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Kelly Cup Playoffs

KELLY CUP HISTORY

Beginning with the 1996-97 season, the Patrick J. Kelly Cup is awarded  annually to the playoff champion of the ECHL.
History: Named in recognition of Patrick J. Kelly, one of the founding fathers of the ECHL. Kelly served as Commissioner of the ECHL for the first eight seasons before being named Commissioner Emeritus in 1996, a title which he continues to hold. Kelly is celebrating his 63rd season in hockey in 2015-16, having begun his career with the St. Catharines Tee Pees of the Ontario Junior Hockey League in 1952. He played professionally for the Springfield Indians of the American Hockey League, the Troy Bruins of the International Hockey League, and the Greensboro Generals of the Eastern Hockey League. Kelly coached in the Eastern Hockey League from 1965-73 and was head coach and general manager of Charlotte in the Southern Hockey League from 1973-76. He coached the Colorado Rockies in the NHL in 1977-78 and is the only coach to lead the Rockies to the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Following coaching stops in the American Hockey League, he went to Peoria in the International Hockey League where he led the Rivermen to the Turner Cup in his first season in 1984-85. The ECHL is proud to recognize his distinguished career by naming its most coveted trophy in his honor.


QUALIFICATION RULES

 

The first two rounds of the Kelly Cup Playoffs will be played entirely within the division, with the division winner playing the fourth-place finisher and the second-place team meeting the third-place team in the Division Semifinals. The winners of each series will meet in the Division Finals, leading to the Conference Finals and Kelly Cup Finals.

 


 

CHAMPIONSHIP PLAYERS

 

2016 – ALLEN AMERICANS Vincent Arseneau, Spencer Asuchak, Thomas Carr, Chad Costello, Justin Courtnall, Danny Federico, Aaron Gens, Riley Gill, Greger Hanson, Jake Hildebrand, Nikita Jevpalovs, Tristan King, J.P. LaFontaine, David Makowski, Kyle Neuber, Casey Pierro-Zabotel, Rick Pinkston, Matt Register, Jordan Rowley, Eric Roy, Joel Rumpel, Gary Steffes, Dyson Stevenson and Steve Martinson (Head Coach).

2015 – ALLEN AMERICANSKonrad Abeltshauser, Vincent Arseneau, Spencer Asuchak, Justin Baker, Garrett Clarke, Chad Costello, Chris Crane, Nolan Descoteaux, Kyle Follmer, Aaron Gens, Riley Gill, Greger Hansen, Trevor Ludwig, Tyler Ludwig, Joel Rumpel, Jamie Schaafsma, Ian Schultz, Rylan Schwartz, Gary Steffes, Dyson Stevenson, Kevin Young, Patrik Valcak, Erik Adams (Assistant Coach), Kevin Colley (Assistant Coach) and Steve Martinson (Head Coach).

2014 – ALASKA ACESAlex Belzile, Gerald Coleman, Brendan Connolly, Sean Curry, Zach Davies, Turner Elson, Brett Findlay, Kane Lafranchise, Drew MacKenzie, James Martin, Nick Mazzolini, Zach McKelvie, Tommy Mele, Jordan Morrison, Tyler Mosienko, John Ramage, Brad Richard, Ross Ring-Jarvi, Olivier Roy, Peter Sivak, Corey Syvret, Andy Taranto, Evan Trupp, Louis Mass (Assistant Coach) and Rob Murray (Head Coach).

2013 – READING ROYALSBarry Almeida, Evan Barlow, Alex Berry, Julien Cayer, Joel Champagne, Ethan Cox, Brett Flemming, Stanislav Galiev, Riley Gill, Dominic Jalbert, Nikita Kashirsky, Kirk MacDonald, Mark Mitera, Bryant Molle, Ian O’Connor, Mark Owuya, Robert Shea, Brock Shelgren, Dustin Stevenson, T.J. Syner, Yannick Tifu, David Vallorani, Patrick Wellar, Tim Branham (Assistant Coach) and Larry Courville (Head Coach).

