On behalf of the entire American Hockey League, it is my pleasure to welcome you to another exciting season of action in the ECHL, the Premier ‘AA’ Hockey League.
No fewer than 22 of our clubs have affiliations with ECHL teams in 2006-07, once again providing the opportunity for ECHL players and coaches alike to progress through the AHL get one step closer to fulfilling their dreams of reaching the National Hockey League. Last season alone saw more than 250 players recalled from the ECHL to the AHL.
In 2006, for the 17th consecutive season, ECHL alumni were members of an AHL champion. Head coach Bruce Boudreau and assistant Bob Woods, who previously teamed up to help the Mississippi Sea Wolves bring home a Kelly Cup title in 1999, were at the helm as the Hershey Bears captured their record-tying ninth Calder Cup championship last spring.
Best wishes to the Idaho Steelheads as they host the 2007 Rbk Hockey ECHL All-Star Game, and good luck to ECHL fans everywhere as they cheer their team on to the Kelly Cup.
David A. Andrews
President & CEO
American Hockey League