(formerly the East Coast Hockey League) is a mid-level professional ice hockey league based in Princeton, New Jersey, with teams scattered across the United States and one franchise in Canada. It is a tier below the American Hockey League. The ECHL
and the AHL are the only minor leagues recognized by the collective bargaining agreement between the National Hockey League
National Hockey League
and the National Hockey League
National Hockey League
Players' Association, meaning any player signed to an entry-level NHL contract and designated for assignment must report to a club in either the ECHL
or the AHL.[1] Additionally, the league's players are represented by the Professional Hockey Players' Association in negotiations with the ECHL
itself. Some 623 players have played at least one game in both the NHL and the ECHL.[2] In the 2017–18 season, all but five National Hockey League
National Hockey League
teams have affiliations with an ECHL
team[3] with Columbus, Florida, Nashville, Ottawa, and Tampa Bay having no official affiliations as of August 8, 2017. However, these teams do sometimes lend contracted players to ECHL
teams for development and increased playing time. The league's regular season begins in October and ends in April. The current ECHL
champion is the Colorado Eagles.


1 History 2 Teams

2.1 Current 2.2 Future 2.3 Future teams 2.4 Defunct and relocated teams 2.5 Timeline

3 Kelly Cup
Kelly Cup
playoff format 4 ECHL
Hall of Fame 5 See also 6 References 7 External links










South Carolina


Fort Wayne










Kansas City

Quad City

Rapid City





Maine (2018)

Teams in the ECHL
as of the 2017–18 season. Dot colors correspond to division colors in the league chart.

The league, which combined teams from the defunct Atlantic Coast Hockey League and All-American Hockey League, began play as the East Coast Hockey League in 1988 with 5 teams—the (Winston-Salem, North) Carolina Thunderbirds
Carolina Thunderbirds
(now the Wheeling Nailers); the Erie Panthers (folded in 2011 as the Victoria Salmon Kings); the Johnstown Chiefs (now the Greenville Swamp Rabbits); the Knoxville Cherokees
Knoxville Cherokees
(ceased operations as the Pee Dee Pride
Pee Dee Pride
in 2005; folded in 2009 following failed relocation efforts); and the Virginia Lancers
Virginia Lancers
(now the Utah Grizzlies). In 2003, the West Coast Hockey League
West Coast Hockey League
ceased operations, and the ECHL Board of Governors approved membership applications from the Anchorage/Alaska Aces, the Bakersfield Condors, the Fresno Falcons, the Idaho Steelheads, the Las Vegas Wranglers, the Long Beach Ice Dogs and the San Diego Gulls
San Diego Gulls
as well as from potential teams in Ontario, California and Reno, Nevada. Alaska, Bakersfield, Fresno, Idaho, Las Vegas, Long Beach and San Diego began play in the 2003–04 season as expansion teams. In a change reflective of the league's now-nationwide presence, the East Coast Hockey League shortened its name to the orphan initialism ECHL
on May 19, 2003. The ECHL
reached its largest size to date (31 teams) that season before being reduced to 28 teams for the 2004–05 season. The ECHL
has attempted to be more tech-friendly to its fans. Some improvements on the league's website have included a new schedule and statistics engine powered by League Stat, Inc. (introduced in 2006), internet radio coverage for most teams, and pay-per view broadcasting of ECHL
games through B2 Networks (a subsidiary of America One Broadcasting). In 2008, the league introduced the ECHL
toolbar for internet browsers which gave users short cut access to statistics, scores, transactions, and news updates.[4]

action, October 2012 in Toledo, Ohio
Toledo, Ohio
between the Kalamazoo Wings and the Toledo Walleye.

