The East Coast Hockey League welcomes back its two winningest coaches as John Brophy returns for his second season in Wheeling and John Marks returns for his fifth season in Greenville.
Brophy, who coached Hampton Roads for 11 seasons, is the all-time ECHL leader in games coached (810), wins (452) and championships (3). Marks, who coached five seasons in Charlotte, ranks second in wins (340) and is tied for second in championships (2). Marks and Brophy are the only coaches in ECHL history to win both the Riley Cup, the original ECHL Championship trophy retired following the 1996 season, and the Kelly Cup. Brophy won back-to-back Riley Cup titles with Hampton Roads in 1991 and 1992 and won the Kelly Cup in 1998 with Hampton Roads. Marks, who is the only coach in ECHL history to win titles with two different teams, won the 1996 Riley Cup with Charlotte and the 2002 Kelly Cup with Greenville.
Rick Adduono is the new head coach in Greensboro after four seasons in South Carolina. Adduono advanced to the postseason all four years with the Stingrays, including winning the 2001 Kelly Cup. Cam Brown, who retired after 10 seasons as a player in the ECHL, is the new head coach of Baton Rouge.
Malcolm Cameron is the new head coach of Cincinnati after spending the 2001-02 season as an assistant coach with Columbia. Toby O’Brien replaces Scott Allen, who became an assistant coach with San Antonio in the American Hockey League, behind the bench in Johnstown. O’Brien, who was the first goaltender in Chiefs’ history, had been general manager of Johnstown for the past six seasons.
Jim Wiley is the head coach of Lexington, who relocated from Macon following last season. Wiley has spent the last 11 seasons with the NHL’s San Jose Sharks including two seasons as coach of the Sharks’ AHL affiliate in Lexington. David Lohrei, who coached Baton Rouge the past two years, replaces Al Sims in Reading. Gord Dineen, who coached Macon in 2001-02, replaces Mark Kauffman behind the bench for Richmond.
Jason Fitzsimmons was named the third head coach of South Carolina after four seasons as an assistant coach. Fitzsimmons spent three seasons as a goaltender for the Stingrays and in 1996-97 helped South Carolina become the only team in ECHL history to win both the regular season and postseason, earning Most Valuable Player honors in the Kelly Cup Playoffs.
Bill Armstrong is the fourth coach in Trenton Titans history replacing Peter Horachek. Armstrong coached Providence in the AHL for the past four seasons helping the Bruins win the Calder Cup in 1999.
Claude Noel is the new head coach for the Toledo Storm replacing Dennis Holland. Noel has amassed an ECHL coaching record of 92-81-19 with Roanoke Valley in 1990-91 and Dayton in 1991-93.
PRINCETON, N.J. – ECHL.com recently asked league coaches to predict the order of finish for their respective division.
In the Northern Division, a first-place vote is nine points, second place is eight points, continuing down to ninth-place which is one point. In the Southern Division, a first-place vote is eight points, second place is seven points, continuing to eighth place which is one point. In the Central Division and the Pacific Division, a first-place vote is worth seven points, second place is six points, continuing to seventh place which is one point.