ECHL Announces Protected Lists

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

The ECHL announced in May that all players for the Charlotte Checkers have been declared unrestricted free agents. The Board of Governors has approved the Charlotte Checkers petition to withdraw from the ECHL to begin play in the American Hockey League in 2010-11. Therefore, the Checkers will not be operating in the ECHL next season.

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 2009-10 and has not been traded or released, OR

2. Signed a Standard Players Contract in 2009-10 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 2009-10 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 a Standard Players Contract on or after the first day of the 2009-10 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 2009-10.

Alaska Aces
Scott Reid
Frank Doyle
Nick Tuzzolino
B.J. Crum
Bryan Miller
Tyson Marsh
Lee Green
Nils Backstrom
Eric Boguniecki
Justin Johnson
Alexandre Imbeault
Curtis Fraser
Garry Nunn
John Lammers
Nick Mazzolini
Jason Ryznar
Jarrett Konkle
Judd Blackwater
Scott Burt

Bakersfield Condors
Sasha Pokulok
Evan Stoflet
Ken Morin
Scott Marchesi
Gino Guyer
Ryan Menei
Stephane Goulet
Dan Kissel
Andrew Ianiero
Mark Voakes
Matt Pope
Adam Naglich
Erick Lizon
Nick Kemp

Cincinnati Cyclones
Brian O’Hanley
Brock Sheahan
Doug Krantz
Cullen Eddy
Brett Motherwell
Jamie Coghlan
Dwayne Zinger
Shawn Fensel
Barret Ehgoetz
Hans Benson
Jimmy Kilpatrick
Dustin Sproat
Ryan Del Monte
Brett Robinson
Matt Pierce
Kevin Roeder
Will Ortiz
Josh Heidinger
Chris Morehouse
Scott Reynolds
Adam Henrich
Mathieu Aubin

Elmira Jackals
Julien Ellis
Guillaume Lepine
Brennan Turner
R.J. Anderson
Derick Martin
Travis Gawryletz
Ben Wright
Jean-Francois David
Wes Cunningham
Tim Spencer
Yannick Tifu
Josh Aspenlind
Chris Korchinski
Olivier Proulx
Justin Donati
Brendan Connolly
Chaz Johnson
Thomas Beauregard
Brett Gallant
Maxime Gratchev
Tyler Donati

Florida Everblades
Adrien Lemay
Dominic D’Amour
Scott Hotham
Mitch McColm
Phil Paquet
A.J. Thelen
Brad Zanon
Kevin Baker
Mike Bayrack
Patrick Bordeleau
Benjamin Breault
Matt Caria
Shea Guthrie
Ernie Hartlieb
Brad Herauf
Mike Hoffman
Eric Lampe
Ryan Lang
Colin Nicholson
Ahren Spylo
Dominic Osman
Alexandre Parent
Mathieu Roy

Gwinnett Gladiators
David Brown
Sean Hurley
Sam Roberts
Phil Youngclaus
Jamie Fritsch
Nick St. Pierre
Josh Engel
Drew Paris
Matt Francis
Scott Mifsud
Adam Berti
Dan Sullivan
Matt Caruana
Jason Lawrence
Brad Schell
Mike Radja
Pat Bateman
Tom Zanoski

Idaho Steelheads
Rejean Beauchemin
Aaron Dawson
Steve Oleksy
Brett Blatchford
Weston Tardy
Cody Lampl
Dustin Friesen
Marty Flichel
Mark Derlago
John Swanson
Evan Barlow
Adam Huxley
Matt McKnight
Mark McCutcheon
John-Scott Dickson
Tyler Spurgeon
Ashton Rome
Brandan Kushniruk

Johnstown Chiefs (Greenville)
Kris Mayotte
Russ Sinkewich
Michael Couch
Jonathan Ralph
David Schulz
Anthony Sarno
Luke Lucyk
Julien Brouillette
Greg Gallagher
Sean Berkstresser
Troy Schwab
Jim McKenzie
Connor Shields
Jeff Martens
Bear Trapp
Kyle Laughlin
Bryan Marshall
Matt Schepke
Andrew Carroll
Brett Wilson
Matthew Myers
Todd Griffith
Moises Gutierrez
Andy Contois

Kalamazoo Wings
Ryan Nie
Devin Featherstone
Jon Landry
Tom Morrow
Blake Friesen
Ryan McGinnis
Jeff Mason
Sam Ftorek
Trent Daavettila
Darryl Lloyd
Brian McGuirk
Patrick Asselin
Brian McMillin
Ben Simon
Tyler Willis
Andrew Fournier
Mathieu Curadeau
Bryan Jurynec
Rick Cleaver
Anton Kharin
Darryl Bootland

