Book By Hockey Historian Mancuso Traces ECHL History

PRINCETON, N.J. – The ECHL announced that it is taking orders for “20 Years of the ECHL,” a comprehensive book by noted minor league hockey historian and author Jim Mancuso that is a “must read” for ECHL fans.

Fans will be able to purchase the book from ECHL teams and should contact their team for availability.

Mancuso takes readers on a tour that has seen the “East Coast Hockey League” transform from five teams in four states into the “ECHL” with 25 teams across North America.

The book has more than 200 photographs and interviews with league founders Henry Brabham and Bill Coffey as well as former commissioners Patrick J. Kelly and Richard W. Adams and current commissioner Brian McKenna. The interviews help provide insight into the important role that the ECHL played in minor professional hockey in North America, introducing it into four states and 25 cities while returning it to 21 other cities including the historic expansion that added seven West Coast teams for the 2003-04 season.

The author profiles 50 of the most outstanding figures in ECHL history as well as 50 outstanding ECHL alumni who skated in the NHL and 20 of the greatest ECHL head coaches that have moved up the professional ranks.

Mancuso has written eight books on minor professional hockey including “Hockey In Charlotte” with ECHL Commissioner Emeritus Patrick J. Kelly as well as countless articles on minor league hockey teams and league.

The soft-cover, 136-page book is also available from the ECHL office for $26 per copy ($20 plus $6 shipping) for orders within the United States and $31 per copy ($20 plus $11 shipping) for orders in Canada. All orders must be paid in U.S. Funds. (New Jersey residents must include 7 percent sales tax which is an additional $1.40 for each copy ordered). To order by mail with check or money order, please click here for an order form.