It will be a rematch of the 2004 Kelly Cup Finals when Florida travels to Idaho to meet the defending Kelly Cup Champions for three games on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday.
Led by Most Valuable Player Dan Ellis, the Steelheads beat the Everblades in five games to capture the championship in their first ECHL season. Ellis, who led the postseason with 13 wins and three shutouts, was 4-1 with a shutout, a goals against average of 1.95 and a save percentage of .933 in the Finals.
Idaho is 5-2-0 and tied for first place with Bakersfield in the West Division while Florida is 4-4-0 and tied for third place with Mississippi in the South Division, three points behind leader Gwinnett. The Steelheads are 3-1-0 at home while Florida is 1-3-0 on the road.
Playing the first-ever coast-to-coast “AA” championship in May, for the first time in the 16-year history of the ECHL every game in the Finals was a sellout, drawing 31,224 fans for five games, an average of 6,245, which is the highest per-game average since 1999. The five sellouts surpassed the record of four sellouts set in the Finals in 1998. Idaho averaged 5,474 fans per game for its three Finals games, which is 109.4 percent of the capacity of the 5,006-seat Bank of America Centre. Florida averaged 7,401 for its two Finals games, which is 104.5 percent of the capacity of the 7,080-seat Germain Arena.