PRINCETON, N.J. – The ECHL on Tuesday announced the rosters for the 15 teams who have qualified for the 2011 Kelly Cup Playoffs.
Playoff Rosters consist of a maximum of 23 Players. No Players other than those listed on a Playoff Roster, except under emergency conditions, shall be eligible to participate for a Member during the Playoffs. Playoff Rosters shall include a 20-man Active Roster, and 3-man reserve list. The reserve list may be comprised of healthy Players, injured Players or Players on recall.
A Player who has finished the Regular Season on Injured Reserve may still be named to a Member’s 23-man Playoff Roster and will be eligible to participate in the Playoffs once his full IR time has been completed (provided all other playoff eligibility requirements have been satisfied). Once a Player has fully completed his remaining IR time, he may be activated and placed on the Member’s Active Roster.
Emergency conditions shall be established when the playing strength of the Member, by reason of injury, illness, recall or suspension by the League, is reduced below two (2) goalkeepers and sixteen (16) skaters. However, should a Member release a Player(s) from its Playoff Roster, its emergency conditions will drop by the same number as the Players they release. Amateur Players or goaltenders who previously started out on the Member’s Active Roster as an emergency back-up goaltender during the regular season may be signed and added to the Active Roster under emergency conditions.
Adam Courchaine, G; Gerald Coleman, G; Mark Isherwood, D; Bryan Miller, D; Chad Anderson, D; Steve Ward, D; Brandon Gentile, D; Kane Lafranchise, D; Russ Sinkewich, D; Alex Dzielski, D; Kory Falite, F; Wes Goldie, F; Garry Nunn, F; Scott Howes, F; Dan Kissel, F; Ethan Cox, F; Brian Swanson, F; Chris Langkow, F; Scott Burt, F; Matt Ambroz, F.
Brian Stewart, G; Jim Watt, G; Erik Burgdoerfer, D; Jay Cascalenda, D; Phil Paquet, D; Evan Stoflet, D; Tyler Gotto, D; Josh Burrows, D; Joey Ryan, D; Joel Broda, F; Pascal Morency, F; Guillaume Lefebvre, F; Adam Naglich, F; Bobby Robins, F; Michael Gergen, F; Andrew Ianiero, F; Vyacheslav Trukhno, F; Jean-Marc Beaudoin, F; Stephane Goulet, F; Jonathan Parker, F.
Chet Pickard, G; Brian Foster, G; Carl Hudson, D; Phil Youngclaus, D; Garrett Suter, D; Brian O’Hanley, D; Kevin Roeder, D; Brock Sheahan, D; Brady Calla, F; Casey Pierro-Zabotel, F; Mathieu Aubin, F; Scott Lehman, F; Barret Ehgoetz, F; Dan Eves, F; Neil Musselwhite, F; Mike Liambas, F; Ryan McLeod, F; Sam D’Agostino, F; Eric Kattelus, F.
Marco Cousineau, G; Jared DeMichiel, G; Eric Regan, D; Drew Paris, D; Tristin Llewellyn, D; Chris Frank, D; Vinny Geonnetti, D; David Sloane, D; Ryan Hillier, F; Josh Brittain, F; Yannick Tifu, F; Justin Donati, F; Oren Eizenman, F; A.J. Perry, F; Brian Lebler, F; Dale Mahovsky, F; Andrew Favot, F; Ian McDonald, F.
Mike Zacharias, G; Ryan Zapolski, G; Kyle Lawson, D; Elgin Reid, D; Bobby Raymond, D; David Fischer, D; Brad Good, D; Eric Olimb, D; Evan Stephens, D; Alex Hutchings, F; Tim Spencer, F; Matt Beca, F; Mathieu Roy, F; Drew Larman, F; Ross Carlson, F; Alexandre Imbeault, F; Brad Snetsinger, F; Scott Pitt, F; Tyler Helfrich, F; Dusty Collins, F.
Greenville Road Warriors
Nic Riopel, G; Chris Beckford-Tseu, G; Sam Klassen, D; Lee Baldwin, D; Marc-Andre Bourdon, D; Brad Cole, D; T.J. Reynolds, D; Wes Cunningham, D; Shane Harper, F; Andrew Rowe, F; Chris Chappell, F; Chris McKelvie, F; Brandon Wong, F; Chris Clackson, F; Marc-Olivier Vallerand, F; Sean Berkstresser, F; Jimmy Kilpatrick, F; Brendan Connolly, F; Justin Bowers, F; Mark Voakes, F.
Adrien Lemay, G; Jerry Kuhn, G; Tyler Ludwig, D; Chris Hepp, D; Matt Case, D; Dustin Friesen, D; Weston Tardy, D; Cody Lampl, D; Michael Neal, F; Tristan King, F; Cody Purves, F; Aki Seitsonen, F; Geoff Irwin, F; Marty Flichel, F; Mark Derlago, F; Kael Mouillierat, F; Evan Barlow, F; Chad Nehring, F; Tyson Hobbins, F; Adam Huxley, F.
