Coyotes Name Former ECHL Player Treliving Assistant GM

PRINCETON, N.J. – The Phoenix Coyotes of the National Hockey League announced that former ECHL player Brad Treliving has agreed to a multi-year contract to become assistant general manager of the Coyotes.

The Phoenix RoadRunners are the ECHL affiliate of the Coyotes of the NHL and the San Antonio Rampage of the American Hockey League.

Treliving played five seasons in the ECHL and had 102 points (17g-85a) and 811 penalty minutes in 243 regular season games and one assist and 61 penalty minutes in nine postseason games with Winston-Salem, Greensboro, Columbus, Charlotte and Louisville from 1990-95.

The 37 year old co-founded the Western Professional Hockey League in 1996 and served as vice president and director of hockey operations for five seasons. He played an integral role in the May 2001 merger of the WPHL and the Central Hockey League. Treliving was named president of the CHL following the merger and under his guidance the league has experienced remarkable growth and development.

There have been 329 former ECHL players who have gone on to play in the NHL after playing in the ECHL, including a record 47 in 2005-06 and 26 in 2006-07. There have been 184 former ECHL players who have played their first game in the NHL in the past five seasons and 107 former ECHL players skated in the NHL in 2006-07.

More than 100 players under contract to NHL teams have played in the ECHL this season. The ECHL has affiliations with 23 of the 30 teams in the National Hockey League, marking the 11th consecutive season that the league has had affiliations with at least 20 teams in the NHL.

The ECHL is represented for the seventh consecutive year on the National Hockey League championship team in 2007 with Anaheim assistant coach Dave Farrish, players Francois Beauchemin and George Parros and broadcasters John Ahlers and Steve Carroll.

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The league officially changed its name to ECHL on May 19, 2003.

ECHL began in 1988-89 with five teams in three states and has grown to be a coast-to-coast league that will have 25 teams playing in 17 states and British Columbia in 2007-08, including the Mississippi (Biloxi) Sea Wolves, who return after missing two seasons in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

Opening Day for the 20th Anniversary Season will be Oct. 18 when the Johnstown Chiefs host the Wheeling Nailers at Cambria County War Memorial. The game is a rematch of Game 7 from the first-ever ECHL Finals played in front of a standing-room-only crowd at Cambria County War Memorial. The two teams will wear throwback jerseys for the Opening Day game that begins at 7:30 p.m. ET and will be broadcast worldwide on B2 Networks, the “Official Broadband Broadcast Provider of the ECHL”. The remaining teams will open their seasons the weekend of Oct. 19-21.

The Stockton Thunder and the City of Stockton will host the 16th Annual ECHL All-Star Game at Stockton Arena on Jan. 23, 2008 and the 11th Annual ECHL All-Star Skills Competition on Jan. 22, 2008.

The ECHL has affiliations with 22 of the 29 teams in the American Hockey League in 2006-07 and for the past 17 years there has been an ECHL player on the Calder Cup champion.

In each of the last two seasons there have been more than 225 players who have played in both the ECHL and the AHL and there were over 800 call-ups involving more than 500 players.

In the last five seasons the ECHL has had more call-ups to the AHL than all other professional leagues combined with over 2,000 call-ups involving more than 1,000 players since 2002-03.

The ECHL and its member teams donated more than $2.8 million to charitable organizations and relief funds in 2006-07, including over $1.2 million in monetary donations.

Further information on the ECHL is available from its website at ECHL.com.