2012 – FLORIDA EVERBLADES –  Matt Beca, Trevor Bruess, Ryan Donald, David Fischer, Rylan Galiardi, Brayden Irwin, Cedric Lalonde-McNicoll, Charles Landry, Matt Marquardt, Brandon MacLean, Ryan McGinnis, John Muse, Pat Nagle, Sebastien Piche, Scott Pitt, Kevin Quick, Mike Ratchuk, Bobby Raymond, Mathieu Roy, David Rutherford, Leigh Salters, Justin Shugg, Joe Sova, Brad Tapper (Assistant Coach) and Greg Poss (Head Coach).

2011 – ALASKA ACESMatt Ambroz, Chad Anderson, Daryl Boyle, Scott Burt, Gerald Coleman, Adam Courchaine, Ethan Cox, Alex Dzielski, Kory Falite, Curtis Fraser, Brandon Gentile, Wes Goldie, Scott Howes, Mark Isherwood, Dan Kissel, Kane Lafranchise, Chris Langkow, Bryan Miller, Garry Nunn, Tyler Ruegsegger, Russ Sinkewich, Brian Swanson, Steve Ward, Louis Mass (Assistant Coach) and Brent Thompson (Head Coach).

2010 – CINCINNATI CYCLONESMathieu Aubin, Hans Benson, Reid Cashman, Ryan Del Monte, Cullen Eddy, Barret Ehgoetz, Josh Heidinger, Jason Jozsa, Jimmy Kilpatrick, Doug Krantz, Maxime Lacroix, Robert Mayer, Ian McKenzie, Brett Motherwell, Brian O’Hanley, Will Ortiz, Matt Pierce, Brett Robinson, Kevin Roeder, Brock Sheahan, Jeremy Smith, Dustin Sproat, Mark Van Guilder, Dean Stork (Assistant Coach) and Chuck Weber (Head Coach).

2009 – SOUTH CAROLINA STINGRAYS Mick Berge, Jonathan Boutin, Trent Campbell, Spencer Carbery, Jeff Corey, Michael Dubuc, Brad Farynuk, Josh Godfrey, Keith Johnson, Nikita Kashirsky, Nate Kiser, Johann Kroll, Maxime Lacroix, Lyon Messier, Travis Morin, Pierre-Luc O’Brien, Sasha Pokulok, James Reimer, Rob Ricci, Scott Romfo, Matt Scherer, Zach Tarkir, Patrick Wellar, Cail MacLean (Assistant Coach) and Jared Bednar (Head Coach).

2008 – CINCINNATI CYCLONES Mathieu Aubin, Thomas Beauregard, Jimmy Bonneau, Maxime Daigneault, Jean-Michel Daoust, Jason Deitsch, David Desharnais, Cedrick Desjardins, Barret Ehgoetz, Jon Gleed, Billy Irish-Baker, Olivier Latendresse, Matt Macdonald, Ryan Maki, Conrad Martin, T.J. McElroy, Sean Perkins, Scott Reynolds, Ryan Russell, Chad Starling, Bryan Schmidt, Jeremy Swanson, Matt Syroczynski, Avery Wilson, Dean Stork (Assistant Coach) and Chuck Weber (Head Coach).

2007 – IDAHO STEELHEADSJay Beagle, Kyle Bruce, Scott Burt, Steve Chabbert, B.J. Crombeen, John Daigneau, Taggart Desmet, Marty Flichel, Blake Forsyth, Lance Galbraith, Darrell Hay, Lars Helminen, John Lammers, Tuomas Mikkonen, Alexander Naurov, Derek Nesbitt, Colin Peters, Kyle Peto, Greg Rallo, Kory Scoran, Steve Silverthorn, Francis Wathier, Travis Wight and Derek Laxdal (Coach).

