The New Jersey Devils are going back to Albany.
The Devils announced Thursday that they are moving their American Hockey League farm team back to Albany, N.Y., in 2010-11 after spending the last four years in Lowell, Mass. Prior to that, the Devils' top farm team called Albany home from 1993-2006.
After the Devils moved their affiliate to Lowell, Albany was affiliated with the Carolina Hurricanes for the past four seasons, but the 'Canes are moving their AHL team to Charlotte, N.C. for 2010-11.
The team will change its name from the Albany River Rats to the Albany Devils and will play its home games in the Times Union Center.
The move has been approved by the AHL Board of Governors.
"We are all looking forward to bringing our AHL team back to the Capital District area," New Jersey President and General Manager Lou Lamoriello said in a statement. "The support we previously received from the fans in Albany was tremendous."
The Devils moved their AHL affiliate to Albany in the fall of 1993. In 1994-95, both New Jersey and Albany won their respective league championships. The Lowell Devils made the AHL playoffs in 2009-10 but were ousted in the first round.
"We are very excited that Times Union Center will be the home of the Albany Devils and we can continue our tradition of AHL hockey in Albany," said Albany County Executive Mike Breslin. "We look forward to a long and successful relationship with the Devils and another Calder Cup in Albany. Our many enthusiastic hockey fans will bring great energy and excitement to the games."