoms tie it up, but then gave up the game-winning goal with 19 seconds left, losing 3-2.  The game wrapped up a four-game road trip for the Monsters.  The team will now be off until Friday for the AHL All-Star Break.

The Monsters have been drastically outshot, 125-67, the past three games, although they were able to win two of those.  Lake Erie reversed that trend on Saturday, outshooting the Phantoms, 32-23, but unfortunately for them, still lost the game.

The game was also a reversal from Friday's in the penalty box.  After racking up a season high 64 penalty minutes against the Admirals the night before, Lake Erie only had four penalty minutes against the Phantoms on Saturday.

Philadelphia opened the scoring right away, as David Laliberte found the back of the net just 25 seconds into the game.  He was assisted by Jared Ross and Patrick Maroon.

The scoreboard would not change for more than a full period.  The opening frame came and went with the score remaining 1-0 in favor of the home team.

Bryan Marshall evened it up for the Monsters with his goal at the 5:34 mark of the second frame.  Justin Bowers and Wes O'Neill assisted on the score. It was Bowers' first assist with Lake Erie, having joined the team on January 10th.

Shortly thereafter, Phil Dupuis gave the Monsters the 2-1 lead.  Dupuis' goal at 12:03 of the second period was his fourth point (2G, 2A) in three games since returning from parent club Colorado. Chris Durno and Nigel Williams were credited with the helpers.  Durno leads the team in assists with 16, and Williams has now recorded assists in the last two games for Lake Erie.

Again almost a full 20 minutes would pass without a score, all the while the Monsters maintaining their one-goal lead.  That was until Maroon tied it up for the Phantoms on his goal at 10:30 of the third period. Rob Sirianni and Jonathan Matsumoto assisted.

Neither team could gain the advantage the rest of the period, as it seemed overtime was inevitable.  But then Matsumoto struck again, this time scoring for himself, and giving Philadelphia the 3-2 win with only 19 seconds left in the game.  Sirianni and Maroon assisted on the game winner.

Jason Bacashihua had 20 saves on the 23 shots he faced in goal for Lake Erie.  Across the ice, Scott Munroe posted 30 saves on 32 shots for the Phantoms. 

The game was the second and last between the two teams, who split their season series.

The Monsters will return to action on Friday in Syracuse.


Monsters Hold On For Win In Norfolk

01/23/2009 21:23:00
01/23/2009 21:23:00

Lake Erie jumped out to a two-goal lead in the first period and held on to defeat the Admirals in Norfolk, 3-2, on Friday. Darcy Campbell, Kyle Cumiskey and Nigel Williams scored for the Monsters in a fight-filled game.  Tyler Weiman recorded 42 saves in the win, evening the season series with Norfolk for Lake Erie.  Game Recap

For the second game in a row, the Monsters were heavily outshot.  And for the second game in a row, the goaltending and offensive efforts combined for a Lake Erie win.  The Monsters defeated the Admirals in Norfolk, 3-2, on Friday, despite getting outshot, 44-34.  Tyler Weiman recorded 42 saves in the win, the most he has recorded all season, on the same day he was named to the AHL All-Star Game.  

In the Monsters last game, a 5-1 win in San Antonio on Wednesday, Lake Erie was outshot, 52-20.  The goaltending tandem of Weiman and Jason Bacashihua, combined with the hot sticks of the offense, led the team to a win nevertheless.

Lake Erie jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead over the Admirals on Friday. Darcy Campbell got the scoring started at 4:36 of the first, assisted by Nathan Smith.

Fellow All-Star Kyle Cumiskey, playing in his first game since a January 5th callup to Colorado, increased the Monsters lead with his goal at the 7:01 mark of the opening frame.  T.J. Galiardi and Chris Durno assisted on the score.

The Monsters would hold their 2-0 advantage through the first period, but then it would not take the home team long to get rolling.

Zenon Konopka got the Admirals on the scoreboard just 1:26 into the second period, assisted by Steve Downie and Ty Wishart.

It would take more than a period of time before the score would change again, and when it did, it was all tied up.

Justin Keller got his team back in the game with his goal at 9:53 of the third period, evening the score at two goals apiece.  Brandon Segal and Vladimir Mihalik were credited with the assists.

Not wanting the game to go to overtime, the Monsters regained their lead, and for good, at the 14:11 mark.  Nigel Williams scored, helped by Phil Dupuis and Durno.  Dupuis has now been back for two games since a recent callup to the Avalanche, and has recorded assists in both games.  With Durno's two assists on Friday, he posted his sixth multi-point game of the season.

The Monsters would survive the remainder of the third and leave Norfolk with the 3-2 win.

Weiman had 42 saves on 44 shots in the victory.  Norfolk goaltender Karri Ramo recorded 31 saves on 34 shots.

It was a chippy game on both sides, as the teams combined for 64 penalty minutes, which ties a season high for a Lake Erie game this season.  The Monsters accounted for 43 of those minutes, the most from the team all year.  Of the 17 total infractions in the game, seven were for fighting or roughing.  Tom Fritsche personally racked up 20 minutes in the box for game misconduct, the most minutes by an individual Monsters player in a game this season. 

Judging by the heated nature of Friday's game, it may be a good thing it was the last time the teams will meet the season.  They split the season series, 1-1, with each team winning on the road.

Lake Erie finishes a four-game road trip in Philadelphia on Saturday before the All-Star break.


Happy Birthday to Us!

01/21/2009 08:49:00
01/21/2009 08:49:00

January 25th was the second birthday of the Lake Erie Monsters! On this date just two years ago, Cleveland Pro Hockey became the Monsters, complete with team colors, logo and jerseys.  My, how far we have come in that short time.  Take a look back at how we got here, midway through our second season on the ice.  Read More 

What started as just a dream has now become reality.  Two years ago Saturday, what started as Cleveland Pro Hockey became the Lake Erie Monsters. 

On January 25th, 2007, a press conference was held at Quicken Loans Arena announcing the new hockey team would be called the Monsters.  And so on Sunday, January 25th, 2009, we are celebrating our second birthday. 

Here's a snapshot on how we got to where we are today:

May 16th, 2006: Quicken Loans and Cleveland Cavaliers majority owner Dan Gilbert leads group in purchase of inactive Utah Grizzlies AHL franchise, with plans to move to Cleveland.

December 17th, 2006: The NHL's Colorado Avalanche announce that Cleveland's new pro hockey team will be their top affiliate.

January 25th, 2007: Gilbert announces the name of Cleveland's new pro hockey team will be the Lake Erie Monsters.  Press conference is held by Quicken Loans Arena, Colorado Avalanche and AHL representatives. Read Press Release | Watch Press Conference

October 6th, 2007: The Lake Erie Monsters take the ice for their first game, hosting the Grand Rapids Griffins at The Q in front of more than 15,000 fans.  The night would end up being the second-highest attended game in the AHL all season.

October 20th, 2007: The Monsters record the first win in franchise history, defeating the Crunch, 3-2, in Syracuse.

November 15th, 2007: Jason Bacashihua notches Lake Erie's first franchise shutout, a 2-0 home win over Quad City.

November 17th, 2007: Rookie Chris Stewart scored the first hat trick in Monsters history, leading the team to a 5-2 win over Toronto.

November 24th, 2007: Stewart steps up again, notching the game winner in the Monsters first overtime win (5-4 vs. Manitoba).

December 26th, 2007: Eric Healey's shot secures Lake Erie's first-ever shootout win, a 2-1 victory over Grand Rapids.

January 10th, 2008: Rookie T.J. Hensick is elected to the 2008 PlanetUSA All-Star Team, the first Monsters player selected to the AHL All-Star Classic.

April 12th, 2008: The Monsters finish their inaugural home schedule in front of a crowd of 15,408 at The Q, the largest of the season in the entire AHL.

April 13th, 2008: The 2007-08 season comes to a close in Rochester, where the Monsters lose a tough one, 6-5, despite five point nights from both Healey and Brad Richardson. 

October 11th, 2008: The Monsters open their second season at The Q with a North Division win, defeating Grand Rapids, 4-3, in overtime in front of a big crowd.  

November 1st, 2008:
Tyler Weiman records both his and the team's first shutout of the year, a 3-0 win in Toronto.

November 9th, 2008: Stewart posts the first Monster hat trick of the year in a 6-4 win over Hamilton.  

January 6th, 2009: Defenseman Kyle Cumiskey is named to the 2009 Canadian AHL All-Star Team for the 2009 AHL All-Star Classic.  

And hopefully the best is yet to come!


Monsters Drop Gloves To Fight Cancer

01/20/2009 10:15:00
01/20/2009 10:15:00

Recently the Monsters dropped the gloves to fight cancer at Local Heroes Grill & Bar. Matt Hendricks and the rest of the team waited on diners and donated their tips to "The Littlest Heroes," a nonprofit organization serving children with cancer and their families.  It was all part of the first-ever "Tip-a-Monster" event.  Read MorePhotos

Last week every player on the Lake Erie Monsters dropped the gloves. But this time, it wasn’t the opponent they were battling. On this night the Monsters swapped hockey gloves for oven mitts, as guest servers to help fight cancer in Northeast Ohio.

Teaming with corporate partner Local Heroes Grill and Bar, the Monsters took all their tips earned at the first annual Tip-A-Monster event and donated it to The Littlest Heroes, a nonprofit organization serving children with cancer and their families in Northeast Ohio.

For three hours, the Monsters served food, poured drinks, cleaned up spills, cleared dishes, delivered dessert and signed autographs for the 200 guests in attendance.

All told, the Monsters raised more than $4,000 for The Littlest Heroes. Although the fight with cancer is far from over, it’s one the Monsters will surely drop the gloves and battle against every time the opportunity presents itself.


Talking to The Champ

01/17/2009 22:26:00
01/17/2009 22:26:00

World Middleweight Champion, and Youngstown, Ohio native, Kelly Pavlik took a break from training for his upcoming title defense to come out to the Monsters game on Saturday.  Before his pregame autograph session with fans, The Champ took a few minutes to chat with about his upcoming fight.  Watch Video


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A Noodle Hockey Game For The Ages

01/15/2009 12:32:00
01/15/2009 12:32:00

Earlier this week, the St. Mary of the Woods Assisted Living Community "Battling Beagles" faced off against five Monsters players in a game of noodle hockey. T.J. Galiardi, Aaron MacKenzie, Chris Mueller, Derek Peltier and Andrew Sarauer were clearly overmatched as the Beagles won easily, 10-5.  Read MorePhoto Gallery

The American Hockey League is where the National Hockey League’s stars of tomorrow are born. Only on the rarest of occasions do these talented young men hear the humbling phrase “keep your day job.” However, when five Lake Erie Monsters were challenged to a game of noodle hockey at the St. Mary of the Woods Assisted Living Community in Avon, Ohio, on a snowy January afternoon, the only frightening sight was the state of their collective egos when the match was over.

In front of a raucous capacity crowd, the St. Mary of the Woods Battling Beagles took on Monsters players T.J. Galiardi, Aaron MacKenzie, Chris Mueller, Derek Peltier and Andrew Sarauer in a noodle hockey match that will live in infamy. The Beagles entered the game with a flawless record and did not intend to let a group of Monsters scare them into defeat.

Sitting in two rows of five, face-to-face and using styrofoam water noodles as hockey sticks, the Monsters and Beagles faced off in a battle of strength, wit and will that rewarded the first team to knock a plastic beach ball through the legs of a walker 10 times with victory.

The Beagles, led by their 101-year-old fearless captain, Helena "The Hurricane," found the scoreboard early and often as the Monsters designated goaltender, 20- year-old center Galiardi, was clearly overmatched and overpowered from the start. After allowing five unanswered goals in under five minutes, the Monsters elected to remove a visibly distraught Galiardi from goal and replaced him with defenseman Derek Peltier.

When Peltier sat down across from Helena and attempted to say “hello,” the Beagles captain repaid the favor by striking Peltier on the head with her noodle, thus exuding the confidence of a proven champion in the midst of battle.

While the Monsters change of strategy earned them a few lucky goals, the Beagles potent attack proved to be more than the Monsters could withstand as St. Mary of the Woods emerged victorious, 10-5.

Following the game, the Monsters were both humbled and speechless. They applauded their superior foes as the Beagles exited to a chorus of cheers under a “noodle arch” formed by the Monsters players. When Monsters broadcaster, John Michael, and the bright lights of the QTV cameras approached her, Helena, the game’s unanimous MVP, humbly answered, “it was fun,” when asked about the Beagles one-sided victory.

Afterward, both teams convened to pose for pictures together and congratulate one another. The event was a rousing success, enjoyed by all in attendance, and served as a poignant reminder to the Monsters that when it comes to noodle hockey, it would be in their best interests to “keep their day jobs.”

In related events…the Monsters removed Galiardi from their noodle hockey roster immediately following the game as a result of what they termed, “an embarrassing display of noodle hockey goaltending and skill.”


Weiman and Smith Get Second Straight Win

01/14/2009 21:15:00
01/14/2009 21:15:00

Tyler Weiman recorded his and the team's second straight shutout on Wednesday, as the Monsters dropped Quad City, 3-0, at The Q.  Nathan Smith powered the Lake Erie offense with two goals, while Nigel Williams added the third Monsters score. Weiman had 32 saves in his league-leading fifth shutout of the year.  Game Recap Photo Gallery

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Tyler Weiman and the Lake Erie Monsters teamed up to make history on Wednesday, as Weiman and the Monsters blanked the Quad City Flames at Quicken Loans Arena, 3-0. It was Weiman’s, and the team’s, second straight shutout, and Lake Erie’s first back-to-back shutout wins in franchise history. Weiman was perfect for the duration, stopping all 32 Quad City shots, after defeating Philadelphia, also 3-0, on Sunday.

The scoring was started and continued by Lake Erie captain Nathan Smith, who registered the game’s first two goals. With the pair of tallies, Smith has now registered four points in the past two games (3G, 1A).

For the first score of the night, forward Chris Mueller pushed the puck ahead to Smith, who began picking up speed into the Flames zone on a break. Smith attempted to pass the puck in front, only to have it go off a Quad City defender’s skate and into the net for his fifth goal of the season. Mueller had the lone assist on Smith’s goal at the 2:36 mark of the first period.

“It was a great play by Mueller. He drove that defenseman wide and then he put it in the middle to me,” Smith said. “I tried to pass it to Per Ledin, who was driving the net, and it went off the defensemen’s skate and in. It’s always nice to contribute, but I’m just happy it’s a win.”

