ECHL Announces Season-Ending Rosters

PRINCETON, N.J. – The ECHL on Wednesday announced the Season-Ending Rosters as submitted by each of its member teams.

Season-Ending Rosters may include up to 20 players. Season-Ending Rosters cannot include any players who did not sign an ECHL contract in 2009-10.

Each team is entitled to reserve rights to a maximum of eight players from the list of 20 by extending a qualifying offer no later than July 1. Of the eight qualified players, no more than four can be veterans (260 regular season professional hockey games played as of the start of the 2010-11 season). Players on open qualifying offers cannot be traded. Teams are not required to extend a qualifying offer to players who sign a contract prior to July 1.

The qualifying offer must remain open for acceptance until Aug. 1 at which time the qualifying offer becomes null and void and the team may sign the qualified player to any salary or may elect to take no further action. Teams that extend a valid qualifying offer to a non-veteran player shall retain the rights to that qualified player for one playing season. A team that extends a valid qualifying offer to a veteran player will retain the rights to that veteran until Aug. 1. After Aug. 1, if the veteran player is not signed to a contract by the team, the veteran shall be deemed a restricted free agent and shall be entitled to seek and secure offers of employment from other ECHL teams. Restricted free agents may not be traded. When a restricted free agent receives a contract offer from a team other than the team with the player’s rights and the restricted free agent wishes to accept the contract offer, the restricted free agent and the offering member must, within 24 hours, notify the ECHL, the team with the player’s rights and the Professional Hockey Players’ Association. The member with the player’s rights shall have seven days after the date it is notified to exercise its right to match the contract offer. If a restricted free agent is not signed to either an offer sheet or a contract by an ECHL team by Aug. 31, the player shall be deemed an unrestricted free agent.

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 and Scott Burt

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

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, Ryan Del Monte, Brett Robinson, Matt Pierce, Kevin Roeder, Will Ortiz, Josh Heidinger, Chris Morehouse, Scott Reynolds and Mathieu Aubin

Elmira Jackals
Julien Ellis, Guillaume Lepine, Brennan Turner, R.J. Anderson, Derick Martin, Travis Gawryletz, Ben Wright, Jean-Francois David, Tim Spencer, Yannick Tifu, Chris Korchinski, Olivier Proulx, Justin Donati, Chaz Johnson, Thomas Beauregard, Brett Gallant and Tyler Donati

Florida Everblades
Adrien Lemay, Scott Hotham, Mitch McColm, Phil Paquet, A.J. Thelen, Tim Maxwell, Brad Zanon, Kevin Baker, Mike Bayrack, Benjamin Breault, Matt Caria, Shea Guthrie, Ernie Hartlieb, Mike Hoffman, Eric Lampe, Ryan Lang, Colin Nicholson, Ahren Spylo and Mathieu Roy

Gwinnett Gladiators
David Brown, Sean Hurley, Sam Roberts, Phil Youngclaus, Jamie Fritsch, Nick St. Pierre, Drew Paris, Matt Francis, Scott Mifsud, Adam Berti, Dan Sullivan, Matt Caruana, Jason Lawrence, Brad Schell, Mike Radja, Andy Brandt and 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 and Brandan Kushniruk

Johnstown Chiefs (Greenville)
Kris Mayotte, Michael Couch, Jonathan Ralph, David Schulz, Luke Lucyk, Julien Brouillette, Greg Gallagher, Sean Berkstresser, Troy Schwab, Jim McKenzie, Connor Shields, Jeff Martens, Bear Trapp, Matt Schepke, Andrew Carroll, Brett Wilson, Colin Power, Wes Cunningham, Brendan Connolly and Maxime Gratchev

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 and Anton Kharin

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 and Alex Bourret

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

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

South Carolina Stingrays
Todd Ford, Shane Connelly, Johann Kroll, Zach Tarkir, Zach Jones, Nate Kiser, Grant Farrell, Jason Fredricks, Jeff Caister, Derek Keller, Trent Campbell, Gregg Johnson, Keith Johnson, Nikita Kashirsky, Matt Fornataro, Matt Scherer, Spencer Carbery, Rob Ricci, David de Kastrozza and Chris Capraro

Stockton Thunder
Kenny MacAulay, Daryl Marcoux, Justin Dacosta, Ryan Constant, Steve Vanoosten, Anthony Aiello, Trevor Hunt, Igor Gongalsky, Chris D’Alvise, Matt Robinson, Garet Hunt, Colin Hemingway, Oren Eizenman, J.F. Caudron, Jason Pitton, Brett Hemingway, Aaron Clarke and 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 and Evan Rankin

Trenton Devils
Dave Caruso, Dave Leaderer, Andy Thomas, Justin Coutu, Slavomir Tomko, Justin Pender, Gord Burnett, John Wessbecker, Tony Zancanaro, Tim Kunes, Dan Eves, Matt Vokes, Jack Combs, Chris Poli, Jeremy Akeson, Ryan Ginand, Dan Charleston and Jon Howse

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

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

Wheeling Nailers
Sean Collins, Ryan Smyth, Bobby Jarosz, Cleve Kinley, Kyle Bushee, Kevin Schmidt, Jordan Fox, Chris Davis, Billy Ryan and Andrew Lord

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 made their NHL debut in 2009-10. The most recent were: 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 played in the ECHL and the NHL in 2009-10: 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.
• 28 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 and St. Louis Blues head coach Davis Payne. 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 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 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 21 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 4,485 fans per game in 2009-10, the highest 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.
• 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.