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Not to be confused with Eastern Collegiate Hockey League. ECHL_sentence_0

ECHL_table_infobox_0

ECHLECHL_table_caption_0
SportECHL_header_cell_0_0_0 Ice hockeyECHL_cell_0_0_1
FoundedECHL_header_cell_0_1_0 1988ECHL_cell_0_1_1
No. of teamsECHL_header_cell_0_2_0 26ECHL_cell_0_2_1
CountryECHL_header_cell_0_3_0 United States (24 teams)

Canada (2 teams)ECHL_cell_0_3_1

Most recent

champion(s)ECHL_header_cell_0_4_0

Newfoundland Growlers (1st title)ECHL_cell_0_4_1
Most titlesECHL_header_cell_0_5_0 Alaska Aces,

Hampton Roads Admirals and South Carolina Stingrays (3 each)ECHL_cell_0_5_1

TV partner(s)ECHL_header_cell_0_6_0 Canada (English): Sportsnet/Sportsnet One

Canada (French): TVA Sports United States: NHL NetworkECHL_cell_0_6_1

Official websiteECHL_header_cell_0_7_0 ECHL_cell_0_7_1

The ECHL (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 two franchises in Canada. ECHL_sentence_1

It is a tier below the American Hockey League. ECHL_sentence_2

The ECHL and the AHL are the only minor leagues recognized by the collective bargaining agreement between the National Hockey League and the 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. ECHL_sentence_3

Additionally, the league's players are represented by the Professional Hockey Players' Association in negotiations with the ECHL itself. ECHL_sentence_4

Some 662 players have played at least one game in the NHL after appearing in the ECHL. ECHL_sentence_5

For the 2020–21 season, 25 of the 31 National Hockey League teams have affiliations with either an active or dormant ECHL team with the Carolina Hurricanes, Columbus Blue Jackets, Los Angeles Kings, Montreal Canadiens, St. ECHL_sentence_6 Louis Blues, and San Jose Sharks having no official ECHL affiliations. ECHL_sentence_7

The ECHL has one independent team, the Norfolk Admirals, which is also dormant for the 2020–21 season. ECHL_sentence_8

However, NHL teams do sometimes lend contracted players to other unaffiliated ECHL teams for development and increased playing time. ECHL_sentence_9

The league's regular season typically begins in October and ends in April. ECHL_sentence_10

The most recent ECHL champion is the Newfoundland Growlers, a 2018–19 expansion team that won the title in its inaugural season. ECHL_sentence_11

There was no champion in 2020 due to COVID-19 pandemic. ECHL_sentence_12

History ECHL_section_0

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 five teams—the (Winston-Salem, North) 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 (ceased operations as the Pee Dee Pride in 2005; folded in 2009 following failed relocation efforts); and the Virginia Lancers (now the Utah Grizzlies). ECHL_sentence_13

In 2003, the 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 as well as from potential teams in Ontario, California, and Reno, Nevada. ECHL_sentence_14

Alaska, Bakersfield, Fresno, Idaho, Las Vegas, Long Beach and San Diego began play in the 2003–04 season as expansion teams. ECHL_sentence_15

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. ECHL_sentence_16

The ECHL reached its largest size to date (31 teams) that season before being reduced to 28 teams for the 2004–05 season. ECHL_sentence_17

The ECHL has attempted to be more tech-friendly to its fans. ECHL_sentence_18

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). ECHL_sentence_19

In 2008, the league introduced the ECHL toolbar for internet browsers which gave users short cut access to statistics, scores, transactions, and news updates. ECHL_sentence_20

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. ECHL_sentence_21

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. ECHL_sentence_22

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. ECHL_sentence_23

The league lost its only Canadian team with the folding of the Victoria Salmon Kings subsequent to the 2010–11 season, but increased to 20 teams for the 2011–12 season with the addition of the expansion franchise Chicago Express and the Colorado Eagles who previously played in the Central Hockey League. ECHL_sentence_24

With the folding of the 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. ECHL_sentence_25

That number dropped to 22 for the 2013–14 season with the folding of the Trenton Titans and subsequently fell to 21 with the mid-season folding of the San Francisco Bulls on January 27, 2014. ECHL_sentence_26