Ryan Nie, G; Riley Gill, G; Steven Tarasuk, D; Corey Syvret, D; A.J. Thelen, D; Wes O’Neill, D; Mitch Versteeg, D; Justin Taylor, F; Sam Ftorek, F; Darryl Lloyd, F; Andrew Fournier, F; Patrick Asselin, F; Aaron Clarke, F; Trent Daavettila, F; Kory Karlander, F; Brian McGuirk, F; Brady Leisenring, F; Brandon Svendsen, F; Dean Strong, F.
Las Vegas Wranglers
Michael Ouzas, G; Barry Goers, D; Kevin Schaeffer, D; Sean McMonagle, D; Aaron Power, D; Daryl Marcoux, D; Jamie Fritsch, D; Craig Switzer, D; Colin Long, F; Justin Bernhardt, F; Tyler Mosienko, F; Blake Gallagher, F; Greg Collins, F; Jamie Bates, F; Ryan Huddy, F; Blair Riley, F; Trevor Hunt, F; Chris Higgins, F; Geoff Paukovich, F; Rob Smith, F.
Matt Dalton, G; Cody Wild, D; Ryan Donald, D; Alain Goulet, D; Todd Perry, D; Rob Kwiet, D; Jared Ross, D; Louis Liotti, D; Denny Urban, D; Yannick Riendeau, F; Robert Slaney, F; Antoine Roussel, F; Ryan Cruthers, F; Casey Haines, F; Olivier Labelle, F; Ben Gordon, F; Chris Blight, F; Andrew Sarauer, F; Eric Castonguay, F; John Scrymgeour, F.
South Carolina Stingrays
Todd Ford, G; Shane Owen, G; Dustin Stevenson, D; Joe Finley, D; Patrick Cullity, D; Dylan Yeo, D; Johann Kroll, D; Zach Jones, D; Nate Kiser, D; Derek Keller, D; David de Kastrozza, F; Brock McBride, F; Pierre-Luc O’Brien, F; Matt Scherer, F; Tommy Goebel, F; Trent Campbell, F; Ryan Del Monte, F; Rob Ricci, F; Sean Dolan, F; Chase Langeraap, F.
Tyson Sexsmith, G; Jordan Bendfeld, D; Johan Motin, D; Dan Ringwald, D; Ryan Constant, D; Jody Pederson, D; Cameron Brodie, D; Steve Vanoosten, D; Garet Hunt, F; Pierre-Andre Bureau, F; Jordan Fulton, F; Jarrett Konkle, F; Jordan Foreman, F; Craig Valette, F; Jim McKenzie, F; Chris Lawrence, F; Kelly Czuy, F; Jason Pitton, F; Bretton Cameron, F; Fraser Clair, F.
Andrew Engelage, G; Jean-Philippe Lamoureux, G; Giffen Nyren, D; Matt Sorteberg, D; Brock Wilson, D; Matt Clarke, D; Brendan Milnamow, D; David Schulz, D; Nick Tuzzolino, D; Hugo Carpentier, F; Kevin Deeth, F; Marcus Carroll, F; Paul McIlveen, F; Simon Ferguson, F; Brent Gauvreau, F; Shea Guthrie, F; Riley Emmerson, F; Brett Parnham, F; Samson Mahbod, F; Matt Reber, F.
Victoria Salmon Kings
David Shantz, G; Jimmy Spratt, G; Derick Martin, D; Jeff Caister, D; Geoff Waugh, D; Cam Ritchie, D; Ryan Turek, D; Matt Cowie, D; Josh Aspenlind, F; Tommy Maxwell, F; Milan Gajic, F; Chad Painchaud, F; Ryan Dingle, F; Kiel McLeod, F; Rob Hennigar, F; Matt Siddall, F; Rick Cleaver, F; Adam Taylor, F; Chad Klassen, F.
Patrick Killeen, G; Peter Delmas, G; Alex Grant, D; Peter Merth, D; Dan Henningson, D; Zach Hansen, D; Kyle Bushee, D; Channing Boe, D; Joey Haddad, F; Andrew Orpik, F; Tyler Murovich, F; Kris Vernarsky, F; Mikael Bedard, F; Doug Rogers, F; Tim Crowder, F; Paul Crowder, F; Brandon DeFazio, F; Chris Kushneriuk, F; Anthony Maiani, F.
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• 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 19 teams in 14 states and British Columbia in 2010-11.
• The league officially changed its name from East Coast Hockey League to ECHL on May 19, 2003.
• 465 players have played in the NHL after playing in the ECHL including 35 in 2009-10.
