Trenton Devils suspend play for 2011-12

Posted: July 07, 2011

The Trenton Devils, ECHL affiliate of the New Jersey Devils, will suspend operations for the 2011-12 season, the team said in a statement yesterday.

However, the vacated 8,500-seat Sun National Bank Center - which is managed by Global Spectrum, a subsidiary of Flyers parent company Comcast-Spectacor - will not be a potential landing spot for the AHL's Phantoms.

"At this time, we have committed to playing in Allentown when the new arena is built," Comcast-Spectacor president Peter Luukko said.

While a new 8,500-seat arena in Allentown has met public resistance, it is expected to be ready for the 2013-14 season. The Phantoms will remain in Glens Falls, N.Y., until then.

The Trenton Titans were the Flyers' ECHL, or Double A affiliate, from 1999 through 2007 when the franchise was purchased by the Devils. Trenton was the only ECHL team wholly owned by an NHL club. They were last in average attendance in the 20-team league with 2,390 fans per game last season.

Trenton won the 2005 Kelly Cup championship as the Titans and went on to send players like Ruslan Fedotenko, Todd Fedoruk and Jerred Smithson to the NHL.

- Frank Seravalli

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