MONTREAL, Quebec – The Montreal Canadiens of the National Hockey League announced that they have signed defenseman Chad Anderson, who began his professional with the Las Vegas Wranglers.
The Kelly Cup champion Cincinnati Cyclones are the ECHL affiliate of the Canadiens of the NHL and the Hamilton Bulldogs of the American Hockey League.
Signed by Las Vegas after completing his career at the University of Alaska Anchorage, the 26 year old played in two games with the Wranglers in 2006-07.
Anderson played for Philadelphia in the AHL in 2007-08 finishing second on the team in plus-minus rating with +11 while having 13 points (2g-11a) and 35 penalty minutes in 55 regular season games.
The Premier ‘AA’ Hockey League had affiliations with 26 of the 30 teams in the NHL in 2007-08, marking the 11th consecutive season that the league has had affiliations with at least 20 teams.
There have been 355 players who have played in the NHL after the ECHL and 210 who have made their debut in the last seven seasons.
Twenty-six former ECHL players made their NHL debut in 2007-08 including six who played in both the ECHL and NHL: Chris Beckford-Tseu (Alaska and St. Louis), Adam Berti (Pensacola and Chicago), Joe Jensen (Wheeling and Carolina), Dan LaCosta (Elmira and Columbus), Jonathan Quick (Reading and Los Angeles) and Danny Taylor (Reading and Los Angeles).
Former Mississippi Sea Wolves and current Washington Capitals head coach Bruce Boudreau was selected as the NHL Coach of the Year in 2007-08. He is one of 14 coaches with an ECHL background working behind an NHL bench including former Wheeling coach Peter Laviolette, who is head coach of the Carolina Hurricanes.
The ECHL is represented on the Stanley Cup for the eighth consecutive year with Aaron Downey, who played his first two professional seasons with Hampton Roads, becomes the 14th former player to be a part of a NHL championship team.