ECHL Preseason Previews
Western Conference
Central Division

Here is a team-by-team look at the Central Division of the Western Conference.

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Augusta Lynx
Location: Augusta, Georgia
Arena (Capacity): Richmond County Civic Center (6,604)
Division: Central
Coach: Stan Drulia, 1st Season
NHL Affiliate: Florida Panthers
AHL Affiliate: San Antonio Rampage
2002-03 In Review
Record: 27-39-6
Points: 60
Southeast Division Finish: 6th
Goals Per Game (ECHL Rank): 2.82 (22nd)
Goals-Against Average (ECHL Rank): 3.56 (22nd)
Power Play (ECHL Rank): 12.6% (27th)
Penalty Killing (ECHL Rank): 81.6% (17th)

Columbus Cottonmouths
Location: Columbus, Georgia
Arena (Capacity): Columbus Civic Center (7,500)
Division: Central
Coach: Brian Curran, 1st Season
NHL Affiliate: Edmonton Oilers
AHL Affiliate: Toronto Roadrunners
2002-03 In Review
Record: 25-39-8
Points: 58
Southeast Division Finish: 7th
Overall ECHL Finish: T 25th
Goals Per Game (ECHL Rank): 2.74 (23rd)
Goals-Against Average (ECHL Rank): 3.75 (26th)
Power Play (ECHL Rank): 17.4% (18th)
Penalty Killing (ECHL Rank): 78.6% (26th)

Gwinnett Gladiators
Location: Duluth, Georgia
Arena (Capacity): Gwinnett Civic and Culture Center (11,355)
Division: Central
Coach: Jeff Pyle, 1st Season
NHL Affiliate: Atlanta Thrashers
AHL Affiliate: Chicago Wolves
History: Relocation from Mobile, Alabama

Louisiana IceGators
Location: Lafayette, Louisiana
Arena (Capacity): Cajundome (11,473)
Division: Central
Coach: Dave Farrish, 4th Season (138-56-22)
NHL Affiliate: Minnesota Wild
AHL Affiliate: Houston Aeros
2003 Kelly Cup Playoffs: Lost Southwest Division Finals to Mississippi (3 games to 0)
2002-03 In Review
Record: 40-20-12
Points: 92
Southwest Division Finish: 2nd
Overall ECHL Finish: T 6th
Goals Per Game (ECHL Rank): 3.46 (8th)
Goals-Against Average (ECHL Rank): 2.92 (6th)
Power Play (ECHL Rank): 19.9% (9th)
Penalty Killing (ECHL Rank): 82.0 (11th)

Mississippi Sea Wolves
Location: Biloxi, Mississippi
Arena (Capacity): Mississippi Coast Coliseum (9,150)
Division: Central
Coach: Bob Woods, 3rd Season (85-50-9)
2003 Kelly Cup Playoffs: Lost Southern Conference Finals to Columbia (4 games to 2)
2002-03 In Review
Record: 44-24-4
Points: 92
Southwest Division Finish: 1st
Overall ECHL Finish: T 6th
Goals Per Game (ECHL Rank): 3.47 (7th)
Goals-Against Average (ECHL Rank): 2.93 (T 7th)
Power Play (ECHL Rank): 19.5% (11th)
Penalty Killing (ECHL Rank): 81.5% (18th)

Pensacola Ice Piolts
Location: Pensacola, Florida
Arena (Capacity): Pensacola Civic Center (8,150)
Division: Central
Coach: Todd Gordon, 3rd Season (71-58-15)
NHL Affiliate: Tampa Bay Lightning
AHL Affiliate: Springfield Falcons
2003 Kelly Cup Playoffs: Lost Southwest Division Semifinals to Mississippi (3 games to 0)
2002-03 In Review
Record: 33-30-9
Points: 75
Southwest Division Finish: 5th
Overall ECHL Finish: T 18th
Goals Per Game (ECHL Rank): 3.17 (18th)
Goals-Against Average (ECHL Rank): 3.35 (18th)
Power Play (ECHL Rank): 17.4% (17th)
Penalty Killing (ECHL Rank): 81.7% (14th)

Texas Wildcatters
Location: Beaumont, Texas
Arena (Capacity): Southeast Texas Entertainment Complex (6,500)
Division: Central
Coach: Robert Dirk, 1st Season
History: Relocation from Huntington, West Virginia