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Alaska wins Brabham Cup

PRINCETON, N.J. – The Alaska Aces clinched their second straight Brabham Cup championship on Friday by virtue of Gwinnett’s loss at Florida. Alaska becomes the first team in ECHL history to win the Brabham Cup in consecutive seasons.

 

This marks the third time Alaska has won the ECHL’s regular-season championship. The Aces have gone on to win the Kelly Cup the previous two times they captured the Brabham Cup in 2006 and 2010.

 

The Aces enter Friday’s game at Ontario with a 43-17-10 record for 96 points. Alaska has secured a first-round bye in the Kelly Cup Playoffs, and will open the Western Conference Semifinals at home on Friday, April 13 against either Colorado, Stockton or Utah.

 

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 465 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. Last season, 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. Alaska has qualified for the Kelly Cup Playoffs in each of its nine seasons in the ECHL, and has advanced past the first round in seven of the previous eight seasons.
 

 

Brabham Cup Champions

 

 

YEAR TEAM
   
2012 Alaska Aces
   
2011 Alaska Aces
   
2010 Idaho Steelheads
   
2009 Florida Everblades
   
2008 Cincinnati Cyclones
   
2007 Las Vegas Wranglers
   
2006 Alaska Aces
   
2005 Pensacola Ice Pilots
   
2004 San Diego Gulls
   
2003 Toledo Storm
   
2002 Louisiana IceGators
   
2001 Trenton Titans
   
2000 Florida Everblades
   
1999 Pee Dee Pride
   
1998 Louisiana IceGators
   
1997 South Carolina Stingrays
   
1996 Richmond Renegades
   
1995 Wheeling Thunderbirds
   
1994 Knoxville Cherokees
   
1993 Wheeling Thunderbirds
   
1992 Toledo Storm
   
1991 Knoxville Cherokees
   
1990 Winston-Salem Thunderbirds
   
1989 Erie Panthers