Missouri claims 2015-16 Brabham Cup title

The Missouri Mavericks clinched the 2015-16 Brabham Cup championship on Wednesday by virtue of their win over Evansville.

With the win, Missouri improved its record to 49-10-5 for 103 points, and its home record to 28-3-1. The Mavericks need 13 points over their final eight regular-season games to match the ECHL record of 116 points, set by the Louisiana IceGators in 2001-02. Missouri is also two home wins shy of matching the league record of 30 home wins in season, set by Louisiana in 2001-02 and tied by San Diego in 2003-04.

The Mavericks have posted a 38-point improvement over last season when they finished their first ECHL season with 65 points. That improvement has them just outside the top 10 for best single-season point increases in ECHL history. Toledo set the ECHL record last season with a 58-point improvement over the 2013-14 season on its way to capturing the 2014-15 Brabham Cup championship.

The Brabham Cup is the trophy awarded annually to the ECHL team that finishes with the most points in the regular season. The recipient is guaranteed home-ice advantage throughout its participation in the Kelly Cup Playoffs.

The award is named in recognition of Henry Brabham, who founded the ECHL in 1988-89 with five teams in four states. Brabham, who was the first inductee into the ECHL Hall of Fame in 2008, owned three of the original five teams. The dedication of the Virginia businessman was crucial to the league surviving to span from coast-to-coast while advancing over 590 players and countless coaches, on-ice officials and front office personnel to the National Hockey League.

Brabham Cup Champions

2016Missouri Mavericks 
2015Toledo Walleye
107 points
2014Alaska Aces97 points
2013Alaska Aces106 points
2012 Alaska Aces 97 points
2011Alaska Aces97 points
2010Idaho Steelheads103 points
2009Florida Everblades105 points
2008Cincinnati Cyclones115 points
2007Las Vegas Wranglers106 points
2006Alaska Aces113 points
2005Pensacola Ice Pilots107 points
2004San Diego Gulls108 points
2003Toledo Storm104 points
2002Louisiana IceGators116 points
2001Trenton Titans104 points
2000Florida Everblades108 points
1999Pee Dee Pride106 points
1998Louisiana IceGators96 points
1997South Carolina Stingrays100 points
1996Richmond Renegades105 points
1995Wheeling Thunderbirds97 points
1994Knoxville Cherokees94 points
1993Wheeling Thunderbirds88 points
1992Toledo Storm95 points
1991Knoxville Cherokees97 points
1990Winston-Salem Thunderbirds82 points
1989Erie Panthers77 points