PRINCETON, N.J. – The ECHL on Thursday announced the Protected Lists as submitted by each of its member teams.
Teams are allowed to protect as many players as they wish provided the players protected meet the guidelines as defined in the Collective Bargaining Agreement between the ECHL and the Professional Hockey Players’ Association which state that teams shall retain the rights to each player that:
1. Signed a Standard Players Contract in 2010-11 with the Member, and has not been traded or released, OR
2. Signed a Standard Players Contract in 2010-11, and was recalled to the NHL/AHL or IIHF team, and has not been traded or released, OR
3. Had received a Qualifying Offer last summer for the current season, DID NOT sign an SPC, and has not been traded or released, OR
4. Has been suspended by the Member or League, and has not been traded or released, OR
5. Signed a Standard Players Contract on or after the first day of the 2010-11 regular season, then subsequently signed an NHL/AHL contract, and has not been traded or released, OR
6. Has executed the ECHL Retirement Form, and has not been traded or released
Protected lists may exceed 20 players.
The ECHL also announced that teams must complete all Future Consideration trades by 3 p.m. ET on June 13 and that teams must submit their Season-Ending Roster by 3 p.m. ET on June 15.
Season-ending rosters may include up to 20 players and cannot include any players who did not sign an ECHL contract in 2010-11.
Alaska Aces – Frank Doyle, Brandon Gentile, Kane Lafranchise, Chad Anderson, Bryan Miller, Steve Ward, Russ Sinkewich, Tyson Marsh, Nils Backstrom, Garry Nunn, Tyler Ruegsegger, Alex Dzielski, Scott Burt, Scott Howes, Wes Goldie, Chris Langkow, Matt Ambroz, Brian Swanson, Ethan Cox, Curtis Fraser, Dan Kissel, Zach Harrison, Jerad Stewart, T.J. Battani, John Lammers, Judd Blackwater and Justin Johnson
Bakersfield Condors – Jim Watt, Erik Burgdoerfer, Jay Cascalenda, Phil Paquet, Evan Stoflet, Tyler Gotto, Josh Burrows, Joey Ryan, Guillaume Lefebvre, Adam Naglich, Bobby Robins, Michael Gergen, Vyacheslav Trukhno, Jean-Marc Beaudoin, Stephane Goulet, Jonathan Parker, Mike Gurtler, Erick Lizon, Francis Lemieux, J.D. Corbin, Andrew Ianiero and Kyle Calder
Cincinnati Cyclones – Benn Olson, Brock Sheahan, Brian O’Hanley, Garrett Suter, Kevin Roeder, Phil Youngclaus, Barret Ehgoetz, Sam D’Agostino, Dan Eves, Eric Kattelus, Matt Pierce, Dustin Sproat, Scott Reynolds, Cory Conacher, Mike Liambas, Brett Robinson, Neil Musselwhite, Mathieu Aubin and Ryan McLeod
Elmira Jackals – Tristin Llewellyn, Chris Frank, Vinny Geonnetti, David Sloane, R.J. Anderson, Patrick Coulombe, Scott Wietecha, Marc-Antoine Desnoyers, Guillaume Lepine, Drew Paris, Dale Mahovsky, Andrew Favot, Ian McDonald, Michael Dubuc, Andrew Sweetland, Kevin DeVergilio, Thomas Beauregard, Oren Eizenman and Tyler Donati
Florida Everblades – Mike Zacharias, Ryan Zapolski, Bobby Raymond, David Fischer, Brad Good, Eric Olimb, Evan Stephens, Deron Cousens, Mike Egener, Trevor Hendrikx, Mathieu Roy, Drew Larman, Ross Carlson, Alexandre Imbeault, Brad Snetsinger, Scott Pitt, Tyler Helfrich, Dusty Collins, Mike Kennedy and Nick Tarnasky
Greenville Road Warriors – Chris Beckford-Tseu, Dov Grumet-Morris, Brad Cole, T.J. Reynolds, Wes Cunningham, Julien Brouillette, Marc-Olivier Vallerand, Sean Berkstresser, Jimmy Kilpatrick, Brendan Connolly, Justin Bowers, Mark Voakes, Andrew Carroll, Matt Schepke, Connor Shields, Maxime Gratchev and Troy Schwab
