NEW YORK – The New York Rangers have agreed to terms with restricted free agent forward Layne Ulmer, who began his professional career in the ECHL with Charlotte, the ECHL affiliate of the Rangers.
In his first professional season in 2001-02, the 6-1 and 211-pound Ulmer scored 35 points (18g-17a) in 38 regular season games and four points (2g-2a) in five playoff games with Charlotte while also registering five assists in 22 regular season games with Hartford of the American Hockey League.
Originally signed as a free agent by the Rangers on June 13, 2001, the 23-year-old Ulmer scored 38 points (22g-16a) in 76 regular season games with Hartford and he also made his NHL debut with the Rangers on April 3. Ulmer led Hartford and ranked fifth in the AHL with eight game-winning goals.
Selected in the seventh round (209th overall) by Ottawa in the 1999 NHL Entry Draft, Ulmer scored 32 points (12g-20a) in 68 regular season games and also appeared in two playoff games with Hartford in 2002-03.
There were former ECHL coaches behind the benches of 14 of the 28 teams in the American Hockey League and all 28 teams in the AHL had an ECHL player take the ice for them in 2003-04. The ECHL had affiliation agreements with 21 of the 28 teams in the AHL and there were over 90 players on AHL contracts in the ECHL in 2003-04. There were more than 220 players that played in both the ECHL and the AHL in 2003-04 and the ECHL had 425 call-ups, involving 234 players, to the AHL during the regular season.
For the 15th consecutive season, an ECHL player is a member of the American Hockey League’s Calder Cup Champion. In addition to Claude Noel, who is in his first season as head coach, Milwaukee had eight players and radio announcer Kyle Schultz, who are all alumni of the ECHL.