A full period later, and at almost the same exact time, Smith would strike again, this time on the power play and at the 2:34 mark of the second period. When a goal mouth scramble left a number of Flames and Monsters in front of goaltender Matt Keetley’s crease, the puck was left lying inches from crossing the goal line. Driving the net, Smith came in on his backhand and put the Monsters up, 2-0. Tom Fritsche and Ledin recorded assists on the goal.

Seven minutes later, Lake Erie defenseman Nigel Williams would pad the Monsters lead, putting the team ahead by three on his third goal of season. As Chris Durno gained the blue line, the Monsters winger pushed the puck to a hard-charging Williams. With the puck on his stick and moving forward, Williams ripped a shot from the faceoff dot, blowing it through the five hole of Keetley and chasing him from the game. T.J. Galiardi registered the second assist on the goal.

With the shutout, Weiman now has recorded five on the season, a number that ties him for first in the AHL with Daniel Larsson of the Grand Rapids Griffins.

“I am seeing the puck and a goalie will say everything looks bigger; it kind of slows down for you, so you’re reading plays and that makes it look easy,” said Weiman. “It’s not only me, it’s the guys in front of me that have made it seem easy at times.”

“Weiman’s play speaks for itself,” said head coach Joe Sacco. “He seems to be seeing the puck very well right now. Tyler works hard, he’s a dedicated kid and he spends a lot of time on his game and he wants to be a good pro. You can see the results now.”

The Monsters will have Thursday off and then play three games in three days over the weekend. The action starts in Hamilton on Friday, then returns to The Q on Saturday night for a game against Manitoba, and wraps up with the Monsters traveling to Texas to play Houston on Sunday afternoon.

“I thought it was a good effort from our guys tonight,” said Sacco. “We won as a team.”

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Nathan Smith Interview


Coach Joe Sacco Interview

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"I was more happy we had a 1-0 lead after one. I thought we were fortunate; if it wasn’t for Tyler it could have been a different story. We knew they were going to come out hard. They are an aggressive team, especially on the forecheck, they come at you with two guys hard. Our defense had to be ready from the start and we got caught back a little on our heals to start the game. We got that break on the first goal and then started to relax, settle down, and get back to our game. 

Tyler's play speaks for itself. Obviously as a coach it’s nice to have him back there. If there is a breakdown he seems to be coming up with timely saves. He seems to be seeing the puck very well right now. I noticed tonight, even rebounds around the front net, he seems to be finding everything right now. He is square to the puck. He is playing with a lot of confidence right now. Tyler works hard, he’s a dedicated kid and he spends a lot of time on his game and he wants to be a good pro. You can see the results now.” - Head Coach Joe Sacco



Weiman and Monsters Get Fourth Shutout Win

01/11/2009 19:00:00
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Tyler Weiman picked up his, and the Monsters, fourth shutout of the year on Sunday, blanking the visiting Philadelphia Phantoms, 3-0.  T.J. Galiardi, Darcy Campbell and Nathan Smith scored for Lake Erie.  Weiman had 31 saves in the win. The game wrapped up three games in three days for the Monsters.  Game RecapPhoto Gallery

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The Lake Erie Monsters put a halt to their three-game losing streak in a big way on Sunday afternoon, shutting out the Philadelphia Phantoms, 3-0, in the Phantoms only appearance at Quicken Loans Arena this season. The shutout, provided by Tyler Weiman, was the Monster netminder’s fourth of the season, a number that now ties him for second in the AHL. It was also Lake Erie’s fourth shutout of the season.

After the first 30 minutes of the game were without any scoring, the Monsters drew first blood when T.J. Galiardi tallied his second goal in as many games and fourth of the season at the 10:17 mark of the second period. Coming into the zone, Galiardi threw a puck to the net from above the faceoff circle and had it deflect off a Phantoms defender and squeak in on the short side of Phantoms goalie Michael Teslak. Mike Vernace and Wes O’Neill were credited with the assists on the goal. The assist was O’Neill’s first point of the year.

Darcy Campbell would add to the lead less than five minutes later, scoring just as time expired on a Philadelphia penalty. With his head up at the point, defenseman Nigel Williams spotted Campbell floating across the blueline. With the puck on his stick, Campbell fired a shot toward the net. With forward Per Ledin screening him, Teslak had no chance of stopping Campbell’s shot, as the disc squeezed between the goalie’s blocker and the post. Nathan Smith picked up the second assist on the goal.

It would take almost a full 20 minutes until the next goal, but the Monsters captain, Smith, put the game out of reach with his fourth of the season at the 14:18 mark of the third. With the puck on his off wing, Ledin spotted Smith driving the net beyond a Phantoms defender and threw it toward the net. As the puck landed on the ice, Smith chipped it over the glove of Teslak to put the Monsters up, 3-0. Derek Peltier was credited with the second assist on the goal.

“It was a great pass from Per Ledin and I just chipped it over the goalie’s glove-hand side and I think the goal kind of clinched it,” Smith commented on his goal.

Weiman ended the game with 31 saves on 31 shots, while Phantoms netminder Teslak turned away 35 of 38 Lake Erie shots on goal.

“When you start winning, that’s when you build confidence and there is no secret to that,” said head coach Joe Sacco. “It starts from our goaltending out and tonight it definitely started with Tyler. Our guys were on the same page and everyone was pulling the same way tonight and it was enjoyable to watch.”

The Monsters next game is slated for Wednesday, January 14th when the Quad City Flames make their only appearance of the year at The Q for a 7:00 p.m. start.

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Tyler Weiman Interview


Coach Joe Sacco Interview

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"The guys were all on the same page tonight, we were talking to each other and keeping things simple and just stuck to the game plan.  Everyone was hungry for a win and this was a must-win for us tonight.” - Goaltender Tyler Weiman



Meet Center Codey Burki

01/07/2009 16:15:00
01/07/2009 16:15:00

After beginning the season in Johnstown, Lake Erie center Codey Burki has added offensive punch to the Monsters lineup. Burki has nine points (5G, 4A) in 17 games with Lake Erie, including five points (2G, 3A) in his last four games. caught up with Burki to learn more about the man who wears #32.  Meet Codey

#32 Codey Burki

    -Winnipeg Jets/Mike Modano
    -Lots in Los Angeles at the Gold's Gym in Venice Beach: Jennifer Lopez, Will Smith, the Olsen twins, Owen Wilson, and James Caan
    -"The Family Guy" and "Lost"
    -"Disturbia" by Rihanna
    -The Pancake House in Winnipeg
    -24 pack of waters, bread, peanut butter, jam
    -It basically looks like an eel
    -I was a paper boy
    -Golfing or catching up on sleep
    -My parents
    -The power to do or change whatever I want
    -Being drafted by Colorado (2nd round of the 2006 NHL Entry Draft)


Cumiskey Named AHL All-Star

01/06/2009 15:56:00
01/06/2009 15:56:00

Monsters defenseman Kyle Cumiskey has been named to the Canadian All-Star Team for the 2009 AHL All-Star Classic.  He is second on the Monsters with 16 points (4G, 12A) in 26 games, and was just called up to parent club Colorado on Monday.  The Canadian Team will face PlanetUSA at the All-Star Game on Monday, January 26th. Read More


Meet defenseman Aaron MacKenzie

12/16/2008 07:44:00
12/16/2008 07:44:00

After spending last season in Peoria with the Rivermen, defenseman Aaron MacKenzie has added valuable experience, dependability, and an offensive spark to the Monsters blueline.  In 17 games with the Monsters, MacKenzie has six points (3G,3A). We caught up with Aaron to learn more about the man who wears #20. Meet Aaron

#20 Aaron Mackenzie

    -Golfing, fly fishing, yoga, watching sports on tv
    -"Entourage" and "Weeds"
    -Macker, Mackey, Redbird
    -Bruce Springsteen
    -Home Alone
    -Actor Pierce Brosnan
    -Alexander MacKenzie (famous explorer) 
    -A golf professional or a fly fishing guide
    -Peanut butter and bananas
    -My parents
    -Superhuman strength!
    -Graduating from college (Denver University)


Vote for the Monsters!

12/11/2008 08:50:00
12/11/2008 08:50:00

Monsters fans, it's time to show your support for your favorite players! Voting has begun for the 2009 AHL All-Star Classic, and we need your votes! Log onto and cast your vote for your favorite Monsters players to play in the mid-season classic.  You will even be entered to win great All-Star prizes just for voting! Vote Now


Monsters Earn Victory Over Peoria

12/10/2008 21:25:00
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The Monsters scored first and never looked back on Wednesday, defeating the Peoria Rivermen, 3-2, at  home.  Jesse Boulerice had a goal and assist, J.D. Corbin scored his first goal of the year, and Codey Burki added another goal.  Jason Bacashihua picked up the win in goal with 20 saves.  Game Recap Photo Gallery

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It was a long time coming for Monsters goalie Jason Bacashihua, who made 20 saves Wednesday night to get his first win since October 22nd and help Lake Erie defeat the Peoria Rivermen, 3-2, at Quicken Loans Arena.

“It’s tough when you struggle a little bit, but I worked hard at every practice and made that my game,” said Bacashihua. “I felt very solid out there tonight, and I feel like I have gotten out of my slump. But it’s real important to get back in the win column.”

Codey Burki started the scoring for the Monsters, getting his second goal of the year 15:03 into the first. Skating behind the net, Jesse Boulerice backhanded a pass out to Burki in front, who chipped it over the blocker of Peoria goalie Ben Bishop to put the Monsters up, 1-0.

Monsters forward J.D. Corbin scored the second goal of the game and the Monsters second shorthanded goal of the season 2:33 into the second period. Taking the puck off the boards just inside the Rivermen blue line, Corbin fended off a Peoria defender, cut across the the crease and buried the puck between the legs of Bishop. Corbin’s first goal of the season was assisted by Tom Fritsche and Nigel Williams.

Lake Erie’s two-goal lead would last less than a minute, as Rivermen forward Jeff Cowan found the back of the net 49 seconds later. To the right of Bacashihua in the high slot, Cowan wristed a shot through a slew of sticks and legs that beat the Lake Erie goaltender.

Up only one, Boulerice found the score sheet with less than four minutes left in the second to put the Monsters back up by two. Chris Mueller shot a puck from the goal line that Bishop kicked out to the slot, right where Boulerice stood waiting to pounce on the rebound. As soon as the puck was on his stick, Boulerice fired it past the blocker of the Peoria goalie.

The Monsters would go into the third with a two goal lead, but the Rivermen clawed their way back into the game at the 7:15 mark, when Steve Wagner’s slap shot from the point beat the glove of Bacashihua, cutting the Monsters lead to one.

“It was a shot from the point and one of their guys threw his stick out like he was going to deflect it and I moved my glove an inch or two and it was enough for it to just sail over my glove and into the net,” said Bacashihua. “Obviously, you don’t want to give those goals up when you’re up 3-1 and have the momentum go their way, but like I said our guys responded well. They battled the entire 60 minutes and it was a good win for us.”

Bacashihua and the Monsters would hang on, thwarting Peoria the rest of the way, including the last 1:20, when the Rivermen pulled Bishop for a sixth attacker, to earn their eighth win of the season. The Monsters will travel to Toronto to play the Marlies on Friday at 7:00 p.m. The team returns to The Q Saturday to play the Rochester Americans at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday to host the Rivermen again at 5:00 p.m.

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Jesse Boulerice Interview


Coach Joe Sacco Interview

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"We just have to go out and do what we did today.  We didn’t get any fancy goals, we put pucks in the nets off rebounds by crashing the nets.  We need to go out there and grind every night and get goals like that like we did tonight and come up with a victory.” - Goaltender Jason Bacashihua



Avalanche Q&A With Chris Stewart

12/08/2008 10:30:00
12/08/2008 10:30:00

After registering 11 points (five goals, six assists) in 19 games with the Monsters this season, right wing Chris Stewart was recalled by Lake Erie's NHL affiliate, the Colorado Avalanche, on Friday.  Chris recently sat down with to discuss his transition to and debut in the NHL.  Read the Q&A


Second Straight One-Goal Loss to Iowa

12/07/2008 19:45:00
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For the second straight day, Lake Erie lost by one goal at home to Iowa.  After a 2-1 loss to the Chops on Saturday, the Monsters fell 3-2 to Iowa on Sunday.  Tom Fritsche and Phil Dupuis scored for Lake Erie, while T.J. Galiardi and Mike Vernace picked up assists in the game.  Tyler Weiman had 22 saves in net for the Monsters. RecapPhotos

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For the third time this year, the Iowa Chops beat the Lake Erie Monsters by one goal. And for the third time this year, the game-winning goal came from the stick of Chops forward Drew Miller. In their second game against the Chops in as many days, the Monsters fell 3-2 Sunday afternoon at Quicken Loans Arena.

Lake Erie started the scoring just 4:18 into the game, registering the game’s first tally on a 5-on-3 power play. Camped out on the left side of the net, forward Tom Fritsche tapped in a cross-crease pass from T.J. Galiardi past Chops goalie David LeNeveu, putting the Monsters up by a goal. Mike Vernace was credited with the second assist on the goal.

The Monsters would score less than two minutes later on a gaffe by LeNeveu. Attempting to clear the puck from behind his net, the Chops goalie put the puck right on the stick of Phil Dupuis. The center turned the puck over from his forehand to the backhand and tucked it into the partially empty net. The first period ended with the Monsters up, 2-0.

Lake Erie’s lead wouldn’t last too long into the second frame as Eric Boguniecki cut the Monsters lead in half just 1:43 into the second period. Standing in front of the net, Boguniecki deflected Josh Green’s wrist shot past Monsters goalie Tyler Weiman.

At about the halfway mark of the second, the Chops would tie it up on T.J. Trevelyan’s seventh goal of the season. Taking a pass from Drew Miller, Trevelyan fanned on the shot that fluttered past Weiman, into the net. The teams headed into the third period knotted up on the scoreboard at two and in the shot category, with both teams registering 17 at the end of period number two.

The game remained tied until 12:57 into the third, when Miller scored what would be the eventual game-winner, putting the Chops ahead, 3-2. Skating off the half wall toward the Monsters net, Miller fired a wrist shot just inside the post, past the blocker of Weiman.

The Monsters went down with the never-say-die attitude, pulling Weiman with 46 seconds left in the game. With nine seconds on the clock, Dupuis had the puck in tight against LeNeveu, only to be turned away by the Chops goalie. The Chops would kill the final eight seconds on the clock, and the Monsters would drop back-to-back games against the Chops at The Q over the weekend.

“This loss hurts,” said head coach Joe Sacco. “We had a 2-0 lead against a team playing their third game in three nights. I thought we were the fresher team, but it was mistakes that you make as young players that you have to learn from.”

“We really feel we should’ve won this one with the lead we had” said left wing Tom Fritsche. “We know we’re a good team with great players. It’s just about putting it together and everyone playing together on the same night.”

