The Alaska Aces clinched their fourth-consecutive Brabham Cup championship on Friday by virtue of a 5-0 win at Colorado. With one game remaining in the season, Alaska is 45-18-7 for 97 points.
Alaska, which in 2011-12 became the first team in ECHL history to claim back-to-back regular-season championships, extends its record for consecutive Brabham Cup titles.
The Aces won the Kelly Cup the first two times they captured the Brabham Cup in 2006 and 2011, advanced to the Western Conference Finals in 2012 and the Western Conference Semifinals in 2013.
The Brabham Cup is the trophy awarded annually to the ECHL team that finishes with the most points in the regular season. The recipient is guaranteed home-ice advantage throughout its participation in the Kelly Cup Playoffs.
The award is named in recognition of Henry Brabham, who founded the ECHL in 1988-89 with five teams in four states. Brabham, who was the first inductee into the ECHL Hall of Fame in 2008, owned three of the original five teams. The dedication of the Virginia businessman was crucial to the league surviving to span from coast-to-coast while advancing 507 players and countless coaches, on-ice officials and front office personnel to the National Hockey League.
Alaska won its first Brabham Cup championship in 2005-06 when it led the ECHL with 113 points. The Aces went on to defeat Gwinnett in five games to become just the second team in ECH history to win both the Brabham Cup and Kelly Cup in the same season. In 2010-11, the Aces led the league with 97 points, and went on to defeat Kalamazoo 4 games to 1 in the Kelly Cup Finals becoming the fourth team to win both the regular season and postseason championship in league history.
During the 2011-12 season, Alaska once again recorded 97 points before falling to Las Vegas 4 games to 1 in the Western Conference Finals. Last season, the Aces totaled 106 points becoming the first team since Idaho in 2009-10 to reach the 100-point plateau in a season. Alaska has qualified for the Kelly Cup Playoffs in each of its 11 seasons in the ECHL, and has advanced past the first round in nine of the previous 10 seasons.
Brabham Cup Trophy Winners
|2013||Alaska Aces||106 points|
|2012||Alaska Aces||97 points|
|2011||Alaska Aces||97 points|
|2010||Idaho Steelheads||103 points|
|2009||Florida Everblades||105 points|
|2008||Cincinnati Cyclones||115 points|
|2007||Las Vegas Wranglers||106 points|
|2006||Alaska Aces||113 points|
|2005||Pensacola Ice Pilots||107 points|
|2004||San Diego Gulls||108 points|
|2003||Toledo Storm||104 points|
|2002||Louisiana IceGators||116 points|
|2001||Trenton Titans||104 points|
|2000||Florida Everblades||108 points|
|1999||Pee Dee Pride||106 points|
|1998||Louisiana IceGators||96 points|
|1997||South Carolina Stingrays||100 points|
|1996||Richmond Renegades||105 points|
|1995||Wheeling Thunderbirds||97 points|
|1994||Knoxville Cherokees||94 points|
|1993||Wheeling Thunderbirds||88 points|
|1992||Toledo Storm||95 points|
|1991||Knoxville Cherokees||97 points|
|1990||Winston-Salem Thunderbirds||82 points|
|1989||Erie Panthers||77 points|