Lake Erie Monsters Schedule
Hockey has been a big deal in the Cleveland area since it first came to town in the
1920's and since 2007 the Lake Erie Monsters have been offering hockey fans in the area something to get behind. Quicken Loans
Arena is practically exploding with energy on game days and gives the Monsters an unparalleled home ice advantage which is
sure to thrill each and every fan in attendance.
This season big games abound at Quicken Loans Arena including back
to back games on November 21st and 22nd against the Oklahoma City Barons. Any time the Barons come to town you can count on
hard fought games and plenty of big hits as these two rivals square off against one another.
Later on in the season
February 21st and 22nd will see a two day home stand against the Iowa Wild. Playing in relatively close proximity has helped
fuel the rivalry between the Monsters and the Wild and it is a rivalry which has grown in intensity each year since 2007.
These are games no hockey fan will want to miss.
Being associated with the Colorado Avalanche
of the NHL, every player who puts on the Lake Erie Monsters uniform is looking to impress and hopefully get that call up to
the NHL. That being said, fans can expect nothing but the best effort whenever the Lake Erie Monsters take the ice. Coach
Dean Chynoweth will be looking to guide his team to an impressive season in the AHL and hopefully bring home the franchise's
first Calder Cup. To do so he will be counting on the help of Captain Bryan Lerg at the left wing. Guillaume Desbiens, the
assistant captain who will be lining up alongside Lerg at right wing will also be looking to provide leadership and scoring
for the team. A high powered offense seems to be inevitable this season and, aside from high expectations for the team to
pile up the wins, the 2013-2014 Lake Erie Monsters should be one of the most entertaining teams in the AHL to watch.
Hockey fans in general are some of the most passionate sports fans around, but nothing quite matches
the fanaticism surrounding minor league hockey and Lake Erie Monsters fans are some of the most dedicated and vociferous fans
in the entire AHL. On game day at Quicken Loans Arena, the fans file in and take their seats when the cheering and chanting
begins. As the clock winds down closer and closer to the dropping of the puck the crowd works itself into a frenzy. Finally
both teams are ready for face off and the excitement really begins. Thunderous, bone rattling hits, incredible displays of
speed and agility, powerful slapshots, and tremendous saves set the arena on fire for the following three periods of world
class college hockey. By the time the final buzzer sounds your voice is hoarse and your palms are stinging from clapping and
giving high fives and you will already be planning a return trip.
When hockey first returned to Cleveland with the Monsters
in 2007 it was a big deal and the city has not dwindled in its support for a second. Quicken Loans Arena is one of the most
exciting venues in the country to catch a hockey game and you will not want to miss out on the chance to be a part of all
of the action.
The American Hockey League, or the AHL, is the premiere minor league hockey
league in the United States and Canada and since the 2011 season each team has an affiliation with an NHL team assuring the
fans that some of the best minor league players in the country all looking to stand out from the crowd to move up to the pro
ranks. The AHL has a strong tradition that dates all the way back to the 1930's with the Hershey Bears standing as the most
decorated franchise as far as Calder Cups are concerned. The league has its own hall of fame and features outdoor games and
all star games each season along with its playoffs and championship.
Lake Erie Monsters Trivia
Erie Monsters came into existence when Dan Gilbert, also owner of the Cleveland Cavaliers, bought the Utah Grizzlies and relocated
the team to Cleveland. The first game was an October 6, 2007 loss to the Grand Rapids Griffins, and the first win came two
weeks later on October 14, 2007 over the Syracuse Crunch. Former NHL great Joe Sacco was the first coach of the Lake Erie
Monsters, moving over to the team after having an assistant position with the Colorado Avalanche. The 2010-2011 season was
the first year the Monsters made the playoffs when they lost a hotly contested seven game first round series to the Manitoba