What They Are Saying About The ECHL …

What They Are Saying About The ECHL …

Ken Holland, General Manager, Detroit Red Wings: “Our team has had a very good working relationship with the Toledo Storm for many years and I have found the ECHL in general to be an excellent training ground for young prospects. We have had many ECHL alumni graduate into our AHL affiliates over the years and many have played at the NHL level in Detroit. I’m very happy to see the ECHL expanding and wish the league itself as well as all the member clubs much success in the upcoming seasons.”

David Poile, Executive Vice President/General Manager, Nashville Predators: “The ECHL has really broadened hockey’s fan base in North America, creating a number of new ‘hockey towns’ out of non-traditional markets. The level of competition has gotten better and better, and the league continues to produce professionals that contribute and succeed in the National Hockey League.”

Peter Laviolette, Head Coach, New York Islanders, Coach – Wheeling (1997-98): “My time in the ECHL was the first and most important step of my coaching career. I learned so much about coaching while with Wheeling and being a part of the league. Players and coaches looking to develop are certain to benefit by being in the ECHL.”

David A. Andrews, President/Chief Executive Officer, American Hockey League: “The American Hockey League is proud to be associated with the ECHL. Throughout its 15-year history the ECHL has provided a steady flow of outstanding players, coaches and officials moving up to the American Hockey League, in pursuit of their NHL dreams. Our AHL clubs across North America have very positive working relationships with their ECHL affiliates, and on their behalf I wish Brian McKenna and the newly expanded ECHL a most successful future.”

Jim Rutherford, CEO/President/General Manager, Carolina Hurricanes: “The ECHL has been an important part of our developmental system. We hope it continues to grow and develop players and have very entertaining hockey.”

Larry Landon, Executive Director, Professional Hockey Players’ Association: “The ECHL has proven to be the toast of AA hockey for those who aspire to advance in professional hockey, whether as players or coaches. The geographic expansion on the horizon will create a League which will be embraced by players, fans and the hockey community. As the Union representing the players, we look forward to the future with optimism. “