Gwinnett Gladiators – Garrett Zemlak, Paul Flache, Cody Brookwell, Dallas Jackson, Tim Filangieri, Will Colbert, Justin Milo, Dustin Cameron, Andy Brandt, John-Scott Dickson, Devin Timberlake, Matt Francis, Kyle Kucharski, Ryan Garbutt, Derek Nesbitt, Tim Miller, Aaron Bendickson and Tom Zanoski
Idaho Steelheads – Chris Hepp, Matt Case, Dustin Friesen, Weston Tardy, Cody Lampl, Steve Oleksy, Mike Gabinet, Cody Purves, Aki Seitsonen, Geoff Irwin, Marty Flichel, Mark Derlago, Kael Mouillierat, Evan Barlow, Chad Nehring, Tyson Hobbins, Adam Huxley, Junior Lessard, Matt McKnight, John Swanson, Tyler Spurgeon and Ashton Rome
Kalamazoo Wings – Ryan Nie, Riley Gill, A.J. Thelen, Wes O’Neill, Mitch Versteeg, Justin Coutu, Joe Charlebois, Jon Landry, Sam Ftorek, Darryl Lloyd, Andrew Fournier, Patrick Asselin, Aaron Clarke, Trent Daavettila, Kory Karlander, Brian McGuirk, Brady Leisenring, Brandon Svendsen, Dean Strong and Bryan Jurynec
Las Vegas Wranglers – Michael Ouzas, Barry Goers, Kevin Schaeffer, Sean McMonagle, Aaron Power, Daryl Marcoux, Jamie Fritsch, Craig Switzer, Eddie DelGrosso, Blake Gallagher, Greg Collins, Jamie Bates, Ryan Huddy, Trevor Hunt, Chris Higgins, Geoff Paukovich, Jerry Pollastrone, Vince Bellissimo, Ryan Weston, Adam Miller, Mick Lawrence and Jeff Hazelwood
Ontario Reign – Beau Erickson, Jase Weslosky, Shane Connelly, Kellen Briggs, Curtis Darling, Pat Bowen, Jason Fredricks, Luke Beaverson, David Walker, Craig Gaudet, Doug Krantz, Shawn Germain, Chad Starling, Jordan Hill, Matt Delahey, Lane Caffaro, Aaron Lewadniuk, Jordan Morrison, Kyle Kraemer, Justin Taylor, C.J. Stretch, Alex Bourret, Brett O’Malley, Shawn Collymore, James McEwan, Jon Francisco, Chaz Johnson, Jeff Corey, Greg Hogeboom, Jon Rheault and Peter Lenes
Reading Royals – Todd Perry, Rob Kwiet, Jared Ross, Louis Liotti, Denny Urban, Sam Roberts, Matt Generous, Scott Langdon, Aaron Brocklehurst, Ryan Cruthers, Casey Haines, Olivier Labelle, Ben Gordon, Chris Blight, Andrew Sarauer, Eric Castonguay, John Scrymgeour, Brett Gallant, Jimmy Fraser and Charlie Kronschnabel
South Carolina Stingrays – Shane Owen, Zach Jones, Nate Kiser, Derek Keller, Bryan Schmidt, Zach Tarkir, David de Kastrozza, Brock McBride, Pierre-Luc O’Brien, Matt Scherer, Tommy Goebel, Trent Campbell, Ryan Del Monte, Rob Ricci, Sean Dolan, Chase Langeraap, Chase Watson, Luke Popko, Maxime Lacroix and Keith Johnson
Stockton Thunder – Jody Pederson, Cam Brodie, Anthony Aiello, Steve Vanoosten, Ryan Constant, Garet Hunt, Pierre-Andre Bureau, Jordan Fulton, Jarrett Konkle, Jordan Foreman, Craig Valette, Jim McKenzie, Chris Lawrence, Kelly Czuy, Jason Pitton, Bretton Cameron, Fraser Clair, Chris D’Alvise and Matt Robinson
Toledo Walleye – Nick Eno, Kyle Page, David Phillips, Nick Duff, Bryan Rufenach, Ryan Stokes, Jason Lepine, Sean Curry, Ryan Turek, Kyle Rogers, Tyler Doig, Evan Rankin, Randy Rowe, Maxime Tanguay, Dominic Osman, Scooter Smith, David Solway, Mike Hedden, Sal Peralta, Adam Keefe and Rick Cleaver
Trenton Devils – Jeff Lerg, Anthony Felice, David Leaderer, Taylor Vichorek, Jordan Southorn, Matt Godlewski, Martin Nolet, Brad Miller, Chris Berenguer, Justin Pender, Tony Zancanaro, Ryan Hayes, Matt Germain, Mike Potacco, Matt Arhontas, Brian Haczyk, Matt Vokes, Ryan Ginand, Dan Charleston and Jack Combs
