Washington Capitals Hire Murray
PRINCETON, N.J. – The ECHL announced that Assistant Director of Communications/New Media Kelly Murray has been hired by the Washington Capitals of the National Hockey League as communications coordinator.
She will be the primary contact for non-traditional stories about the organization and its personalities, including community events, while also providing content for the team web site and serving as the primary contact for the visiting team.
“The ECHL prides itself on being a stepping stone to higher levels, including the National Hockey League. This is a tremendous opportunity for Kelly and we wish her all the best,” said ECHL Senior Vice President of Communications/New Media Jack Carnefix. “Kelly helped the communciations/new media department grow during her tenure. She will be missed and we want to thank her for all of her hard work.”
Murray joined the ECHL in December 2006 and was responsible for the layout and design of ECHL printed publications, including the Official Guide and Record Book, Schedule Book, ECHL This Week and the Kelly Cup Finals Media Guide. She also created the graphic elements for the ECHL web site while assisting in the creation of editorial content for press releases, ECHL This Week and ECHL Today.
The Houston native worked as a member of the sports staff at The Houston Chronicle with the agate department and participating in planning meetings while also assisting with game-day coverage of the Houston Astros, the Houston Texans and the Houston Rockets. She worked one season as an intern for the Houston Aeros of the American Hockey League assisting in the production of the media guide as well as press releases, feature stories and weekly updates and assisting the media on game day.
Murray worked as a student assistant in the University of Houston Sports Information Department, serving as a media liaison for coaches and players while also producing team media guides and press releases. She was awarded her bachelor’s degree in public relations with a minor in political science from the University of Houston.
Premier ‘AA’ Hockey League Fast Facts
• The ECHL celebrated its 20th Anniversary in 2007-08 and is the third-longest tenured professional hockey league behind only the National Hockey League and the American Hockey League.
• ECHL began in 1988-89 with five teams in four states and has grown to be a coast-to-coast league with 23 teams playing 828 games in 16 states and British Columbia in 2008-09.
• The Reading Royals, the City of Reading and the Sovereign Center will host the 17th Annual ECHL All-Star Game on Jan. 21, 2009 and the 12th Annual All-Star Skills Competition on Jan. 20, 2009.
• The league officially changed its name from East Coast Hockey League to ECHL on May 19, 2003.
• Affiliations with 26 of the 30 teams in the National Hockey League marking 12th consecutive season that the league has had affiliations with at least 20 teams in the NHL.
• 365 former ECHL players have played in NHL.
• 109 have played their first NHL game in the last four seasons.
• 10 former ECHL players have made their NHL debut this season: former Wheeling Nailers and ECHL All-Star defenseman Paul Bissonnette (Pittsburgh on Oct. 4) , former Greenville Grrrowl goaltender Jeff Deslauriers (Edmonton on Oct. 17) , former Charlotte Checkers center Dwight Helminen (Carolina on Oct. 28), former Trenton Devils right wing Pierre-Luc Letourneau-Leblond (New Jersey on Oct. 22), former Charlotte Checkers defenseman Steve MacIntyre (Edmonton on Oct. 15), former Las Vegas Wranglers defenseman Adam Pardy (Calgary on Oct. 9), former Gwinnett Gladiators center Jared Ross (Philadelphia on Oct. 11) , former Alaska Aces goaltender Marek Schwarz (St. Louis on Oct. 25), former Dayton Bombers and Las Vegas Wranglers defenseman Tyler Sloan (Washington on Oct. 21) and former Augusta Lynx defenseman Brett Skinner (New York Islanders on Oct. 27).
• There were 72 former ECHL players on NHL opening-day rosters.
• Twenty-six former ECHL players made their NHL debut in 2007-08, including six who played in both the ECHL and the NHL as goaltender Chris Beckford-Tseu (Alaska and St. Louis), Adam Berti (Pensacola and Chicago), Joe Jensen (Wheeling and Carolina), Dan LaCosta (Elmira and Columbus), Jonathan Quick (Reading and Los Angeles) and Danny Taylor (Reading and Los Angeles).
• Record 47 former ECHL players played their first NHL game in 2005-06.
• ECHL is represented for the eighth consecutive year on the National Hockey League championship team in 2008 by Aaron Downey of the Detroit Red Wings.
• Former ECHL coaches working as head coaches in the NHL are Bruce Boudreau of the Washington Capitals, Scott Gordon of the New York Islanders and Peter Laviolette of the Carolina Hurricanes. Boudreau, who coached Mississippi for three seasons winning the Kelly Cup championship in 1999, was named NHL Coach of the Year in 2007-08 becoming the first former ECHL coach to receive the award. Laviolette, who began his coaching career with the Wheeling Nailers, led Carolina Hurricanes to the Stanley Cup in 2006.
• There are 18 assistant coaches in the NHL who were players or coaches in the ECHL.
• There are 18 former ECHL officials scheduled to work as part of the NHL officiating team in 2008-09 with referees David Banfield, Chris Ciamaga, Ghislain Hebert, Marc Joannette, Mike Leggo, Wes McCauley, Dean Morton, Dan O’Rourke, Brian Pochmara, Kevin Pollock, Kyle Rehman, Chris Rooney, Justin St. Pierre and Ian Walsh and linesmen Steve Barton, Brian Mach, Tim Nowak and Jay Sharrers. Barton, Joannette, Leggo, McCauley, Nowak, Pollock, Rooney and Sharrers all worked the 2008 Stanley Cup Playoffs.
• ECHL has affiliations with 25 of the 29 teams in the American Hockey League and for the past 19 years there has been an ECHL player on the Calder Cup Champion.
• In the last six seasons the ECHL has had more call-ups to the AHL than all other professional leagues combined with over 2,000 call-ups involving more than 1,000 players since 2002-03.
• Further information on the ECHL is available from its website at ECHL.com.