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. ECHL_sentence_27

On October 7, 2014, the ECHL announced that the seven remaining active members of the 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. ECHL_sentence_28

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. ECHL_sentence_29

By the 2018–19 season, the ECHL had also expanded into other markets recently vacated by the AHL in the Maine Mariners, Newfoundland Growlers, and Worcester Railers. ECHL_sentence_30

Teams ECHL_section_1

Confirmed for 2020–21 ECHL_section_2

Due to the uncertainty of being able to host games in some locations caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, several member teams have not been able to confirm participation in the 2020–21 season. ECHL_sentence_31

The following thirteen teams plan to start play in December 2020. ECHL_sentence_32

All teams had a deadline to voluntarily opt out of the 2020–21 season by November 30, but two teams have been granted extensions and hope to return to play in February 2021. ECHL_sentence_33

ECHL_table_general_1

TeamECHL_header_cell_1_0_0 CityECHL_header_cell_1_0_1 ArenaECHL_header_cell_1_0_2 FoundedECHL_header_cell_1_0_3 JoinedECHL_header_cell_1_0_4 Head coachECHL_header_cell_1_0_5 NHL affiliateECHL_header_cell_1_0_6 AHL affiliateECHL_header_cell_1_0_7
Allen AmericansECHL_cell_1_1_0 Allen, TexasECHL_cell_1_1_1 Allen Event CenterECHL_cell_1_1_2 2009ECHL_cell_1_1_3 2014ECHL_cell_1_1_4 Steve MartinsonECHL_cell_1_1_5 Minnesota WildECHL_cell_1_1_6 Iowa WildECHL_cell_1_1_7
Florida EverbladesECHL_cell_1_2_0 Estero, FloridaECHL_cell_1_2_1 Hertz ArenaECHL_cell_1_2_2 1998ECHL_cell_1_2_3 Brad RalphECHL_cell_1_2_5 Nashville PredatorsECHL_cell_1_2_6 Milwaukee AdmiralsECHL_cell_1_2_7
Greenville Swamp RabbitsECHL_cell_1_3_0 Greenville, South CarolinaECHL_cell_1_3_1 Bon Secours Wellness ArenaECHL_cell_1_3_2 1987*ECHL_cell_1_3_3 1988ECHL_cell_1_3_4 Andrew LordECHL_cell_1_3_5 Florida PanthersECHL_cell_1_3_6 Charlotte CheckersECHL_cell_1_3_7
Indy FuelECHL_cell_1_4_0 Indianapolis, IndianaECHL_cell_1_4_1 Indiana Farmers ColiseumECHL_cell_1_4_2 2014ECHL_cell_1_4_3 Doug ChristiansenECHL_cell_1_4_5 Chicago BlackhawksECHL_cell_1_4_6 Rockford IceHogsECHL_cell_1_4_7