Las Vegas Wranglers
Michael Ouzas
Craig Switzer
Jason Krischuk
Mike Madill
John Schwarz
Robbie Bina
Greg Collins
Mick Lawrence
Jerry Pollastrone
Ryan Weston
Kyle Hagel
Ned Lukacevic
Jeff Hazelwood
Shay Stephenson
Adam Miller
Chris Neiszner
Alex Bourret

Ontario Reign
Curtis Darling
Mike Zacharias
Kellen Briggs
Andrew Martens
David Walker
Mike Egener
Chad Starling
Dan Knapp
Luis Tremblay
Shawn Germain
Greg Hogeboom
Geoff Walker
Jason Tejchma
Jon Francisco
Tim Kraus
Robert Pearce
Dusty Collins
Sean O’Connor
Tony Voce
Jon Rheault
Todd Jackson
Chris Curran
Peter Lenes
James McEwan

Reading Royals
Dinos Stamoulis
Scott Langdon
Kyle Peto
Aaron Brocklehurst
Jimmy Fraser
Andrew Sarauer
Ryan Cruthers
Ben Gordon
Daniel Steiner
Marc Cavosie
Bryan Ewing
Olivier Labelle
Gavin Morgan
Charlie Kronschnabel
Brock Hooton
Danick Bouchard

South Carolina Stingrays
Shane Connelly
Todd Ford
Jonathan Boutin
Jeff Caister
Grant Farrell
Jason Fredricks
Zach Tarkir
Zach Jones
Brad Farynuk
Derek Keller
Johann Kroll
Nate Kiser
Keith Johnson
Rob Ricci
Matt Scherer
Gregg Johnson
Trent Campbell
Spencer Carbery
David de Kastrozza
Nikita Kashirsky
Chris Capraro
Jeff Corey
Pierre-Luc O’Brien
Matt Fornataro

Stockton Thunder
Kenny MacAulay
Daryl Marcoux
Justin Dacosta
Ryan Constant
Steve Vanoosten
Anthony Aiello
Trevor Hunt
Mark Adamek
Igor Gongalsky
Chris D’Alvise
Matt Robinson
Garet Hunt
Colin Hemingway
Oren Eizenman
J.F. Caudron
Jason Pitton
Brett Hemingway
Mike Lalonde
Craig Valette

Toledo Walleye
Mitch O’Keefe
Kyle Page
Ryan Stokes
Chris Zarb
Anthony Perdicaro
Sal Peralta
Scooter Smith
Chris Robertson
Mike Hedden
Adam Keefe
Mark Nebus
Evan Rankin

Trenton Devils
Dave Caruso
Charlie Effinger
David Leaderer
Andy Thomas
Justin Coutu
Slavomir Tomko
Justin Pender
Gord Burnett
John Wessbecker
Brandon Straub
Dylan Quaile
Tony Zancanaro
Tim Kunes
Dan Eves
Matt Vokes
Jack Combs
Chris Poli
Jeremy Akeson
Ryan Ginand
Dan Charleston
Jon Howse

Utah Grizzlies
Dov Grumet-Morris
Brock Wilson
Matt Sorteberg
Justin Suda
Brian Kilburg
Tim Maxwell
Tim Crowder
Matt Clarke
Lance Galbraith
Steve McJannet
Dylan Hunter
Brett Parnham
Jadran Beljo
AJ Perry
Marcus Carroll
Malcolm MacMillan
Tom May
James Sixsmith
Ryan Kinasewich

Victoria Salmon Kings
Glenn Fisher
Gary Gladue
Tim Wedderburn
Jimmy Sharrow
Brandon Roach
Patrick Coulombe
Kris Fredheim
David Cianfrini
Matt Kelly
Neil Petruic
Wes Goldie
Adam Taylor
Randall Gelech
Chad Painchaud
Dirk Southern
Lance Morrison
Andy Brandt
Olivier Filion
Jason Bast
Olivier Latendresse

Wheeling Nailers
Bobby Jarosz
Kyle Bushee
Cleve Kinley
Mitch Ganzak
Kevin Schmidt
Jordan Fox
Chris Davis
Billy Ryan
Colin Power
Andrew Lord
Sean Collins
Ryan Smyth
Aaron Clarke

