GLENDALE, Ariz. – The Phoenix Coyotes have signed defenseman Dustin Wood to a two-year contract. Wood began his professional career with Trenton and was named to the 2003 ECHL All-Star Game.
In his rookie season in 2002-03, the 6-0 and 185-pound Wood scored 27 points (4g-23a) in 63 regular season games and had one assist in three playoff games for Trenton. He also appeared in six regular season games with Bridgeport of the American Hockey League.
In 2003-04, the 23-year-old Wood scored eight points (2g-6a) in 75 games with Springfield of the AHL and also appeared in one game with Adirondack of the UHL.
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.