Utah Grizzlies – Andrew Engelage, Matt Sorteberg, Brock Wilson, Matt Clarke, Brendan Milnamow, David Schulz, Nick Tuzzolino, Brian Kilburg, Jake Gannon, Ric Jackman, Brett Motherwell, Kevin Deeth, Marcus Carroll, Paul McIlveen, Simon Ferguson, Brent Gauvreau, Shea Guthrie, Riley Emmerson, Brett Parnham, Samson Mahbod, Matt Reber, Chris Donovan, Tom May, Igor Gongalsky, David Marshall, Riley Armstrong and Matt Stefanishion
Wheeling Nailers – Peter Merth, Dan Henningson, Zach Hansen, Kyle Bushee, Channing Boe, Kris Vernarsky, Mikael Bedard, Doug Rogers, Tim Crowder, Paul Crowder, Brandon DeFazio, Chris Kushneriuk, Anthony Maiani, Christiaan Minella and Andrew Lord
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• The ECHL celebrated its 20th Anniversary in 2007-08 and is the third-longest tenured professional hockey league behind only the National Hockey League and the American Hockey League.
• ECHL began in 1988-89 with five teams in four states and has grown to be a coast-to-coast league with 19 teams in 14 states and British Columbia in 2010-11.
• The league officially changed its name from East Coast Hockey League to ECHL on May 19, 2003.
• 466 players have played in the NHL after playing in the ECHL including 35 in 2009-10.
• 23 ECHL players have made their NHL debut this season: former Idaho Steelheads goaltender and 2010 ECHL All-Star Richard Bachman (Dallas on Dec. 11), former Minnesota Wild defenseman Drew Bagnall (Minnesota on April 8), former Las Vegas Wranglers right wing Adam Cracknell (St. Louis on Dec. 15), former Cincinnati Cyclones goaltender Mark Dekanich (Nashville on Dec. 18), former South Carolina Stingrays left wing Stefan Della Rovere (St. Louis on Dec. 1), former Phoenix RoadRunners center Andrew Desjardins (San Jose on Jan. 3), former Cincinnati Cyclones goaltender and 2007 ECHL All-Star Cedrick Desjardins (Cincinnati on Dec. 30), former Atlantic City Boardwalk Bullies and Idaho Steelheads defenseman Brian Fahey (Washington on Oct. 16), former South Carolina Stingrays goaltender and 2010 ECHL All-Star Braden Holtby (Washington on Nov. 7), former Charlotte Checkers right wing Hugh Jessiman (Florida on Feb. 27), former Texas Wildcatters left wing Matt Kassian (Minnesota on Nov. 5), former Ontario Reign center Dwight King (Los Angeles on Nov. 17), former Utah Grizzlies goaltender Mikko Koskinen (New York Islanders on Feb. 8), former Phoenix RoadRunners and Utah Grizzlies goaltender Nathan Lawson (New York Islanders on Dec. 18), former Toledo Walleye goaltender Thomas McCollum (Detroit on March 30), former Trenton Titans defenseman Olivier Magnan (New Jersey on Oct. 22), former Trenton Devils center Brad Mills (New Jersey on Oct. 30), former South Carolina Stingrays center and two-time ECHL All-Star Travis Morin (Dallas on Jan. 26), former Johnstown Chiefs and Cincinnati Cyclones forward Chris Mueller (Nashville on Dec. 28), former Bakersfield Condors and Elmira Jackals goaltender and 2010 ECHL All-Star Timo Pielmeier (Anaheim on Feb. 19), former Alaska Aces right wing Ryan Reaves (St. Louis on Oct. 11), former Reading Royals and South Carolina Stingrays goaltender and 2009 Kelly Cup Playoffs Most Valuable Player James Reimer (Tortonto on Dec. 20) and former Victoria Salmon Kings defenseman Yann Sauve (Vancouver on Feb. 15).
• 4 players have played in the ECHL and the NHL in 2010-11: Mike Brodeur with Elmira and Ottawa, Thomas McCollum with Toledo and Detroit, Timo Pielmeier with Elmira and Anaheim and Yann Sauve with Victoria and Vancouver.
