ECHL Announces Protected Lists

PRINCETON, N.J. – The ECHL on Tuesday announced the Protected Lists as submitted by each of its member teams.

The ECHL announced in May that all players for the Dayton Bombers, the Mississippi Sea Wolves and the Phoenix RoadRunners have been declared unrestricted free agents. Dayton, Mississippi and Phoenix informed the ECHL that they will not be competing in 2009-10 and must inform the League of their future plans at the Annual Board of Governors Meeting in June.

Teams are allowed to protect as many players as they wish provided the players protected meet the guidelines as defined in the Collective Bargaining Agreement between the ECHL and the Professional Hockey Players’ Association which state that teams shall retain the rights to each player that:

1. Signed a Standard Players Contract in 2008-09, and has not been traded or released, OR

2. Signed Standard Players Contract in 2008-09, and was recalled to the National Hockey League, the American Hockey League or an International Ice Hockey Federation team, and has not been traded or released, OR

3. Received a 2008-09 Qualifying Offer for the current season, and DID NOT sign a Standard Players Contract, and has not been traded or released, OR

4. Has been suspended by the team or League, and has not been traded or released, OR

5. Signed Standard Players Contract on or after the first day of the 2008-09 regular season, then subsequently signed an NHL/AHL contract, and has not been traded or released, OR

6. Has executed the ECHL Retirement Form, and has not been traded or released

Protected lists may exceed 20 players.

The ECHL also announced that teams must complete all Future Consideration trades by 3 p.m. ET on June 13 and that teams must submit their Season-Ending Roster by 3 p.m. ET on June 15.

Season-ending rosters may include up to 20 players and cannot include any players who did not sign an ECHL contract in 2008-09.

Alaska Aces
Josh Soares
Alexandre Imbeault
Cam Keith
Lance Galbraith
Colin Hemingway
Scott Burt
Vladimir Novak
Matt Stefanishion
Brett Hemingway
Jordan Foreman
Luke Erickson
Erik Fabian
Derick Martin
Ryan Turek
Matt Shasby
Tyson Marsh
Bryan Miller
Lee Green
Nick Tuzzolino
Mike Gauthier
B.J. Crum
Corbin Schmidt
Jean-Philippe Lamoureux
Matt Lundin

Bakersfield Condors
Chris Kaufman
Tylor Michel
Yutaka Fukufuji
Jerad Kaufmann
Donny Grover
Andrew Ianiero
Danny LaPointe
Ryan Mahrle
Bruce Graham
Dave Bonk
Tom Morrow
Brett Pilkington
Mike Wirll
Jay Langager
Matt Pope
Scott Balan
Liam Huculak
Tim Konsorada
Dany Roussin

Charlotte Checkers
Jeff Jakaitis
Kenny Smith
Julien Brouillette
Steve Ward
Ken Scuderi
Luke Lucyk
Jesse Dudas
Jared Nightingale
Kevin Schaeffer
Andrew Carroll
Mike Bayrack
Matthew Ford
Matt Schepke
Marty Guerin
Jeff Miles
Michel Leveille
Ryan Murphy
Cedrick Bernier
Sean McMorrow
Brad Ralph
Chris Capraro
Lee Falardeau
Peter Tsimikalis
Mitch Carefoot

Cincinnati Cyclones
Matt Syroczynski
Barret Ehgoetz
Mark Van Guilder
Jacob Dietrich
Mac Faulkner
Felix Petit
Justin Johnson
Jason Woll
Gerard Miller
Mike Quesnele
Matt Macdonald
Ryan Nie
Kyle Rank
Joe Ryan
Paul Lynch
Brandon Scero
Billy Irish-Baker
Conrad Martin
Mitch Woods
Sean Perkins
Martin Houle
Scott Reynolds
Jimmy Kilpatrick

Elmira Jackals
Tyler Donati
Rob McVicar
Brandon Roach
Guillaume Lepine
Craig Switzer
Chris Korchinski
Steve Yetman
Mike Sgroi
Colton Yellow Horn
Josh Aspenlind
Paul McIlveen
Travis Gawryletz
Kaleb Betts
Wes Cunningham
Slavomir Tomko
Benoit Doucet
Pierre-Luc Faubert
Joe Grimaldi
Moises Gutierrez
Kevin Ulanski
Bobby Robins
Matt Gens

