RALEIGH, N.C. – The Carolina Hurricanes have agreed to terms with forward Gordie Dwyer, who began his professional career in the ECHL. The NHL affiliate of the Florida Everblades of the ECHL, Carolina is coached by Peter Laviolette, who began his professional coaching career in the ECHL with Wheeling.
In his rookie season in 1998-99, the 6-3 and 215-pound Dwyer scored four points (1g-3a) and had 163 penalty minutes in 36 regular season games and 27 penalty minutes in 11 playoff games with New Orleans of the ECHL. He also had 46 penalty minutes in 14 regular season games with Fredericton in the American Hockey League.
The 26-year-old Dwyer scored 12 points (6g-6a) and ranked second on the team with 110 penalty minutes in 55 regular season games with Hamilton of the American Hockey League while also playing two games in the NHL with Montreal.
Selected in the third round (67th overall) by St. Louis in the 1996 NHL Entry Draft, Dwyer re-entered the NHL Entry Draft where he was selected in the sixth round (152nd overall) by Montreal in 1998. Dwyer has five assists and 394 penalty minutes in 108 career NHL games with Tampa Bay, New York Rangers and Montreal.
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.