At the annual ECHL
Board of Governors Meeting on June 15, 2010, in Henderson, Nevada, the Board of Governors approved changes to the names of the conferences and divisions. The former American Conference (comprising eleven East Coast and Midwest teams) was renamed the Eastern Conference, while the National Conference (consisting of 8 West Coast teams, including the league's only Canadian team at the time) was re-designated the Western Conference. Within the Eastern Conference, the East Division was renamed the Atlantic Division, and the Western Conference's former West Division was dubbed the Mountain Division.[5] The league lost its only Canadian team with the folding of the Victoria Salmon Kings
Victoria Salmon Kings
subsequent to the 2010–11 season.[6] The league increased to 20 teams for the 2011–12 season with the addition of the expansion franchise Chicago Express[7] and the Colorado Eagles
Colorado Eagles
who previously played in the Central Hockey League.[8] With the folding of the Chicago Express
Chicago Express
at the conclusion of the 2011–12 season and the announcement of expansion franchises in Orlando, San Francisco, Evansville and Fort Wayne (both in Indiana and both from the Central Hockey League) the league played the 2012–13 season with 23 teams. That number dropped to 22 for the 2013–14 season with the folding of the Trenton Titans
Trenton Titans
and subsequently fell to 21 with the mid-season folding of the San Francisco Bulls
San Francisco Bulls
on January 27, 2014. On November 26, 2013, the ECHL
announced that the Indy Fuel would begin play for the 2014–15 season and would play its home games at the Fairgrounds Coliseum, a 6,145-seat building located on the Indiana State Fairgrounds in Indianapolis. On October 7, 2014, the ECHL
announced that the seven remaining active members of the Central Hockey League
Central Hockey League
(the Allen Americans, Brampton Beast, Quad City Mallards, Missouri Mavericks, Rapid City Rush, Tulsa Oilers and Wichita Thunder) would be admitted as new members for the 2014–15 season, raising the number of teams to 28 and placing a team in Canada for the first time since 2011.[9] Before the 2015–16 season, the AHL's creation of a Pacific Division led the three California ECHL
teams to relocate to former AHL cities with the Bakersfield Condors, Ontario Reign, and Stockton Thunder relocating to become the Norfolk Admirals, Manchester Monarchs, and Adirondack Thunder, respectively.[10]

Teams[edit] Current[edit] The league, because of geographical anomalies, has used unbalanced conferences and divisions, making for some extremely varied playoff formats and limited inter-conference play. Due to travel costs, the league has attempted to placate owners in keeping those costs down, which has led to the sometimes-odd playoff structures.

Division Team City Arena Founded Joined Head Coach NHL Affiliate AHL Affiliate

Eastern Conference

North Adirondack Thunder Glens Falls, New York Cool Insuring Arena 1990* Brad Tapper New Jersey Binghamton

Brampton Beast Brampton, Ontario Powerade Centre 2013 2014 Colin Chaulk Montreal Laval

Manchester Monarchs Manchester, New Hampshire SNHU Arena 1993* Richard Seeley Los Angeles Ontario

Reading Royals Reading, Pennsylvania Santander Arena 1991* Kirk MacDonald Philadelphia Lehigh Valley

Wheeling Nailers Wheeling, West Virginia WesBanco Arena 1981* 1988 Jeff Christian Pittsburgh Wilkes-Barre/Scranton

Worcester Railers Worcester, Massachusetts DCU Center 2017 Jamie Russell NY Islanders Bridgeport

South Atlanta Gladiators Duluth, Georgia Infinite Energy Arena 1995* Chuck Weber Boston Providence

Florida Everblades Estero, Florida Germain Arena 1998 Brad Ralph Carolina Charlotte

Greenville Swamp Rabbits Greenville, South Carolina Bon Secours Wellness Arena 1987* 1988 Brian Gratz NY Rangers Hartford

Jacksonville Icemen Jacksonville, Florida Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena 1992* 2012 Jason Christie Winnipeg Manitoba

Norfolk Admirals Norfolk, Virginia Scope Arena 1995* 2003 Robbie Ftorek Independent Independent

Orlando Solar Bears Orlando, Florida Amway Center 2012 Drake Berehowsky Toronto Toronto

South Carolina Stingrays North Charleston, South Carolina North Charleston Coliseum 1993 Ryan Warsofsky Washington Hershey

Western Conference

Central Cincinnati
Cyclones Cincinnati, Ohio U.S. Bank Arena 1995* Matt Macdonald Buffalo Rochester

Fort Wayne Komets Fort Wayne, Indiana Allen County War Memorial Coliseum 1985* 2012 Gary Graham Arizona Tucson

