LONG BEACH, Calif. – The Long Beach Ice Dogs announced that they have signed an affiliation agreement with the Boston Bruins of the National Hockey League and the Providence Bruins of the American Hockey League. The team also announced that the Bruins have assigned rookie forwards Chris Collins and T.J. Trevelyan and Mark Tobin to the Ice Dogs.
“This affiliation puts a big feather into the cap of the Long Beach Ice Dogs,” said Ice Dogs head coach and general manager Rick Adduono. “The Ice Dogs are very fortunate to have such high-quality players sent to us. The affiliation will give the other Ice Dogs players an opportunity as well.
“Having played in the Boston organization for three years, I am very excited to become a part of the Bruins organization once again and look forward to the solid future of the Boston and Long Beach relationship.”
The Premier “AA” Hockey League, the ECHL has affiliations with 25 of the 30 teams in the NHL and 24 of the 27 teams in the AHL in 2005-06. There have been 303 former ECHL players who have gone on to play in the NHL after playing in the ECHL, including a record 47 in 2005-06, and there have been 158 players who have played in the NHL after the ECHL in the past five seasons. The ECHL has affiliations with 24 of the 27 teams in the American Hockey League in 2006-07 and for the past 17 years there has been an ECHL player on the Calder Cup Champion. The ECHL has had more players called up to the AHL than all other professional leagues combined each of the past four seasons with 1,646 call ups involving almost 1,000 players.