The Monsters return to The Q on Wednesday night to host the Peoria Rivermen at 7:00 p.m.

Sights and Sounds

Tom Fritsche Interview


Coach Joe Sacco Interview

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"It’s something that we talk about every game: we want our guys to finish checks whenever possible. Usually when you finish checks it leads to scoring chances and you end up on the right side of the puck more often than not.” - Head Coach Joe Sacco



Monsters Promote Respect at Schools

12/03/2008 23:15:00
12/03/2008 23:15:00
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Whether you're a student in a classroom or in an ice arena as a professional hockey player, respect must be displayed and acted upon in order to succeed. With this important lesson in mind, the Lake Erie Monsters head into the community on the Lake Erie Monsters Respect Tour, presented by the Ohio Lottery. Read More | Photos

To be successful in any walk of life, one must be able to set goals, respect others and respect oneself. Whether in a classroom as students or in an ice arena as professional hockey players, the act of respect must be displayed and acted upon in order to succeed and move together as a unit. With those important lessons in mind, the Lake Erie Monsters head into the community eight times a year on the Lake Erie Monsters Respect Tour, presented by the Ohio Lottery.

Two players, along with broadcaster John Michael, and in-arena host, Olivier Sedra, speak at schools across northeastern Ohio stressing the messages of respect for one another, the importance of setting goals, and ways to overcome adversity.

Sedra, a native of Montreal, Quebec, came to Cleveland two years ago for the opportunity to work with the Cleveland Cavaliers. Sedra is the special projects coordinator and public address announcer for the Cavs, on top of his duties as in-arena host with the Monsters. This past summer, he was chosen to serve as the official basketball public address announcer for the Beijing Olympic Games. 

“If you respect yourself, you give yourself a chance in life,” Sedra said. “I’m standing here today because I gave myself respect.”

After earning a law degree, master’s degree and mechanical engineering degree from the University of Notre Dame, Michael joined the Pittsburgh law firm of Kirkpatrick & Lockhart. But he stopped practicing law to go after what he loved: calling games.

“You have to stay in school, set your goals and study hard,” said Michael. “Because I worked hard and got my education, the play-by-play opportunity presented itself.”

In addition, many Monsters players take the time to appear at Tour stops and express the important role that respect has played in achieving the goals they established for themselves at young ages. For left wing Chris Durno and defenseman Mike Vernace, it was their parents who stressed the necessity of respecting oneself and others around them. 

“My parents instilled those basic values, respect and hard work, in me while I was growing up,” said Durno. “I looked up to my parents because of their work ethics, what they’ve accomplished and what got them to where they are today.” 

“Growing up, I looked up to my parents, especially my dad,” said Vernace. “He made a lot of sacrifices for me and my brother that made life not as great for him. There’s no way I’d be where I am today without my parents; they are my biggest role models. You have to respect everybody. Being respectful has helped me and Chris get to where we want to be.”

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Introducing the Holiday Hat Trick Pack

11/18/2008 12:11:00
11/18/2008 12:11:00

Now that the holidays are fast approaching, are you looking for the perfect gift for the hockey fan in your life? Pick up the new Holiday Hat Trick Pack, featuring discounted tickets to three big upcoming games, plus three free gifts - including the opportunity to have your picture taken on the ice at The Q!  Find Out More | Buy Yours Now


Meet Defenseman Darcy Campbell

11/18/2008 12:00:00
11/18/2008 12:00:00

After being acquired in a trade from the NHL's Columbus Blue Jackets last season, defenseman Darcy Campbell has provided Lake Erie with solid defensive awareness and consistent play.  In 16 games with the Monsters so far this season, Campbell has three assists.   Learn more about the man who wears #4.  Read More

#4 Darcy Campbell

London Broil
Jessica Alba
    -a dog
    -Soupy or Soups
    -"Say It Ain't So" by Weezer 
    -a dragon without wings
    -the Buckeyes
    -a sloth
    -a framer who builds houses
    -my older brothers
 -The Dark Knight and 300
    -the ability to become invisible!
    -signing an NHL contract
    -laid back


Take a Peek at Practice

11/18/2008 11:35:00
11/18/2008 11:35:00

When the Monsters take the ice for their games at The Q, what you see did not just happen overnight.  Many hours of practice translate into the product you see on the ice. Recently stopped by a practice session at The Q to see what the players go through on a daily basis.  View Photos


Arby's Family Value Packs Now Available Online

11/12/2008 15:12:00
11/12/2008 15:12:00

Every Sunday is Arby's Family Value Day at The Q, where you can purchase an Arby's Family Value Pack - tickets, Arby's combo meals and ski hats - for one low price. The Arby's Family Value Pack is now available for purchase online here at, so get yours now for Sunday's game against Hartford. Get yours now!


Meet Right Wing T.J. Galiardi

11/12/2008 11:13:00
11/12/2008 11:13:00

After a successful major junior campaign with the Calgary Hitmen of the WHL in 2007-08, Monsters rookie T.J. Galiardi is off to a good start in his professional career. Galiardi has six points (3G, 3A) in Lake Erie's first 12 games, including a three-point game in Sunday's win over Hamilton. Meet the man who wears #39.  Read More

#39 T.J. Galiardi

    -gummy bears
Natalie Portman
    -a monkey
    -it has T-Rex hands and a hairy chest
    -Chris Durno
    -an architect
    -my dad
    -I Am Legend
    -being drafted in the 2007 NHL Draft


Stewart's Hat Trick Leads Way to Win

11/10/2008 11:30:00
11/10/2008 11:30:00

The Monsters scored four goals in under five minutes to end the game and come from behind for a 6-4 home win over Hamilton on Sunday.  Chris Stewart had four points, including a hat trick.  Kyle Cumiskey and T.J. Galiardi had three points apiece, while Phil Dupuis and Mike Vernace had two points each.  Game RecapPhoto Gallery

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It was a night of firsts for the Lake Erie Monsters, as the team won their first game back at home from a six-game road trip, compliments of the first hat trick of the season from the hot stick of Chris Stewart. The right wing’s hat trick, along with the team scoring four goals in 4:48 in the third period, paved the way for a remarkable 6-4 come-from-behind win against the Hamilton Bulldogs Sunday night at Quicken Loans Arena.

“This is a huge booster, scoring a hat trick,” said Stewart. “You have a lot of pressure on yourself as a second year player and a guy who we went to for scoring last year, so now you don’t want to look back from here. “

The Monsters started out the game fast, outshooting the Bulldogs 19-4 in the first period, before eventually setting a franchise record with 45 shots in the game. But it would be the Bulldogs who would get on the board first when Yannick Weber beat goaltender Tyler Weiman 12 minutes into the game. But the Bulldogs wouldn’t keep the lead for long.

Stewart responded quickly, tying the game at one with his second goal of the season approximately three minutes later. Standing pat on the hash marks, Stewart was the recipient of a T.J. Galiardi faceoff win. As soon as the puck was on Stewart’s stick, the 6’2, 228 pound forward snapped the biscuit off the glove of Bulldogs goaltender Cedrick Desjardins and into the net.

Stewart would strike again, making it the first multi-goal game of the year for a Monsters player, 7:38 into the second period on the power play. After taking a feed from Kyle Cumiskey, Stewart pulled up in between the faceoff circles, throwing goaltender Desjardins’ timing off before snapping a wrist shot through the wickets of the Bulldogs goalie.

The power play scoring would continue, it just wouldn’t be the Monsters capitalizing on the man advantage as the team took seven penalties in the second frame. A little more than two minutes after Stewart’s goal, David Desharnais fished a rebound out of the pads of Weiman, pulled it back and put it over the goalie’s sprawled out body.

Max D’Agostini would continue the power play scoring for the Bulldogs, tipping in a Yanick Lehoux shot 13 minutes into the second period. D’Agostini would again cash in on the power play, splitting the Monsters defense and flipping the puck under Weiman’s glove with just under three minutes left in the second. Down but not out, the team would head into the locker room to heed the advice of head coach Joe Sacco.

“We played a great first period,” said Sacco. “I thought we had total control of the game but we had seven penalties in the second period and you just can’t keep any momentum going that way.

“Like I said before, if we got it to the third period at 4-2 I thought we’d have a chance to come back, and they did it,” said Sacco. “Again, real hard work and determination.”

Although the team would score four goals in under five minutes, it was a play that won’t appear on the score sheet that began the team’s monumental turn around. At the 14 minute mark of the third period, Bulldogs forward Max Pacioretty broke in shorthanded on Weiman. After faking a shot and attempting a deke to the back hand, Weiman stoned the smooth attempt from Pacioretty to keep the Monsters within two.

After Weiman shut the door, the offense did the rest. The scoring outburst began when Galiardi deflected a Mike Vernace point shot at 14:44 of the third. Chris Stewart would be credited with the second assist on the goal. A minute-and- a-half later, Vernace would knot the game at four. With his head up behind the net, Phil Dupuis would send a pass through a slew of sticks in front, finding Vernace, who was sneaking in from his spot at the point. Without hesitation, Vernace took Dupuis’ pass and wired a shot over the glove of Desjardins. Galiardi was credited with the second assist on the goal.

Then, with just under two minutes left in the game, Dupuis would put the Monsters ahead 5-4, and the team would never look back. Taking a pass from Cumiskey below the goal line, Dupuis toe dragged the puck out from behind the net and squeezed the rubber disc in between the post and the glove of Desjardins. Jesse Boulerice was given the second assist on the goal.

With less than 30 seconds left in the game, Stewart would get his hat trick. Coming down on a two-on-one from the red line, Cumiskey fed Stewart the puck and the power forward would lift the puck into the empty net from just inside the Bulldogs blue line to ice the win for the Monsters. The goal would be the last of four in a 4:48 span and would cap the team’s come-from-behind win.

The Monsters will return to action against the Houston Aeros at home on Friday, November 14th at 7:30 p.m.

Sights and Sounds

Chris Stewart Interview


Coach Joe Sacco Interview

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“It’s great to see the team win. Tough loss the other night, so the main thing was to get the win here tonight. We were down two goals going into the third period and we had a great third period and came back and won, so that was awesome.” - Defenseman Kyle Cumiskey



Weiman Gets Team First Road Win with Shutout

11/01/2008 17:33:00
11/01/2008 17:33:00

The Monsters recorded their first road win of the season on Saturday, defeating the Marlies, 3-0, in Toronto.  Tyler Weiman posted 37 saves in the Monsters first shutout of the year.  Aaron MacKenzie, Chris Durno and T.J. Hensick all scored for Lake Erie in the win.  The Monsters are now 2-0 against Toronto so far this season.  Game Recap

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A balanced scoring attack and stellar goaltending earned the Monsters their first road win of the season when they blanked the Marlies, 3-0, in Toronto Saturday afternoon.  Tyler Weiman recorded a whopping 37 saves on his way to earning his and the team's first shutout of the 2008-09 season.  He was helped by Lake Erie's offense scoring once each period, finding the back of the net on three of their just 14 shots in the game.  Lake Erie's penalty kill also came up big in the win, denying the Marlies on all eight of the power plays.

Aaron MacKenzie got the scoring started for the Monsters when he scored unassisted 6:22 into the game.  It was his first goal with the Monsters and his first point since October 17th.  MacKenzie's score was one of just four shots for Lake Erie in the period.

More than a full period of time would elapse before the score would change.  The first period came and went with the Monsters maintaining their 1-0 lead, and after an unsuccessful Chris Mueller penalty shot attempt just 59 seconds into the second, it looked like the second frame would end the same until Chris Durno found the back of the net at the 14:36 mark of the period.  He was assisted by Jesse  Boulerice and T.J. Galiardi. The goal was Durno's third of the season, while Boulerice's assist was his second in as many games.

Holding onto a 2-0 lead to start the final period, T.J. Hensick added an insurance goal just 26 seconds into the third session.  Kyle Cumiskey was credited with the assist.  Hensick has now scored in four straight games for Lake Erie, and leads the team with 13 points (6G, 7A) on the season.  He has recorded a point in seven straight games (5G, 4A), and nine of the 10 games this year.

Neither team could take advantage of the many penalties in the game.  The Monsters were 0-5 on their power play opportunities, while Toronto was 0-8.

Weiman was a perfect 37-37 in net for the Monsters, picking up his second win of the season.  His first win came against these same Marlies, a 4-3 victory in Cleveland on October 12th.  Toronto netminder Justin Pogge posted 11 saves on 14 shots. The 14 shots taken by Lake Erie is the lowest in franchise history.

The 3-0 win is the largest margin of victory for the Monsters so far this season. Lake Erie is now 4-5-0-1 on the year, and will return to action on Friday in Grand Rapids.


Deja Vu in Peoria on Sunday

10/26/2008 17:26:00
10/26/2008 17:26:00

Unfortunately for the Monsters, Sunday's game in Peoria ended the same way Saturday's did: with a 5-2 loss.  T.J. Hensick scored for Lake Erie, making Sunday his fifth straight game with a point.  Rob Drummond scored the other Monsters goal, his first of the season.  Jason Bacashihua had 23 saves in goal in the loss.  Game Recap

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Two games in Peoria produced two replica results for Lake Erie over the weekend.  After losing 5-2 to the Rivermen on Saturday night, the Monsters fell again to Peoria, 5-2, on Sunday afternoon. 

Unlike Saturday, however, Lake Erie was able to find the back of the net first.  Rob Drummond scored his first goal of the season unassisted at the 9:21 mark of the opening period.

It took less than a minute for the home team to even the score. Steve Regier put the Rivermen on the board at 10:02, assisted by Charles Linglet and Jeff Woywitka.

The teams went the remainder of the first with the score knotted at one goal apiece. 

Shortly into the second period, Ryan Reaves put Peoria ahead with his unassisted goal at the 2:59 mark.

Nearly 10 minutes would go by with the score remaining 2-1, until Chris Conner pushed the Rivermen up by two at the 12:16 point of the middle frame.  Trent Whitfield and Nikolay Lemtyugov assisted on the power play goal.  The second period ended with the Rivermen leading 3-1.

The Monsters got back on the board at 7:59 of the third on T.J. Hensick's power play goal, his fourth score of the season.  Hensick has now recorded a point in five straight games, and leads Lake Erie with 11 points (4G, 7A) on the year.  His unassisted goal pulled the Monsters to within one. 

After another 10 minutes of scoreless play, Regier struck again, increasing Peoria's lead to two again with his goal at the 17:32 mark of the third.  His power play goal was assisted by Julian Talbot and Justin Fletcher.  

Whitfield sealed the 5-2 victory with his empty net goal with one minute remaining in the game, helped by Chris Porter and Wojwitka.

