Brian McKenna is the longest-serving Commissioner in ECHL history, holding the role for 16 seasons from the 2002-03 season through 2017-18. During his tenure, the ECHL became the only “AA” league in hockey, through absorbing members of the former West Coast Hockey League in 2003-04 and the Central Hockey League in 2014-15. In his first season as Commissioner, the ECHL changed its focus to become the primary developmental league for the NHL and AHL. Since that time, 451 players have gone on to play in the NHL after playing in the ECHL. Prior to being named Commissioner, McKenna was Executive Vice President and General Manger of the Trenton Titans from their founding and was named ECHL Executive of the Year following the Titans’ inaugural season in 1999-2000, a season that saw the team average over 7,000 fans per game and advance to the Northern Conference Finals.