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|1.||Danny Gravelle||C||Greensboro Monarchs||58||38||67||105||73||33|
|2.||Darren Colbourne||RW||Richmond Renegades||68||69||35||104||100|
|3.||Tony Szabo||F||Roanoke Express||68||42||54||96||84|
|4.||Anthony Szabo||F||Roanoke Express||68||42||54||96||84|
|5.||Guy Phillips||RW||Richmond Renegades||53||43||50||93||50|
|6.||Darren Schwartz||LW||Wheeling Thunderbirds||67||54||38||92||201|
|7.||Matthew Robbins||C||Charlotte Checkers||53||33||56||89||14|
|8.||Sergei Kharin||RW||Dayton Bombers||59||30||59||89||56|
|9.||Brendan Flynn||C||Richmond Renegades||63||20||69||89||76||-2|
|10.||Rick Judson||LW||Toledo Storm||61||39||49||88||16||36|
The league, because of geographical anomalies, has used unbalanced conferences and divisions, making for some extremely varied playoff formats and limited interconference play. Due to travel costs, the league has attempted to placate owners in keeping those costs down, which has led to the sometimes-odd playoff structures.
Kelly Cup playoff format
In the Western Conference, seven teams qualify: two division winners and the next five teams in the conference. The division winner with the best record (most points) receives a bye to the conference semifinal round while the other division winner is seeded second and plays the seventh ranked team in a best of five series. The third seed plays against the sixth while the fourth plays the fifth seed in a best of five series. The top seed then plays the winner of the fourth vs fifth seed series and the other two winners face each other in a best of seven series.
In the Eastern Conference, eight teams qualify: the three division winners plus the next five teams in the conference. Similar to the NHL the division winners are seeded as the top three seeds; the conference winner vs the eighth seed, second vs seventh, third vs sixth and fourth vs fifth in the best of five conference semifinal. The winner of the 1st/8th series plays the winner of the 4th/5th series while 2nd/7th winner plays against the 3rd/6th winner in a best of seven conference semifinal series.
The conference finals and the Kelly Cup final are best of seven serie
- 2012-2013: Reading Royals
- 2011-2012: Florida Everblades
- 2010-2011: Alaska Aces
- 2009-2010: Cincinnati Cyclones
- 2008-2009: South Carolina Stingrays
- 2007-2008: Cincinnati Cyclones
- 2006-2007: Idaho Steelheads
- 2005-2006: Alaska Aces
- 2004-2005: Trenton Titans
- 2003-2004: Idaho Steelheads
- 2002-2003: Atlantic City Boardwalk Bullies
- 2001-2002: Greenville Grrrowl
- 2000-2001: South Carolina Stingrays
- 1999-2000: Peoria Rivermen (2005-2013)
- 1998-1999: Mississippi Seawolves
- 1997-1998: Hampton Roads Admirals
- 1996-1997: South Carolina Stingrays
- 1995-1996: Charlotte Checkers
- 1994-1995: Richmond Renegades
- 1993-1994: Toledo Storm
- 1992-1993: Toledo Storm
- 1991-1992: Hampton Roads Admirals
- 1990-1991: Hampton Roads Admirals
- 1989-1990: Greensboro Monarchs
- 1988-1989: Winston Salem Thunderbirds
The ECHL (formerly the East Coast Hockey League) is a mid-level professional ice hockey league based in Princeton, New Jersey with teams scattered across the United States. It is generally regarded as a tier below the American Hockey League.
The ECHL, along with the AHL, are the only minor leagues recognized by the collective bargaining agreement between the National Hockey League and the National Hockey League Players' Association, meaning any player signed to an entry-level NHL contract and designated for assignment must report to a club either in the AHL or the ECHL. Additionally, the league's players are represented by the Professional Hockey Players' Association in negotiations with the ECHL itself.