Indy Fuel Indianapolis, Indiana Indiana Farmers Coliseum 2014 Bernie John Chicago Rockford

Kalamazoo Wings Kalamazoo, Michigan Wings Event Center 1999* 2009 Nick Bootland Vancouver Utica

Kansas City Mavericks Independence, Missouri Silverstein Eye Centers Arena 2009 2014 John-Scott Dickson Calgary Stockton

Quad City Mallards Moline, Illinois TaxSlayer Center 2009 2014 Phil Axtell Vegas Chicago

Toledo Walleye Toledo, Ohio Huntington Center 1991 Dan Watson Detroit Grand Rapids

Mountain Allen Americans Allen, Texas Allen Event Center 2009 2014 Steve Martinson San Jose San Jose

Colorado Eagles Loveland, Colorado Budweiser Events Center 2003 2011 Aaron Schneekloth Colorado San Antonio

Idaho Steelheads Boise, Idaho CenturyLink Arena
CenturyLink Arena
Boise 1997 2003 Neil Graham Dallas Texas

Rapid City Rush Rapid City, South Dakota Rushmore Plaza Civic Center 2008 2014 Daniel Tetrault Minnesota Iowa

Tulsa Oilers Tulsa, Oklahoma BOK Center 1992 2014 Rob Murray St. Louis

Utah Grizzlies West Valley City, Utah Maverik Center 1981* 1988 Tim Branham Anaheim San Diego

Wichita Thunder Wichita, Kansas Intrust Bank Arena 1992 2014 Malcolm Cameron Edmonton Bakersfield


Team City Arena Founded Joining Head Coach NHL Affiliate AHL Affiliate

Maine Mariners Portland, Maine Cross Insurance Arena 1989 2018* Riley Armstrong TBD TBD

St. John's St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador Mile One Centre 2018 TBD TBD[11] TBD


An asterisk (*) denotes a franchise move. See the respective team articles for more information.

