EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – The New Jersey Devils have signed forward Brett Clouthier, who played in the ECHL with Cincinnati in 2003-04.
Selected in the second round (50th overall) by New Jersey in the 1999 NHL Entry Draft, the 6-5 and 225-pound Clouthier scored six points (3g-3a) in 12 games with Cincinnati and also played in the American Hockey League with Albany, scoring one goal in 39 games, and in the United Hockey League with Adirondack, scoring one goal in two games. In three seasons in the Devils organization, Cloutier has 18 points (11g-7a) and 451 penalty minutes in 175 career AHL games with Albany.
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.