The original Trenton Titans debuted Oct. 15, 1999, blanking the Johnstown Chiefs, 3-0, in front of 8,041 fans at the Sovereign Bank Arena under head coach Bruce Cassidy.
In its second season – 2000-01 – the franchise reached the ECHL Kelly Cup finals, falling to the South Carolina Stingrays.
The franchise recorded four consecutive postseason berths in its first four seasons. The club missed the playoffs for the first time in 2003-2004, but the best was to come in 2004-05.
Under head coach Mike Haviland, an original Titans assistant coach and now an assistant with the National Hockey League’s Chicago Blackhawks, the Titans won playoff series with Atlantic City, Reading and Alaska. Led by captain Rick Kowalsky and leading scorer Scott Bertoli, Trenton brought the 2005 Kelly Cup to home by defeating the Florida Everblades in six games.
The Titans also qualified for the playoffs in 2005-06 and 2006-07. Kowalsky and Vince Williams served as head coach and assistant coach, respectively, in 2006-07.
The original franchise, after a purchase by the NHL’s New Jersey Devils in 2007, operated as the Trenton Devils the past four seasons until the club was folded by the parent team July 6, 2011. The Titans were re-established July 28, 2011, after a vote by the ECHL Board of Directors under a new ownership – Blue Line Sports LLC.
This new chapter in Trenton ECHL hockey, with the re-establishment of the Trenton Titans, is certain to continue the traditions of those who are fans of the sport in the Greater Trenton area.
That Championship Season (2004-05)
The Titans won the Kelly Cup in 2004-05, defeating Florida, a 2011-12 opponent, in six games. Leon Hayward was named the MVP of the Kelly Cup Finals.
In the playoffs leading up to the Kelly Cup Finals that season:
- The Titans defeated the Alaska Aces in the National Conference finals, 4-3..
- The Titans defeated the Reading Royals, a 2011-12 opponent, in the Northern Division finals, 4-1.
- The Titans defeated the Atlantic City Boardwalk Bullies, now the Stockron (Calif.) Thunder, in the Northern Division semifinals, 3-0.
Trenton ECHL Hockey Season-By-Season
(Club operated as Trenton Devils 2007-2011)
Note: GP = Games played, W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, OTL = Overtime losses, SOL = Shootout losses, Pts = Points, GF = Goals for, GA = Goals against, PIM = Penalties in minutes
|1999-0||70||37||29||4||78||233||199||1461||4th Northeast Division||Lost in conference finals|
|2000-1||72||50||18||4||104||236||164||1284||1st Northeast Division||Lost in Kelly Cup FInals|
|2001-2||72||46||16||10||102||238||178||1822||1st Northeast Division||Lost in divisional finals|
|2002-3||72||38||24||10||86||229||207||1860||4th Northeast Division||Lost in divisional semifinals|
|2003-4||72||37||28||7||81||222||193||1569||6th North Division||Out of playoffs|
|2004-5||72||42||21||9||93||213||197||1411||2nd East Division||Won Kelly Cup|
|2005-6||72||31||36||5||67||166||214||1318||5th East Division||Lost in divisional quarterfinals|
|2006-7||72||36||31||1||4||77||250||242||1400||4th North Division||Lost in divisional semifinals|
|2007-8||72||29||36||3||4||65||183||220||1260||6th North Division||Out of playoffs|
|2008-9||72||40||25||2||5||87||236||206||1146||2nd North Division||Lost in semifinals|
|2009-10||72||33||30||4||5||75||244||252||1465||3rd East Division||Out of playoffs|
|2010-11||72||27||37||2||6||62||218||257||1255||3rd Atlantic Division||Out of playoffs|
|Season||Prelim||1st round||2nd round||Conference Finals||Kelly Cup Finals|
|1999-0||W, 3-0, Richmond||W, 3-2, Hampton Roads||L, 2-3, Peoria|
|2000-1||W, 3-1, Johnstown||W, 3-0, Toledo||W, 4-3, Peoria|
|2001-2||W, 3-1, Roanoke||L, 0-3, Atlantic City|
|2002-3||L, 0-3, Atlantic City|
|2003-4||Out of playoffs|
|2004-5||W, 3-0, Atlantic City||W, 3-1, Reading||W, 4-3, Alaska||W, 4-2, Florida|
|2005-6||L, 0-2, Johnstown|
|2006-7||W, 2-0, Johnstown||L, 0-3, Dayton|
|2007-8||Out of playoffs|
|2008-9||L, 3-4, Elmira|
|2009-10||Out of playoffs|
|2010-11||Out of playoffs|