2006 – ALASKA ACES Chris Beckford-Tseu, Kimbi Daniels, Olivier Filion, Ryan Gaucher, Barrett Heisten, Chris Heisten, Cam Keith, Alex Leavitt, Mike Lee, Doug Lynch, Justin Maiser, Louis Mass, Keith McCambridge, Peter Metcalf, Chris Minard, Vladimir Novak, Troy Riddle, Mike Scott, Matt Shasby, Joe Talbot, Matt Underhill, Patrick Wellar and Davis Payne (Coach).

2005 – TRENTON TITANS B.J. Abel, Andrew Allen, Scott Bertoli, Paul Brown, Bryce Cockburn, Nick Deschenes, Jerramie Domish, Connor Dunlop, Les Haggett, Leon Hayward, Chris Houle, Tim Judy, Rick Kowalsky, Matt Libby, Steve Munn, Chris Pittman, Brent Robinson, Rosario Ruggeri, Michael Schutte, Jeff Smith, Jarrett Thompson, Matt Zultek, Ted Dent (Assistant Coach) and Mike Haviland (Head Coach).

2004 – IDAHO STEELHEADS Blair Allison, David Bararuk, Jeff Bateman, Mike Betz, Scott Burt, Adam Copeland, David Cornacchia, Regan Darby, Brett Draney, Dan Ellis, Lance Galbraith, Dylan Gyori, Darrell Hay, Ben Keup, Zenon Konopka, Jan Kopecky, Mick Mounsey, Jeremy Mylymok, Derek Paget, Sean Peach, Warren Peters, Mike Sgroi, Chris Slater, Dan Vandermeer, Andrei Vasilyev, Martin Vasut and John Olver (Coach).

2003 – ATLANTIC CITY BOARDWALK BULLIES J.F. Caudron, Steve Cheredaryk, Kevin Colley, Luke Curtin, Kirk Furey, Jade Galbraith, Jerry Galway, Jim Henkel, Mark Loeding, Shawn Maltby, Scott Matzka, Peter Metcalf, Jake Moreland, Ryan Mougenel, Steve Munn, Mike Nicholishen, Dave Reid, Stefan Rivard, Paul Spadafora, Scott Stirling, Joe Talbot, Ian Walterson, Matthew Yeats, Matt Thomas (Assistant Coach) and Mike Haviland (Head Coach).

2002 – GREENVILLE GRRROWL David Bell, Zdenek Blatny, Jeff Dessner, Simon Gamache, Tyrone Garner, Jay Langager, Eric Lind, Martin Masa, Colin Pepperall, Jayme Platt, Jonathan Roy, Steve Rymsha, Luke Sellars, Judd Strauss, Ryan Stewart, Simon Tremblay, Roger Trudeau, Eric Van Acker, Sean Venedam, Damon Whitten, Nick Vitucci (Assistant Coach) and John Marks (Head Coach).

2001 – SOUTH CAROLINA STINGRAYS Jared Bednar, Ryan Brindley, Adam Calder, Marty Clapton, Kirk Daubenspeck, Brad Dexter, Zach Ham, Joel Irving, Trevor Johnson, Jody Lehman, Hugo Marchand, Brett Marietti, Mike Nicholishen, Damian Prescott, Chad Remackel, Greg Schmidt, Dave Seitz, Scott Swanson, Buddy Wallace, Chris Wheaton Jason Fitzsimmons (Assistant Coach) and Rick Adduono (Head Coach).

2000 – PEORIA RIVERMENCraig Anderson, Trevor Baker, Aaron Boh, J.F. Boutin, Jason Christie, Darren Clark, Jason Deleurme, Duane Derksen, Blaine Fitzpatrick, Matt Golden, Dan Hodge, Jason Lawmaster, Darren Maloney, Tomaz Razingar, Cody Rudkowsky, Joe Rybar, Cam Severson, Matt Smith, Mike Szkodzinski, Didier Tremblay, Trevor Wasyluk and Don Granato (Coach).

