The ECHL announced on Thursday that the 2015 inductees for the ECHL Hall of Fame are Darren Colbourne, Louis Dumont, Scott Sabatino and Carl Scheer.
The four will be formally inducted as the eighth class of the ECHL Hall of Fame at a luncheon ceremony that will be held in conjunction with the 2015 CCM / ECHL All-Star Classic presented by Visit Orlando. The 2015 ECHL Hall of Fame luncheon, presented by BFL CANADA, will take place on Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2015 at 12 Noon, at the DoubleTree by Hilton Orlando Downtown.
“Again this season, we have an outstanding class of inductees for the ECHL Hall of Fame,” ECHL Commissioner Brian McKenna said. “A prolific goal scorer in Darren Colbourne, our all-time points leader in Louis Dumont, in his first year of eligibility, and two seasoned sports executives. Scott Sabatino is responsible for initiating many of the League programs we rely on today and Carl Scheer introduced the ECHL to both Charlotte and Greenville and his leadership as Chairman of the Board in the formative years of the League was invaluable. All four individuals made a significant contribution to the ECHL and we are proud to welcome them to the Hall of Fame.”
Darren Colbourne played 421 games over seven seasons in the ECHL with Dayton, Richmond, Raleigh and Augusta. He ranks fifth in League history with 323 goals and 14th with 567 points while his 0.77 goals-per-game average ranks third all-time. Twice during his career, he scored 69 goals in a season – 1991-92 with Dayton and 1993-94 with Richmond – which ranks as the third-most in a single season in ECHL history. He owns third (26 in 1991-92) and fourth (25 in 1993-94) place in League history for most power-play goals in a season, and his six hat tricks in 1991-92 are the third best in a single season. Colbourne scored 40 or more goals four times in his ECHL career, including three seasons of at least 50 goals, which is tied for the most in history. He was named the ECHL Rookie of the Year and earned a spot on the All-ECHL First Team in 1991-92 after posting 119 points (69g-50a) in 64 games with Dayton and earned a spot on the All-ECHL Second Team in 1993-94.
Louis Dumont is the ECHL’s all-time leader with 566 assists and 891 points and is third all-time with 771 games played and is tied for third with 325 goals. He made his pro debut in the ECHL with Tallahassee and Wheeling in 1994-95 and went on to play 12 seasons in the League. Dumont captured the ECHL scoring title with Pensacola in 2001-02, recording 102 points (32g-70a) in 72 games on his way to earning a spot on the All-ECHL First Team. He also represented the Ice Pilots in the 2002 ECHL All-Star Game, where he picked up a pair of assists and won the Fastest Skater competition. Dumont also enjoyed postseason success, as he is tied for 17th all-time with 38 postseason assists and tied for 18th with 74 postseason games played.
Scott Sabatino worked in the ECHL League Office for 12 years from 1995 through 2006, serving as the League’s Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for the final six seasons of his tenure. During his time with the ECHL, Sabatino oversaw all areas of business operations for the League while working closely with team ownership and management on risk management programs, initiating the annual review and reporting project, overseeing league-wide scheduling and other League programs. Sabatino joined the Pac-10 Conference in November 2006 as Associate Commissioner for Business and Finance and in 2010, was hired as Director of Finance for the San Francisco 49ers, where today he is the Vice President of Finance.
Carl Scheer enjoyed over 20 years of experience as an ECHL team executive. He first joined the League in 1993-94, when the Charlotte Checkers joined the ECHL as an expansion team. It was the first time professional hockey had called Charlotte home in over 15 years, and the team was a nearly instant success drawing over 8,100 fans per game in its inaugural season. Charlotte finished in the top four in ECHL attendance in each of its first four seasons and went on to capture the Riley Cup championship in 1996. Scheer, who served as the Chairman of the ECHL Board of Governors for several seasons in the 1990s, developed the BI-LO Center in downtown Greenville and brought the Greenville Grrrowl into the ECHL for the 1998-99 season. The Grrrowl averaged over 9,200 fans per game in their first season, and still hold four of the nine largest single-game crowds in ECHL history.
Table tickets for this limited special event are available to sponsors and season-ticket members of the Orlando Solar Bears. Single tickets for the event (if the event is not sold out prior) will be available to the general public starting on Dec. 1. Table sponsorships include nine tickets and a company acknowledgement, as well as a 2015 ECHL All-Star or Orlando Solar Bears player joining the table for lunch. For more information on how to order your tickets for this commemorative event, please contact the Solar Bears at (407) 951-8200.
The inaugural ECHL Hall of Fame class inducted in 2008 was Henry Brabham, Patrick J. Kelly, Chris Valicevic and Nick Vitucci while the second class in 2009 was John Brophy, Blake Cullen, Tom Nemeth and Rod Taylor. The 2010 ECHL Hall of Fame class was Cam Brown, E.A. “Bud” Gingher, Olaf Kolzig and Darryl Noren; the 2011 class was Richard Adams, Phil Berger, Luke Curtin and Joe Ernst; the Class of 2012 was Bill Coffey, Sheldon Gorski, John Marks, Dave Seitz and Bob Woods; the 2013 class was David Craievich, Marc Magliarditi, Steve Poapst and Darren Schwartz whole the Class of 2014 was James Edwards, Wes Goldie, Al MacIsaac and John Spoltore. Inductees are enshrined in the ECHL Hall of Fame, which is open around the clock online at ECHLHallOfFame.com, as well as being recognized at the league office in Princeton, N.J. and in the ECHL section at the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto, Ontario.
The third-longest tenured professional hockey league, behind only the National Hockey League and the American Hockey League, the Premier ‘AA’ Hockey League has grown from five teams in four states in 1988-89 into a coast-to-coast league with 28 teams in 20 states and one Canadian province for its 27th season in 2014-15.
Hall of Fame members are selected in four categories: Player, Developmental Player, Builder, and Referee/Linesman. No more than five candidates may be elected to the ECHL Hall of Fame each year with no more than three Players, one Developmental Player, two Builders and one Referee/Linesman. The Developmental Player, Builder and the Referee/Linesman categories are dependent upon the number of candidates in the Player category.
The nomination and/or selection of candidates will be determined by the Hall of Fame Selection Committee and its Chairman Patrick J. Kelly.
Only members of the Selection Committee, the Board of Governors, teams or persons affiliated with the ECHL may submit official nominations which must be made in writing to the league office. Fans are encouraged to contact their team to propose names for nomination.
About the ECHL
Began in 1988-89 with five teams in four states, the ECHL has grown into a coast-to-coast league with 28 teams in 20 states and one Canadian province for its 27th season in 2014-15. There have been 548 players who have started their career in the ECHL have gone on to play in the National Hockey League, including seven who have made their NHL debuts in the 2014-15 season. The ECHL has affiliations with 29 of the 30 NHL teams in 2014-15, marking the 18th consecutive season that the league had affiliations with at least 20 teams in the NHL. Further information on the ECHL is available on its website at ECHL.com as well as on Twitter and Facebook.