Future teams[edit] Representatives from all potential expansion franchises, markets that have been granted expansion franchises and franchises that have suspended operations must attend the league's annual Board of Governors Meeting between seasons and provide progress reports on their situations in order to keep their ECHL
franchise rights. The Board of Governors then votes whether or not to extend the franchises' league licenses until the next Board of Governors Meeting. At the 2012 Board of Governors Meeting, the Board elected to limit the league to 26 teams, with an emphasis on adding teams to the Western Conference.[12] However, it was decided at the 2015 Board of Governors meeting that the cap should be expanded to 30 teams, hoping to eventually match the NHL and AHL's 30-team total.[13] The ECHL
listed Reno, Nevada, as a "future market"[14] and has been considered for an expansion team since the 2003 WCHL- ECHL
merger, but efforts to establish a team in the market have been repeatedly thwarted by failed attempts to find or build a suitable arena.[15] Reno has not had a minor league hockey team since its WCHL franchise folded in 1998. After being listed for about a decade, Reno was eventually removed from the future markets' page in spring 2016. However, in September 2016, new ownership group called Reno Puck Club, LLC came forward and began negotiations with the Reno city council about bringing in an ECHL
team.[16] On May 11, 2016, a plan to put the ECHL
in Portland, Maine, by the 2017–18 season, with either an expansion or relocated team, was announced by a group of former Portland Pirates
Portland Pirates
executives. Their intentions were announced while the Portland AHL franchise was pending a sale and relocation to Springfield, Massachusetts, to replace the relocating Springfield Falcons.[17] It would take an extra season for the Portland team to form with Comcast Spectacor
Comcast Spectacor
purchasing the recently dormant Alaska Aces franchise to begin play in 2018 as the Maine Mariners.[18] On March 7, 2018, St. John's Sports and Entertainment reached a deal with local operators for an ECHL
franchise to begin playing out of Mile One Centre
Mile One Centre
in St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada.[19] Similar to the Maine Mariners, the team is proposed to replace the St. John's IceCaps of the AHL that left in 2017. The ECHL
approved of the addition of St. John's for the 2018–19 season on March 13, 2018.[20] Defunct and relocated teams[edit] Main article: List of defunct ECHL
teams Since starting with five franchises in its inaugural season, the ECHL has had dozens of franchises join and leave the league. Typically, these teams fold or relocate due to operation issues or financial losses. The Johnstown Chiefs
Johnstown Chiefs
became the last remaining founding franchise of the East Coast Hockey League to remain in its original city until it relocated to Greenville, South Carolina, following the completion of the 2009–10 season.[21] While the ECHL
has stated in recent years they would not grant voluntary suspensions of franchises for more than one year, both the Toledo Storm
Toledo Storm
(now the Toledo Walleye) and Mississippi Sea Wolves (now defunct) were granted two-year suspensions—the Sea Wolves because of Hurricane Katrina
Hurricane Katrina
and the Storm in order to demolish their present arena and construct a new one in downtown Toledo. The Mississippi Sea Wolves resumed play for the 2007–08 season, while the Toledo Walleye resumed play in their new arena for the 2009–10 season. The cost of suspending operations to an ECHL
franchise was "about $100,000" in 2003,[22] and has remained unchanged as of the 2011–12 ECHL
season. After the 2013–14 season the Las Vegas Wranglers
Las Vegas Wranglers
voluntarily suspended operations for the 2014–15 season due to an inability to locate a new venue in a timely manner after losing their lease at the Orleans Arena. The Wranglers were authorized by the league to return for the 2015–16 season pending a successful search for a new arena.[23] However, after a year of searching for a new home, as well as NHL interest in the Las Vegas market, the Wranglers announced on January 30, 2015, that the team had folded and withdrawn their membership from the ECHL.[24] On March 30, 2009, the Dayton Bombers
Dayton Bombers
and Mississippi Sea Wolves announced that they would suspend operations for the 2009–10 season.[25] Dayton would receive a franchise in the International Hockey League and Biloxi, Mississippi, would receive a team in the Southern Professional Hockey League
Southern Professional Hockey League
that same year. The Victoria Salmon Kings, prior to 2014 the only Canadian franchise in league history, folded following their Western Conference finals loss in the 2011 Kelly Cup playoffs to make way for a Western Hockey League, (Victoria Royals) franchise at the Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre. RG Properties opted to withdraw the franchise from the ECHL with full approval from the league's Board of Governors, folding the franchise instead of selling the club's ECHL
rights to be moved to another market, marking the end of a franchise that began as the Erie Panthers, one of the ECHL's charter teams.[6] Seven former ECHL
franchises have been directly replaced in their respective markets by American Hockey League
American Hockey League
franchises. The Greensboro Monarchs
Greensboro Monarchs
were the first, being replaced by the Carolina Monarchs in 1995. The Hampton Roads Admirals
Hampton Roads Admirals
were the second, giving way to the Norfolk Admirals in 2000. The Peoria Rivermen were the third. In their case, the replacement franchise retained the Worcester IceCats history but assumed the Rivermen identity for their first AHL season of 2005–06. The Charlotte Checkers
Charlotte Checkers
were the fourth, yielding to a franchise that retained the Albany River Rats
Albany River Rats
history following the club's move to Charlotte following the 2009–10 season and assumed the Checkers identity.[26] In each of these cases, the ECHL franchise was relinquished to the league by its respective ownership group. In 2015, the three California franchises (Bakersfield Condors, Ontario Reign, and Stockton Thunder) were displaced by the formation of an AHL Pacific Division. Each ECHL
franchise involved in the territorial shift were either owned or purchased by their NHL affiliate prior to being relocated.[10]

