CHICAGO – Rich Peverley has won the Stanley Cup before. He’s currently in the middle of chasing it again. Not too shabby for a "true" alum of the ECHL, who played in 80 regular season games over parts of two seasons with the South Carolina Stingrays and Reading Royals.
"I think that my time in the ECHL was really important, I learned a lot," he said.
"That was from the (prior) lockout, and being able to play where they only had three lines, that development for myself definitely helped."
The 30-year-old center posted what remains tied for his career high with 30 goals, as well as 28 assists during his first professional season with the Stingrays in 2004-05. He also had his first professional playoff experience there before jumping to the Royals, for whom he posted a 4-11-15 line in just 11 games.
"Playing in South Carolina, I have a lot of great memories," Peverley said.
"It was my first year pro, and I’ll never forget that. I played with some great individuals, and some coaches that have moved on. Then playing in Reading the next year at the start of the year, they’re a great organization. Congratulations to them, they just won. Those are times that are vital to my progress in my career."
At Stanley Cup Final media day, Peverley talked to ECHL.com about the things he learned during his time in the league that he still carries with him today.
"Work ethic, motivation at the time," he said. "Thanks to that, you never forget where you came from and the ECHL was a big part of that for me."