ATLANTA, Ga. – The Atlanta Thrashers have agreed to terms with restricted free agent Luke Sellars, who helped the Greenville Grrrowl capture the ECHL Kelly Cup Championship in 2002.
In the 2002 Kelly Cup Playoffs, Sellars led all defensemen with seven goals and four power-play goals and tied for the scoring lead among defensemen with 13 points. Selected in the second round (30th overall) by Atlanta in the 1999 NHL Entry Draft, the 6-1 and 210-pound Sellars scored eight points (2g-6a) in 21 regular season games with Greenville. In his first professional season in 2001-02, Sellars scored six points (2g-4a) in 31 regular season games with Chicago of the American Hockey League and made his NHL debut with Atlanta, registering two penalty minutes.
Sellars returned to Greenville for four games in 2002-03, scoring four points (2g-2a), while scoring 15 points (4g-11a) in 42 regular season games with Chicago of the AHL.
In 2003-04, the 23-year-old Sellars scored eight points (2g-6a) in 32 games with Chicago of the AHL, but missed the final 31 games and the playoffs with a knee injury. In three seasons with Chicago, Sellars has scored 29 points (8g-21a) in 105 regular season games.
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.