ECHL announces Season-Ending Rosters
PRINCETON, N.J. - The ECHL on Thursday 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 2010-11.
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 2011-12 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 – Brandon Gentile, Kane Lafranchise, Chad Anderson, Bryan Miller, Steve Ward, Russ Sinkewich, Garry Nunn, Tyler Ruegsegger, Alex Dzielski, Scott Burt, Scott Howes, Wes Goldie, Chris Langkow, Matt Ambroz, Brian Swanson, Ethan Cox, Curtis Fraser, Dan Kissel, Zach Harrison and Jerad Stewart
Bakersfield Condors – Erik Burgdoerfer, Jay Cascalenda, Phil Paquet, Evan Stoflet, Tyler Gotto, Josh Burrows, Joey Ryan, Guillaume Lefebvre, Adam Naglich, Bobby Robins, Michael Gergen, Vyacheslav Trukhno, Jean-Marc Beaudoin, Stephane Goulet, Jonathan Parker, Erick Lizon, Francis Lemieux, J.D. Corbin and Kyle Calder
Cincinnati Cyclones – Benn Olson, Brock Sheahan, Brian O’Hanley, Garrett Suter, Kevin Roeder, Phil Youngclaus, Barret Ehgoetz, Sam D’Agostino, Dan Eves, Eric Kattelus, Matt Pierce, Dustin Sproat, Scott Reynolds, Cory Conacher, Mike Liambas, Brett Robinson, Neil Musselwhite, Mathieu Aubin and Ryan McLeod
Elmira Jackals – Tristin Llewellyn, Chris Frank, Vinny Geonnetti, David Sloane, R.J. Anderson, Patrick Coulombe, Scott Wietecha, Marc-Antoine Desnoyers, Dale Mahovsky, Andrew Favot, Ian McDonald, Michael Dubuc, Andrew Sweetland and Kevin DeVergilio
Florida Everblades – Mike Zacharias, Ryan Zapolski, Bobby Raymond, David Fischer, Brad Good, Eric Olimb, Evan Stephens, Deron Cousens, Mike Egener, Trevor Hendrikx, Mathieu Roy, Drew Larman, Ross Carlson, Alexandre Imbeault, Brad Snetsinger, Scott Pitt, Tyler Helfrich, Dusty Collins, Michael Kennedy and Nick Tarnasky
Greenville Road Warriors – Chris Beckford-Tseu, Dov Grumet-Morris, Brad Cole, T.J. Reynolds, Wes Cunningham, Julien Brouillette, Marc-Olivier Vallerand, Sean Berkstresser, Jimmy Kilpatrick, Brendan Connolly, Justin Bowers, Mark Voakes, Andrew Carroll, Matt Schepke and Connor Shields
Gwinnett Gladiators – Garrett Zemlak, Paul Flache, Cody Brookwell, Dallas Jackson, Tim Filangieri, Will Colbert, Justin Milo, Dustin Cameron, Andy Brandt, John-Scott Dickson, Devin Timberlake, Matt Francis, Kyle Kucharski, Ryan Garbutt, Derek Nesbitt, Tim Miller, Aaron Bendickson and Tom Zanoski
Idaho Steelheads – Chris Hepp, Matt Case, Dustin Friesen, Weston Tardy, Cody Lampl, Steve Oleksy, Mike Gabinet, Cody Purves, Aki Seitsonen, Geoff Irwin, Marty Flichel, Mark Derlago, Kael Mouillierat, Chad Nehring, Tyson Hobbins, Adam Huxley, Junior Lessard, Matt McKnight and John Swanson
Kalamazoo Wings – Ryan Nie, Riley Gill, A.J. Thelen, Wes O'Neill, Justin Coutu, Joe Charlebois, Jon Landry, Sam Ftorek, Darryl Lloyd, Andrew Fournier, Patrick Asselin, Aaron Clarke, Trent Daavettila, Kory Karlander, Brian McGuirk, Brady Leisenring, Brandon Svendsen, Dean Strong and Bryan Jurynec
Las Vegas Wranglers – Michael Ouzas, Barry Goers, Kevin Schaeffer, Sean McMonagle, Aaron Power, Daryl Marcoux, Jamie Fritsch, Craig Switzer, Eddie DelGrosso, Blake Gallagher, Greg Collins, Jamie Bates, Ryan Huddy, Trevor Hunt, Chris Higgins, Geoff Paukovich, Jerry Pollastrone, Vince Bellissimo and Ryan Weston
Ontario Reign – Beau Erickson, Jase Weslosky, Kellen Briggs, Pat Bowen, Jason Fredricks, Luke Beaverson, David Walker, Craig Gaudet, Doug Krantz, Jordan Hill, Matt Delahey, Lane Caffaro, Aaron Lewadniuk, Jordan Morrison, Kyle Kraemer, C.J. Stretch, Alex Bourret, Brett O'Malley, James McEwan and Chaz Johnson
Reading Royals – Todd Perry, Rob Kwiet, Jared Ross, Louis Liotti, Denny Urban, Sam Roberts, Matt Generous, Ryan Cruthers, Casey Haines, Olivier Labelle, Ben Gordon, Chris Blight, Andrew Sarauer, Eric Castonguay, John Scrymgeour and Brett Gallant
