Devils Today 4/20/15

Matteau Added to U.S. Men’s National  Team

Forward Stefan Matteau (Chicago, Ill./Albany Devils) has been added to the 2015 U.S. Men’s National Team that will compete at the International Ice Hockey Federation Men’s World Championship May 1-17 in Ostrava and Prague, Czech Republic.

Matteau previously represented the United States as a member of the 2014 U.S. National Junior Team that competed at the IIHF World Junior Championship in Malmo, Sweden. In five games, Matteau registered three goals and an assist. He was also a member of USA Hockey’s National Team Development Program for two seasons (2010-12) where he collected 50 points (22-28) in 93 games.

Whitney Named CCM/AHL Player of the Week

The American Hockey League announced today that Albany Devils left wing Joe Whitney has been selected as the CCM/AHL Player of the Week for the period ending Apr. 19, 2015.

Whitney tallied three goals and four assists for seven points in three contests as Albany finished its season on a four-game winning streak.

Needing wins to keep its playoff hopes alive, Albany got two goals and an assist from Whitney in a 6-2 victory over Syracuse on Wednesday night. Whitney notched a goal and an assist on Friday as the Devils earned a 4-0 shutout win at Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, and he assisted on both the game-tying and game-winning goals on Saturday as Albany rallied past Hartford, 4-2, in its season finale.

Whitney completed the season as Albany’s leading scorer for the fourth year in a row, notching 23 goals and 37 assists for 60 points in 66 games. He also tied for the AHL lead with 27 power-play points, and finished tied for 15th in the league’s overall scoring race. The two-time AHL All-Star has totaled 86 goals and 123 assists for 209 points in 278 career AHL games over his four professional seasons, increasing his point production each year. Whitney, a native of Reading, Mass., also appeared in four NHL games with New Jersey in 2014-15 and scored his first career NHL goal.

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Press Release – Albany Devils Weekly Release April 13-19

With only one week remaining in the regular season, the Albany Devils are hanging onto their Calder Cup Playoff aspirations. The Devils have 79 points after 73 games and trail the eighth-place Portland Pirates, who have 83 points after 73 contests, and the ninth-place Springfield Falcons, who have 83 points after 74 outings. In order to qualify for the postseason, Albany must win their final three game and get some help from Portland and Springfield losses.

Albany has a chance to move one step closer to the top eight when they host the Syracuse Crunch Wednesday at 7 pm at Times Union Center. Head Coach Rick Kowalsky will have more options heading into this week’s game than he did just days ago. Reid Boucher, Seth Helgeson, Raman Hrabarenka and Stefan Matteau have all recently been returned on loan from New Jersey.

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