Jacksonville IcemenECHL_cell_1_5_0 Jacksonville, FloridaECHL_cell_1_5_1 VyStar Veterans Memorial ArenaECHL_cell_1_5_2 1992*ECHL_cell_1_5_3 2012ECHL_cell_1_5_4 Jason ChristieECHL_cell_1_5_5 Winnipeg JetsECHL_cell_1_5_6 Manitoba MooseECHL_cell_1_5_7
Kansas City MavericksECHL_cell_1_6_0 Independence, MissouriECHL_cell_1_6_1 Cable Dahmer ArenaECHL_cell_1_6_2 2009ECHL_cell_1_6_3 2014ECHL_cell_1_6_4 Tad O'HadECHL_cell_1_6_5 Calgary FlamesECHL_cell_1_6_6 Stockton HeatECHL_cell_1_6_7
Orlando Solar BearsECHL_cell_1_7_0 Orlando, FloridaECHL_cell_1_7_1 Amway CenterECHL_cell_1_7_2 2012ECHL_cell_1_7_3 Drake BerehowskyECHL_cell_1_7_5 Tampa Bay LightningECHL_cell_1_7_6 Syracuse CrunchECHL_cell_1_7_7
Rapid City RushECHL_cell_1_8_0 Rapid City, South DakotaECHL_cell_1_8_1 Rushmore Plaza Civic CenterECHL_cell_1_8_2 2008ECHL_cell_1_8_3 2014ECHL_cell_1_8_4 Daniel TetraultECHL_cell_1_8_5 Arizona CoyotesECHL_cell_1_8_6 Tucson RoadrunnersECHL_cell_1_8_7
South Carolina StingraysECHL_cell_1_9_0 North Charleston, South CarolinaECHL_cell_1_9_1 North Charleston ColiseumECHL_cell_1_9_2 1993ECHL_cell_1_9_3 Ryan BlairECHL_cell_1_9_5 Washington CapitalsECHL_cell_1_9_6 Hershey BearsECHL_cell_1_9_7
Tulsa OilersECHL_cell_1_10_0 Tulsa, OklahomaECHL_cell_1_10_1 BOK CenterECHL_cell_1_10_2 1992ECHL_cell_1_10_3 2014ECHL_cell_1_10_4 Rob MurrayECHL_cell_1_10_5 Anaheim DucksECHL_cell_1_10_6 San Diego GullsECHL_cell_1_10_7
Utah GrizzliesECHL_cell_1_11_0 West Valley City, UtahECHL_cell_1_11_1 Maverik CenterECHL_cell_1_11_2 1981*ECHL_cell_1_11_3 1988ECHL_cell_1_11_4 Tim BranhamECHL_cell_1_11_5 Colorado AvalancheECHL_cell_1_11_6 Colorado EaglesECHL_cell_1_11_7
Wheeling NailersECHL_cell_1_12_0 Wheeling, West VirginiaECHL_cell_1_12_1 WesBanco ArenaECHL_cell_1_12_2 1981*ECHL_cell_1_12_3 1988ECHL_cell_1_12_4 Mark FrenchECHL_cell_1_12_5 Pittsburgh PenguinsECHL_cell_1_12_6 Wilkes-Barre/Scranton PenguinsECHL_cell_1_12_7
Wichita ThunderECHL_cell_1_13_0 Wichita, KansasECHL_cell_1_13_1 Intrust Bank ArenaECHL_cell_1_13_2 1992ECHL_cell_1_13_3 2014ECHL_cell_1_13_4 Bruce RamsayECHL_cell_1_13_5 Edmonton OilersECHL_cell_1_13_6 Bakersfield CondorsECHL_cell_1_13_7

