Alaska2014BrabhamCupChampions

Alaska wins 2013-14 Brabham Cup

 

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

 

YEARTEAMPOINTS
   
2014Alaska Aces 
   
2013Alaska Aces106 points
  
2012 Alaska Aces 97 points
   
2011Alaska Aces97 points
  
2010Idaho Steelheads103 points
  
2009Florida Everblades105 points
  
2008Cincinnati Cyclones115 points
  
2007Las Vegas Wranglers106 points
  
2006Alaska Aces113 points
  
2005Pensacola Ice Pilots107 points
  
2004San Diego Gulls108 points
  
2003Toledo Storm104 points
  
2002Louisiana IceGators116 points
  
2001Trenton Titans104 points
  
2000Florida Everblades108 points
  
1999Pee Dee Pride106 points
  
1998Louisiana IceGators96 points
  
1997South Carolina Stingrays100 points
  
1996Richmond Renegades105 points
  
1995Wheeling Thunderbirds97 points
  
1994Knoxville Cherokees94 points
  
1993Wheeling Thunderbirds88 points
  
1992Toledo Storm95 points
  
1991Knoxville Cherokees97 points
  
1990Winston-Salem Thunderbirds82 points
  
1989Erie Panthers77 points