South Carolina Stingrays – Shane Owen, Zach Jones, Nate Kiser, Derek Keller, Bryan Schmidt, David de Kastrozza, Brock McBride, Pierre-Luc O'Brien, Matt Scherer, Tommy Goebel, Trent Campbell, Ryan Del Monte, Rob Ricci, Sean Dolan, Chase Langeraap, Luke Popko and Maxime Lacroix
Stockton Thunder – Jody Pederson, Cam Brodie, Anthony Aiello, Steve Vanoosten, Garet Hunt, Pierre-Andre Bureau, Jordan Fulton, Jarrett Konkle, Jordan Foreman, Craig Valette, Jim McKenzie, Chris Lawrence, Kelly Czuy, Jason Pitton, Bretton Cameron, Fraser Clair and Chris D'Alvise
Toledo Walleye – Kyle Page, David Phillips, Nick Duff, Bryan Rufenach, Ryan Stokes, Jason Lepine, Sean Curry, Ryan Turek, Kyle Rogers, Tyler Doig, Evan Rankin, Randy Rowe, Dominic Osman, David Solway, Mike Hedden, Adam Keefe and Rick Cleaver
Trenton Devils – Jeff Lerg, Anthony Felice, David Leaderer, Taylor Vichorek, Jordan Southorn, Matt Godlewski, Martin Nolet, Brad Miller, Chris Berenguer, Justin Pender, Tony Zancanaro, Ryan Hayes, Matt Germain, Mike Potacco, Matt Arhontas, Brian Haczyk, Matt Vokes, Ryan Ginand, Doug Rogers and Mitch Versteeg
Utah Grizzlies – Andrew Engelage, Matt Sorteberg, Brock Wilson, Matt Clarke, Brendan Milnamow, David Schulz, Nick Tuzzolino, Brian Kilburg, Kevin Deeth, Marcus Carroll, Paul McIlveen, Shea Guthrie, Riley Emmerson, Brett Parnham, Samson Mahbod, Matt Reber, Chris Donovan, Tom May, Igor Gongalsky and David Marshall
Wheeling Nailers – Peter Merth, Dan Henningson, Zach Hansen, Kyle Bushee, Channing Boe, Kris Vernarsky, Mickael Bedard, Tim Crowder, Paul Crowder, Brandon DeFazio, Chris Kushneriuk, Anthony Maiani, Christiaan Minella and Andrew Lord
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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 20 teams in 16 states in 2011-12.
• The league officially changed its name from East Coast Hockey League to ECHL on May 19, 2003.
• 467 players have played in the NHL after playing in the ECHL including 35 in 2009-10.
• 23 ECHL players made their NHL debut in 2010-11: former Idaho Steelheads goaltender and 2010 ECHL All-Star Richard Bachman (Dallas on Dec. 11), former Reading Royals defenseman Drew Bagnall (Minnesota on April 8), 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 (Tampa Bay 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 (Toronto on Dec. 20) and former Victoria Salmon Kings defenseman Yann Sauve (Vancouver on Feb. 15).
• 4 players 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 275 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.
• 211 ECHL players have played their first game in the last six seasons for an average of more than 35 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 were working behind the benches of teams in the NHL in 2010-11 including Washington Capitals head coach Bruce Boudreau, New York Islanders 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 were 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 11th year in a row on the Stanley Cup champion with Boston Bruins assistant coach Geoff Ward, players Rich Peverley, Michael Ryder and Tim Thomas, radio broadcaster Dave Goucher and scout Tom McVie. Thomas is the first former ECHL player to win the Conn Smythe Trophy as Most Valuable Player of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. There were 34 former players and 19 coaches on the 16 teams competing in the National Hockey League’s Stanley Cup Playoffs, marking the sixth year in a row that there have been at least 30 former ECHL players and the eighth 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 2010-11 there were 10 times as many call-ups from the ECHL to the AHL than all other professional leagues.
• The ECHL averaged 4,339 fans per game in 2010-11, marking the seventh consecutive season and the 19th time in the last 21 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.