LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Kings have agreed to terms on a one-year contract with left wing Ryan Flinn, who began his professional career in the ECHL with Reading.
In his rookie season in 2001-02, the 6-5 and 248-pound Flinn had 130 penalty minutes and four points (1g-3a) in 20 regular season games with Reading before being called up to Manchester of the American Hockey League where he had one assist and 113 penalty minutes in 37 regular season games. He also played in 10 games with Los Angeles in the NHL, registering 51 penalty minutes.
In 2003-04, the 24-year-old Flinn scored eight points (3g-5a) and ranked second on the team with 164 penalty minutes in 59 regular season games with Manchester while also appearing in six postseason games with the Monarchs.
In 2002-03, Flinn had one goal and 28 penalty minutes in 19 regular season games with Los Angeles and four points (2g-2a) and 95 penalty minutes in 27 regular season games with Manchester.
Flinn has scored one goal and has 29 penalty minutes in 29 career regular season NHL games. Selected in the fifth round (143rd overall) by New Jersey in the 1998 NHL Entry Draft, Flinn originally signed with the Kings as a free agent on January 9, 2002.
There were former ECHL coaches behind the benches of 14 of the 28 teams in the American Hockey League and all 28 teams in the AHL had an ECHL player take the ice for them in 2003-04. The ECHL had affiliation agreements with 21 of the 28 teams in the AHL and there were over 90 players on AHL contracts in the ECHL in 2003-04. There were more than 220 players that played in both the ECHL and the AHL in 2003-04 and the ECHL had 425 call-ups, involving 234 players, to the AHL during the regular season.
For the 15th consecutive season, an ECHL player is a member of the American Hockey League’s Calder Cup Champion. In addition to Claude Noel, who is in his first season as head coach, Milwaukee had eight players and radio announcer Kyle Schultz, who are all alumni of the ECHL.