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Cleveland Monsters

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Cleveland Monsters
2020–21 AHL season
Cleveland Monsters logo.svg
CityCleveland, Ohio
LeagueAmerican Hockey League
Founded1994 (In the IHL)
Home arenaRocket Mortgage FieldHouse
ColorsWine, white, blue
Owner(s)Dan Gilbert
General managerChris Clark[1]
Head coachMike Eaves
MediaRadio: WARF
TV: SportsTime Ohio
Internet: AHL.TV
AffiliatesColumbus Blue Jackets (NHL)
Franchise history
1994–1995Denver Grizzlies
1995–2005Utah Grizzlies
2007–2016Lake Erie Monsters
2016–presentCleveland Monsters
Conference Championships1 (2015–16)
Calder Cups1 (2015–16)

The Cleveland Monsters are a professional ice hockey team in the American Hockey League (AHL). The team began play in 2007 as the Lake Erie Monsters and since 2015 has served as the top affiliate of the Columbus Blue Jackets of the National Hockey League (NHL). The Monsters play home games at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse in downtown Cleveland and have one Calder Cup championship, after winning their first title in 2016.

Franchise history

Early years

The Monsters began in 2006 when the dormant Utah Grizzlies AHL franchise was purchased on May 16, 2006, by a Cleveland ownership group led by Dan Gilbert, owner of the Cleveland Cavaliers and Quicken Loans. A new AHL team was awarded to Cleveland following the departure of the Cleveland Barons to Worcester, Massachusetts, after the 2005–06 season. With Quicken Loans Arena established as the team's home venue, the Colorado Avalanche was announced on December 17, 2006, as the franchise's first NHL parent club with a five-year agreement.[2]

The franchise was officially announced on January 25, 2007, as the Lake Erie Monsters, referring to Bessie, a creature of local folklore. The name was chosen from researching focus groups around the Cleveland area and the logo incorporated the geographical connection in the region with Lake Erie.[3] The Monsters do not recognize any past links to the Grizzlies (including the Grizzlies' two Turner Cups) and promote themselves as having begun in 2007.

Former NHL player Joe Sacco was named as the Lake Erie Monsters first head coach. The Monsters opened their inaugural 2007–08 campaign at home against the Grand Rapids Griffins on October 6, 2007, with Craig Billington acting as the Monsters General Manager.[4]

At the end of the 2010–11 season, the Monsters qualified for the Calder Cup playoffs for the first time in team history. After gaining a 3–1 series lead over the Manitoba Moose in the opening round, the Monsters proceeded to lose the next three consecutive games, losing the series 4–3.[5]

Blue Jackets era

Monsters with the Calder Cup in 2016
Monsters with the Calder Cup in 2016

On April 17, 2015, the Monsters announced the signing of a multi-year agreement to become the AHL affiliate for the Columbus Blue Jackets, which took effect in the 2015–16 season. The affiliation was among several that offseason that brought AHL and NHL franchise affiliations geographically closer together.[6] The multi-season affiliation was extended in 2019.[7]

The Monsters finished the 2015–16 season by setting a franchise record in points (97) and qualified for the playoffs for the second time in team history. On April 23, 2016, the Monsters defeated their first round opponent, the Rockford IceHogs 5–3, capping a three-game sweep of their opponent in a best-of-five series. The Monsters advanced to the Western Conference Semifinals to play the Grand Rapids Griffins in a best-of-seven series, defeating them 4–2 in six games. They then swept the defending Calder Cup Champion Ontario Reign in the Western Conference Finals to reach their first Calder Cup Final in franchise history.[8] On June 11, 2016, the Monsters won the franchise's first Calder Cup in a four-game sweep of the Hershey Bears, with Oliver Bjorkstrand scoring the Cup-winning goal in overtime.

This marked Cleveland's first AHL title since the Barons won their last Calder Cup in 1964, and 10th overall for a Cleveland-based AHL team. The Monsters won Game 4 before a sellout crowd of 19,665 people at Quicken Loans Arena — the second largest crowd for a professional hockey game in Ohio behind the 19,941 in a Cleveland Lumberjacks game against the Minnesota Moose in February 1996, and the second largest in Calder Cup playoff history behind the 20,103 Philadelphia Phantoms game four victory in the 2005 Calder Cup Finals over the Chicago Wolves.[9]

On August 9, 2016, the Lake Erie Monsters changed their name to the Cleveland Monsters.[10] The team's Calder Cup winning head coach, Jared Bednar, was then hired by the Colorado Avalanche on August 25.[11] Under their new name and coach John Madden, the Monsters failed to qualify for the playoffs in the 2016–17 season. In 2017–18 season, the Monsters were the first team eliminated from playoff contention, failing to make the post-season for the ninth time in 11 seasons, and earned last place in the Western Conference. The team returned to the playoffs following the 2018–19 season as the fourth seed in the North Division where they upset the division champion Syracuse Crunch before being swept by the Toronto Marlies in the division finals. Head coach John Madden then left the team[12] and was replaced by Mike Eaves.

