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Devils buy majority share of ECHL's Trenton franchise

9/21/2006 - New Jersey Devils

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- The New Jersey Devils are on a spending spree.

Three months after buying a team in the American Hockey League, the Devils on Thursday purchased a majority interest in the Trenton (N.J.) Titans of the ECHL.

Ron Berman, whose family had owned the club, will retain a minority interest. The sale is subject to approval from both the Mercer County Improvement Authority and the ECHL Board of Governors.

"The Berman family is extremely pleased that we were able to bring the Devils to Trenton and Mercer County," Ron Berman said. "We know that the Devils will continue to bring exciting and winning hockey to Titans fans for many years to come."

The 2005 Kelly Cup champion, Trenton has been a member of the ECHL since 1999-2000. It was the Philadelphia Flyers' ECHL affiliate last season.

"The Devils have had a commitment to the people of New Jersey since 1982-83. As we celebrate our 25th anniversary season, we look to continue that commitment in the state's capital city," Devils CEO Lou Lamoriello said. "We look forward to adding Trenton to our minor league development system."

In June, the Devils purchased the AHL franchise in Lowell, Mass., which will be known as the Lowell Devils beginning this season. New Jersey's previous AHL affiliate was in Albany, N.Y.