Jason Bacashihua took the loss in goal for the Monsters, posting 23 saves on 27 shots faced.  Peoria goaltender Chris Holt had 20 saves on 22 shots. 

Lake Erie (3-4-0-1) returns to action in Hamilton on Friday, October 31st at 7:30 p.m.


Monsters Outpowered by Peoria on Saturday

10/25/2008 21:17:00
10/25/2008 21:17:00

Playing the middle of three games in three nights, Lake Erie fell to the Rivermen in Peoria, 5-2, on Saturday night.  T.J. Hensick and Chris Durno scored for the Monsters.  Tyler Weiman had 25 saves in goal.  Brian Willsie extended his point streak to seven games with an assist. Three of Peoria's goals came on the power play.  Game Recap

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Playing their second straight game, and second of three games in as many nights, the Monsters were outpowered in Peoria on Saturday, falling 5-2 to the Rivermen. 

Peoria got on the board quick, scoring just 2:50 into the game on a Cam Paddock goal.  Curtis Fraser and Jeff Cowan assisted on the score.

The Rivermen took a 2-0 lead less than five minutes later when Chris Porter scored on Monsters netminder Tyler Weiman at the 7:15 mark of the first.  Trent Whitfield and Jeff Woywitka were given the assists on the play.

Lake Erie fought back later in the first stanza, bringing the Monsters to within one on a T.J. Hensick power play goal at 15:49, assisted by Brian Willsie and Derek Peltier.  Hensick has now recorded a point in four straight games and leads the Monsters with 10 points (3G, 7A) on the year. Willsie has notched a point in all seven games of the 2008-09 Lake Erie season, and he currently sits second on the team with nine points (6G, 3A).

After putting up a combined three goals in the first period, it would take almost another full period before either team would find the back of the net again. The Monsters tied the game at 2-2 on a Chris Durno goal at the 14:25 point of the second stanza.  Nathan Smith and Chris Stewart were credited with the assists.

Peoria grabbed the lead back a few short minutes later.  Julian Talbot scored at 18:33 on a power play, helped by Chris Conner.
The home team entered the third period with a 3-2 lead, and built on it from there. Connor scored for himself on another power play at 4:45, assisted by Ivan Vishnevskiy and Andy Wozniewski. 

Nicholas Drazenovic secured the 5-2 win for the Rivermen with his power play goal at the 7:08 point of the third.  Steve Regier and Wozniewski assisted on the play. 

Weiman recorded 25 saves on 30 shots faced in goal for Lake Erie, while his Peoria counterpart Chris Holt posted 23 saves on 25 shots.

The Monsters will have a chance to exact quick revenge as they stay in Peoria to face the Rivermen again on Sunday at 4:00 p.m. EDT.


It's Finally Hockey Time Again!

09/26/2008 16:09:00
09/26/2008 16:09:00

As of Monday morning, hockey is back in Northeast Ohio.  The Monsters officially got the 2008-09 season underway when they opened Training Camp at Hoover Arena on Monday.  The team will practice all week and cap that off with a free preseason game against Rochester at Hoover on Friday. Read More and View Training Camp Roster

Training Camp Begins Monday, September 29th; First Preseason Game Friday, October 3rd

The Lake Erie Monsters will officially begin their 2008-09 Training Camp on Monday, September 29th at Hoover Arena in Strongsville (15381 Royalton Road). In preparation for their second season in the American Hockey League, the Monsters will take to the ice for practice sessions on Monday and Tuesday, followed by intrasquad scrimmages on Wednesday and Thursday.  All practice sessions and scrimmages are free and open to the public.

The 2008 Training Camp schedule is as follows:

Monday, 9/29/08: 12:00 p.m.-1:15 p.m. and 1:30 p.m.-2:45 p.m. (practice sessions)
Tuesday, 9/30/08: 10:30 a.m.-11:45 a.m. and 12:00 p.m.-1:15 p.m. (practice sessions)
Wednesday, 10/1/08: 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. (intrasquad scrimmage)
Thursday, 10/2/08: 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. (intrasquad scrimmage)

First Preseason Game Free and Open to the Public
On Friday, October 3rd, the Monsters will begin preseason play as they host a North Division foe, the Rochester Americans, in the first half of a home-and-home series. Faceoff is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. at Hoover Arena and admission is free for all fans. Come cheer your favorite players from last year and get your first look at new acquisitions as the Monsters prepare for the 2008-09 season!  Lake Erie will then travel to Rochester on Saturday to cap off Training Camp with a second preseason game. 

The following players will participate in Training Camp:

RW Josh Aspenlind C Bryan Marshall
D Andrew Andricopoulos G Kris Mayotte
G Jason Bacashihua RW Mark McCutcheon
RW Mike Bartlett G Rob McVicar
C Codey Burki D Kevin Montgomery
D Darcy Campbell C Chris Mueller
RW Jack Combs D Wes O'Neill
LW J.D. Corbin D Derek Peltier
D Brian Deeth C Clint Pettapiece
C Ryan Del Monte LW Andrew Sarauer
RW Rob Drummond LW Brandon Scero
C Philippe Dupuis C Marty Sertich
LW Chris Durno LW David Simoes
LW Tom Fritsche C Peder Skinner
C T.J. Galiardi C Nathan Smith
C Matt Hendricks D Mike Vernace
G Ian Keserich D Nigel Williams
LW Olivier Legault D Brock Wilson
D Ray Macias G Tyler Weiman
D Aaron MacKenzie  

For questions regarding Training Camp or the Preseason Game, please call (216)420-0000.


Opening Night Time Change

09/26/2008 08:27:00
09/26/2008 08:27:00

Please note: the time for Opening Night, Saturday, October 11th, has been changed. The Monsters will be taking on the Grand Rapids Griffins to start their second season at The Q. The game will now begin at 7:00 p.m., rather than the originally-scheduled 7:30 p.m.  Which just means you will get to see Monsters hockey that much sooner!


Follow the Avs in the Preseason

09/25/2008 12:38:00
09/25/2008 12:38:00

Lake Erie parent club Colorado has concluded its Training Camp and is in the midst of preseason play.  The Avalanche are 3-0-1 so far, and will play two more games before the regular season begins on October 9th.  Monsters fans can follow all the Avs action by
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Twenty Games to be Televised This Season

09/22/2008 08:42:00
09/22/2008 08:42:00

The Lake Erie Monsters are bringing their hard-hitting, fast-paced, in-your-face style of hockey into homes across the region this season with a new television schedule announced on Monday. The Monsters will partner with both FOX Sports Ohio and MY43 WUAB in 2008-09, with each station televising 10 games apiece.  Read More

The Lake Erie Monsters are bringing their hard-hitting, fast-paced, in-your-face style of hockey into homes across the region this season with a new television schedule announced today. The Monsters will partner with both FOX Sports Ohio and MY43 WUAB in 2008-09, with each station televising 10 games apiece during the Monsters second season in Cleveland, beginning October 11th. FOX Sports Ohio is the official Cable Home of the Monsters, while MY43 WUAB is the new and official Home of Lake Erie Monsters Hockey Over the Air Telecasts this season. All but four of the 20 games will be home contests at Quicken Loans Arena.

The television play-by-play will be handled by the voice of the Monsters, John Michael, who returns for his second season calling Lake Erie hockey. Michael also covers all games on the Monsters flagship radio station, ESPN 850 WKNR. The 20 television broadcasts will also be simulcast on WKNR.

“We’re fortunate to take another big step forward with two great television partners in FOX Sports Ohio and MY43 WUAB,” said Kerry Bubolz, Monsters President. “By broadcasting our games on both stations, we will be able to bring the excitement and action of Monsters hockey to an even larger fan base. This is great news for every member of the quickly-growing Monsters family.”

Below is the full 2008-09 broadcast schedule:

10/11/08  7:00 p.m.  Grand Rapids  FOX Sports Ohio
10/18/08  1:00 p.m.  Grand Rapids  FOX Sports Ohio
11/1/08  4:00 p.m.  at Toronto  MY43 WUAB
11/9/08  5:00 p.m.  Hamilton  MY43 WUAB
11/16/08  3:00 p.m.  Hartford  FOX Sports Ohio
11/22/08  1:00 p.m.  Manchester  FOX Sports Ohio
11/23/08  5:00 p.m.  W-B/Scranton  MY43 WUAB
12/7/08  5:00 p.m.  Iowa  MY43 WUAB
12/21/08  5:00 p.m.  at Hershey  MY43 WUAB
12/26/08  7:30 p.m.  Toronto  FOX Sports Ohio
 1/14/09  7:00 p.m.  Quad City  FOX Sports Ohio
 1/17/09  7:30 p.m.  Manitoba  FOX Sports Ohio
 2/8/09  5:00 p.m.  at Hamilton  MY43 WUAB
 2/25/09  7:00 p.m.  Syracuse  FOX Sports Ohio
 2/28/09  7:30 p.m.  Grand Rapids  FOX Sports Ohio
 3/1/09  5:00 p.m.  Hamilton  MY43 WUAB
 3/7/09  1:00 p.m.  Rochester  MY43 WUAB
 3/14/09  4:00 p.m.  at Toronto  MY43 WUAB
 3/22/09  5:00 p.m.  Grand Rapids  MY43 WUAB
 4/1/09  7:00 p.m.  Rockford  FOX Sports Ohio


Promo Schedule Announced, Tickets On Sale

09/11/2008 11:36:00
09/11/2008 11:36:00

The Monsters have announced their jam-packed 2008-09 promotional schedule, which is filled with an unprecedented number of exciting promotions - like Dollar Dog Fridays  -  and cool, free giveaways  - like a Sully bobble.  Single game tickets are on sale now, so make sure you purchase yours today.  Read More | View Full Promo Schedule

Following the success of their inaugural season, the 2008-09 Lake Erie Monsters season is going to be even bigger and better, and fans can get their tickets for all the action beginning this weekend. Single game tickets for the 2008-09 American Hockey League season at Quicken Loans Arena will go on sale this Saturday, September 13th, at 10:00 a.m.

The 40-game home schedule, which begins Saturday, October 11th, is chock-full of an unprecedented number of exciting promotions and cool, free giveaways. Fans can take advantage of the following specials this season:

EVERY WEDNESDAY: College Night presented by Taco Bell and Cleveland Plus – save $3 off any ticket at the Quicken Loans Arena Box Office with a valid college ID. There are seven Wednesday games this season.

EVERY FRIDAY: Dollar Dog Fridays, presented by Pepsi, Sugardale and FSN Ohio – hot dogs and sodas are just $1 each; PLUS free Tri-C Postgame Family Open Skate. There are six Friday games this season.

EVERY SUNDAY: Arby’s Family Value Day – purchase four to six tickets and receive the same number of Arby’s combo meals and Monsters ski hats, all for one discounted price. There are 10 Sunday games this season.

Several Sunday games – October 12th, November 16th, December 7th, January 11th and March 8th – will also feature free postgame autograph sessions with the full Monsters team.

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Monsters fans can also look forward to receiving fun, free giveaways, such as:

  • Magnetic 2008-09 Monsters Schedule (October 11th)
  • Monsters Lunchbox (November 14th)
  • Monsters t-shirt (December 6th)
  • Sully Bobblehead (February 27th)
  • Monsters jersey clock (March 6th)

There will also be a very special, NEVER-DONE-BEFORE-IN-LOCAL-PRO-SPORTS promotion and giveaway announced closer to the start of the season.

The second season of Monsters hockey at The Q will also feature special celebrity appearances, including All-Pro Josh Cribbs of the Cleveland Browns on February 28th, a special Cleveland sports legends night on March 6th, and others to be announced at a later date.


Single game tickets for the 2008-09 Monsters hockey season start at just $10. For more information or to purchase tickets, call (216) 420-0000 or visit Tickets will also be available at the Quicken Loans Arena Box Office and all TicketMaster locations. Full season and partial ticket plans for the 2008-09 season, starting at just $10 per seat per game, as well as group tickets, are also on sale now by calling (216) 420-0000 or visiting


Avs & Monsters Train at S.W.A.T. Facilities

08/29/2008 09:06:00
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Several Avs and Monsters players recently spent time at The National Strength & Conditioning Association's Human Performance Center in Colorado Springs to train with the S.W.A.T Team.  Chris Stewart and T.J. Hensick were among those preparing for the season by conditioning with the police and S.W.A.T. teams.  Watch Avalanche TV


Time is Running Out to be a SpokesMonster!

08/28/2008 15:09:00
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With the second season approaching quickly, the Monsters are looking for outgoing, enthusiastic young fans in the fifth through eighth grades to spread the word about the fun hockey action here at The Q.  You'll even get cool Monsters items for you and your friends.  Registration ends soon, so sign up now to be a SpokesMonster!  Sign Up

The Lake Erie Monsters are looking for enthusiastic fans entering the 5th through 8th grades to spread the word about the team's second season in Cleveland, which tips-off October 11th. We're looking for official SpokesMonsters!

SpokesMonsters will be expected to represent the Monsters through the year at their schools and amongst their friends, and be active in spreading the word about the thrilling hockey action at The Q.  They will also enjoy other privileges during the season that are only available exclusively to SpokesMonsters, including receiving special items and ticket offers. .

So do you think you would make a good SpokesMonster? Just have your parent or guardian register below for your chance to become one. Once all SpokesMonsters are selected, they and their parents will be invited via email to an official kick-off party at Quicken Loans Arena on September 28th.

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Applicants will be randomly selected and must be within a 75-mile radius of Quicken Loans Arena.  Registration runs from August 28th to September 12th, and all children must have their parent or guardian sign up on their behalf.


Players Learn MMA to Prepare for Season

08/22/2008 10:30:00
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Several Avalanche and Monsters players recently spent time at the University of Denver to learn some mixed martial arts training to prepare for the upcoming season in Colorado and Lake Erie.  Chris Stewart and J.D. Corbin were among those to tape up their wrists with Strength & Conditioning Coach Mike Sanders.  Watch Avalanche TV


Listen to David Jones on "Between the Pipes"

08/20/2008 12:38:00
08/20/2008 12:38:00

David Jones - who last year spent his rookie season split between the Monsters and parent club Colorado - joined John Michael on the latest edition of "Between the Pipes."  The Dartmouth alum talked about his first year in the pros, his time with both Lake Erie and the Avs, and his thoughts heading into the coming season. Listen Now!


Download the new 2008-09 Schedule

08/14/2008 11:21:00
08/14/2008 11:21:00

Eighty games over the course of six months is a lot to keep track of. Lucky for you, now you can download the full 2008-09 Monsters schedule right to your Outlook calendar. With a couple clicks of the mouse, you will have the complete second season right on your desktop.  Now you'll never miss a game!  Download Now!


