ECHL Moving Forward, Looking Back

ECHL Moving Forward …

* Largest developmental league in professional hockey
* Coast to coast presence
* Ability to attract top college and major junior players
* Three teams in Top 10 largest MSAs, including top-ranked Los Angeles-Long Beach
* Eight teams in the Top 50 and 17 teams in the Top 100 largest MSAs
* Three teams in Top Five MSAs ranked by growth, including top-ranked Las Vegas

ECHL Looking Back …

* 36 ECHL players were on rosters in the 2003 Stanley Cup Playoffs and 15 of 16 teams had ECHL player with Toronto being only exception
* Five ECHL coaches were behind the benches of the 16 teams in the 2003 Stanley Cup Playoffs, including Washington head coach Bruce Cassidy and New York head coach Peter Laviolette
* ECHL player has been a member of the last three Stanley Cup Champions – Manny Legace (2002), David Aebischer and Nolan Pratt (2001) and Krzysztof Oliwa (2000)
* 215 ECHL players have advanced to the NHL
* 90 ECHL players played in the NHL in 2002-03, including 20 making NHL debut
* 24 of the 30 teams in the NHL had affiliations with ECHL teams in 2002-03
* ECHL alumnus Jamie McLennan won the 1998 Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy
* ECHL alumnus Olaf Kolzig won the 2000 Vezina Trophy
* Scott Gordon was the first ECHL player to play in the NHL making his debut with the Quebec Nordiques against the Buffalo Sabres on January 30, 1990
* 126 ECHL players were on rosters in the 2003 American Hockey League Calder Cup Playoffs and each of the 20 teams had at least two ECHL players
* 11 ECHL coaches and one ECHL MVP were behind the benches of the 20 AHL teams, including 2003 AHL Coach of the Year Geoff Ward in Hamilton
* 22 of the 28 teams in the AHL had affiliations with ECHL teams in 2002-03
* ECHL had 450 call ups to the 28 teams in AHL in 2002-03
* ECHL had more than 80 players on AHL contracts in 2002-03
* ECHL had a record 453 call ups to the 19 teams in the AHL and the 13 teams of the International Hockey League in 1999-2000
* Since 1998-99, ECHL has had 2,034 call ups to the AHL and the IHL
* Brian Martin of Hampton Roads becomes the first professional player to score three goals in three consecutive games, accomplishing the feat in 1989 (Dec. 9 vs. Nashville, Dec. 10 vs. Virginia and Dec. 12 vs. Knoxville)