1999 – MISSISSIPPI SEA WOLVES Sean Blanchard, Cody Bowtell, Andrew Dale, Brad Essex, Quinn Fair, Kevin Hilton, Kelly Hurd, Karl Infanger, John Kosobud, Mikhail Kravets, D.J. Mando, Troy Mann, Mike Martone, Vashi Nedomansky, Patrick Rochon, Mark Rupnow, Chris Schmidt, Travis Scott, Chuck Thuss, Bob Woods and Bruce Boudreau (Coach).

1998 – HAMPTON ROADS ADMIRALS  – Chad Ackerman, Alex Alexeev, Rob Bonneau, Dan Carney, Dan Ceman, Sebastien Charpentier, Marty Clapton, Jeff Corbett, Vadim Epanchintsev, Victor Gervais, Alexander Kharlamov, Dominic Maltais, Drew Palmer, Chris Phelps, Joel Poirier, Jason Saal, Kayle Short, Rod Taylor, Yuri Yeresko, Boris Zelenko and John Brophy (Coach).

1997 – SOUTH CAROLINA STINGRAYSAndy Adams, Jared Bednar, Rob Butler, Jason Cipolla, Rob Concannon, Mario Cormier, Brad Dexter, Jason Fitzsimmons, Jason Hehr, Chris Hynnes, Kevin Knopp, Taras Lendzyk, Brett Marietti, David Mayes, Steve Parson, Jeff Romfo, Mike Ross, Chris Rowland, Dave Seitz, Marc Tardif, Brendan Yarema and Rick Vaive (Coach).

1996 CHARLOTTE CHECKERS – Phil Berger, Francois Bouchard, Jeff Connolly, Kimbi Daniels, Eric Fenton, Eric Flinton, Jason Kelly, Mick Kempffer, Scott Kirton, Dennis Maxwell, Scott Meehan, Darryl Noren, Charles Paquette, Kevin Rappana, Matt Robbins, Kurt Seher, Ken Shepard, Nick Vitucci, Shawn Wheeler, Marty Yewchuk and John Marks (Coach)

1995 – RICHMOND RENEGADES – Jan Benda, Lou Body, Mike Burman, Duane Derksen, Scott Gruhl, Shane Henry, Rod Langway, David Littman, Garett MacDonald, Kurt Mallett, Blaine Moore, Jay Murphy, Sean O’Brien, Trevor Senn, Andrew Shier, Shawn Snesar, Mike Taylor, Darren Wetherill and Roy Sommer (Coach)

1994 TOLEDO STORM – Chris Bergeron, Rick Corriveau, Mark Deazeley, Norm Dezainde, Iain Duncan, Steve Dykstra, Dave Gagnon, John Hendry, Alex Hicks, Rick Judson, Marc Lyons, Mike Markovich, Jay Neal, Darren Perkins, Greg Puhalski, Pat Pylypuik, Andy Suhy, Nick Vitucci and Chris McSorley (Coach)

1993 – TOLEDO STORM – Wade Bartley, Derek Booth, Scott Campbell, Joe Cook, Rick Corriveau, Mark Deazeley, Iain Duncan, Dave Flanagan, Alain Harvey, Alex Hicks, Jeff Jablonski, Jeff Jestadt, Rick Judson, Scott King, Bruce MacDonald, Barry Potomski, Greg Puhalski, Alex Roberts, Andy Suhy, Dan Wiebe and Chris McSorley (Coach)

1992 – HAMPTON ROADS ADMIRALS – Wade Bartley, Mark Bernard, Victor Gervais, Kurt Kabat, Paul Krepelka, Al MacIsaac, Steve Martell, Dennis McEwen, Harry Mews, Steve Mirabile, Dave Morissette, Billy Nolan, Randy Pearce, Steve Poapst, Shawn Snesar, Rod Taylor, Keith Whitmore and John Brophy (Coach)

