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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

 

YEAR TEAM POINTS
     
2014 Alaska Aces  
     
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