Florida Everblades
Peter Metcalf
Brad Zanon
Tim Cook
A.J. Thelen
Milan Gajic
Ryan Lang
Mathieu Roy
Colin Nicholson
Patrick Bordeleau
Alexandre Parent
Ernie Hartlieb
Mark Lee
Michael Grenzy
Brad Herauf
Derek Damon
Steve McJannet
Dominic D’Amour
Jadran Beljo
Ross Carlson

Gwinnett Gladiators
Jeff Mason
Jeff Dunne
Josh Engel
Bryson Busniuk
Tom Zanoski
Scott Marchesi
Pat Bateman
Brad Schell
Brandon Kaleniecki
Andy Brandt
Dirk Southern
Phil Youngclaus
Jordan Fox
Mike Looby
Dan Sullivan
Josh Johnson
Travis Fuller
Chris Cava

Idaho Steelheads
Ben Nelson
Bryan McGregor
Matt McKnight
Darrell Hay
Adam Welch
Kory Scoran
Dan Welch
Kyle Radke
Brent Shepheard
Rejean Beauchemin
Travis Wight
Riley Weselowski
Garett Bembridge
Matt Cook
Mark Bomersback
Marty Flichel
Matt Sorteberg
Craig Cescon
Steve Gainey

Johnstown Chiefs
David Schulz
Alex Penner
Greg Gallagher
Matt Robinson
Kyle Bushee
Todd Griffith
Ryan Card
Ryan Del Monte
Randy Rowe
R.J. Anderson
Jarrett Konkle
Mike Knight
Mike Bartlett
Andrew Sarauer
Sean Berkstresser
Andy Contois
Russ Sinkewich
Kris Mayotte
Jason Spence
Michael Lambert

Las Vegas Wranglers
Matt Beaudoin
John DeCaro
Jason Dest
Mike Hamilton
Mick Lawrence
Shawn Limpright
Steve Makway
Mike Madill
Adam Miller
Tyler Mosienko
Chris Neiszner
Sean Owens
Dan Riedel
Tim Spencer
Chris St. Croix
Brandon Straub
Justin Taylor

Ontario Reign
Chad Starling
Shawn Germain
Darren McMillan
Todd Jackson
Geoff Walker
Jon Rheault
Jon Francisco
Dale Reinhardt
Tim Kraus
Brad Mehalko
Dan Knapp
Mike Howe
David Walker
Linden Rowat
Denny Johnston
Doug Spooner
Ryan MacGregor
Andrew Martens
Kellen Briggs
Maxime Boisclair
Ryan Bowness
Dusty Collins
Chris Curran
Brandon Benedict
Jason Tejchma
Preston Callander
Scott Champagne
Kris Tebbs
Corey LeClair

Reading Royals
Chris Stevens
Ben Gordon
Ben McLeod
Danick Bouchard
David Nimmo
Mike Curry
Ryan Gibbons
Dinos Stamoulis
Rob LaLonde
Matt Curley
Tom Sawatske
Brock Hooton
Kevin Harvey
Ryan Toomey
Beau Erickson
Luciano Aquino
Tim Branham
Matt Herneisen
Kyle Hagel
Erik Felde
Kirk MacDonald
Kevin Saurette
Shawn Collymore
Chris Blight
Bracken Kearns
Ryan Cruthers
Kyle Peto
Brett Thurston

South Carolina Stingrays
Jonathan Boutin
Brad Farynuk
Patrick Wellar
Scott Romfo
Lyon Messier
Zach Tarkir
Johann Kroll
Nate Kiser
Keith Johnson
Trent Campbell
Pierre-Luc O’Brien
Jeff Corey
Spencer Carbery
Nikita Kashirsky
Matt Scherer
Rob Ricci
Mick Berge
Chris Chaput
Mike Gabinet
Marc Busenburg
Matt Smith
Bobby Goepfert

Stockton Thunder
Kenny MacAulay
Daryl Marcoux
Igor Gongalsky
Matt O’Dette
Craig Valette
Mark Adamek
Tyler Kindle
Damian Surma
Mike Lalonde
Judd Blackwater
Oren Eizenman
Neil Petruic

Trenton Devils
Jeremy Akeson
Scott Bartlett
Gerald Coleman
Justin Coutu
Chris Dyment
Charlie Effinger
Dan Eves
Thomas Harrison
Jim Henkel
David Leaderer
Maxime Ouellet
Colin Pepperall
Nathan Perkovich
Chris Poli
Jeff Prough
Matt Radoslovich
Matt Torti
Mike Wilson
Stephen Wood
Dylan Quaile
Tony Zancanaro

