N.J. native and former Atlantic City coach
Mike Haviland set for Valentine’s Day return
to Boardwalk Hall
As the Albany (N.Y.) Devils of the American Hockey League continue their association with Atlantic City in 2014, the club has three more games left to play this season in Boardwalk Hall (Feb. 14, 7 p.m.; March 1, 5 p.m.; and March 23, 4 p.m.).
They opened up play at their home-away-from-home on Jan. 12 but were beaten by the Hershey (Pa.) Bears 4-1.
But the Albany Devils, who are off to their best start since the 1998-99 season with a record of 21-11-3-2 through 37 games as of Jan. 16, will get another shot at the Bears on Valentine’s Day. And Hershey coach Mike Haviland will be loving the chance to visit the friendly confines of Boardwalk Hall yet again.
A familiar name to hockey fans in the region, Haviland was the coach of the Atlantic City Boardwalk Bullies from 2002-04 and won the ECHL’s Kelly Cup championship in 2003. He is in his first year as the Hersey Bears head coach.
The 46-year-old Haviland is a Middletown, N.J. native and was an assistant coach with the Chicago Blackhawks from 2008-12 and was part of the team’s 2010 Stanley Cup winner.
“It was fun. It was really exciting,” Haviland told the Press of Atlantic City after his team’s mid-January win over the Devils at Boardwalk Hall. “I have some great memories here, and it was nice to come in and get a win too. This building's been pretty good to me. It's actually a fun, fun place to play.”
Haviland told the Patriot News of Harrisburg, Pa., and its website PennLive.com, that he thinks the Atlantic City market should return to the hockey business.
“It's a shame that there's not a team in there,” Haviland said just prior to his team’s first visit to Atlantic City. “I'd love to see them have an American League team in there, I really do. I think if the casinos got behind it and some of the right people in that area got involved, because there's a lot of hockey people in that area.
“I think the venue is beautiful. The locker room setups are beautiful. There's room there. It's close to everything. You're within three or four hours of almost every (East Division) team. It's similar to this (in Hershey). I don't have control of that, but that would be a great spot.”
Meanwhile, the Albany Devils are in second place in the Northeast Division of the AHL’s Eastern Conference. Left wing Joe Whitney is tied for fourth in the league in points and goaltender Keith Kinkaid has been steady between the pipes.
The Devils head coach, Rich Kowalsky, is also familiar with Boardwalk Hall, having played for the Trenton Titans and Roanoke Express at the building against the Boardwalk Bullies. This also marks the third season in the last four in which the Devils have played a package of home games at the legendary venue.
“I've always liked the building and being able to walk from your hotel down the boardwalk even though it's cold and nasty weather," Kowalsky told the Press of Atlantic City. “It's a nice change of pace, and depending on when we get in – we’re able to get in a night early and get out and have dinner. I've always enjoyed going down there as a player and now as a coach, but hopefully we can get the wins down there.”
Kowalsky’s Albany Devils are an American Hockey League (AHL) professional developmental team affiliated with the New Jersey Devils, of the National Hockey League (NHL). Fans of the NHL affiliate can come cheer on their future Devils in each of their three remaining games at Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall.
COME SEE THE AHL IN AC
The Albany Devils of the American Hockey League have three games remaining at Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall: Feb. 14, 7 p.m.; March 1, 5 p.m.; and March 23, 4 p.m. Please note the start time for March 1 was changed from its original time of 7 p.m.
Tickets prices range from $26 for the first two rows on the glass to $21 for the lower bowl, and $16 for the upper bowl. Plus, special rates are available for kids 2-12, seniors 65+, military, students, and groups of 10 or more at $16 for the lower bowl and $11 for the upper bowl. Two types of four packs are also available for purchase. The lower bowl four pack is priced at $80 and includes four tickets in the 100 level, four hot dogs, and four soft drinks. The upper bowl four pack is $65 and includes four tickets in the 200 level, four hot dogs, and four soft drinks.
Hockey clubs or other organizations or groups have the opportunity to take part in an exclusive ticket offer. With the purchase of 100 or more tickets for any one game at any price range, your group will receive 90 minutes of free ice time at the historic Boardwalk Hall.
Tickets for each of the remaining Albany Devils games can be purchased at the Boardwalk Hall Box Office, all Ticketmaster locations by calling 800-736-1420
or at ticketmaster.com
. For more information, visit www.boardwalkhall.com