Albany River Rats

The Albany River Rats were an American ice hockey franchise in the American Hockey League from Albany, New York. Your Arena was the Times Union Center (formerly Pepsi Arena) with a capacity of 13,941 seats.


The Capital District Islanders were in 1993 sold to the entrepreneur Albert Lawrence, who to Albany, New York, relocated and cooperation with the New York Islanders of the National Hockey League ended to enter into a partnership with the New Jersey Devils, which in turn cooperation with their former farm team, the Utica Devils broke. Connected with the resettlement was also a name change to Albany River Rats.

In their second season in the American Hockey League, they won the Calder Cup, but they arrived after the season 1999/2000 until the 2006/07 season the playoffs again.

From the season 2006/ 07, the River Rats were the farm team of the Carolina Hurricanes, at times, the Colorado Avalanche was one of the partners.

In January 2010 it was announced the stand shortly before the sale of the franchise and it would relocated to Charlotte, North Carolina. On 10 February, the sale to MAK Hockey, LLC was completed from Charlotte. After the end of the season 2009/10 the club was relocated to Charlotte, where he took the name of the former ECHL franchise, the Charlotte Checkers. Venue of the franchise is the Time Warner Cable Arena.

Team Records




Abbreviations: GC = Matches, W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, OTL = Losses after Overtime, Pts = Points, Win % win rate =

* Change during the current season; Interim coach **

Season statistics

Note: GP = Games, W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, OTL = Overtime Losses by SOL = Shootout Losses by, Pts = Points, GF = Goals Scored, GA = Goals against