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

Season GP W L T OTL SOL Pts GF GA PIM Finish Playoffs
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
2011-12 TBA