• 22 ECHL players have made their NHL debut this season: former Idaho Steelheads goaltender and 2010 ECHL All-Star Richard Bachman (Dallas on Dec. 11), former Las Vegas Wranglers right wing Adam Cracknell (St. Louis on Dec. 15), former Cincinnati Cyclones goaltender Mark Dekanich (Nashville on Dec. 18), former South Carolina Stingrays left wing Stefan Della Rovere (St. Louis on Dec. 1), former Phoenix RoadRunners center Andrew Desjardins (San Jose on Jan. 3), former Cincinnati Cyclones goaltender and 2007 ECHL All-Star Cedrick Desjardins (Cincinnati on Dec. 30), former Atlantic City Boardwalk Bullies and Idaho Steelheads defenseman Brian Fahey (Washington on Oct. 16), former South Carolina Stingrays goaltender and 2010 ECHL All-Star Braden Holtby (Washington on Nov. 7), former Charlotte Checkers right wing Hugh Jessiman (Florida on Feb. 27), former Texas Wildcatters left wing Matt Kassian (Minnesota on Nov. 5), former Ontario Reign center Dwight King (Los Angeles on Nov. 17), former Utah Grizzlies goaltender Mikko Koskinen (New York Islanders on Feb. 8), former Phoenix RoadRunners and Utah Grizzlies goaltender Nathan Lawson (New York Islanders on Dec. 18), former Toledo Walleye goaltender Thomas McCollum (Detroit on March 30), former Trenton Titans defenseman Olivier Magnan (New Jersey on Oct. 22), former Trenton Devils center Brad Mills (New Jersey on Oct. 30), former South Carolina Stingrays center and two-time ECHL All-Star Travis Morin (Dallas on Jan. 26), former Johnstown Chiefs and Cincinnati Cyclones forward Chris Mueller (Nashville on Dec. 28), former Bakersfield Condors and Elmira Jackals goaltender and 2010 ECHL All-Star Timo Pielmeier (Anaheim on Feb. 19), former Alaska Aces right wing Ryan Reaves (St. Louis on Oct. 11), former Reading Royals and South Carolina Stingrays goaltender and 2009 Kelly Cup Playoffs Most Valuable Player James Reimer (Tortonto on Dec. 20) and former Victoria Salmon Kings defenseman Yann Sauve (Vancouver on Feb. 15).
• 4 players have played in the ECHL and the NHL in 2010-11: Mike Brodeur with Elmira and Ottawa, Thomas McCollum with Toledo and Detroit, Timo Pielmeier with Elmira and Anaheim and Yann Sauve with Victoria and Vancouver.
• The ECHL has had 273 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.
• 209 ECHL players have played their first game in the last six seasons for an average of more than 34 per year.
• ECHL had a record 79 players on NHL opening-day rosters in 2010-11, surpassing the 78 from 2009-10 and marking the eighth 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 in 2010-11 and the league has affiliations with 27 of the 30 NHL teams, marking the 14th consecutive season that the league had affiliations with at least 20 teams in the NHL.
• 30 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 interim head coach Jack Capuano, Philadelphia Flyers head coach Peter Laviolette and St. Louis Blues head coach Davis Payne. It is the sixth 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.
• 21 former ECHL officials are working as part of the NHL officiating team in 2010-11 with referees David Banfield, Francis Charron, Chris Ciamaga, Ghislain Hebert, Jean 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, Bryan Pancich and Jay Sharrers..
• ECHL was represented for the 10th year in a row on the Stanley Cup champion with Chicago Blackhawks assistant coaches Mike Haviland and John Torchetti, developmental goaltending coach Wade Flaherty, senior director of hockey administration Al MacIsaac, general manager of minor league affiliations Mark Bernard and scout Ryan Stewart. There were 35 former players and 14 former coaches on 15 of the 16 teams competing in the National Hockey League’s Stanley Cup Playoffs, marking the fifth year in a row that there have been at least 30 former ECHL players and the seventh consecutive season that over 25 players with ECHL experience have competed in the NHL postseason.
• Former Hampton Roads Admirals left wing Andrew Brunette became the first ECHL alum to play in 1,000 regular-season NHL games when he reached the milestone with the Minnesota Wild on Feb. 1, 2011.
• ECHL was represented in the 2011 NHL All-Star Game by Tim Thomas of the Boston Bruins, while former ECHL coaches Mike Haviland and Peter Laviolette served as coaches for the All-Star Game.
• Former ECHL broadcasters working in the NHL 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, Jack Michaels of the Edmonton Oilers, Dave Mishkin of the Tampa Bay Lightning and Bob McElligott and John Michael of the Columbus Blue Jackets.
• 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.
• In the last seven seasons the ECHL has had more call-ups to the AHL than all other professional leagues combined with over 3,000 call-ups involving more than 1,500 players and in 2009-10 there were 10 times as many call-ups from the ECHL to the AHL than all other professional leagues.
• The ECHL averaged 4,486 fans per game in 2009-10, the highest single-season average since 1999-00, and is the only minor professional hockey league to increase average attendance each of the last three seasons. It is the sixth consecutive season and the 18th time in the last 20 years that the ECHL has averaged over 4,000 fans and the league drew over 3 million fans for the 17th year in a row.
• Further information on the ECHL is available from its website at ECHL.com.