26 of the 30 National Hockey League teams have affiliations with the ECHL
- Bakersfield Condors offer contract to Justin Bieber (11 Sep 2012)
- ECHL regular season ends with Alaska Aces on top (01 Apr 2012)
Trenton Titans ceases operations
The ECHL announced on that the Trenton Titans Membership has ceased operations and the team will not compete in the 2013-14 season.(23 Apr 2013)
San Francisco Bulls become Sharks affiliate
New expansion ECHL team San Francisco Bulls announced they have been named the ECHL affiliate of the San Jose Sharks. The Bulls have also been named the ECHL affiliate of the American Hockey League's (AHL) Worcester Sharks. The Bulls will serve as the primary ECHL developmental team for the San Jose and Worcester Sharks.(12 Jul 2012)
Reading Royals become Capitals and Bears affiliate
The Reading Royals of the ECHL, the Washington Capitals of the National Hockey League and the Hershey Bears of the American Hockey League jointly announced that they have entered into an exclusive affiliation arrangement, under which the Royals will receive players designated for assignment within the professional hockey operations development systems of the Capitals and Bears
"We are very pleased to announce our new ECHL affiliation with the Reading Royals," said Capitals' General Manager George McPhee. "The Royals are a first-class organization where our prospects will be playing in an environment that will help them develop to their ultimate potential. We feel the proximity to both Washington and our AHL affiliate in Hershey will be beneficial to all three clubs."
Defender Bryan Rufenach died
Defenseman Bryan Rufenach, a seventh-round draft pick of the Detroit Red Wings in the 2007 NHL entry draft, currently at Toledo Walleye of ECHL, died this week while traveling in Switzerland. He was 23.
Details of Rufenach's death have not been released, but The Lindsay Post has learned he suffered a fatal electrocution.
Walleye coach Nick Vitucci said in statement: "The entire team's thoughts and prayers are with Bryan's family as they get through this difficult time. Bryan was a great teammate and would play any role asked of him."
Fort Wayne Komets join the ECHL, Dayton Gems ceased
Current CHL champion Fort Wayne Komets announced that the franchise has withdrawn from the Central Hockey League and has been admitted as a member of the ECHL. The Fort Wayne membership will take flight with the 2012-13 ECHL season.
The Dayton Gems announced they were ceasing operations and that a new team playing in Federal Hockey League will be estabilished in Dayton.
Along with the move of Evansville from CHL to ECHL, these changes reflect the end of two-year agreement between the CHL and the defunct International Hockey League (IHL). Among the former IHL teams Bloomington Blaze and Quad City Mallards have signed long-term CHL agreements, while Dayton, Evansville and Fort Wayne are no longer affiliated with the CHL.
Evansville IceMen join the ECHL
The ECHL announced that the Board of Governors has approved the Expansion Membership application of the Evansville IceMen for admission to the ECHL.The IceMen will become a member club of the Eastern Conference/North Division which will be comprised of the Cincinnati Cyclones, Kalamazoo Wings and Toledo Walleye. Under a special two-year agreement, the Evansville IceMen, as an IHL entity, operated their franchise in the Central Hockey League in the 2010-11 and 2011-12 CHL seasons.(17 May 2012)
Chicago Express withdraw from ECHL
The Chicago Express have announced today that they are withdrawing from the ECHL, effectively ending the Chicago Express organization immediately.
The team competed in its first season this year but decided to suspend operations due to poor attendance numbers and lack of support. All other Members who participated in the ECHL during the 2011-12 season will return for the 2012-13 season.
In recent months, the ECHL announced the addition of Expansion Memberships in San Francisco and Orlando for play in the 2012-13 season.
ECHL approved San Francisco membership for 2012
The ECHL announced that the board has approved the Expansion Membership application of the San Francisco Bulls for admission to the ECHL.
San Francisco is scheduled to begin play in October 2012 and its home arena will be historic Cow Palace, former San Josè Sharks arena
Phoenix signs ECHL new affiliation
Phoenix Coyotes announced that the Coyotes have signed a one-year affiliation agreement with the Gwinnett Gladiators of the ECHL.(17 Aug 2011)
- Youngest player: Dion Darling (19 years)
- Oldest player: Sergei Khramtsov (32 years)
- Shortest player: Manon Rhéaume (168 cm)
- Tallest player: Jaroslav Nedved (197 cm)
- Nationalities: Austria (2), Belarus (2), Canada (90), Czech Republic (5), Finland (1), Great Britain (5), Germany (6), Ireland (2), Italy (7), Japan (2), The Netherlands (1), Poland (1), Russia (17), Slovenia (1), Slovakia (1), Sweden (2), Ukraine (2), USA (23)