Monsters Game Presentation Honored

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The Lake Erie Monsters recently won the Golden Matrix Award for Best Overall Video Display at the 26th Annual IDEA Conference.  The team was honored for their event video presentation, which includes in-game graphics, team intros, as well as all live action elements during a game, such as contests and mascots. Read More

The Lake Erie Monsters recently won the 2008 Golden Matrix Award for Best Overall Video Display - Minor League Division -  at the 26th Annual IDEA Conference in Chicago. It marks the first time a first-year franchise has won a Golden Matrix Award in any category.

IDEA, the Information Display and Entertainment Association, started in 1982 and has become the most widely recognized association of sporting event presentation and sports video production professionals in the country. The IDEA membership is made up of game presentation representatives of a majority of the major sports leagues (MLB, NBA, NHL, NFL) and dozens of Minor League teams and universities, as well as facility management firms and scoreboard/graphic display manufacturers. In all, IDEA is made up of 175 Active and Allied organizations and more than 375 individual members.

Each year members submit samples of a wide variety of their game presentation, from in-game promotions to their season opener videos to mascot skits to the technical displays of their various scoreboards, to the voting board. Once voting takes place, the top three nominations in each category are voted on at the annual conference by the attending team representatives.

The purpose of IDEA is to foster and cultivate the professional, educational, creative and technical standards of its members.

The Golden Matrix Award for Best Overall Video Display covers all elements of sporting event video presentation, from in-game graphics (headshots, promotional branding, etc.) to team intros (live and pre-produced elements), as well as all live action elements in a game presentation (mascots, promotion teams, contests, crowd prompts, etc.)

Other division winners of the 2008 Golden Matrix Award for Best Overall Video Display announced in Chicago were: Houston Astros (MLB), Houston Rockets (NBA), Chicago Blackhawks (NHL), Miami Dolphins (NFL) and University of Kansas (University).


Monsters to Start 2008-09 Season at Home

08/07/2008 12:32:00
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The Monsters have released their 2008-09 regular season schedule, which features 31 home weekend games, including four double-headers with the Cleveland Cavaliers. The team will kick off their second season with a five-game home stand at The Q, beginning October 11th. 
Read More | View Full 2008-09 Schedule | Download Schedule

The Lake Erie Monsters, presented by Kaiser Permanente, will face the Grand Rapids Griffins on Saturday, October 11th at 7:30 p.m. at Quicken Loans Arena to kick off a five-game home stand that will begin their second season in Cleveland. The 80-game regular season schedule was released by the American Hockey League today.


The Monsters will play 31 of their 40 home games on the weekend, including six Friday games, 15 Saturday games, and 10 Sunday games. Four of the Saturday games will be double-headers, with The Q hosting both hockey and basketball in the same day. On October 18th (Cavs preseason), November 22nd and March 7th, the Monsters will host a matinee match-up, followed by a Cleveland Cavaliers nightcap. March 21st will feature the Cavs in the early game, followed by the Monsters at night.

The Monsters will play a total of 14 back-to-backs, as well as 10 back-to-back-to-backs in 2008-09. The team will host a season-high seven-game home stand from February 25th – March 8th, which will follow Lake Erie’s longest road swing of the year, nine games between February 7th and February 21st. The Monsters will finish the 2008-09 regular season right where they started it, at home, on April 11th.

The Monsters played their inaugural season in Cleveland in 2007-08. Fans came out to support their new hometown team, as the Monsters recorded four of the top seven highest-attended games in the AHL last season. The Monsters averaged just under 6,000 fans per game over the course of the season, with an average of more than 7,300 people turning out for weekend games. Several weekend dates saw between 11,000 – 15,000 fans pack The Q. With the Monsters serving as the top affiliate of the NHL’s Colorado Avalanche, fans were able to watch some of the top young prospects in all of hockey: a total of 11 Lake Erie players were called up by the Avs during 2007-08, including five who made their NHL debut.

Fans can expect to enjoy the same fun, affordable family entertainment that became synonymous with Monsters games last season, including free postgame open skates and autograph sessions, celebrity promotional appearances, and Dollar Dog Fridays, when all hot dogs and 16-ounce pops are only $1 each.

Full season tickets, starting at just $10 per seat per game, as well as group tickets, are on sale now by visiting or calling (216) 420-0000. Partial (multiple games) season ticket plans will go on sale later this summer. Single game tickets will go on sale closer to the start of the season on a date to be announced. The 2008-09 promotional schedule will also be announced at a later date and before single game tickets go on sale.

The Lake Erie Monsters are part of the Cleveland Cavaliers and Quicken Loans Arena organization and also owned by a group led by Cavaliers Majority Owner and Quicken Loans Founder and Chairman Dan Gilbert.


T.J. Hensick on New "Between the Pipes"

08/05/2008 15:19:00
08/05/2008 15:19:00

John Michael was joined by a very special - and talented - guest on the newest edition of "Between the Pipes:" Monsters rookie and AHL All-Star T.J. Hensick. The two discussed T.J.'s first pro season, his time with the Avalanche and the upcoming season.  T.J. also answered fans' questions from the Monsters Mailbag. Listen Now!


Getting Caught Up in "From the Perch"

08/05/2008 07:52:00
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As the 2008-09 season draws near, teams are still shuffling to produce a winning roster and coaching staff. In this week's edition of "From the Perch," John Michael takes a look at the new coach of a Lake Erie rival, discusses movements on the transaction sheet, as well as the possible motive behind a Monsters move.  Read More

Curt Fraser Signed as Grand Rapids Head Coach
Last week, Curt Fraser, the first coach of the NHL’s Atlanta Thrashers, was hired to patrol behind the bench of the Monsters’ rivals from Michigan, the Grand Rapids Griffins. We caught up with Curt in March in Peoria, when he was the head coach of the Belarusian National Team. Monster fans who caught the Monsters-Rivermen game on March 1 on FSN Ohio saw Curt’s interview between periods, as he was at the game to scout former Monster defenseman Vladimir Denisov (who was signed by the New York Rangers during the off-season). It was the first time that I had the chance to talk to Curt, and in the few minutes that I spent with him, I found him to be knowledgeable of the game, thoughtful in his insights, friendly and well-spoken. Moreover, he brings a wealth of coaching experience from the NHL, AHL, IHL, and the international game to the position. Accordingly, I like the move by Grand Rapids and look forward to seeing Curt behind the bench alongside former Cleveland Lumberjack Jim Paek as the Monsters/Griffins rivalry – which heated up quickly and never subsided in ten games last season – rages into 08-09.

Keeping an Eye on the Transaction Sheet
Of course the moves and signings made by the Avalanche in the off-season are of critical importance to Monster fans, but don’t forget about the significance of the transactions made by the parent clubs of the other teams in the Monsters’ North Division. These moves potentially can be just as important in determining Lake Erie’s fate within the division next season. The in-division signing that probably stings the most so far is Detroit’s acquisition of Darren Haydar last week. Two seasons ago in Chicago with the Wolves, Haydar was the league’s scoring champion and Most Valuable Player as he put up whopping numbers of 41 goals and 122 points. Last year, Haydar scored 58 points in 51 games with the Wolves and also played 16 games up with Atlanta. If Haydar doesn’t crack the Wings lineup and ends up in Grand Rapids, it’s a pretty safe bet that the Monsters will have their hands full with the former AHL MVP.

Another strong depth move by the Wings was the re-signing of goaltender Jimmy Howard, to go along with the acquisition of free agent goalie Ty Conklin from Pittsburgh during the off-season. Barring an injury to either man or Detroit’s #1 Chris Osgood, this virtually guarantees that Grand Rapids will have a quality netminder between the pipes next season.

Also last week, Vancouver re-signed six core players in Jimmy Sharrow, Zack Fitzgerald, Mike Brown, Rick Rypien, Ryan Shannon, and Nathan McIver. These players made up a big chunk of the nucleus of a strong Manitoba Moose club last season. (On a side note, Monster fans may recall that Rypien was the man who did a number on the face of Vladimir Denisov in a memorable scrap last season.) These signings will certainly boost a Manitoba team that is likely to compete for the division title again next season.

Things That Make You Go Hmmmmmmm
Jamie Lundmark started the 06-07 season with the NHL’s Calgary Flames. After playing 39 games with the Flames – in which Lundmark produced no goals and 4 assists – he was traded to the Los Angeles Kings for Craig Conroy. After spending last season with the Monsters, Lundmark was signed by the Flames organization once again just a few weeks ago. This begs the question: Why would an organization that seemingly gave up on Lundmark, or at least found him expendable, mid-way through the 06-07 campaign want him back in the mix?

Well, the answer may, at least in part, stem from a particular Lake Erie game last season. On March 12, 2008, the Monsters traveled to Illinois to take on Calgary’s AHL affiliate, the Quad City Flames. The Monsters trailed the Flames 3-1 heading into the third period, but responded with their most impressive road third period of the season, outscoring the Flames 5-0 in the stanza and emerging with a 6-3 victory. A big reason for the improbable comeback was the play of Jamie Lundmark, who scored a huge goal in that third period and was named the number one star of the game. As is the case with virtually every AHL game, players on the opposing teams are regularly scouted and evaluated by the parent club of the home team – be it through scouts or reports filed by coaches and other personnel. Could it be that Lundmark caught the eye of the Calgary folks on that special night back on the 12th of March? Hard to say for sure, but certainly interesting to think about.

Make sure you check out for our radio show “Between the Pipes with John Michael.” *As to the title of this column, my thanks to the incomparable Joe Tait of the Cleveland Cavaliers for allowing me to “rent” his perch for the Monsters’ 40 home games this season. Joe has been the “Voice of the Cavs” for 36 seasons, and he called his 3,000th game on March 26, 2008. On that night, Joe’s permanent broadcast location in section C126 of Quicken Loans Arena was officially dedicated as the “Joe Tait Perch.” It is from this section that the Monsters’ games are broadcast, so thanks again to Joe for leasing out the space.

Read past editions of "From the Perch:"


Avalanche Announce 2008-09 Schedule

07/29/2008 08:04:00
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The NHL and the Colorado Avalanche have announced their 2008-09 schedule.   The Avs' 13th season in Denver will begin by hosting the Boston Bruins on Thursday, Oct. 9th at the Pepsi Center.  Many past and future Monsters players will be suiting up for Colorado, so see what else the upcoming season has in store for the Avs.  Read More


Get Your Monsters Fix This Summer

07/09/2008 15:18:00
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The Monsters inaugural season has long ended and their much-anticipated sophomore season has yet to start.  But don't worry: we have several great events planned for the summertime to keep all you fans satisfied.  Find out where we'll be and when you can win a custom Monsters or Cavs skateboard or cornhole set! Read More

The Lake Erie Monsters inaugural season has ended and their much-anticipated sophomore season has yet to start.  But don't worry: the Monsters have several great events planned for the summertime to keep all you hockey fans satisfied. 

The Monsters and Cavs' Summer Caravan will be out with their interactive display, where you can enjoy hair painting and tattoos, play Xbox on big screen tvs, and grab tons of great giveaways!  You even have a chance to win a custom Monsters or Cavs skateboard at the AST Dew Tour, plus an opportunity to win custom Monsters or Cavs cornhole sets at Cedar Point and the Ohio State Fair!

Here's where you can find us in the next couple of weeks:

Thursday - Sunday, July 17-20

Sunday, August 3rd

Saturday, August 9th

For more information, call (216) 420-0000.


Monsters to Open Second Season October 11th

07/09/2008 10:25:00
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The 2008-09 American Hockey League schedule has not been released quite yet, but fans can mark their calendars now for the return of professional hockey to Cleveland this fall. The Lake Erie Monsters announced on Wednesday that they will begin their second season at The Q on Saturday, October 11th, 2008. Read More

The 2008-09 American Hockey League schedule will not be released until later this summer, but fans can mark their calendars now for the return of professional hockey to Cleveland this fall. The Lake Erie Monsters announced today they will begin their second season at Quicken Loans Arena on Saturday, October 11th, 2008.

The Monsters, the top affiliate of the NHL’s Colorado Avalanche, played their inaugural season in Cleveland in 2007-08. A total of 11 Monsters players were called up to play with the Avs, including four who made their NHL debut. Fans came out to support their new hometown team, as the Monsters recorded four of the top seven highest-attended games in the AHL last season. The Monsters averaged just under 6,000 fans per game over the course of the season, with an average of more than 7,300 people turning out for weekend games. Several weekend dates saw between 11,000 – 15,000 fans pack The Q. The team also made an immediate impact out in the local community, conducting numerous school, hospital and youth hockey team visits throughout the year, as well as raising money for the Cleveland Metropolitan School District.

"The entire organization - both the hockey and business teams - have been working hard towards an even bigger and better second season at The Q," said Monsters president Kerry Bubolz. "Our fans have been great and we had some of the largest and loudest crowds in the AHL during our first season, so we're going to make sure our fans have even more reasons to come back for our second season and experience Monsters hockey live at The Q."

Fans can expect the same fun, affordable family entertainment at Monsters games in the coming season that they enjoyed during the team’s first at The Q. Throughout the inaugural 40-game home schedule, fans were treated to free postgame open skates and autograph sessions with the full team, as well as celebrity appearances by the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders, Josh Cribbs of the Cleveland Browns, and Anderson Varejao of the Cleveland Cavaliers. Dollar Dog Fridays were also popular with fans, when hot dogs and sodas were just one dollar each, at all Friday night games.

While the complete 2008-09 Monsters schedule will not be released until later this summer, the AHL has announced that Lake Erie will face 20 different opponents during the upcoming season. The 80-game schedule will be split equally between home and away, with 68 of the games coming within the team’s own Western Conference. The majority (42) of the games will be played against Lake Erie’s six North Division rivals, as well as facing all eight West Division opponents a total of 26 times. Lake Erie will also face Hartford, Manchester, Norfolk and Milwaukee for the first time ever in the coming year.

2008-09 Monsters season tickets, starting at just $10 per seat per game, are on sale now by visiting or by calling (216) 420-0000.


Talking Ohio Hockey on "Between the Pipes"

07/09/2008 08:58:00
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This week on Between the Pipes, the voice of the Syracuse Crunch - AHL affiliate of the Columbus Blue Jackets - joins John Michael to talk about hockey in Ohio, including the future of the Blue Jackets, and the Monsters/Crunch rivalry.  Michael also touches on recent AHL rule changes, and the free agency signing period.  Listen Now 


Canada Day in "Blue Line Blogging"

06/30/2008 12:43:00
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This summer, Monsters defenseman Michael Vernace is blogging from his native Ontario, Canada.  In the latest edition of "Blue Line Blogging," Mike talks about celebrating Canada Day, his friends graduating from the University, his recent training and workouts, and even a not-so-successful golf outing.  Read his lastest entry

Mike Vernace, who led all Monsters defensemen with 26 assists in the team's first season, will be checking in with regularly throughout the summer. The 22-year-old blueliner was Lake Erie's "iron man," playing in all but one game during the season, finishing with 29 points (3G, 26A) in 79 games.

