Kelly Cup Facts
- The ECHL retired the Jack Riley Cup in 1996 and replaced it with the Patrick J. Kelly Cup, first awarded to the playoff champion in 1997.
- Kelly Cup is named in recognition of Patrick J. Kelly, one of the founding fathers of the ECHL and an inaugural inductee into the ECHL Hall of Fame.
- Standing 28 inches tall and weighing 33.5 pounds, the Kelly Cup is a pewter cup created by Boardman Silversmiths, Inc. in Meriden, Connecticut. Boardman also produced the Calder Cup for the American Hockey League as well as the U.S. Open Tennis trophy and the Masters trophy. The base is constructed of maple and was manufactured and annually engraved by Trophy Awards Manufacturing, Inc. of Wilder, Kentucky.
- The Kelly Cup has been displayed with the National Hockey League’s Stanley Cup at the ECHL All-Star Game in 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2015, 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020, and at ECHL Hockey Heritage Weekend in 2014 and 2016.
- Jared Bednar, Scott Burt, Riley Gill, Louis Mass, Matt Register and Patrick Wellar are the only individuals to have their name engraved on the Kelly Cup three times. Bednar won as a player with South Carolina in 1997 and 2001, and was the head coach of the Stingrays for their win in 2009; Burt won championships with Idaho in 2004 and 2007 and Alaska in 2011; Gill won titles with Reading in 2013 and with Allen in 2015 and 2016; Mass won as a player with Alaska in 2006 and as the Aces’ assistant coach in 2011 and 2014; Register is the only person in ECHL history to win three consecutive titles, winning with Allen in 2016 and Colorado in 2017 and 2018 while Wellar won titles with Alaska in 2006, South Carolina in 2009 and Reading in 2013.
- There are 45 other individuals who have their name engraved on the Kelly Cup twice. Lance Galbraith and Darrell Hay were members of the championship teams in Idaho in 2004 and 2007. Steve Munn and head coach Mike Haviland had their names engraved in 2003 with Atlantic City and in 2005 with Trenton while Peter Metcalf and Joe Talbot were members of the championship teams in Atlantic City in 2003 and Alaska in 2006. Mathieu Aubin, Barret Ehgoetz, head coach Chuck Weber and assistant coach Dean Stork were members of Cincinnati’s 2008 and 2010 Kelly Cup championship teams. Maxime Lacroix was with South Carolina in 2009 and Cincinnati in 2010. Gerald Coleman and Kane Lafranchise won titles with Alaska in 2011 and 2014. Nikita Kashirsky captured titles with South Carolina in 2009 and Reading in 2013 and Ethan Cox was part of Alaska’s 2011 title squad and won again with Reading in 2013 while Kevin Colley captured the 2003 title with Atlantic City and was an assistant coach on Allen’s 2015 championship team. Eight of the individuals who have their name engraved at least twice on the Kelly Cup were members of South Carolina’s championship team in 2001. Rick Adduono was an assistant coach for South Carolina when it won the first Kelly Cup in 1997 and was head coach of the Stingrays when they won in 2001. Jason Fitzsimmons was a player for South Carolina in 1997 and an assistant coach in 2001. Brad Dexter, Brett Marietti and Dave Seitz were all players in both 1997 and 2001. Marty Clapton had his name engraved in 1998 with Hampton Roads and in 2001 with South Carolina while Mike Nicholishen had his name engraved in 2001 with South Carolina and in 2003 with Atlantic City. Ten of the individuals to have their names engraved twice were part of Allen’s back-to-back championship teams in 2015 and 2016: head coach Steve Martinson, as well as players Vincent Arseneau, Spencer Asuchak, Chad Costello, Aaron