TRENTON, N.J.-Mercer County Executive Brian M. Hughes joined New Jersey Devils and Trenton Titans hockey officials at the Trenton Marriott today to announce the change of the Titans' name to the "Trenton Devils."
The widely anticipated announcement follows the change in ownership of the Titans that occurred Sept. 21, 2006, when the New Jersey Devils organization purchased a majority stake in the Titans from owner Ron Berman. The Berman family remains a co-owner of the Trenton Devils.
"Today is a great day for Mercer County and the City of Trenton," Hughes said in his welcoming remarks at the press conference. "I can't emphasize enough how proud we are to have New Jersey's team performing in the Capital County."
Along with the name change, Lou Lamoriello, the CEO, President, and General Manager of the New Jersey Devils, unveiled the new logo and jersey of the Trenton Devils. The team's new home and road jerseys will feature "TRENTON" in red across the chest, with a stylized horn in the "T" and the "N," along with the familiar New Jersey Devils logo. The red, black, and white color scheme is identical to the jerseys worn by the NHL team.
Lamoriello called the change symbolic of the Devils' organization's commitment to winning and increasing the local fan base. Trenton Titans won the ECHL's Kelly Cup in 2005, and the 2007-2008 season, as the Trenton Devils, will be the team's ninth season.
"We are proud of our whole organization and we can make that statement no better than putting our logo on the jersey," Lamoriello said. "We have a total commitment to Trenton and we plan to stay here. Trenton's fans are very passionate hockey fans and it's going to be our goal to increase that."
Lamoriello said the change in ownership would not affect the day-to-day operation of the Trenton hockey team.
The Trenton Devils will continue to play home games in the 7,605-seat Sovereign Bank Arena in downtown Trenton, and season ticket packages will not be affected.
Lamoriello added that the Devils' organization is looking into possible promotions such as autograph signings by New Jersey Devils players at Sovereign Bank Arena, holding Devils' preseason games in Trenton, and other events.
With today's name change, the Devils organization becomes the first NHL franchise to have the same nickname at all levels. The club's American Hockey League team in Lowell, Mass. also shares the name.
Other officials in attendance at the press conference were: Ron Berman, co-owner of the Trenton Devils; Phil Miller, Executive Director of the Mercer County Improvement Authority; Chris Modrzynski, Chief Operating Officer of the New Jersey Devils; Chris Lamoriello, Alternate Governor of the Trenton Devils; Jim Leahy, Executive Director of the Trenton Devils; and Rick Kowalsky, head coach of the Trenton Devils.