The Greenville Grrrowl won their first-ever East Coast Hockey League Championship with a four-game sweep of Dayton in the 2002 Kelly Cup Finals. Making its first finals appearance, the Grrrowl became only the third team in history to record a sweep in the ECHL Finals, joining Charlotte and Hampton Roads.
Greenville’s John Marks becomes the first coach in history to lead two different teams to the ECHL Championship, having led Charlotte to the 1996 title. It is the fifth ECHL title for Grrrowl assistant coach Nick Vitucci, who won championships with Carolina (1989), Greensboro (1990), Toledo (1994) and Charlotte (1996), and was twice named the postseason MVP (1989 and 1996) in 13 seasons as an ECHL player.
Greenville’s Simon Gamache and Tyrone Garner shared the Most Valuable Player honors for the 2002 Kelly Cup Playoffs. Gamache led the playoffs with 15 goals, six power-play goals and 24 points. Garner was 4-0 with a 1.75 goals against average and a .945 save percentage in the Kelly Cup Finals, and led the postseason with 12 wins and 417 saves.