Cleveland hockey history

The following teams have previously played in Cleveland. The Monsters recognize and honor past Cleveland teams with commemorative banners at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse:[13]

Season-by-season results

Note: gold shading indicates season team won Calder Cup

Regular season Playoffs
Season Games Won Lost OTL SOL Points PCT Goals
Standing Year 1st
2007–08 80 26 41 6 7 65 .406 209 276 6th, North 2008 Did not qualify
2008–09 80 34 38 3 5 76 .475 199 218 6th, North 2009 Did not qualify
2009–10 80 34 37 1 8 77 .481 234 257 6th, North 2010 Did not qualify
2010–11 80 44 28 3 5 96 .600 223 206 2nd, North 2011 L, 3–4, MTB
2011–12 76 37 29 3 7 84 .553 189 210 3rd, North 2012 Did not qualify
2012–13 76 35 31 3 7 80 .526 211 220 3rd, North 2013 Did not qualify
2013–14 76 32 33 1 10 75 .492 200 235 4th, North 2014 Did not qualify
2014–15 76 35 29 8 4 82 .539 211 240 4th, Midwest 2015 Did not qualify
2015–16 76 43 22 6 5 97 .638 211 188 2nd, Central 2016 W, 3–0, RFD W, 4–2, GR W, 4–0, ONT W, 4–0, HER
2016–17 76 39 29 4 4 86 .566 195 198 5th, Central 2017 Did not qualify
2017–18 76 25 41 7 3 60 .395 190 258 7th, Central 2018 Did not qualify
2018–19 76 37 29 8 2 84 .553 232 234 4th, North 2019 W, 3–1, SYR L, 0–4, TOR
2019–20 62 24 31 5 2 55 .444 159 192 8th, North 2020 Season cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic


Current roster

Updated April 18, 2021.[15]

# Nat Player Pos S/G Age Acquired Birthplace Contract
21 Canada Tyler Angle C L 20 2021 Niagara Falls, Ontario Blue Jackets
24 Norway Ole Bjorgvik-Holm D L 18 2021 Oslo, Norway Monsters
22 Canada Jacob Christiansen D L 21 2021 West Vancouver, British Columbia Blue Jackets
4 United States Brandon Crawley D L 24 2021 Glen Rock, New Jersey Rangers
64 Canada Trey Fix-Wolansky RW R 21 2019 Edmonton, Alberta Blue Jackets
91 Canada Liam Foudy C L 21 2019 Toronto, Ontario Blue Jackets
44 Canada Brett Gallant LW L 32 2015 Summerside, Prince Edward Island Monsters
52 Canada Jake Gaudet C L 24 2021 Ottawa, Ontario Monsters
14 Canada Adam Helewka LW L 25 2020 Burnaby, British Columbia Monsters
29 United States Zach Jordan RW R 24 2020 Collinsville, Illinois Monsters
80 Latvia Matiss Kivlenieks G L 24 2017 Riga, Latvia Blue Jackets
36 United States Nick Lappin RW R 28 2021 Geneva, Illinois Monsters
47 Canada Will Lochead D L 23 2021 London, Ontario Monsters
5 United States Connor McDonald D R 25 2021 Westerville, Ohio Monsters
17 United States Carson Meyer RW R 23 2020 Powell, Ohio Monsters
37 Canada Luke Moncada C L 20 2021 Markham, Ontario Monsters
11 Canada Tristan Mullin LW L 24 2021 Cartwright, Manitoba Monsters
40 United States Wyatt Newpower D R 23 2020 Hugo, Minnesota Monsters
10 Canada Evan Polei LW L 25 2021 Wetaskiwin, Alberta Blues
26 Canada Thomas Schemitsch D R 24 2020 Thornhill, Ontario Monsters
20 Canada Justin Scott RW L 25 2016 Burlington, Ontario Monsters
16 Canada Tyler Sikura LW L 28 2020 Aurora, Ontario Monsters
18 Canada Dillon Simpson (A) D L 28 2018 Edmonton, Alberta Monsters
19 Canada Matthew Struthers C L 21 2020 London, Ontario Monsters
33 Russia Daniil Tarasov G L 22 2021 Novokuznetsk, Russia Blue Jackets
39 Canada Brad Thiessen G L 35 2015 Aldergrove, British Columbia Monsters

Team captains

Retired numbers

No Monsters player has had his number retired. However, the team has retired the numbers of players who have played on past Cleveland franchises to honor the city's hockey history.[13]