Utah Grizzlies
James Sanford
Peder Skinner
James Sixsmith
Mark Lutz
Mike Walsh
Tim Maxwell
Evan Stoflet
Chris Brooks
Mark Pavli
Tom May
Tyler Wooddisse
Scott Thauwald
Dan McDonald
Will Bodine
Brett Beauchamp
Jordan Hart
Ryan Kinasewich
Greg McCauley
Michael Mole
James Brannigan
Dennis Packard
Tim Verbeek
Bo Cheesman

Victoria Salmon Kings
Curtis Billsten
Aaron Brocklehurst
Olivier Filion
Gary Gladue
Wes Goldie
Matt Kelly
Shaun Landolt
Darryl Lloyd
Sean O’Connor
Chris St. Jacques
Adam Taylor
Tim Wedderburn

Wheeling Nailers
Andrew Lord
Mitch Ganzak
Billy Ryan
Chris Snavely
Chase Watson
Jason Payne
Chris Margott
Erik Johnson
Scott Kalinchuk
Tomas Klempa
Jonathan Ralph
Todd Spencer
Rob Sirianni
Aaron Clarke
Jeremy Scherlinck
Matt Grennier
Cliff Loya
Doug Krantz

Premier ‘AA’ Hockey League Fast Facts
* The ECHL celebrated its 20th Anniversary in 2007-08 and is the third-longest tenured professional hockey league behind only the National Hockey League and the American Hockey League.
* ECHL began in 1988-89 with five teams in four states and has grown to be a coast-to-coast league with 21 teams in 16 states and British Columbia in 2008-09.
* The league officially changed its name from East Coast Hockey League to ECHL on May 19, 2003.
* Affiliations with 24 of the 30 teams in the National Hockey League marking 12th consecutive season that the league has had affiliations with at least 20 teams in the NHL.
* 407 former ECHL players have played in NHL.
* 151 have played their first NHL game in the last four seasons.
* Record 52 former ECHL players have made their NHL debut this season: former Idaho Steelheads right wing Jay Beagle (Washington on Feb. 11), former Wheeling Nailers and ECHL All-Star defenseman Paul Bissonnette (Pittsburgh on Oct. 4), former Stockton Thunder and ECHL All-Star right wing Troy Bodie (Anaheim on Jan. 16), former Bakersfield Condors center Alexandre Bolduc (Vancouver on Nov. 27), former Florida Everblades defenseman Brett Carson (Carolina on Dec. 7), former Idaho Steelheads goaltender Matt Climie (Dallas on Apr.4), former South Carolina Stingrays defenseman Sean Collins (Washington on Dec. 6), former Las Vegas Wranglers and Wheeling Nailers goaltender John Curry (Pittsburgh on Nov. 26), former Greenville Grrrowl goaltender Jeff Drouin-Deslauriers (Edmonton on Oct. 17), former Johnstown Chiefs center Andre Deveaux (Toronto on Nov. 27), former Dayton Bombers center Philippe Dupuis (Colorado on Dec. 12), former Gwinnett Gladiators left wing Chris Durno (Colorado on Jan. 18), former Gwinnett Gladiators right wing Pat Dwyer (Carolina on Nov. 2), former South Carolina Stingrays defenseman Jamie Fraser (New York Islanders on Apr. 4), former Columbus Cottonmouths and Tallahassee Tiger Sharks left wing Mitch Fritz (New York Islanders on Oct. 30), former South Carolina Stingrays right wing Andrew Gordon (Washington on Dec. 23), former Augusta Lynx and Mississippi Sea Wolves goaltender Riku Helenius (Tampa Bay on Jan. 30), former Charlotte Checkers center Dwight Helminen (Carolina on Oct. 28), former Florida Everblades and ECHL All-Star center Matt Hendricks (Colorado on Mar. 10), former Las Vegas Wranglers goaltender Brent Krahn (Dallas on Feb. 14), former Trenton Devils right wing Pierre-Luc Letourneau-Leblond (New Jersey on Oct. 22), former Baton Rouge Kingfish left wing Per Ledin (Colorado on Apr. 9), former Gwinnett Gladiators defenseman Scott Lehman (Atlanta on Dec. 18), former Johnstown Chiefs defenseman Raymond Macias (Colorado on Apr. 1), former Utah Grizzlies defenseman Andrew MacDonald (New York Islanders on Feb. 28), former Charlotte Checkers defenseman Steve MacIntyre (Edmonton on Oct. 15), former Florida Everblades left wing Kenndal McArdle (Florida on Dec. 2), two-time All-Star and former Las Vegas Wranglers goaltender Mike McKenna (Tampa Bay on Feb. 3), former All-Star and Wheeling Nailers center Kurtis McLean (New York Islanders on