Happy Birthday to Us!

Colorado Avalanche's Greg Sherman and Francois Giguere, along with Cavs/Monsters Dan Gilbert, Len Komoroski and Kerry Bubolz, introduce the Lake Erie Monsters

What started as just a dream has now become reality.  Two years ago Saturday, what started as Cleveland Pro Hockey became the Lake Erie Monsters. 

On January 25th, 2007, a press conference was held at Quicken Loans Arena announcing the new hockey team would be called the Monsters.  And so on Sunday, January 25th, 2009, we are celebrating our second birthday. 

Here's a snapshot on how we got to where we are today:

May 16th, 2006: Quicken Loans and Cleveland Cavaliers majority owner Dan Gilbert leads group in purchase of inactive Utah Grizzlies AHL franchise, with plans to move to Cleveland.

December 17th, 2006: The NHL's Colorado Avalanche announce that Cleveland's new pro hockey team will be their top affiliate.

January 25th, 2007: Gilbert announces the name of Cleveland's new pro hockey team will be the Lake Erie Monsters.  Press conference is held by Quicken Loans Arena, Colorado Avalanche and AHL representatives. Read Press Release | Watch Press Conference

October 6th, 2007: The Lake Erie Monsters take the ice for their first game, hosting the Grand Rapids Griffins at The Q in front of more than 15,000 fans.  The night would end up being the second-highest attended game in the AHL all season.

October 20th, 2007: The Monsters record the first win in franchise history, defeating the Crunch, 3-2, in Syracuse.

November 15th, 2007: Jason Bacashihua notches Lake Erie's first franchise shutout, a 2-0 home win over Quad City.

November 17th, 2007: Rookie Chris Stewart scored the first hat trick in Monsters history, leading the team to a 5-2 win over Toronto.

November 24th, 2007: Stewart steps up again, notching the game winner in the Monsters first overtime win (5-4 vs. Manitoba).

December 26th, 2007: Eric Healey's shot secures Lake Erie's first-ever shootout win, a 2-1 victory over Grand Rapids.

January 10th, 2008: Rookie T.J. Hensick is elected to the 2008 PlanetUSA All-Star Team, the first Monsters player selected to the AHL All-Star Classic.

April 12th, 2008: The Monsters finish their inaugural home schedule in front of a crowd of 15,408 at The Q, the largest of the season in the entire AHL.

April 13th, 2008: The 2007-08 season comes to a close in Rochester, where the Monsters lose a tough one, 6-5, despite five point nights from both Healey and Brad Richardson. 

October 11th, 2008: The Monsters open their second season at The Q with a North Division win, defeating Grand Rapids, 4-3, in overtime in front of a big crowd.  

November 1st, 2008:
Tyler Weiman records both his and the team's first shutout of the year, a 3-0 win in Toronto.

November 9th, 2008: Stewart posts the first Monster hat trick of the year in a 6-4 win over Hamilton.  

January 6th, 2009: Defenseman Kyle Cumiskey is named to the 2009 Canadian AHL All-Star Team for the 2009 AHL All-Star Classic.  

And hopefully the best is yet to come!

Happy Birthday to Us!

Colorado Avalanche's Greg Sherman and Francois Giguere, along with Cavs/Monsters Dan Gilbert, Len Komoroski and Kerry Bubolz, introduce the Lake Erie Monsters

What started as just a dream has now become reality.  Two years ago Saturday, what started as Cleveland Pro Hockey became the Lake Erie Monsters. 

On January 25th, 2007, a press conference was held at Quicken Loans Arena announcing the new hockey team would be called the Monsters.  And so on Sunday, January 25th, 2009, we are celebrating our second birthday. 

Here's a snapshot on how we got to where we are today:

May 16th, 2006: Quicken Loans and Cleveland Cavaliers majority owner Dan Gilbert leads group in purchase of inactive Utah Grizzlies AHL franchise, with plans to move to Cleveland.

December 17th, 2006: The NHL's Colorado Avalanche announce that Cleveland's new pro hockey team will be their top affiliate.

January 25th, 2007: Gilbert announces the name of Cleveland's new pro hockey team will be the Lake Erie Monsters.  Press conference is held by Quicken Loans Arena, Colorado Avalanche and AHL representatives. Read Press Release | Watch Press Conference

October 6th, 2007: The Lake Erie Monsters take the ice for their first game, hosting the Grand Rapids Griffins at The Q in front of more than 15,000 fans.  The night would end up being the second-highest attended game in the AHL all season.

October 20th, 2007: The Monsters record the first win in franchise history, defeating the Crunch, 3-2, in Syracuse.

November 15th, 2007: Jason Bacashihua notches Lake Erie's first franchise shutout, a 2-0 home win over Quad City.

November 17th, 2007: Rookie Chris Stewart scored the first hat trick in Monsters history, leading the team to a 5-2 win over Toronto.

November 24th, 2007: Stewart steps up again, notching the game winner in the Monsters first overtime win (5-4 vs. Manitoba).

December 26th, 2007: Eric Healey's shot secures Lake Erie's first-ever shootout win, a 2-1 victory over Grand Rapids.

January 10th, 2008: Rookie T.J. Hensick is elected to the 2008 PlanetUSA All-Star Team, the first Monsters player selected to the AHL All-Star Classic.

April 12th, 2008: The Monsters finish their inaugural home schedule in front of a crowd of 15,408 at The Q, the largest of the season in the entire AHL.

April 13th, 2008: The 2007-08 season comes to a close in Rochester, where the Monsters lose a tough one, 6-5, despite five point nights from both Healey and Brad Richardson. 

October 11th, 2008: The Monsters open their second season at The Q with a North Division win, defeating Grand Rapids, 4-3, in overtime in front of a big crowd.  

November 1st, 2008:
Tyler Weiman records both his and the team's first shutout of the year, a 3-0 win in Toronto.

November 9th, 2008: Stewart posts the first Monster hat trick of the year in a 6-4 win over Hamilton.  

January 6th, 2009: Defenseman Kyle Cumiskey is named to the 2009 Canadian AHL All-Star Team for the 2009 AHL All-Star Classic.  

And hopefully the best is yet to come!


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