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Albany River Rats

The Albany River Rats are an ice hockey team in the American Hockey League. They play in Albany, New York, USA at the Times Union Center.

History

The team was founded as the Capital District Islanders (playing at Houston Field House on campus at RPI located across the Hudson River in Troy, New York) in 1990 but changed their name when the New Jersey Devils sold their old affiliate the Utica Devils to become linked with this team.

The Rats' glory days came in the mid to late 1990s making seven consecutive playoff appearances, won 2 division titles, and took home the AHL's Calder Cup in 1995. Also in 1995, their parent club, the New Jersey Devils won the Stanley Cup.

However, wins have declined since the 1997-98 season, the last time Albany won a playoff series. The River Rats finished last in each of the 6 seasons between 2000-01 and 2005-06. A new affiliation with the Carolina Hurricanes beginning in the 2006-07 season brought hope of a return to AHL glory not seen in Albany since the late '90s.

On March 22, 2006, the Devils announced that they were cutting ties with the River Rats after the 2005-06 AHL season, as the parent club announced the purchase of the Lowell Lock Monsters. Despite the move, the River Rats were not relocated. In April 2006, The Carolina Hurricanes signed a one year agreement (with the option to renew for two additional) with the River Rats to be their farm affiliate. Later on, Carolina was joined by the Colorado Avalanche in a one-year partnership agreement. On February 22, 2007, the Carolina Hurricanes and Albany River Rats announced that their affiliation agreement had been extended through the 2008-09 season.

On April 24, 2008, the River Rats lost 2–3 to the Philadelphia Phantoms in the longest game played in AHL history. The Phantoms Ryan Potulny scored 2:58 into the fifth overtime. Albany gave up 101 shots on goal, and goaltender Michael Leighton made 98 saves.

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Affiliates

Season-by-season results

Regular season

Season Games Won Lost Tied OTL SOL Points Goals
for
Goals
against
Standing
1993–94 80 38 34 8

84 312 315 3rd, North
1994–95 80 46 17 17 109 293 219 1st, North
1995–96 80 54 19 7 115 322 218 1st, Central
1996–97 80 38 28 9 5

90 269 231 3rd, Empire State
1997–98 80 43 20 11 6 103 290 223 1st, Empire State
1998–99 80 46 26 6 2 100 275 230 2nd, Empire State
1999–00 80 30 40 7 3

70 225 250 4th, Empire State
2000–01 80 30 40 6 4

70 216 262 6th, Mid-Atlantic
2001–02 80 14 42 12 12

52 172 271 4th, East
2002–03 80 25 37 11 7

68 197 235 5th, East
2003–04 80 21 39 11 9

62 182 257 7th, East
2004–05 80 29 38 6 7

71 198 248 7th, East
2005–06 80 25 48 4 3

57 206 278 7th, Atlantic
2006–07 80 37 36 4 3

81 246 258 4th, East
2007–08 See 2007-08 AHL season for up-to-date standings.

Playoffs

Season 1st round 2nd round 3rd round Finals
1993–94 L, 1-4, PORT
1994–95 W, 4-0, ADIR W, 4-2, PROV -- W, 4-0, FRED
1995–96 L, 1-3, CORN
1996–97 W, 3-1, ADIR W, 4-3, ROCH L, 1-4, HAM
1997–98 W, 3-0, ADIR W, 4-0, HAM L, 2-4, PHIL
1998–99 L, 3-2, HAM
1999–00 L, 3-2, ROCH
2000–01 Out of Playoffs
2001–02 Out of Playoffs
2002–03 Out of Playoffs
2003–04 Out of Playoffs
2004–05 Out of Playoffs
2005–06 Out of Playoffs
2006–07 L, 1-4, HER
2007–08 L, 3-4 PHIL

Team records

Single Season

Goals: 46 Jeff Williams (1998-99)
Assists: 63 Keith Aucoin (2006-07)
Points: 99 Keith Aucoin (2006-07)
Penalty Minutes: 348 Matt Ruchty (1994-95)
GAA: 2.10 Michael Leighton (2007-08)
SV%: .931 Michael Leighton (2007-08)

Career

Career Goals: 155 Steve Brule
Career Assists: 214 Steve Brule
Career Points: 369 Steve Brule
Career Penalty Minutes: 1197 Rob Skrlac
Career Goaltending Wins: 77 Peter Sidorkiewicz
Career Shutouts: 8 Peter Sidorkiewicz
Career Games: 423 Jiri Bicek

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