Cleveland Monsters retired numbers
No. Player Position Team
1 Johnny Bower G Barons
9 Fred Glover C Barons
15 Jock Callander C Lumberjacks

Team records

Single season
Goals: 33, Zac Dalpe (2018-19)
Assists: 50, T.J. Hensick (2009–10)
Points: 70 T.J. Hensick (2009–10), Ben Walter (2010–11)
Penalty Minutes: 215, Daniel Maggio (2014–15)
Wins: 27 Anton Forsberg (2016–17)
GAA: 2.11, Cedrick Desjardins (2011–12)
SV%: .932, Cedrick Desjardins (2011–12)
Shutouts: 8, Tyler Weiman (2008–09)
  • Goaltending records need a minimum 25 games played by the goaltender


Goals: 10, Oliver Bjorkstrand (2016)
Assists: 10, Ryan Craig (2016)
Points: 16 (tie), Oliver Bjorkstrand and Lukas Sedlak (2016)
Penalty Minutes: 26, Kerby Rychel (2016)
Wins:9, Anton Forsberg (2016)
GAA: 1.34, Anton Forsberg (2016)
SV%: .949, Anton Forsberg (2016)
Shutouts: 2, Anton Forsberg (2016)
Career Goals: Andrew Agozzino, 67
Career Assists: Andrew Agozzino, 98
Career Points: Andrew Agozzino, 165
Career Penalty Minutes: Daniel Maggio, 522
Career Goaltending Wins: Calvin Pickard, 60
Career Shutouts: Tyler Weiman, 13
Career Games: Cameron Gaunce, 264
Firsts and franchise records


WARF AM 1350 serves as the radio outlet for the team. Play-by-play announcer Tony Brown calls games on-site.[18]

Select Monsters games will be televised, with SportsTime Ohio serving as the outlet. The broadcast team consists of play-by-play broadcaster Tony Brown, former Cleveland Lumberjacks player Jock Callander as analyst, and WHBC afternoon host Kenny Roda as rink side/locker room reporter. All televised games are also simulcast on the radio.[19]

Mascot and entertainment

The Monsters' official mascot is a seagull character named "Sullivan C. Goal" (aka "Sully").[20] Also featured are the "Monsters Hockey Girls" cheerleaders.[21]


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  2. ^ "Lake Erie Monsters history". Case Western Reserve University. 2013-02-03. Retrieved 2013-02-03.
  3. ^ "Famous sea monsters". Sea 2013-04-05. Retrieved 2013-04-05.
  4. ^ "Monsters front office". Lake Erie Monsters. 2014-10-10. Retrieved 2014-10-10.
  5. ^ "Monsters' stats". 2011-04-28. Retrieved 2012-03-04.
  6. ^ "Monsters affiliate with the Columbus Blue Jackets". Lake Erie Monsters. 2015-04-17. Archived from the original on 2016-04-05. Retrieved 2015-04-17.
  7. ^ "Columbus Blue Jackets, Cleveland Monsters Announce Multi-Year Extension of Affiliation Partnership". OurSports Central. August 20, 2019.
  8. ^ "Monsters Move On With 4-3 OT Win". BlueJackets Xtra. Retrieved 2016-05-18.
  9. ^ Sports, Plain Dealer (Jun 12, 2016). "Record full house at the Q for Lake Erie Monsters' Calder Cup bid". cleveland. Retrieved Mar 22, 2020.
  10. ^ "Lake Erie Monsters change name, get new uniforms". KLTV. August 9, 2016. Archived from the original on August 16, 2016. Retrieved August 9, 2016.
  11. ^ Sadowski, Rick (August 25, 2016). "Jared Bednar hired as Avalanche coach". Retrieved August 26, 2016.
  12. ^ "Madden will not return as Monsters head coach". Columbus Blue Jackets. May 29, 2019.
  13. ^ a b c "Quicken Loans Arena hockey banners". Stadium 2014-06-07. Retrieved 2014-06-07.
  14. ^ "Cleveland hockey history". Lake Erie Monsters. 2013-02-03. Archived from the original on 2015-04-29. Retrieved 2013-02-03.
  15. ^ "Cleveland Monsters – Team roster". Elite Prospects. Retrieved 2021-04-18.
  16. ^ " | The American Hockey League". Retrieved Mar 22, 2020.
  17. ^ " | The American Hockey League". Retrieved Mar 22, 2020.
  18. ^ Monsters announce extension of radio broadcast agreement - Cleveland
  19. ^ "Monsters broadcast schedule - Cleveland". Retrieved Mar 22, 2020.
  20. ^ "Sully, the Monsters official Mascot". Lake Erie Monsters. 2013-10-02. Retrieved 2013-10-02.
  21. ^ "Monsters Hockey Girls". Lake Erie Monsters. 2013-10-02. Retrieved 2013-10-02.

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