1991 – HAMPTON ROADS ADMIRALS – Mark Bernard, Pat Bingham, Rick Boyd, John East, Dave Flanagan, Dave Gagnon, Kent Hawley, Murray Hood, Kurt Kabat, Darcy Kaminski, Glen Kehrer, Olaf Kolzig, Dennis McEwen, Harry Mews, Dean Morton, Al Murphy, Billy Nolan, Jody Praznik and John Brophy (Coach)

1990 – GREENSBORO MONARCHS – Phil Berger, John Blessman, Daniel Bock, Doug Brown, Mike Butters, Wade Flaherty, Chris Laganas, Doug Lawrence, Bruce Major, Mike McCormick, Steve McKinley, Chris Robertson, John Sullivan, Boyd Sutton, Chad Thompson, Nick Vitucci, Scott White and Jeff Brubaker (Coach)

1989 – CAROLINA THUNDERBIRDS – Scott Allen, John Devereaux, Jay Fraser, Jeff Greene, Bill Huard, Randy Irving, Michel Lanouette, Rick McCarthy, Blair McReynolds, Steve Plaskon, Scott Rettew, E.J. Sauer, John Torchetti, Nick Vitucci, Bob Wensley, Gary Willett and Brendan Watson (Coach)

 

CHAMPIONSHIP TEAMS

 

 

YEARCHAMPIONHEAD COACHSERIESRUNNER-UPHEAD COACH
2016Allen AmericansSteve Martinson4-2Wheeling NailersJeff Christian
2015Allen AmericansSteve Martinson4-3South Carolina StingraysSpencer Carbery
2014Alaska AcesRob Murray4-2Cincinnati CyclonesBen Simon
2013Reading RoyalsLarry Courville4-1Stockton ThunderMatt Thomas
2012Florida EverbladesGreg Poss4-1Las Vegas WranglersRyan Mougenel
2011Alaska AcesBrent Thompson4-1Kalamazoo WingsNick Bootland
2010Cincinnati CyclonesChuck Weber4-1Idaho SteelheadsDerek Laxdal
2009South Carolina StingraysJared Bednar4-3Alaska AcesKeith McCambridge
2008Cincinnati CyclonesChuck Weber4-2Las Vegas WranglersGlen Gulutzan
2007Idaho SteelheadsDerek Laxdal4-1Dayton BombersDon MacAdam
2006Alaska AcesDavis Payne4-1Gwinnett GladiatorsJeff Pyle
2005Trenton TitansMike Haviland4-2Florida EverbladesGerry Fleming
2004Idaho SteelheadsJohn Olver4-1Florida EverbladesGerry Fleming
2003Atlantic City Boardwalk BulliesMike Haviland4-1Columbia InfernoScott White
2002Greenville GrrrowlJohn Marks4-0Dayton BombersGreg Ireland
2001South Carolina StingraysRick Adduono4-1Trenton TitansTroy Ward
2000Peoria RivermenDon Granato4-2Louisiana Ice GatorsDon Murdoch
1999Mississippi Sea WolvesBruce Boudreau4-3Richmond RenegadesMark Kaufman
1998Hampton Roads AdmiralsJohn Brophy4-2Pensacola Ice PilotsAl Pedersen
1997South Carolina StingraysRick Vaive4-1Louisiana Ice GatorsDoug Sheddan
1996Charlotte CheckersJohn Marks4-0Jacksonville Lizard KingsJeff Brubaker
1995Richmond RenegadesRoy Sommer4-1Greensboro MonarchsJeff Brubaker
1994Toledo StormChris McSorley4-1Raleigh IceCapsKurt Kleinendorst
1993Toledo StormChris McSorley4-2Wheeling ThunderbirdsDoug Sauter
1992Hampton Roads AdmiralsJohn Brophy4-0Louisville IceHawksWarren Young
1991Hampton Roads AdmiralsJohn Brophy4-1Greensboro MonarchsJeff Brubaker
1990Greensboro MonarchsJeff Brubaker4-1Winston-Salem ThunderbirdsChris McSorley
1989Carolina ThunderbirdsBrendan Watson4-3Johnstown ChiefsSteve Carlson