DETROIT, Mich. – The Detroit Red Wings have agreed to terms with former ECHL center Eric Manlow.
Selected by Chicago in the second round (50th overall) in the 1993 NHL Entry Draft, Manlow played in the ECHL with the Columbus (Ohio) Chill, scoring 36 points (18g-18a) in 32 regular season games in 1996-97. Manlow also had two stints with the Florida Everblades, scoring 23 points (5g-18a) in 18 regular season games in 1998-99 and 38 points (14g-24a) in 26 regular season games in 1999-2000.
The 29-year-old Manlow, who made his NHL debut with Boston in 2000-01, has appeared in 37 NHL games in the last four seasons with Boston and the New York Islanders. In 2003-04 with the Islanders, Manlow scored two points (0g-2a) in 18 regular season games.
The Premier “AA” Hockey League, the ECHL had affiliations with 21 of the 30 teams in the National Hockey League in 2003-04 and every NHL team had an ECHL player play for it in 2003-04. In 2003-04 there were 40 players that played in the NHL after playing in the ECHL, surpassing the high of 27 players in 1999-2000 and 2000-01. Eleven players, including eight goaltenders, appeared in both the ECHL and the NHL in 2003-04, breaking the high of five players in 2001-02, and a total of 116 ECHL players played in the NHL in 2003-04. There have been 255 players that have played in the NHL after playing in the ECHL.
For the fifth consecutive year the ECHL is represented on the Stanley Cup Champion with Ruslan Fedotenko, Nolan Pratt and Andre Roy as well as radio play-by-play announcer Dave Mishkin and assistant equipment manager Dana Heinze. On his day with the Stanley Cup, Heinze took hockey’s most treasured trophy to visit his hometown of Johnstown, Pennsylvania, home of the Johnstown Chiefs of the ECHL.