Jan. 19), former Charlotte Checkers goaltender Al Montoya (Phoenix on Apr. 1), former South Carolina Stingrays and ECHL All-Star goaltender Michal Neuvirth (Washington on Feb. 14), former Johnstown Chiefs defenseman Wes O’Neill (Toronto on Mar. 9), former Columbia Inferno defenseman Phil Oreskovic (Toronto on Mar. 9), former Phoenix RoadRunners and Wheeling Nailers center Cam Paddock (St. Louis on Nov. 14), former Las Vegas Wranglers defenseman Adam Pardy (Calgary on Oct. 9), former Idaho Steelheads left wing Warren Peters (Calgary on Dec. 7), former Charlotte Checkers center Jakub Petruzalek (Carolina on Feb. 5), former Charlotte Checkers defenseman Corey Potter (New York Rangers on Dec. 7), former Augusta Lynx defenseman Kevin Quick (Tampa Bay on Jan. 13), former Utah Grizzlies right wing Joel Rechlicz (New York Islanders on Mar. 4), former Charlotte Checkers, Columbia Inferno and Elmira Jackals defenseman Bryan Rodney (Carolina on Dec. 11), former Gwinnett Gladiators center Jared Ross (Philadelphia on Oct. 11), former Alaska Aces goaltender Marek Schwarz (St. Louis on Oct. 25), former Greenville Grrrowl and Stockton Thunder center Tim Sestito (Edmonton on Nov. 26), former Augusta Lynx defenseman Brett Skinner (New York Islanders on Oct. 27), former Dayton Bombers and Las Vegas Wranglers defenseman Tyler Sloan (Washington on Oct. 21), former Utah Grizzlies and ECHL All-Star center Trevor Smith (New York Islanders on Dec. 31), former Johnstown Chiefs and Mississippi Sea Wolves forward Radek Smolenak (Tampa Bay on Dec. 2), former Las Vegas Wranglers and ECHL All-Star defenseman Tyson Strachan (St. Louis on Dec. 18), former Phoenix RoadRunners goaltender Josh Tordjman (Phoenix on Mar. 8), former Wheeling Nailers right wing Tim Wallace (Pittsburgh on Dec. 10) and former Idaho Steelheads center Tom Wandell (Dallas on Dec. 10).
* Eight players have played in the ECHL and the NHL in 2008-09: goaltenders Matt Climie (Idaho and Dallas), Riku Helenius (Mississippi and Tampa Bay), Michal Neuvirth (South Carolina and Washington) and Marek Schwarz (Alaska and St. Louis), defensemen Raymond Macias (Johnstown and Colorado), Wes O’Neill and Kevin Quick (Augusta and Tampa Bay) and right wing Joel Rechlicz (Utah and New York Islanders).
* There were 72 former ECHL players on NHL opening-day rosters.
* ECHL is represented for the eighth consecutive year on the National Hockey League championship team in 2008 by Aaron Downey of the Detroit Red Wings.
* Former ECHL coaches working as head coaches in the NHL are Bruce Boudreau of the Washington Capitals and Scott Gordon of the New York Islanders while former ECHL player Dan Bylsma is head coach of the Pittsburgh Penguins. Boudreau, who coached Mississippi for three seasons winning the Kelly Cup championship in 1999, was named NHL Coach of the Year in 2007-08 becoming the first former ECHL coach to receive the award. Peter Laviolette, who began his coaching career with the Wheeling Nailers, led Carolina Hurricanes to the Stanley Cup in 2006.
* There are 18 assistant coaches in the NHL who were players or coaches in the ECHL.
* There are 18 former ECHL officials scheduled to work as part of the NHL officiating team in 2008-09 with referees David Banfield, Chris Ciamaga, Ghislain Hebert, Marc Joannette, Mike Leggo, Wes McCauley, Dean Morton, Dan O’Rourke, Brian Pochmara, Kevin Pollock, Kyle Rehman, Chris Rooney, Justin St. Pierre and Ian Walsh and linesmen Steve Barton, Brian Mach, Tim Nowak and Jay Sharrers. Barton, Joannette, Leggo, McCauley, Nowak, Pollock, Rooney and Sharrers all worked the 2008 Stanley Cup Playoffs.
* ECHL has affiliations with 23 of the 29 teams in the American Hockey League and for the past 19 years there has been an ECHL player on the Calder Cup Champion.
* In the last six 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.
* Further information on the ECHL is available from its website at ECHL.com.