About usThe Lake Erie Monsters - the American Hockey League affiliate of the Colorado Avalanche - are in their sixth year of play at Quicken Loans Arena in 2012-13
The Lake Erie Monsters began with the revival of the dormant Utah Grizzlies franchise. The team was relocated to Cleveland, playing as the Lake Erie Monsters in the North Division.
The team name, referring to Bessie, a creature of local folklore, was announced at a press conference by Dan Gilbert, owner of the Monsters, Cleveland Cavaliers NBA basketball team, Quicken Loans Arena and Quicken Loans.
The Monsters opened their inaugural 2007–08 campaign at home against the Grand Rapids Griffins on October 6, 2007.