Toledo caps historic turnaround with Brabham Cup title


The Toledo Walleye clinched the 2014-15 Brabham Cup championship on Sunday by virtue of an 8-2 win over Kalamazoo.

Toledo’s regular-season championship ends the run of the Alaska Aces, who had captured the Brabham Cup in each of the last four seasons, setting an ECHL record.

The Walleye concluded the 2014-15 season 50-15-7 for 107 points, one season after finishing with 49 points. Toledo’s 58-point improvement over last season is the best single-season turnaround in ECHL history. Toledo is the first ECHL team to win at least 50 games in a season since the 2007-08 season when both Texas and Cincinnati reached the 50-win plateau.

It is the third time in Toledo’s ECHL history that the club has won the regular-season championship. The Toledo Storm captured Brabham Cup honors in 1991-92 and 2002-03.

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 560 players and countless coaches, on-ice officials and front office personnel to the National Hockey League.

Brabham Cup Champions


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