NEW YORK – The New York Islanders have signed former ECHL defenseman Richard Seeley, who has spent the last three seasons with Manchester of the American Hockey League.
“Richard is a competitive defensive defenseman with a great deal of character,” said Ken Morrow, director of pro scouting for the Islanders. “He competes physically, finishes his checks and keeps it simple with the puck. We expect Richard to give us depth on the blueline and also be a good veteran for our prospects to learn from.”
Selected in the sixth round (137th overall) by Los Angeles in the 1997 NHL Entry Draft, the 6-2 and 210-pound Seeley had two assists in nine regular season games with Trenton in 2000-01 while scoring 10 points (2g-8a) in 55 regular season games with Lowell of the AHL.
In 2003-04, the 24-year-old Seeley served as team captain, scoring 11 points (2g-9a) in 56 regular season games and appearing in six playoff games with Manchester. In three seasons with the Monarchs, Seeley scored 41 points (8g-33a) in 186 regular season games and had one assist in 14 playoff games.
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.