Utica Devils

The Utica Devils were an ice hockey team of the American Hockey League (AHL). The team was based in Utica, New York, and played its home games at the Utica Memorial Auditorium.

Utica Devils
CityUtica, New York
LeagueAmerican Hockey League
Home arenaUtica Memorial Auditorium
ColorsGreen, red and white (original)
Red and black (later)
AffiliatesNew Jersey Devils (NHL) (1987–1993)
Franchise history
1977–1987Maine Mariners
1987–1993Utica Devils
1993–2003Saint John Flames
2005–2007Omaha Ak-Sar-Ben Knights
2007–2009Quad City Flames
2009–2014Abbotsford Heat
2014–2015Adirondack Flames
2015–presentStockton Heat


The Utica Devils were AHL affiliate of the National Hockey League's New Jersey Devils from 1987 to 1993. The franchise was moved from Portland, Maine, at the end of the 1986–87 season, where it played as the Maine Mariners. Utica was coached by Tom McVie for four seasons from 1987 to 1991, followed by Herb Brooks in 1991–92 and Robbie Ftorek in 1992–93.

During 1993, the NHL's Calgary Flames purchased the team and relocated it to Saint John, New Brunswick, to become the Saint John Flames. The Devils moved their AHL affiliation to the Albany River Rats the same year.

Notable players who at one time were Utica Devils include Martin Brodeur, Bill Guerin, Kevin Todd, Corey Schwab, Bobby Holik, Claude Vilgrain, Valeri Zelepukin, Jason Smith and Jim Dowd. The team's last head coach was Robbie Ftorek.

The market was previously served by: Mohawk Valley Comets of the ACHL (1985–1987)
The franchise was replaced by: Utica Bulldogs of the CoHL (1993–1994)
The franchise was later known as: Saint John Flames, Omaha Ak-Sar-Ben Knights, Quad City Flames, Abbotsford Heat, Adirondack Flames and the Stockton Heat

Season-by-season results

Regular season

1987–88803433112813183075th, South
1988–898037349--833092953rd, South
1989–908044324--923543154th, South
1990–918036422--743253466th, South
1991–928034406--742683134th, South
1992–9380333611--773253543rd, South


Season1st round2nd round3rd roundFinals
1987–88Out of Playoffs
1988–89L, 1-4, Hershey------
1989–90L, 1-4, Rochester------
1990–91Out of Playoffs
1991–92L, 0-4, Binghamton------
1992–93L, 1-4, Rochester------

Team records

Goals: 53, Paul Ysebaert, 1989–90
Assists: 81, Kevin Todd, 1990–91
Points: 118, Kevin Todd, 1990–91
Penalty Minutes: 359, Bill Huard, 1990–91
GAA: 2.71, Chris Terreri, 1987–88
SV%: .910, Chris Terreri, 1987–88
Career goals: 126, Jeff Madill, 1987–91
Career assists: 163, Kevin Todd, 1988–93
Career points: 264, Paul Ysebaert, 1987–90
Career penalty minutes: 1216, Jamie Huscroft, 1987–92
Career goaltending wins:
Career shutouts: 3, Craig Billington
Career games: 273, Dave Marcinyshyn, 1987–91


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