The city of Albany will once again host the Devils AHL affiliate.

The Devils will officially move their AHL affiliate to Albany, beginning in the 2010-2011 season.

The team will be named the Albany Devils and will play their home games at the Times Union Center. The move has been expected since the team submitted a letter of intent to lease the Times Union Center for five years in late April. On May 10, the Albany County Legislature voted to approve a $1.6 million bond to improve the arena as part of the movement plan.

Devils general manager Lou Lamoriello shared his excitement over the move with Tom Gulliti of the Bergen Record.

“We are all looking forward to bringing our AHL team back to the Capital District area,” Lamoriello said. “The support we previously received from the fans in Albany was tremendous.”

Albany hosted the Devils AHL affiliate for 13 years before the team moved to Lowell in 2006-2007. The team won the Calder Cup as the Albany River Rats in 1995.

The team’s lease with the Times Union Center is for five years.