Hey Monsters Fans!

Well I just got back from Niagara Falls for the long weekend here, celebrating Canada Day. Technically it's not until Tuesday, but Saturday and Sunday were still full of parties.

Last weekend was a pretty busy weekend. On the Friday, my girlfriend and a bunch of my friends graduated from Schulich School of Business, the top rated business university in Canada. It was pretty exciting to see all of them accomplish what they set out to do some 18 years ago when the began kindergarten. One of the people who gave a speech said they were part of less than 25% of the population lucky enough to actually attend University, and even less who graduate from it. It was a pretty special moment for them, looking back at all the hard work they've put into school and having it culminate at one big celebration. I had warned them a couple years earlier that it would be a different feeling when you're about to begin your career, and I think they finally understood what I meant.

That same weekend, I had a big golf game with my girlfriend's brothers. His fiancee was having her bridal shower at a golf course and asked me if I'd like to play golf there on that day. Naturally, without hesitation, I could never say no to a good round of golf! The weather was really good until the 18th hole, when the lightning hit and it started to pour, leaving us drenched. It was a really nice course, and very challenging. If you hit it into the fescue, there was no chance you'd find your ball because it would be buried in the tall grass. Let's just say I didn't have my best day on the course, but I did have a few nice shots that kept me feeling somewhat good about myself!

The next week we had a lot of long runs outside on the stairs where I work out. We train at the National Tennis Facility for Tennis Canada, and we run those stadium steps at least three times a week. This week was particularly long because we ran every stair in the stadium three out of the five days. Exhausting is not even the word! I did get a chance to go and have a workout with Paul Goldberg on Friday in the nearby town of Whitby, Ontario. He was there woring at Adam Foote's gym called Train Like A Pro, so on Friday I went out there to get a good workout in. Workouts are going well, as we have hit July and are now into more agility and speed work.

The summer has really flown by so far, but our weather here hasn't been the greatest. We're still waiting for it to be constantly sunny outside, and for it not to rain every single day. But it will get better I'm sure...I hope!

Talk to you all soon -

Mike Vernace

Read week 1 of Blue Line Blogging Here


Avs Select Seven in 2008 Draft

06/21/2008 12:07:00
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The Colorado Avalanche - Lake Erie's parent club - picked up seven new players in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft in June.  Defenseman Cameron Gaunce was the Avs' first prospect chosen (50th overall) on the day, followed by a goaltender, three centers and two other defensemen.  Read More | Complete 2008 Avalanche Draft Board

Who will be the next T.J. Hensick, Cody McCormick, or Tyler Weiman? The 2008 NHL Entry Draft is this weekend, when 211 hopefuls will find a home with a big league team. The parent club of the Monsters - the Colorado Avalanche - has six picks in this year's Draft, which means six players that could potentially find themselves in a Lake Erie uniform in the near future. 

The first round of the Draft will be this Friday, June 20th at the Scotiabank Place in Ottawa.  The remaining six rounds will take place the following day, on Saturday.  The Avalanche will not do any selecting on Friday, as they do not have any first round picks.  Here is how the Avs will select in 2008:

Second Round, 50th overall
Fourth  Round, 110th overall
Fifth Round, 140th overall
Sixth Round, 167th (from Boston) and 170th overall
Seventh Round, 200th overall

Visit for the complete draft order.

More than half of the Monsters inaugural season roster were actually drafted by the Avs.  Take a look at these previous draft picks:

Chris Stewart:
2006 (1st Round, 18th Overall)
Codey Burki: 2006 (2nd Round, 59th Overall)
Kevin Montgomery: 2006 (4th Round, 110th Overall)
Tom Fritsche: 2005 (2nd Round, 44th Overall)
T.J. Hensick: 2005 (3rd Round, 88th Overall)
Ray Macias: 2005 (4th Round, 124th Overall)
Kyle Cumiskey: 2005 (7th Round, 222nd Overall)
Derek Peltier: 2004 (6th Round, 184th Overall)
J.D. Corbin: 2004 (8th Round, 249th Overall)
Mark McCutcheon: 2003 (5th Round, 146th Overall)
Brad Richardson: 2003 (5th Round, 163rd Overall)
David Jones: 2003 (9th Round, 288th Overall)
Johnny Boychuk: 2002 (2nd Round, 61st Overall)
Tyler Weiman: 2002 (5th Round, 164th Overall)
Cody McCormick: 2001 (5th Round, 144th Overall)

For the complete draft history of the Avalanche, visit

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Monsters...By the Numbers

06/06/2008 13:39:00
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With the 2007-08 season behind us, takes a look back at the team's first campaign in Cleveland.  We examine how the inaugural Monsters season breaks down by the numbers.  From 1,013 saves by Mike Wall to 25 goals scored by Chris Stewart to 12 power play goals by David Jones, check out all the numbers. Read More

The Monsters finished up their first season in Cleveland in 2007-08.  Now takes a look at how the inaugural season broke down by the numbers:

1,013… Saves made by goaltender Mike Wall to lead the team.
212… Straight saves made by Mike Wall and Jason Bacashihua.
49… Saves in a game by Mike Wall, the most by a Monsters goaltender.
36… Assists handed out by Eric Healey to lead the team.
26... Wins for the Monsters in 2007-08.
25… Goals scored by Chris Stewart to lead the Monsters.
22… Games where a Monsters player scored three or more goals.
14, 10… 14 Points scored in 10 straight games by David Jones the 12th longest streak of year in the AHL.
13… The rank of the Monsters power play unit in the AHL at the end of the season.
12… Power play goals scored by David Jones, leading all Monsters scorers.
11... Monsters were called up to the Avalanche this season: Cody McCormick, Kyle Cumiskey, Brad Richardson, Wyatt Smith, T.J. Hensick, Johnny Boychuk, Cody McLeod, David Jones, Tyler Weiman, Jeff Jillson, and Mike Wall.
7… Goals were scored in a game three times, which was a season high.
7… Players scored 30 or more points on the season: Eric Healey (58), T.J. Hensick (45), Chris Stewart (44), Brad Richardson (40), Wyatt Smith (35), Jamie Lundmark (33), and David Jones (30).
4… Points scored by T.J. Hensick in the AHL All-Star Classic, leading all scorers.
4… Monsters players made their NHL debut this season with the Colorado Avalanche: T.J. Hensick, Johnny Boychuk, Cody McLeod, and David Jones.
4… Shutouts posted by Monsters goaltenders: Tyler Weiman (2), Mike Wall (1), Jason Bacashihua (1).
4… Times a Monsters player had a hat trick: Brad Richardson (2), Chris Stewart (1), Brent Kelly (1).
4… Monsters had four of the 7 highest-attended games in AHL 07-08 regular season.
3… Monsters rookies ranked in the Top-40 of rookie league scoring: T.J. Hensick (45), Chris Stewart (44), and David Jones (30).
2… Monster defensemen ranked in the top-50 of points scored by defensemen: Mike Vernace (29) and Johnny Boychuk (26).
2… Times the Monsters won by five goals, their largest margin of victory.
1… The Monsters rank in AHL home shootout conversion percentage.


Make the Monsters Part of your Internet

05/10/2008 23:18:00
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Now you can keep up with your favorite team, no matter where you are on the internet! Just download the Monsters browser toolbar right to your computer, and stay in-the-know with scrolling news and links to important sections of, all of which you will see when you're on any website.  Download Now!


Players Show Their Fan Appreciation

05/05/2008 08:36:00
05/05/2008 08:36:00

After one full season of hockey in Cleveland, the Monsters undoubtedly have the best fans in the entire American Hockey League.  The team wanted to express their appreciation to all the fans who came out to The Q game after game and showed their support all season long!
Watch Player "Thank You" Video


A "Monster Thank You" to Our Fans!


Executives and Staff Review Inaugural Season

04/15/2008 15:38:00
04/15/2008 15:38:00

Top executives and hockey operations staff met with media to review the first season of Monsters hockey.  Quicken Loans Arena president Len Komoroski,  Monsters president Kerry Bubolz, general manager David Oliver and head coach Joe Sacco talked about the success of the inaugural season.  Watch Press Conference


Monsters president Kerry Bubolz, Quicken Loans Arena president Len Komoroski, Monsters general manager David Oliver and head coach Joe Sacco spoke with local media.


Thank You Season Ticket Holders!

04/10/2008 12:44:00
04/10/2008 12:44:00

Before the season ended, the Monsters were pleased to honor our VIP Season Ticket Holders. After a pregame reception and in-game recognitions, the highlight of the night was all our valued Season Ticket Holders having their picture taken with the full Monsters team on the ice after the game! VIPs, you can see your team picture here!


The Early Bird Gets...

02/20/2008 10:30:00
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...the excitement, the hard-hitting action, the Monsters! Already hooked on the team this season? Then make sure to secure your seat at The Q for next season.  Become an Early Bird now and start enjoying all the benefits that come with being a Monsters VIP today! 
Find out More | Reserve Seats Online | Watch Video

With more than half the inaugural season complete, by now you surely know how much fun Monsters games are.

The fast-paced skating.

The hard board checks.

The fights.

And even the MonSquad.

While this season will eventually come to an end, now is the time to lock in your seats for next year!

Take advantage of the Early Bird program right now to become a Monsters VIP season ticket holder for the 2008-09 season. When you do, you will get five bonus games this season!

As soon as you purchase your ticket package for next year, you will instantly receive all the benefits current VIPs enjoy this season.  Season ticket holder benefits include Team Shop discounts, exclusive access to concerts and events at The Q, and meet the team events. 

And with ticket plans starting as low as $200, it won't make a dent in your wallet.

As if all that wasn't incentive enough, by becoming an Early Bird VIP, you will receive an exclusive black alternate Monsters jersey!

Click below to secure your seats online right now.  For further details call 216-420-0000.

Click to Get Your Seats



Something for the Ladies

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Hockey isn't just for the guys anymore!  Case in point, recently a select group of women won the star treatment at a Monsters game, enjoying pre-game manis/pedis, massages, hair styling, make-up, and even visits from Dale Purinton and Mike Wall. The fun of "Hockey and Heels Night" was presented by Hoover and Q104.  View Photos


"Dollar Dog Fridays" This Season!

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Families looking for a fun and affordable Friday night out can find it at a Lake Erie Monsters game at The Q. At every Friday home game, the Monsters are offering fans a hot dog and a 16 oz. soft drink for only $1 each! All "Dollar Dog Fridays" will also feature post-game open skates for all fans.  Read More

Families looking for a fun and affordable Friday night out can find it at a Lake Erie Monsters game at The Q. At every Friday home game, the Monsters are offering fans a hot dog and a 16 oz. soft drink for only $1 each. The Monster’s “Dollary Dog Fridays” promotion is presented by Sugardale, Pepsi and FSN Ohio. It all begins Friday, December 7th.

“We know how hungry our Monsters fans are for a great time and a good deal. We felt like this would be so fun and so popular that we decided to make it a season-long promotion at every Friday game. The value and excitement of seeing a Monsters game live at The Q is already tremendous and this just makes it even better. A big dog-sized thank you goes out to Sugardale, Pepsi and FSN Ohio for helping make this possible,” said Monsters president Kerry Bubolz.

The hot dog is one of the most popular food items in the United States. According to the American Meat Institute, over 450 hot dogs are eaten every second of every day in the United States, or an average of 65 per person per year. Monsters fans are free to eat as many hot dogs as they wish at The Q, but there will be a limit of six hot dogs and soft drinks per transaction during Friday night games in order to make sure all fans can have their hot dog hunger and their Pepsi passion satisfied as quickly as possible.

To make it even more fun, the team hosts a free post-game open skate for all fans after every Friday night home game. Fans are asked to bring their own skates to the game.

“Giving fans a chance to enjoy Monsters hockey and delicious Sugardale hot dogs at a great price go hand-in-hand,” said Kristin Clemmer, Sugardale Foods director of marketing.

“A refreshing Pepsi with a great hot dog makes a great combo, just like Monster fans and Monster hockey at The Q. We’re excited to be part of providing such a great value at Monsters games,” said Dan Hungerman, vice president of PepsiAmericas,

Game tickets to see the Monsters play live at Quicken Loans Arena, start at just $10 and are available at the Quicken Loans Arena box office, by visiting, or by calling (216) 420-0000.

The Lake Erie Monsters are part of the Cleveland Cavaliers and Quicken Loans Arena organization and also owned by a group led by Cavaliers Majority Owner and Quicken Loans Founder and Chairman Dan Gilbert.


Show Us What You've Got!

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Have you been having a blast at the Monsters games so far this season? Well show us! Send us the photos you took at the game. Whether it be of you in your Monsters gear, or pics you took of the guys on the ice, or you meeting your favorite player, send it our way. We'll pick the best ones, and put them up on

Show us your team spirit!

If you've enjoyed the Monsters games half as much as we have, then you're having a whole lot of fun. And if so, then show us!

We're looking to capture the fan experience of Monsters games, so send us the photos you took at the game. It could be of your son's peewee team in the stands, or you with your handmade sign, or your new favorite player on the ice. We want to see what you saw.

We will select the best pictures and post them here on Just email us here at, and show us what you've got!


FSN Ohio to be Television Home of Monsters

10/12/2007 12:57:00
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The Monsters are coming to a tv near you! The team has just announced that 20 games during the inaugural season will be broadcast exclusively on FSN Ohio. The voice of the Monsters, John Michael, will be calling the games, and will be joined by former Cleveland Lumberjack Chris Longo.  The next televised game will be November 15th.

John Michael
John Michael, the
voice of the Monsters.

The Lake Erie Monsters announced today that 20 games will be broadcast on television with FSN Ohio. The announcement was made by Monsters President and Cavaliers Executive Vice President of Corporate Sales and Broadcasting Kerry Bubolz and Steve Liverani, Senior Vice President and General Manager of FSN Ohio. FSN Ohio aired the Monsters first-ever game on Saturday, October 6th, live from Quicken Loans Arena.

“This represents a very big step for the Monsters. A television package of this level will be great for our fans, our partners and the franchise. We think the Monsters are going to redefine what pro hockey has meant in Cleveland recently and having a significant number of our games shown on FSN Ohio will help make that happen. Our relationship with FSN Ohio has been one of the best in pro sports over many years with the Cavaliers and we think their broadcast team is simply the best,” said Bubolz.