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 20 teams in 15 states and British Columbia in 2009-10.
• The league officially changed its name from East Coast Hockey League to ECHL on May 19, 2003.
443 players have played in the NHL after playing in the ECHL including a record 53 in 2008-09.
• 35 ECHL players have made their NHL debut this season. The most recent are: former Dayton, Kalamazoo, Mississippi and South Carolina goaltender Jeremy Duchesne (Philadelphia on April 1), former South Carolina Stingrays and Utah Grizzlies center Micheal Haley (New York Islanders on April 10), former Mississippi SeaWolves defenseman Scott Jackson (Tampa Bay on April 11), former Alaska and Las Vegas left wing and 2004 ECHL All-Star Charles Linglet (Edmonton on April 2) and former Texas Wildcatters defenseman Maxim Noreau (Minnesota on April 8).
• 6 players have played in the ECHL and the NHL this season: Kyle Calder with Bakersfield and Anaheim, Tomas Kana with Alaska and Columbus, Jeremy Duchesne with Kalamazoo and Philadelphia, Dan Sexton with Bakersfield and Anaheim, MacGregor Sharp with Bakersfield and Anaheim and Matt Zaba with Charlotte and the New York Rangers.
• The ECHL has had 251 players reach the NHL since 2002-03 when it changed its focus to become the primary developmental league for the NHL and the AHL. The ECHL had 97 players reach the NHL in its first 10 seasons and 215 in the first 15 years.
• 187 ECHL players have played their first game in the last five seasons for an average of more than 37 per year.
• ECHL had a record 78 players on NHL opening-day rosters, surpassing the 71 from a year ago and marking the seventh year in a row that there have been over 50 former ECHL players on opening-day rosters.
• Every ECHL team has an affiliation with an NHL team and the league has affiliations with 28 of the 30 NHL teams, marking the 13th consecutive season that the league has had affiliations with at least 20 teams in the NHL.
• 29 coaches with an ECHL background are working behind the benches of teams in the NHL including Washington Capitals head coach Bruce Boudreau, New York Islanders head coach Scott Gordon, Philadelphia Flyers head coach Peter Laviolette, Columbus Blue Jackets head coach Claude Noel and St. Louis Blues interim head coach Davis Payne while former ECHL player Dan Bylsma is head coach of the Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins. It is the fifth consecutive season that there have been 11 or more coaches with an ECHL background working in the NHL. 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.
• 20 former ECHL officials are working as part of the NHL officiating team in 2009-10 with referees David Banfield, Francis Charron, Chris Ciamaga, Ghislain Herbert, 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, Bryan Pancich, Brian Mach, Tim Nowak and Jay Sharrers.
• ECHL was represented for the ninth year in a row on the Stanley Cup champion with Pittsburgh Penguins head coach Dan Bylsma, player Ruslan Fedotenko, equipment managers Dana Heinze and Dave Zeigler, athletic trainers Chris Stewart and Scott Adams and scout Derek Clancey. There were 43 former players and 14 former coaches on 15 of the 16 teams competing in the National Hockey League’s Stanley Cup Playoffs, marking the fourth year in a row that there have been at least 30 former ECHL players and the sixth consecutive season that over 25 players with ECHL experience have competed in the NHL postseason.
• Former ECHL and current Boston Bruins goaltender Tim Thomas was the recipient of the Vezina Trophy as the top goaltender in the NHL and was also presented the William Jennings Trophy with teammate Manny Fernandez as the goaltenders finishing the season having surrendered the fewest goals. Thomas was also named First Team All-NHL after registering a career-high 36 wins while leading the NHL with a goals-against average of 2.10 and a save percentage of .933 to help the Bruins finish with the most wins (53) and points (116) since 1971-72.
• ECHL was represented in the 2009 NHL All-Star Game by Mark Streit of the New York Islanders and Tim Thomas of the Boston Bruins while former ECHL players Dan Ellis, Jonathan Quick and Tomas Vokoun were all selected as recipients of the NHL’s “Three Stars” award in 2008-09.
• Former ECHL broadcasters working in the National Hockey League include John Ahlers and Steve Carroll of the Anaheim Ducks, Tom Callahan of the Nashville Predators, Dave Goucher of the Boston Bruins, Chris Kerber of the St. Louis Blues, Dave Mishkin of the Tampa Bay Lightning, Bob McElligott and John Michael of the Columbus Blue Jackets and Rob Simpson, who is a producer/host for The NHL Network.
Ryan Stanzel and Jeremy Zager, who were both recipients of the ECHL Media Relations Director of the Year award, are working in the communications department for the Minnesota Wild and the Los Angeles Kings, respectively. Former ECHL assistant director of communications Joe Siville and Kelly Murray are now with the Philadelphia Flyers and the Washington Capitals, respectively, while former ECHL director of communications Jason Rothwell is the creative director for the Columbus Blue Jackets.
• ECHL has affiliations with 26 of the 29 teams in the American Hockey League and for the past 20 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 2,500 call-ups involving more than 1,300 players and in 2008-09 there were 10 times as many call-ups from the ECHL to the AHL than all other professional leagues.
• The ECHL averaged 4,258 fans per game in 2008-09 and is the only minor professional hockey league to increase average attendance each of the last two seasons. It is the fifth consecutive season and the 17th time in the last 19 years that the ECHL has averaged over 4,000 fans and the league drew over 3 million fans for the 16th year in a row and reached the 3 million mark in the fewest number of games since 2005-06.
• There have been more than 75 million fans who have attended over 17,000 games since the ECHL began in 1988-89 with five teams in four states.
• Further information on the ECHL is available from its website at ECHL.com.