Alaska Aces (2003–17; purchased and relocated to Portland, Maine, for the 2018–19 season.) Arkansas RiverBlades
Arkansas RiverBlades
(1999–2003) Atlantic City Boardwalk Bullies
Atlantic City Boardwalk Bullies
(2001–05; moved to Stockton, California.) Augusta Lynx
Augusta Lynx
(1998–2008; suspended operations and relinquished their membership back to the ECHL
after their ownership group was unable to continue to operate in 2008–09. The first ECHL
team to fold in mid-season.) Bakersfield Condors
Bakersfield Condors
(2003–15; team moved to Norfolk, Virginia, to become the Norfolk Admirals and was replaced in market by an AHL team of the same name.) Baton Rouge Kingfish (1996–2003; moved to Victoria, British Columbia, as the Victoria Salmon Kings.) Birmingham Bulls (1992–2001; moved to Atlantic City, New Jersey; now the Adirondack Thunder.) Carolina/Winston-Salem Thunderbirds (1988–92; moved to Wheeling, West Virginia, as the Wheeling Thunderbirds before being renamed as the Wheeling Nailers.) Charlotte Checkers
Charlotte Checkers
(1993–2010; replaced by the Charlotte Checkers
Charlotte Checkers
of the AHL.) Chesapeake Icebreakers
Chesapeake Icebreakers
(1997–99; moved to Jackson, Mississippi.) Chicago Express
Chicago Express
(2011–12; membership relinquished to ECHL.) Columbia Inferno
Columbia Inferno
(2001–08; voluntarily suspended operations.) Columbus Chill (1991–99; suspended operations due to the then-impending entry of the Columbus Blue Jackets
Columbus Blue Jackets
into the NHL; franchise purchased and relocated to Reading, Pennsylvania.) Columbus Cottonmouths
Columbus Cottonmouths
(2001–04; team moved down to what is now the Southern Professional Hockey League; ECHL
franchise moved to Bradenton-Sarasota, Florida, to play as Gulf Coast Swords, franchise revoked in summer 2006 after construction halted on proposed home arena.) Dayton Bombers
Dayton Bombers
(1991–2009; relinquished their membership back to ECHL.) Elmira Jackals
Elmira Jackals
(2007–17) Erie Panthers (1988–96; moved to Baton Rouge, Louisiana.) Evansville IceMen
Evansville IceMen
(2012–16; moved to Jacksonville, Florida, after a one-year hiatus.) Fresno Falcons
Fresno Falcons
(2003–08; suspended operations and relinquished their membership back to the ECHL
after their ownership group were unable to continue to operate in 2008–09. The second ECHL
team to fold in mid-season.) Greensboro Generals (1999–2004) Greensboro Monarchs
Greensboro Monarchs
(1989–95; replaced by the Carolina Monarchs
Carolina Monarchs
of the AHL.) Greenville Grrrowl
Greenville Grrrowl
(1998–2006) Hampton Roads Admirals
Hampton Roads Admirals
(1989–2000; replaced by the Norfolk Admirals of the AHL; ECHL
franchise purchased in 2001 and moved to Columbus, Georgia, to become the Cottonmouths.) Huntington Blizzard
Huntington Blizzard
(1993–2000; moved to Beaumont, Texas, to become the Texas Wildcatters.) Huntsville Blast (1993–94; moved to Tallahassee, Florida.) Jackson Bandits
Jackson Bandits
(1999–2003) Jacksonville Lizard Kings
Jacksonville Lizard Kings