Gens, Riley Gill, Greger Hanson, Joel Rumpel, Gary Steffes, and Dyson Stevenson. Casey Pierro-Zabotel and Matt Register won championships with Allen in 2016 and Colorado in 2017 while Alex Belzile had his name engraved on the Cup with Alaska in 2014 and Colorado in 2017. Nine of the individuals to have their names engraved twice were part of Colorado’s back-to-back championship teams in 2017 and 2018: head coach Aaron Schneekloth, assistant coach Ryan Tobler, along with players Matt Garbowsky, Lukas Hafner, Ryan Harrison, Jake Marto, Julien Nantel, Shawn St-Amant and Teigan Zahn
- Forty-five players whose name appears on the Kelly Cup have played in the National Hockey League: Sebastien Charpentier (Hampton Roads, 1998); Chris Schmidt and Travis Scott (Mississippi, 1999); Cody Rudkowsky and Cam Severson (Peoria, 2000); Zdenek Blatny, Tyrone Garner, Simon Gamache and Luke Sellars (Greenville, 2002); Kevin Colley and Matt Yeats (Atlantic City, 2003); Dan Ellis, Zenon Konopka, Warren Peters (Idaho, 2004); Chris Beckford-Tseu, Barrett Heisten, Doug Lynch, Chris Minard and Matt Underhill (Alaska, 2006); Jay Beagle, B.J. Crombeen, Greg Rallo and Francis Wathier (Idaho, 2007); David Desharnais, Cedrick Desjardins and Ryan Russell (Cincinnati, 2008); Travis Morin and James Reimer (South Carolina, 2009); Jeremy Smith and Mark Van Guilder (Cincinnati, 2010); Gerald Coleman (Alaska, 2011 and 2014) and Brian Swanson (Alaska, 2011); Kevin Quick and Justin Shugg (Florida, 2012); Stanislav Galiev (Reading, 2013); Turner Elson and John Ramage (Alaska, 2014); Darryl Bootland and Kent Simpson (Colorado, 2017); Alex Belzile (Alaska, 2014 and Colorado, 2017); Drayson Bowman, J.C. Beaudin and Nicolas Meloche (Colorado, 2018); Adam Pardy (Newfoundland, 2019) and Dylan Ferguson (Fort Wayne, 2021).
- Jared Bednar, who won three Kelly Cup titles with South Carolina (1997, 2001 and 2009) is head coach of the Colorado Avalanche; Don Granato, who coached Peoria to the 2000 Kelly Cup championship, is the head coach of the Buffalo Sabres while Jason Chrisite, who was the Rivermen’s captain in 2000, is an assistant coach with the Sabres; Bob Woods, who won the 1999 Kelly Cup title with Mississippi, is an assistant coach with the Minnesota Wild; Rick Kowalsky, who won Kelly Cup as a player with Trenton in 2005, is an assistant coach with the New Jersey Devils; Davis Payne, who coached Alaska to the 2006 Kelly Cup title, is an assistant coach with the Ottawa Senators; Derek Laxdal, who led Idaho to the 2007 Kelly Cup title, is an assistant coach with the Dallas Stars; Spencer Carbery, who won a Kelly Cup title as a player with South Carolina in 2009, is an assistant coach with Toronto Maple Leafs; Darryl Williams, who was an assistant coach when Newfoundland won the 2019 Kelly Cup title, is an assistant coach with the Philadelphia Flyers.
- Jay Beagle is the only person to win a Kelly Cup, Calder Cup and Stanley Cup championship during his career. In addition to winning the Kelly Cup with Idaho in 2007, Beagle won the Calder Cup with Hershey in 2009 and 2010 and the Stanley Cup with Washington in 2018. Mike Haviland, Al MacIsaac and Davis Payne each have their names engraved on both the Kelly Cup and Stanley Cup. Haviland coached Atlantic City to the 2003 Kelly Cup title and Trenton to the 2005 title and won the Stanley Cup as an assistant coach with Chicago in 2010; MacIsaac was an assistant coach for Hampton Roads’ Kelly Cup title in 1998 and captured titles as Chicago’s vice president of hockey operations in 2010, 2013 and 2015 while Payne was head coach for Alaska in 2006 and was an assistant coach with Los Angeles in 2014.