PRINCETON, N.J. – The ECHL announced that Lisa Hollenbeck has been promoted to Manager of Hockey Administration.
Hollenbeck, who joined the ECHL in October 2005, oversees the administration of the league’s officiating department, including but not limited to printed material, travel and immigration, while also assisting with other league and player matters in conjunction with the hockey operations department.
“Lisa has become an integral part of our officiating department,” said ECHL Vice President of Hockey Operations Rod Pasma. “This promotion is well deserved and better represents her role and responsibilities within the hockey operations department.”
Hollenbeck was an intern for the Binghamton Senators of the American Hockey League, working in the front office as well as assisting with contest management during games, and worked three seasons as an intern for the BC Icemen of the United Hockey League, which ceased operations following the 2006-07 season, coordinating game-day promotions and assisting in special events while also working in the front office.
She interned with the Lakeland Tigers, the Florida League affiliate of the Detroit Tigers, in 2004 and worked for the sports information department at Boston University.
The native of Binghamton, N.Y. received her bachelor’s degree in sport management from Endicott College in Beverly, Mass., and was one of the founding members of the Endicott College Sports Promotions Club, which planned and executed promotional events for the school’s sports teams.
The league officially changed its name to ECHL on May 19, 2003.
ECHL began in 1988-89 with five teams in three states and has grown to be a coast-to-coast league that will have 25 teams playing in 17 states and British Columbia in 2007-08, including the Mississippi (Biloxi) Sea Wolves, who return after missing two seasons in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.
Opening Day for the 20th Anniversary Season will be Oct. 18 when the Johnstown Chiefs host the Wheeling Nailers at Cambria County War Memorial. The game is a rematch of Game 7 from the first-ever ECHL Finals played in front of a standing-room-only crowd at Cambria County War Memorial. The two teams will wear throwback jerseys for the Opening Day game that begins at 7:30 p.m. ET and will be broadcast worldwide on B2 Networks, the “Official Broadband Broadcast Provider of the ECHL”. The remaining teams will open their seasons the weekend of Oct. 19-21.
There have been 329 former ECHL players who have gone on to play in the NHL after playing in the ECHL, including a record 47 in 2005-06 and 26 in 2006-07. There have been 184 former ECHL players who have played their first game in the NHL in the past five seasons and 107 former ECHL players have skated in the NHL this season. More than 100 players under contract to NHL teams have played in the ECHL this season. The ECHL had affiliations with 25 of the 30 teams in the National Hockey League in 2006-07, marking the 10th consecutive season that the league has had affiliations with at least 20 teams in the NHL.
The ECHL is represented for the seventh consecutive year on the National Hockey League championship team in 2007 with Anaheim assistant coach Dave Farrish, players Francois Beauchemin and George Parros and broadcasters John Ahlers and Steve Carroll.
The ECHL has affiliations with 24 of the 27 teams in the American Hockey League in 2006-07 and for the past 17 years there has been an ECHL player on the Calder Cup champion.
In each of the last two seasons there have been more than 225 players who have played in both the ECHL and the AHL and there were over 800 call-ups involving more than 500 players.
In the last five 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.