“As the premier regional sports network in Cleveland, FSN Ohio continues to offer fans the best local and regional sporting events. As a proud, long-time partner of the Cavaliers, we jumped at the chance to further our commitment to our viewers by covering the Lake Erie Monsters. We look forward to offering Northeast Ohio hockey fans the unparalleled coverage they’ve come to expect from FSN Ohio,” said Liverani.

The television play-by-play call will be handled by the voice of the Monsters John Michael. Michael also calls all games on the radio home of the Monsters - WKNR 850 AM. Monsters TV broadcasts will be simulcast on radio. Michael spent the prior two seasons as the play-by-play voice of the AHL’s Springfield Falcons (Tampa Bay Lightning) and was the 2005 East Coast Hockey League (ECHL) Broadcaster of the Year (Johnstown Chiefs). He holds undergraduate, graduate and law degrees from the University of Notre Dame.

Joining Michael as the game analyst will be former pro, Chris Longo. Longo played 11 pro seasons, including four in Cleveland. The gritty former forward is originally from Belleville, Ontario and was a 3rd round pick of the Washington Capitals in the 1990 NHL Draft.

The FSN Ohio Monsters 20-game broadcast schedule features 14 home games and six special road match-ups in Rockford, Hamilton, Syracuse, Peoria, Iowa, and the regular season finale in Rochester. The full schedule is attached.

Date Time Opponent
Oct. 6th 7:30 p.m. Grand Rapids
Nov. 15th 7:00 p.m. Quad City
Nov. 17th 7:30 p.m. Toronto
Dec. 7th 7:30 p.m. Rockford
Dec. 22nd 7:30 p.m. Peoria
Dec. 28th 7:30 p.m. Manitoba
Jan. 5th 8:05 p.m. Rockford
Feb. 1st 7:30 p.m. San Antonio
Feb. 6th 7:30 p.m. Hamilton
Feb. 9th 7:30 p.m. Grand Rapids
Feb. 14th 7:00 p.m. Hershey
Feb. 18th 7:00 p.m. Syracuse
Mar. 1st 8:00 p.m. Peoria
Mar. 8th 7:30 p.m. Grand Rapids
Mar. 11th 8:07 p.m. Iowa
Mar. 20th 7:00 p.m. Rochester
Apr. 4th 7:30 p.m. Hamilton
Apr. 8th 7:00 p.m. Syracuse
Apr. 12th 7:30 p.m. Hamilton
Apr. 13th 6:05 p.m. Rochester


Goaltender Weiman Added

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The Monsters have added another goaltender to their roster, as Tyler Weiman has been reassigned from the Colorado Avalanche. In his NHL debut, Weiman saved all 10 of the shots he faced against Nashville last week. Weiman has played professionally since 1999, and was drafted by the Avalanche in 2002.

The Colorado Avalanche announced today the reassignment of goaltender Tyler Weiman to the Monsters.

Weiman began the year on the Avs' roster and stopped all 10 shots he faced in his NHL debut in Nashville last week. He relieved goaltender Peter Budaj early in the third period.

Weiman was drafted by the Avalanche in the fifth round (164th overall) of the 2002 Entry Draft.  Since beginning his pro hockey career in 1999, Weiman has spent time in the AMBHL, WHL, CHL, ECHL and AHL. 


Monsters Make Franchise Debut

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The Monsters made their long-awaited franchise debut on Saturday, and dropped a heartbreaker to the Grand Rapids Griffins, 3-2. Matt Hussey and Kyle Cumiskey scored for the home team, and Colorado Avalanche goaltender Jose Theodore netted 21 saves for the Monsters.
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A raucous crowd of 15,132 watched as the Lake Erie Monsters began their inaugural season with a hard-fought battle in a 3-2 loss to the Grand Rapids Griffins at home.

“It was outstanding. I think that we put on a pretty good show. The ‘W’ would have been nice but to see that type of support here in our first game makes us feel good, makes us feel proud and I’m very pleased with the people that showed up. It was a nice, raucous crowd too, so it was a lot of fun,” said Monsters Head coach Joe Sacco.

The first 20 minutes of the game featured a tough defensive battle as the Monsters and Griffins each landed themselves three penalties.

The second period was a different story as the Griffins came out firing at Monsters goaltender Jose Theodore. Theodore was assigned to the Monsters from their parent team the Colorado Avalanche for a rehab assignment. The first goal of the game was scored by the Griffins' Matt Cullen at the 1:18 mark of the second period.

The Monsters continued their preseason trend of scoring most of their goals in the third period as they answered the Griffins goal with two of their own. Matt Hussey scored the first official goal in franchise history at the 1:12 mark of the third session.

“Yeah it was nice, we got that goal and then scored another right after it.  It gave us the lead, just got the crowd into it.  The crowd was fantastic for this first game, probably one of the biggest crowds that I’ve played in the American Hockey League, so it’s exciting," said Monsters center Matt Hussey.

Hussey’s tally was followed only minutes later on the power play by defenseman Kyle Cumiskey. Cumiskey was assisted by fellow defenseman Mike Vernace who recorded two assists in the game.

As the game looked to be in the hands of the Monsters with just over 14 minutes to play, Grand Rapids defenseman Jonathan Ericsson notched his first goal of the season to lock the game at 2-2.

With less than three minutes to play, Ryan Oulahen scored the game winner for the Griffins and put the game out of reach for the Monsters.

Three Stars
First Star
Ryan Oulahen (GRA)
Second Star
Matt Hussey (LEM)
Third Star
Mike Vernace (LEM)
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Finding our Skating Legs in Milwaukee

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As the Monsters were taking care of the finishing touches preparing for Opening Night, Head Coach Joe Sacco gave us his perspective from behind the bench of the Monsters' two pre-season games last week. The team came from behind to win both contests, thanks in part to 'finding their skating legs' in Milwaukee.

Head Coach Joe Sacco

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 being named coach of the Monsters in May

Coach Sacco reports from Training Camp

We started the pre-season in Milwaukee with a 4-2 win. After a long day of travel, the team got off to a sluggish start in the first period. We trailed 2-1 after the first period but if not for the strong play of our goalie Mike Wall it could have easily been 5-1. The second period we found our skating legs, which helped us sustain our forecheck and play in their end most of the period. That type of pressure allowed us to take a 3-2 lead by the end of the second.

Defensively in the third period we did a nice job of shutting down Milwaukee's attack, limiting their scoring chances. An empty net goal with one minute remaining gave us a two-goal lead and helped us gain our first pre-season victory! The players responded well after being behind and never stopped working until the final buzzer went off.

The next night we faced the Chicago Wolves, and again saw us fall behind 3-0 after the first period. We took two penalties in the first eight minutes and they were able to capitalize on both of them. Unlike the the previous night we had some quality chances later in the period but were just unable to finish them off. Six unanswered goals in the second and third periods, behind a balanced attack, gave us a victory in our final pre-season game.

As a coaching staff, those two games gave us an opportunity to watch some of our younger players get into their first pro games and to see how they would respond to the challenge. Overall, we were very pleased with their effort and I thought they showed a lot of determination both nights coming from behind to win.

Now it's time for the real action. Next up, Opening Night! See you there!


Practice Ice to be Hoover Arena

09/25/2007 14:10:00
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The Monsters practice ice for the team's inaugural season will be named Hoover Arena operated by Ice Land USA. Hoover will be the presenting partner of the state-of-the-art hockey practice and training facility.  The Arena was host to the team's first Traning Camp, and also welcomed fans to the team's intrasquad scrimmage.

The Lake Erie Monsters announced today that their practice facility, located at Ice Land USA in Strongsville, will now be named Hoover® Arena operated by Ice Land USA. Hoover – part of TTI Floor Care North America, headquartered in Glenwillow, OH – will be the presenting partner of the state-of-the-art hockey practice and training facility. This unique partnership will mark a first for any American Hockey League franchise.

Hoover Arena operated by Ice Land USA will help launch the inaugural season of Monsters hockey with an intrasquad scrimmage this Saturday, September 29th at 7 p.m. The scrimmage is free and open to the general public. For information on tickets to Saturday's scrimmage, please call Hoover Arena at (440) 268-2800.

“Joining the Monsters is an opportunity that we could not pass up. This partnership involves a special bond between the Monsters, a team dedicated to winning and providing a great sports and entertainment product to our region, and Hoover, a company dedicated to this region and providing innovative, quality products to our customers. We’re very proud to be part of a new relationship in the AHL,” said Chris Gurreri, President of TTI Floor Care North America.

“Developing a new relationship with a local company like Hoover shows dedication by the Monsters and Hoover to further provide a quality product on and off the ice. This exceptional relationship will feature one of the most advanced practice facilities in the AHL and we can’t wait for our fans to enjoy it,” said Kerry Bubolz, Lake Erie Monsters President and Cavaliers Executive Vice President of Corporate Sales and Broadcasting.

The newly upgraded facility includes a fully dedicated 5,300 square foot training room, redesigned offices for the coaching staff, top-of-the-line training room equipment, a locker room comparable to many NHL locker rooms, two NHL regulation size rinks and a glass enclosed central gallery and conference center overlooking both sheets of ice.

“We are excited to be the practice facility home of the Lake Erie Monsters. We feel the Monsters franchise is an exciting, dedicated group that will be thrilling to experience on a daily basis. It is our pleasure to be a part of a brand of hockey that Northeast Ohio has never before seen the likes of,” said Bill Neihiser, Owner/Operator of Ice Land USA.

Hoover is part of TTI Floor Care North America, Inc., headquartered in Glenwillow, OH. As a leader in the floor-care industry, Hoover manufactures quality, high-performance vacuum cleaners for home and commercial settings. Since 1908, consumers and businesses have trusted Hoover to provide reliable, innovative cleaning solutions. Hoover offers a comprehensive line of products for general and special-purpose vacuuming, including full-size uprights and canisters, deep cleaners and hard-floor cleaners. For more information on the full line of Hoover products, please visit



Season Presented by Kaiser Permanente

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The Monsters have announced that Kaiser Permanente, an industry leader in health insurance and health care, will present the team's inaugural season in 2007-08. The multi-season presenting partnership becomes one of only a few in all of professional sports. The partnership will be integrated into virtually every dimension of the Monsters.

The Lake Erie Monsters announced today that their 2007-08 season will be presented by Kaiser Permanente, the Official Medical Insurance of the Lake Erie Monsters. The multi-season presenting partnership is one of only a few in all of professional sports.*

“It has been a thrilling process to kick-start this exclusive relationship with a nationally recognized company. The season presenter is a very special partner relationship that will certainly grow stronger with time. In talks with Kaiser Permanente, we came to the conclusion that we share many of the same goals within the business world. Kaiser Permanente has significant influence within the national and local medical industry and the Lake Erie Monsters plan to have the same influence in the American Hockey League (AHL). We feel that this partnership is integral to the success of hockey in Northeast Ohio,” said Kerry Bubolz, Lake Erie Monsters President and Cavaliers Executive Vice President of Corporate Sales and Broadcasting.

Kaiser Permanente is recognized as a leader in health insurance and health care, offering individuals and families comprehensive health care and health insurance plans with many options. Kaiser Permanente promotes the importance of people proactively taking care of their health, allowing them to ‘thrive’ in their lives.

The partnership will be integrated into virtually every dimension of the Monsters, including the Monsters marketing campaigns and promotional materials, advertising in Monsters broadcasts on radio and TV, in-arena signage, on the official team website –, hospitality packages including game tickets, team promotions, Kaiser Permanente location promotions, player appearances and more.

“We are proud to be the presenting partner of the Monsters, the newest and most electrifying team in the American Hockey League,” said Patricia D. Kennedy-Scott, President, Kaiser Foundation Health Plan of Ohio. “The Monsters have a great sense of enthusiasm coming into their inaugural season. The intensity that they show on the ice reflects the commitment that the Kaiser Permanente team exhibits every day as they provide care to our members.”

* The nature of this agreement is similar to the relationship the Cleveland Cavaliers have with their season presenting partner, Cub Cadet Premium Lawn Equipment.


Good Times at The Q!

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The Monsters have released their promotional schedule - including post-game skates every Friday, and discounted College ID Nights every Wednesday and Thursday - so fans are sure to enjoy the inaugural season of hockey. Do you want to be a part of the team that entertains the fans at The Q each game? Apply to be part of our concourse staff.

Date Time Opponent Promotion/Giveaway
Oct. 6 7:30 Grand Rapids Opening Night
Magnetic Schedule giveaway
Oct. 13 7:30 Hamilton Cancer Awareness Night
Auction to benefit cancer research
Oct. 14 5:00 Toronto Post-game skate with Mascot
Oct. 16 7:00 Iowa "Office Space" Night
Oct. 17 7:30 Iowa College ID Night*
Nov. 10 7:30 Quad City Military Recognition
Youth Hockey Stick Giveaway***
Nov. 11 5:00 Toronto Post-game skate and autograph
session with team
Nov. 15 7:00 Quad City OSU/UM Rally Night
Food drive and raffle
College ID Night*
Nov. 17 7:30 Toronto Salute to Canada Night
Food drive and raffle
Nov. 18 5:00 Manitoba Zoo at The Q
Nov. 24 7:30 Manitoba Blanket giveaway presented
by Cub Cadet
Dec. 1 7:30 Philadelphia Appearance by The Hanson Brothers
Mullet wig giveaway
Dec. 2 5:00 Syracuse Post-game skate and autograph
session with team
Dec. 7 7:30 Rockford "We Give, You Give"
toy collection and raffle
Post-game skate
Dec. 8 7:30 Rockford  Ladies Night presented by Hoover
Dec. 12 7:00 Syracuse College ID Night*
Dec. 21 7:30 Peoria Post-game skate
Dec. 22 7:30 Peoria A Hockey Holiday
Ski-hat giveaway presented
by Verizon Wireless
Dec. 26 7:00 Grand Rapids White Elephant gift exchange
College ID Night*
Dec. 28 7:30 Manitoba Post-game skate
Dec. 29 7:30 Rochester Monster New Year Party
Jan. 6 5:00 Hamilton Post-game skate and autograph
session with team
Jan. 22 7:00 Syracuse  Career Night
Jan. 26 7:30 Rochester  AHL All-Star weekend
Big 10 College Night
High school hockey tournament
Jan. 31 7:00 San Antonio College ID Night*
Feb. 1 7:30 San Antonio Beach party and Spring Break trip giveaway
Post-game skate
Feb. 8 7:30 Grand Rapids Heart Health Awareness Night/player item auction
Post-game skate
Feb. 9 7:30 Grand Rapids Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders
presented by Kaiser Permanente
Feb. 14 7:00 Hershey Valentine's Day
Feb. 27 7:00 Houston College ID Night*
Mar. 7 7:30 Wilkes-Barre/
Salute to Toughmen/Guns and Hoses
Post-game skate
Mar. 8 7:30 Grand Rapids "Before You Spring Forward,
Throw Back"
Tie-dye player jersey auction
Tie-dye t-shirt giveaway
Mar. 18 7:00 Chicago March Back in Time - 80's Night
Mar. 20 7:00 Rochester College ID Night*
Mar. 25 7:00 Manitoba

March Back in Time - 90's Night

Mar. 28 7:30 Toronto Baseball hat giveaway presented
by Donatos Pizza
Post-game skate
Apr. 2 7:00 Houston College ID Night*
Apr. 4 7:00 Hamilton Mascot-a-Palooza
Youth Hockey Night
Post-game skate
Apr. 8 7:00 Syracuse Season Ticket Holder Spotlight Night
Apr. 12 7:30 Hamilton Fan Appreciation Night
Jerseys Off Their Backs

* All Wednesdays and Thursdays are College ID Nights: $3 off each ticket with proper college ID
*** Ages 14 and under


Individual Tickets On Sale Now!