Johnstown Chiefs
Johnstown Chiefs
(1988–2010; relocated to Greenville, South Carolina, as the Greenville Road Warriors.) Knoxville Cherokees
Knoxville Cherokees
(1988–97; moved to Florence, South Carolina, as the Pee Dee Pride.) Las Vegas Wranglers
Las Vegas Wranglers
(2003–14; suspended operations for the 2014–15 season and later relinquished their membership.) Lexington Men O' War
Lexington Men O' War
(2002–03; moved to West Valley City, Utah, to become the Utah Grizzlies) Long Beach Ice Dogs
Long Beach Ice Dogs
(2003–07) Louisiana IceGators (1995–2005) Louisville IceHawks
Louisville IceHawks
(1990–94; moved to Jacksonville, Florida.) Louisville RiverFrogs (1995–98; moved to Miami, Florida.) Macon Whoopee (2001–02; moved to Lexington, Kentucky, to become the Lexington Men O' War.) Miami Matadors
Miami Matadors
(1998–99; moved to Cincinnati, Ohio.) Mississippi Sea Wolves (1996–2009; replaced in market by the Mississippi Surge
Mississippi Surge
of the SPHL.) Mobile Mysticks (1995–2002; moved to Duluth, Georgia.) Nashville Knights
Nashville Knights
(1989–96; moved to Pensacola, Florida.) New Orleans Brass
New Orleans Brass
(1997–2002; team relinquished their league membership after the arrival of the NBA's New Orleans Hornets.) Ontario Reign
Ontario Reign
(2008–15; team moved to Manchester, New Hampshire, to become the Manchester Monarchs.) Pee Dee Pride
Pee Dee Pride
(1997–2005; suspended operations after the 2004–05 season and planned to move to the Myrtle Beach area but later relinquished their membership.) Pensacola Ice Pilots
Pensacola Ice Pilots
(1996–2008; replaced in market by the Ice Flyers of the SPHL.) Peoria Rivermen (1996–2005; replaced by the Peoria Rivermen of the AHL.) Phoenix RoadRunners
Phoenix RoadRunners
(2005–09) Raleigh IceCaps
Raleigh IceCaps
(1991–98; moved to Augusta, Georgia.) Richmond Renegades (1990–2003) Roanoke Express
Roanoke Express
(1993–2004) San Diego Gulls
San Diego Gulls
(2003–06) San Francisco Bulls
San Francisco Bulls
(2012–14; ceased operations and relinquished their membership back to the ECHL
after their ownership group were unable to continue to operate in 2013–14. The third ECHL
team to fold in mid-season.) Stockton Thunder
Stockton Thunder
(2005–15; team moved to Glens Falls, New York, to become the Adirondack Thunder.) Tallahassee Tiger Sharks
Tallahassee Tiger Sharks
(1994–2001; moved to Macon, Georgia.) Texas Wildcatters
Texas Wildcatters
(2003–08; moved to Ontario, California.) Trenton Titans
Trenton Titans
(1999–2013) Victoria Salmon Kings
Victoria Salmon Kings
(2004–11; replaced in market by the WHL's Victoria Royals.) Virginia Lancers/Roanoke Valley Rebels/Rampage (1988–93; moved to Huntsville, Alabama.)


Kelly Cup
Kelly Cup
playoff format[edit] For the 2012–13 season, eight teams still qualify in the Eastern Conference: the three division winners plus the next five teams in the conference. With the addition of the expansion franchise in San Francisco, the Board of Governors changed the Western Conference seeding such that eight teams qualify: two division winners and the next six teams in the conference. This eliminated the Western Conference first-round bye.[27] Similar to the NHL at the time, the division winners were seeded as the top three seeds in the Eastern Conference and the top two seeds in the Western Conference; the conference winner faced the eighth seed, second faces seventh, third faces sixth and fourth faces fifth in the conference quarterfinal round. The winner of the 1st/8th series played the winner of the 4th/5th series while 2nd/7th winner played against the 3rd/6th winner in the conference semifinal series. The Board of Governors also elected to change the playoff format such that all rounds of the playoffs are now best of seven series.[27] For 2012-13, the Conference Finals and Kelly Cup
Kelly Cup
Finals will use a two-referee system.[12] Because of the late addition of the CHL teams for the 2014–15 season and its subsequent conference alignment, the top four teams in each division qualified for the playoffs and the first two playoff rounds were played within the divisions.[28] For the realignment prior to the 2015–16 season, the playoffs changed once again to a six-division format. At the end of the regular season the top team in each division qualified for the playoffs and be seeded either 1, 2, or 3 based on highest point total earned in the season. Then the five non-division winning teams with the highest point totals in each conference qualified for the playoffs and be seeded 4 through 8. All four rounds will be a best-of-seven format.[29] The alignment changed back to four divisions for the 2016–17 season, but the playoffs kept the divisional format. The top four teams in each division qualifies for the playoffs and play in division for the first two rounds. After the division finals, the winners then play the conference finals and followed by the Kelly Cup
Kelly Cup
finals. ECHL
Hall of Fame[edit] Main article: ECHL
Hall of Fame In celebration of the league's 20th year of play, the ECHL
Board of Governors created the ECHL Hall of Fame in 2008, to recognize the achievements of players, coaches, and personnel who dedicated their careers to the league. See also[edit]

Kelly Cup ECHL
All-Star Game List of ECHL
seasons List of developmental and minor sports leagues List of ice hockey leagues


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