ECHL Preseason Previews
Eastern Conference
Northern Division

Here is a team-by-team look at the Northern Division of the Eastern Conference.

Wednesday Evening: Southern Division of the Eastern Conference

Atlantic City Boardwalk Bullies
Location: Atlantic City, New Jersey
Arena (Capacity): Historic Boardwalk Hall (6,597)
Division: Northern
Coach: Mike Haviland, 3rd Season (83-41-20)
2003 Kelly Cup Playoffs: Kelly Cup Champions – Defeated Columbia (4 games to 2)
2002-03 In Review
Record: 41-19-12
Points: 94
Northeast Division Finish: 1st
Overall ECHL Finish: 4th
Goals Per Game (ECHL Rank): 3.72 (1st)
Goals-Against Average (ECHL Rank): 3.11 (11th)
Power Play (ECHL Rank): 17.7% (16th)
Penalty Killing (ECHL Rank): 82.1% (10th)

Cincinnati Cyclones
Location: Cincinnati, Ohio
Arena (Capacity): U.S. Bank Arena (6,955)
Division: Northern
Coach: Chris Cichocki, 1st Season
2003 Kelly Cup Playoffs: Lost Northern Conference Finals to Atlantic City (4 games to 3)
2002-03 In Review
Record: 36-29-7
Points: 79
Northwest Division Finish: 3rd
Overall ECHL Finish: 16th
Goals Per Game (ECHL Rank): 3.57 (6th)
Goals-Against Average (ECHL Rank): 3.28 (T 14th)
Power Play (ECHL Rank): 22.4% (2nd)
Penalty Killing (ECHL Rank): 81.6% (16th)

Dayton Bombers
Location: Dayton, Ohio
Arena (Capacity): Nutter Center (9,950)
Division: Northern
Coach: Jamie Ling, 1st Season
NHL Affiliate: Columbus Blue Jackets
AHL Affiliate: Syracuse Crunch
2002-03 In Review
Record: 24-38-10
Points: 58
Northwest Division Finish: 7th
Overall ECHL Finish: T 25th
Goals Per Game (ECHL Rank): 2.65 (25th)
Goals-Against Average (ECHL Rank): 3.43 (21st)
Power Play (ECHL Rank): 13.5% (25th)
Penalty Killing (ECHL Rank): 81.4% (19th)

Greensboro Generals
Location: Greensboro, North Carolina
Arena (Capacity): Greensboro Coliseum (8,570)
Division: Southern
Coach: Rick Adduono, 2nd Season (42-21-9)
NHL Affiliate: Toronto Maple Leafs
AHL Affiliate: St. John’s Maple Leafs
2003 Kelly Cup Playoffs: Lost Northeast Division Finals to Atlantic City (3 games to 1)
2002-03 In Review
Record: 42-21-9 Goals Per Game (ECHL Rank): 3.26 (16th)
Points: 93 Goals-Against Average (ECHL Rank): 2.93 (T 7th)
Northeast Division Finish: 2nd Power Play (ECHL Rank): 19.5% (10th)
Overall ECHL Finish: 5th Penalty Killing (ECHL Rank): 85.2% (2nd)

Johnstown Chiefs
Location: Johnstown, Pennsylvania
Arena (Capacity): Cambria County War Memorial (4,001)
Division: Northern
Coach: Toby O’Brien, 2nd Season (28-33-11)
NHL Affiliate: San Jose Sharks
AHL Affiliate: Cleveland Barons
2002-03 In Review
Record: 28-33-11
Points: 67
Northwest Division Finish: 5th
Overall ECHL Finish: 21st
Goals Per Game (ECHL Rank): 2.97 (20th)
Goals-Against Average (ECHL Rank): 3.38 (T 19th)
Power Play (ECHL Rank): 18.9% (12th)
Penalty Killing (ECHL Rank): 78.7% (24th)

Peoria Riverman
Location: Peoria, Illinois
Arena (Capacity): Peoria Civic Center (9,919)
Division: Northern
Coach: Jason Christie, 4th Season (134-57-25)
NHL Affiliate: St. Louis Blues
AHL Affiliate: Worcester IceCats
2003 Kelly Cup Playoffs: Lost Northwest Division Semifinals to Cincinnati (3 games to 1)
2002-03 In Review
Record: 48-17-7
Points: 103
Northwest Division Finish: 2nd
Overall ECHL Finish: 2nd
Goals Per Game (ECHL Rank): 3.35 (12th)
Goals-Against Average (ECHL Rank): 2.51 (1st)
Power Play (ECHL Rank): 18.8% (13th)
Penalty Killing (ECHL Rank): 84.0% (5th)

Reading Royals
Location: Reading, Pennsylvania
Arena (Capacity): Sovereign Center (7,215)
Division: Northern
Coach: Derek Clancey, 1st Season
NHL Affiliate: Los Angeles Kings
AHL Affiliate: Manchester Monarchs
2002-03 In Review
Record: 32-35-5
Points: 69
Northeast Division Finish: 7th
Overall ECHL Finish: 20th
Goals Per Game (ECHL Rank): 3.63 (5th)
Goals-Against Average (ECHL Rank): 4.21 (27th)
Power Play (ECHL Rank): 21.2% (6th)
Penalty Killing (ECHL Rank): 79.4% (22nd)

Toledo Storm
Location: Toledo, Ohio
Arena (Capacity): Toledo Sports Arena (5,361)
Division: Northern
Coach: Steve Harrison, 1st Season
NHL Affiliate: Detroit Red Wings and Nashville Predators
AHL Affiliate: Grand Rapids Griffins and Milwaukee Admirals
2003 Kelly Cup Playoffs: Lost Northwest Division Finals to Cincinnati (3 games to 1)
2002-03 In Review
Record: 47-15-10
Points: 104
Northwest Division Finish: 1st
Overall ECHL Finish: 1st
Goals Per Game (ECHL Rank): 3.43 (10th)
Goals-Against Average (ECHL Rank): 2.72 (3rd)
Power Play (ECHL Rank): 20.3% (7th)
Penalty Killing (ECHL Rank): 84.0% (4th)

Trenton Titans
Location: Trenton, New Jersey
Arena (Capacity): Sovereign Bank Arena (7,605)
Division: Northern
Coach: Bill Armstrong, 2nd Season (38-24-10)
NHL Affiliate: Philadelphia Flyers
AHL Affiliate: Binghamton Senators, Springfield Falcons and Philadelphia Phantoms
2003 Kelly Cup Playoffs: Lost in Northeast Division Semifinals to Atlantic City (3 games to 0)
2002-03 In Review
Record: 38-24-10
Points: 86
Northeast Division Finish: 4th
Overall ECHL Finish: T 10th
Goals Per Game (ECHL Rank): 3.18 (17th)
Goals-Against Average (ECHL Rank): 2.88 (5th)
Power Play (ECHL Rank): 20.1% (8th)
Penalty Killing (ECHL Rank): 81.7% (15th)

Wheeling Nailers
Location: Wheeling, West Virginia
Arena (Capacity): Wheeling Civic Center (5,406)
Division: Northern
Coach: Pat Bingham, 1st Season
NHL Affiliate: Pittsburgh Penguins
AHL Affiliate: Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins
2002-03 In Review
Record: 28-41-3
Points: 59
Northwest Division Finish: 6th
Overall ECHL Finish: 24th
Goals Per Game (ECHL Rank): 2.68 (24th)
Goals-Against Average (ECHL Rank): 3.63 (23rd)
Power Play (ECHL Rank): 14.4% (24th)
Penalty Killing (ECHL Rank): 78.6% (25th)