GLENDALE, Ariz. – The Phoenix Coyotes have signed left wing Tyson Nash, who played in the ECHL with Raleigh in his first professional season, to a three-year contract.
In his rookie season in 1995-96, the 5-11 and 194-pound Nash scored two points (1g-1a) in six regular season games with Raleigh. He also played in the American Hockey League with Syracuse scoring 11 points (4g-7a) in 50 regular season games and appeared in four playoff games.
In 2003-04, the 29-year-old Nash played 69 games with Phoenix scoring eight points (3g-5a) while accumulating 110 penalty minutes, marking the fifth consecutive season he had more than 100 penalty minutes.
Selected in the 10th round (247th overall) by Vancouver in the 1994 NHL Entry Draft, Nash has played six seasons in the NHL with Phoenix and St. Louis. He has scored 58 points (27g-31a) and has 589 penalty minutes in 324 regular season NHL games and five points (3g-2a) and 52 penalty minutes in 23 postseason NHL games.
The Premier “AA” Hockey League, the ECHL had affiliations with 21 of the 30 teams in the National Hockey League in 2003-04 and every NHL team had an ECHL player play for it in 2003-04. In 2003-04 there were 40 players that played in the NHL after playing in the ECHL, surpassing the high of 27 players in 1999-2000 and 2000-01. Eleven players, including eight goaltenders, appeared in both the ECHL and the NHL in 2003-04, breaking the high of five players in 2001-02, and a total of 116 ECHL players played in the NHL in 2003-04. There have been 255 players that have played in the NHL after playing in the ECHL.
For the fifth consecutive year the ECHL is represented on the Stanley Cup Champion with Ruslan Fedotenko, Nolan Pratt and Andre Roy as well as radio play-by-play announcer Dave Mishkin and assistant equipment manager Dana Heinze.