EDMONTON, Alberta – The Edmonton Oilers have re-signed defenseman Brent Henley, who played in the ECHL with South Carolina in 2003-04. Edmonton is the NHL affiliate of the Greenville Grrrowl.
The 23-year-old Henley scored eight points (1g-7a) and had 255 penalty minutes in 49 regular season games and 34 penalty minutes in seven playoff games with South Carolina in 2003-04. He also played in the American Hockey League registering one assist in 12 regular season games with Toronto.
Signed as a free agent by Edmonton on August 8, 2003, the 6-7 and 245-pound Henley had 306 penalty minutes and 12 points (2g-10a) in 50 regular season games and four penalty minutes and one assist in four playoff games with South Carolina in 2002-03. He also played in the AHL, appearing in three games with Lowell and one game with Rochester.
In his first professional season in 2001-02, Henley had 22 penalty minutes in two games with Jackson of the ECHL. He also played in the now-defunct West Coast Hockey League, accumulating 188 penalty minutes and six points (3g-3a) in 50 regular season games and two penalty minutes in four playoff games with Colorado.
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.