• The ECHL has had 274 players reach the NHL since 2002-03 when it changed its focus to become the primary developmental league for the NHL and the AHL. The ECHL had 97 players reach the NHL in its first 10 seasons and 215 in the first 15 years.
• 210 ECHL players have played their first game in the last six seasons for an average of 35 per year.
• ECHL had a record 79 players on NHL opening-day rosters in 2010-11, surpassing the 78 from 2009-10 and marking the eighth year in a row that there have been over 50 former ECHL players on opening-day rosters.
• Every ECHL team has an affiliation with an NHL team in 2010-11 and the league has affiliations with 27 of the 30 NHL teams, marking the 14th consecutive season that the league had affiliations with at least 20 teams in the NHL.
• 30 coaches with an ECHL background are working behind the benches of teams in the NHL including Washington Capitals head coach Bruce Boudreau, New York Islanders interim head coach Jack Capuano, Philadelphia Flyers head coach Peter Laviolette and St. Louis Blues head coach Davis Payne. It is the sixth consecutive season that there have been 11 or more coaches with an ECHL background working in the NHL. Boudreau, who coached Mississippi for three seasons winning the Kelly Cup championship in 1999, was named NHL Coach of the Year in 2007-08 becoming the first former ECHL coach to receive the award.
• 21 former ECHL officials are working as part of the NHL officiating team in 2010-11 with referees David Banfield, Francis Charron, Chris Ciamaga, Ghislain Hebert, Jean Hebert, Marc Joannette, Mike Leggo, Wes McCauley, Dean Morton, Dan O’Rourke, Brian Pochmara, Kevin Pollock, Kyle Rehman, Chris Rooney, Justin St. Pierre and Ian Walsh, and linesmen Steve Barton, Brian Mach, Tim Nowak, Bryan Pancich and Jay Sharrers..
• ECHL was represented for the 10th year in a row on the Stanley Cup champion with Chicago Blackhawks assistant coaches Mike Haviland and John Torchetti, developmental goaltending coach Wade Flaherty, vice president/assistant to the president Al MacIsaac, general manager of minor league affiliations Mark Bernard and scout Ryan Stewart. There were 35 former players and 14 former coaches on 15 of the 16 teams competing in the National Hockey League’s Stanley Cup Playoffs, marking the fifth year in a row that there have been at least 30 former ECHL players and the seventh consecutive season that over 25 players with ECHL experience have competed in the NHL postseason.
• Former Hampton Roads Admirals left wing Andrew Brunette became the first ECHL alum to play in 1,000 regular-season NHL games when he reached the milestone with the Minnesota Wild on Feb. 1, 2011.
• ECHL was represented in the 2011 NHL All-Star Game by Tim Thomas of the Boston Bruins, while former ECHL coaches Mike Haviland and Peter Laviolette served as coaches for the All-Star Game.
• Former ECHL broadcasters working in the NHL include John Ahlers and Steve Carroll of the Anaheim Ducks, Tom Callahan of the Nashville Predators, Dave Goucher of the Boston Bruins, Chris Kerber of the St. Louis Blues, Jack Michaels of the Edmonton Oilers, Dave Mishkin of the Tampa Bay Lightning and Bob McElligott and John Michael of the Columbus Blue Jackets.
• Ryan Stanzel and Jeremy Zager, who were both recipients of the ECHL Media Relations Director of the Year award, are working in the communications department for the Minnesota Wild and the Los Angeles Kings, respectively. Former ECHL assistant director of communications Joe Siville and Kelly Murray are now with the Philadelphia Flyers and the Washington Capitals, respectively, while former ECHL director of communications Jason Rothwell is the creative director for the Columbus Blue Jackets.
• In the last seven seasons the ECHL has had more call-ups to the AHL than all other professional leagues combined with over 3,000 call-ups involving more than 1,500 players and in 2009-10 there were 10 times as many call-ups from the ECHL to the AHL than all other professional leagues.
• The ECHL averaged 4,486 fans per game in 2009-10, the highest single-season average since 1999-00, and is the only minor professional hockey league to increase average attendance each of the last three seasons. It is the sixth consecutive season and the 18th time in the last 20 years that the ECHL has averaged over 4,000 fans and the league drew over 3 million fans for the 17th year in a row.
• Further information on the ECHL is available from its website at ECHL.com.