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Are you ready for some hockey? Single game tickets for the Monsters inaugural season are on sale now!  Make sure you get yours to guarantee a seat for all the fast-paced, heart-stopping hockey action.  Complete Details | Buy Tickets Now!

The return of professional hockey to Northeast Ohio is almost here! Single game tickets for the Lake Erie Monsters’ 2007-08 season will go on sale on Saturday, September 8th at 10:00 a.m.

The Monsters will take the ice for the very first time on October 6th at The Q, which will be the first of 40 action-packed, fun-filled dates at the arena this winter. The schedule will feature promotions at each and every game, including Wednesday and Thursday College Nights, with ticket discounts for college students. Fridays will be fun for the whole family, as each Friday night contest will include a post-game open skate. There will also be three dates – November 11, December 2 and January 6 – with post-game skate and autograph sessions with the full Monsters team.

Discount tickets will also be available for games around the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays in exchange for food and toy donations. The infamous Hanson Brothers, known for their role in the movie “Slap Shot,” will be on-hand on December 1st, while the Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders will be in attendance on February 9th. The full season promotion and giveaway schedule will be announced at a later date.

Individual game tickets and five and 15 game ticket plans start at just $10. Five and 15 game ticket plan can be purchased by calling 866-99-PUCKS or 216-420-0000, or by visiting

Beginning September 8th, individual tickets can be purchased at the Quicken Loans Arena Box Office and all Ticketmaster locations; by calling 866-99-PUCKS or 216-420-0000; and online at or

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Monsters Dress For Success!

09/05/2007 08:53:00
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The Monsters are dressed and ready to play! The team has debuted the design of their inaugural home and away jerseys, and both versions are now available online. Read More | Get Yours Today

Buy Yours Today!

When the Lake Erie Monsters take the ice for the first time this season, the players will be suited up in newly-created, high-tech uniforms. The Monsters have released the design of their first-ever jersey, which is part of the AHL’s launch of the new Rbk Edge jersey.

Purchase your Monsters jersey now >>

The home and away jerseys utilize Monsters red and blue with black and white accents. The front of the jersey features the team’s secondary “M” logo, while the primary Monsters logo, as well as the Colorado Avalanche’s logo – the team’s NHL affiliate – appears on either shoulder.

The Rbk Edge Uniform features technologically-advanced materials and fabrics that are more breathable, more resistant to water absorption and offer greater range of motion for today’s hockey player. More than two years of extensive research, development and testing were performed by Reebok, with player feedback integral to the process.

Also Saturday, September 8th at 10:00 a.m., individual tickets for the inaugural Monsters season will go on sale. Individual game tickets, as well as five and 15 game ticket plans, start at just $10. Tickets can be purchased at the Quicken Loans Arena Box Office and all Ticketmaster locations; by calling 866-99-PUCKS or 216-420-0000; and online at or

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Camping in Colorado

09/04/2007 13:16:00
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The Colorado Avalanche - the Monsters' NHL affiliate - held its 2007 Training Camp and is now taking the ice for pre-season action. The majority of the Monsters' inaugural roster will be made up of players from the Avs' recently-completed Rookie Camp and Training Camp. Read More | Follow the Avs' Camp

The Colorado Avalanche Hockey Club will hold its 2007 training camp Friday and Saturday (Sept. 14-15) at the South Suburban Family Sports Center.

The camp takes place from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. All scrimmages and practice sessions are open to the public at no charge on a first-come, first-served basis. The Family Sports Center is located at Arapahoe Road and Peoria Street in Centennial.

A total of 47 players will take part in the camp this weekend, as 17 players from rookie camp will join the 30 veterans.

View the complete training camp roster >>

The Avalanche will hold its annual Burgundy/White Game on Sunday, September 16 at Cadet Ice Arena at the Air Force Academy beginning at 11:00 a.m., with proceeds benefiting military families as well as youth hockey initiatives of the Colorado Avalanche. The Avalanche exhibition slate begins Monday, September 17 against the Phoenix Coyotes in Phoenix, the first of six preseason games before the club’s season opener on October 3 vs. the Dallas Stars at Pepsi Center.

The team will then play its pre-season schedule:

9/17 Colorado at Phoenix (Glendale Arena)
9/19 Colorado vs. Los Angeles (Pepsi Center)
9/20 Colorado at Dallas (American Airlines Center)
9/22 Colorado at Los Angeles (Las Vegas, NV)
9/25 Colorado vs. Dallas (Pepsi Center)
9/29 Colorado vs. Phoenix (Pepsi Center)

The Monsters' inaugural roster will be made up mostly of players from Colorado's training camp. Follow the Avs at camp and during their pre-season campaign and see who might be coming to play at The Q this season!


Become an Insider and Win!

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Jock Talk

08/09/2007 13:37:00
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Hockey season is getting close, so before it gets too crazy here at The Q, Jock Callander took a family vacation up to his hometown in Saskatchewan. He tells us about water skiing, going to a country music concert, and meeting up a with an old Lumberjacks teammate.

LEM in Canada
Jock's son Pierson represents the Monsters,
even in Saskatchewan.

Jock Talk part 1
Jock Talk part 2
Jock Talk part 3

Although the Lake Erie Monsters will not field a team until the fall, the organization already has one hockey veteran on its roster. Former Cleveland Lumberjack Jock Callander was named the Director of Hockey & Community Relations for the new AHL franchise in December. The IHL all-time scoring leader is ecstatic to be back in Cleveland, and will routinely check in with to catch us up on what's going on in the land of the Monster...

Hello fans,

The summer is moving fast and we are closing in on the season. We have less than two months until the Monsters home opener, so it was a good time to take a little vacation before The Q gets too crazy!

My kids and I headed back home to

Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada  for a week to visit my family. It was great to see my Mom, Dad, brother and sister and their families. We spent four days at our cottage enjoying the water, skiing, tubing and swimming. We went to a Country Jamboree that Gretchen Wilson and Big and Rich were playing at. I also played some golf with Dad and my brother Drew.

Dave Michayluk (former Lumberjack teammate) came down to the cottage for an afternoon to visit and play some cribbage. It was great to see him, and is something we usually try to make a yearly thing.  We also spent some time visiting relatives and some friends I grew up with. We had a great week of weather, not one bad day, which is certainly not always the case up in Saskatchewan! 
Even though I was away from work, I still found a morning to head to a hockey rink to watch a friend teach a skating class.

It's great to visit family and friends, and although the visits always seem short, it was nice to get home to

Cleveland . I am re-energized and ready for a great season of Monsters hockey!

Until next time,



Monsters Announce 2007-08 Schedule

08/07/2007 08:35:00
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The Monsters now have their official schedule for the inaugural season, which will begin at home on October 6th. Opening Night will be the first of 40 games at The Q, including two double-headers with the Cavs. Read Release | Complete Schedule | Download Schedule

Complete 2007-08 Schedule

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Quicken Loans Arena will be on ice this fall as the new home team, the Lake Erie Monsters, makes its franchise debut on October 6th. Opening night will be the first of 40 games played at The Q during the team’s inaugural 2007-08 season.

The schedule will feature 26 home weekend games, including eight Friday games, 13 Saturday games, and five Sunday games. This season’s 13 contests will be the most Saturday night games in Cleveland professional hockey history. All Friday and Saturday home games will begin at 7:30 p.m., while Sunday games will start at 5:00 p.m. All weekday games at The Q will begin at 7:00 p.m.

Saturday, October 6th will be a historic night for hockey in the region. It will be an evening full of excitement as the inaugural Monsters team is introduced to local fans for the first time. Fans should expect the same high-energy game presentation that The Q has become known for.

Another highlight at The Q this winter will be two double-headers, with the Cavaliers playing on the hardwood in the afternoon and the Monsters taking the ice in the evening. On November 24th, the Cavs will take on Toronto at 1:00 p.m. before the arena is turned over for the Monsters to face Manitoba at 7:30 p.m. The second double-header will take place on March 8th, when the Cavs go up against Indiana in the matinee and the Monsters face Grand Rapids in the nightcap.

The Monsters will take the ice for the American Hockey League’s customary 80-game schedule as part of the North Division in the Western Conference.

“The Monsters are alive now!” said Monsters President Kerry Bubolz. “After all of our planning and preparation, we are getting very close to lacing up the skates, taking the ice, and battling in the AHL. We are thrilled to bring professional hockey back to the region, and to provide an electric environment to cheer on the Monsters.”

Full, partial, and group ticket plans for the inaugural season of Monsters hockey are on sale now. Individual game tickets will go on sale closer to the start of the season on a date soon to be announced. Fans are encouraged to call 866-99-PUCKS or 216-420-0000, or visit for further ticket information.


Have Your Own Monsters Sighting!

07/30/2007 10:18:00
07/30/2007 10:18:00

You've heard the stories before, and now you can have your own Monster sighting. Lake Erie Monsters that is. The hometown team will be on-hand at multiple events in the Cleveland area in the next couple of weeks. So come on down and see for yourself!
Did you get your Monsters picture taken? Check it out here!

Monsters at Twin Day
Josh and Jake got painted up with the Monsters at the recent Twins Day Festival.

You've heard the stories. You've even read about them here on  Monster sightings.

Well now you are guaranteed to have your own. Lake Erie Monsters sighting that is.

While the inaugural season will not get under way until October, the brand-new hometown hockey team is going to be out and about in the Cleveland area in the coming weeks. So come see for yourself:

Next up is a treat for all hockey fans. The Monsters will be part of Cleveland Hockey Day 2007 on August 19. The event will be at The Pond Skating Rink in Auburn Township, and will feature appearances by former Lumberjacks, Barons and Crusaders, as well as NHL'ers. Starting at 1:00 p.m., fans can enjoy an open skate, raffles, bar-b-que, memorabilia, rare hockey films, and more. The highlight of the day will be the Cleveland Pro Alumni vs. Cleveland Area High School Coaches game. Alumni include the Monsters' own Jock Callander, as well as Andre Lacroix, Brian Holzinger, Chris Longo, Perry Ganchar, Wayne Muloin and Mike Wilson.

And don't forget, when you get your Monsters picture taken at events, come back here to to view it, and get entered to win an exclusive Monsters skateboard!

For further information on upcoming Lake Erie Monsters appearances, email us here.


Show Your Logo Love and Vote Now!

06/27/2007 11:59:00
06/27/2007 11:59:00

We know all you Monsters fans love the team's logo, and now's your chance to let the rest of the AHL know how cool it is. Vote now for the Monsters as the favorite new logo in the league.

We knew fans in the Lake Erie region would love the Monsters logo when it debuted earlier this year, but now fans throughout the entire AHL are voicing their appreciation of the LEM insignia.

The AHL is currently running a poll on its website,, asking fans to vote for their favorite new team logo. The choices include the brand-new Lake Erie Monsters, as well as the Quad City Flames and Rockford IceHogs, and the Monsters are running away with it!

Log onto to cast your vote for the Monsters >>



Joe Sacco and Sylvain Lefebvre Named Coaches

05/07/2007 12:00:00
05/07/2007 12:00:00

The Colorado Avalanche Hockey Club announced the appointment of Joe Sacco and Sylvain Lefebvre to the respective head coach and assistant coach positions with the Lake Erie Monsters of the American Hockey League.  Watch Joe Sacco Interview

Head Coach Joe Sacco
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The Colorado Avalanche Hockey Club announced today the appointment of Joe Sacco and Sylvain Lefebvre to the respective head coach and assistant coach positions with the Lake Erie Monsters of the American Hockey League. The club will drop the puck on its inaugural campaign in Cleveland, Ohio next fall. The Avalanche will independently operate this AHL team after reaching a four-year agreement in December of last year.

Sacco, 38, will start his third season with the Avalanche organization where he has served as an assistant coach with each of the team's last two AHL-affiliate clubs in Lowell, MA and Albany, NY, where has been a key figure in the development process for Avalanche prospects such as Ben Guite, Jeff Finger and Kyle Cumiskey. It will be his first professional head coaching appointment after playing in 738 NHL games with Toronto, Anaheim, NY Islanders, Washington and Philadelphia . Prior to his NHL career, the Medford, MA native played three seasons with Boston University .

"Joe has been a key part of this organization's development efforts over the last two seasons as an assistant coach in the American league which has prepared him for this new challenge," said Avalanche Executive Vice President & General Manager Francois Giguere. "He'll play a vital role in implementing our vision and executing our plan of developing our young prospects within our system in Cleveland."

"I definitely feel ready for the challenge," said Joe Sacco. "The Avalanche organization has built a winning tradition in Denver and I want to thank them for their support and trust in my capabilities. I look forward to moving to

Cleveland and working with a dynamic organization.”

Assisting Sacco behind the bench will be former Avalanche defenseman Sylvain Lefebvre


Monsters Maintain First-Place Rights

10/20/2007 00:00:00
10/20/2007 00:00:00

After Lake Erie claimed sole possession of first place in the North Division with a victory in Manitoba on Friday, the Moose answered by handing the Monsters a 4-2 setback in Saturday’s rematch, retying the two teams for the division’s top spot. The loss snapped Lake Erie’s five-game winning streak which tied a season high. Read More 

After Lake Erie claimed sole possession of first place in the North Division with a victory in Manitoba on Friday, the Moose answered by handing the Monsters a 4-2 setback in Saturday’s rematch, retying the two teams for the division’s top spot. The loss snapped Lake Erie’s five-game winning streak which tied a season high.