Plan to return in February 2021 ECHL_section_3

ECHL_table_general_2

TeamECHL_header_cell_2_0_0 CityECHL_header_cell_2_0_1 ArenaECHL_header_cell_2_0_2 FoundedECHL_header_cell_2_0_3 JoinedECHL_header_cell_2_0_4 Head coachECHL_header_cell_2_0_5 NHL affiliateECHL_header_cell_2_0_6 AHL affiliateECHL_header_cell_2_0_7
Fort Wayne KometsECHL_cell_2_1_0 Fort Wayne, IndianaECHL_cell_2_1_1 Allen County War Memorial ColiseumECHL_cell_2_1_2 1985*ECHL_cell_2_1_3 2012ECHL_cell_2_1_4 Ben BoudreauECHL_cell_2_1_5 Vegas Golden KnightsECHL_cell_2_1_6 Henderson Silver KnightsECHL_cell_2_1_7
Toledo WalleyeECHL_cell_2_2_0 Toledo, OhioECHL_cell_2_2_1 Huntington CenterECHL_cell_2_2_2 1991ECHL_cell_2_2_3 Dan WatsonECHL_cell_2_2_5 Detroit Red WingsECHL_cell_2_2_6 Grand Rapids GriffinsECHL_cell_2_2_7

Suspended for 2020–21 ECHL_section_4

ECHL_table_general_3

TeamECHL_header_cell_3_0_0 CityECHL_header_cell_3_0_1 ArenaECHL_header_cell_3_0_2 FoundedECHL_header_cell_3_0_3 JoinedECHL_header_cell_3_0_4 Head coachECHL_header_cell_3_0_5 NHL affiliateECHL_header_cell_3_0_6 AHL affiliateECHL_header_cell_3_0_7
Adirondack ThunderECHL_cell_3_1_0 Glens Falls, New YorkECHL_cell_3_1_1 Cool Insuring ArenaECHL_cell_3_1_2 1990*ECHL_cell_3_1_3 Alex LohECHL_cell_3_1_5 New Jersey DevilsECHL_cell_3_1_6 Binghamton DevilsECHL_cell_3_1_7
Atlanta GladiatorsECHL_cell_3_2_0 Duluth, GeorgiaECHL_cell_3_2_1 Infinite Energy ArenaECHL_cell_3_2_2 1995*ECHL_cell_3_2_3 Jeff PyleECHL_cell_3_2_5 Boston BruinsECHL_cell_3_2_6 Providence BruinsECHL_cell_3_2_7
Brampton BeastECHL_cell_3_3_0 Brampton, OntarioECHL_cell_3_3_1 CAA CentreECHL_cell_3_3_2 2013ECHL_cell_3_3_3 2014ECHL_cell_3_3_4 Spiros AnastasECHL_cell_3_3_5 Ottawa SenatorsECHL_cell_3_3_6 Belleville SenatorsECHL_cell_3_3_7
Cincinnati CyclonesECHL_cell_3_4_0 Cincinnati, OhioECHL_cell_3_4_1 Heritage Bank CenterECHL_cell_3_4_2 1995*ECHL_cell_3_4_3 Matt ThomasECHL_cell_3_4_5 Buffalo SabresECHL_cell_3_4_6 Rochester AmericansECHL_cell_3_4_7
Idaho SteelheadsECHL_cell_3_5_0 Boise, IdahoECHL_cell_3_5_1 Idaho Central ArenaECHL_cell_3_5_2 1997ECHL_cell_3_5_3 2003ECHL_cell_3_5_4 Everett SheenECHL_cell_3_5_5 Dallas StarsECHL_cell_3_5_6 Texas StarsECHL_cell_3_5_7
Kalamazoo WingsECHL_cell_3_6_0 Kalamazoo, MichiganECHL_cell_3_6_1 Wings Event CenterECHL_cell_3_6_2 1999*ECHL_cell_3_6_3 2009ECHL_cell_3_6_4 Nick BootlandECHL_cell_3_6_5 Vancouver CanucksECHL_cell_3_6_6 Utica CometsECHL_cell_3_6_7
Maine MarinersECHL_cell_3_7_0 Portland, MaineECHL_cell_3_7_1 Cross Insurance ArenaECHL_cell_3_7_2 1989*ECHL_cell_3_7_3 2003ECHL_cell_3_7_4 Riley ArmstrongECHL_cell_3_7_5 New York RangersECHL_cell_3_7_6 Hartford Wolf PackECHL_cell_3_7_7
Newfoundland GrowlersECHL_cell_3_8_0 St. John's, Newfoundland and LabradorECHL_cell_3_8_1 Mile One CentreECHL_cell_3_8_2 2018ECHL_cell_3_8_3 John SnowdenECHL_cell_3_8_5 Toronto Maple LeafsECHL_cell_3_8_6 Toronto MarliesECHL_cell_3_8_7
Norfolk AdmiralsECHL_cell_3_9_0 Norfolk, VirginiaECHL_cell_3_9_1 Norfolk ScopeECHL_cell_3_9_2 1995*ECHL_cell_3_9_3 2003ECHL_cell_3_9_4 Rod TaylorECHL_cell_3_9_5 IndependentECHL_cell_3_9_6
Reading RoyalsECHL_cell_3_10_0 Reading, PennsylvaniaECHL_cell_3_10_1 Santander ArenaECHL_cell_3_10_2 1991*ECHL_cell_3_10_3 Kirk MacDonaldECHL_cell_3_10_5 Philadelphia FlyersECHL_cell_3_10_6 Lehigh Valley PhantomsECHL_cell_3_10_7
Worcester RailersECHL_cell_3_11_0 Worcester, MassachusettsECHL_cell_3_11_1 DCU CenterECHL_cell_3_11_2 2017ECHL_cell_3_11_3 David CunniffECHL_cell_3_11_5 New York IslandersECHL_cell_3_11_6 Bridgeport Sound TigersECHL_cell_3_11_7

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Future teams ECHL_section_5

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. ECHL_sentence_34

For dormant and existing franchises, the Board of Governors votes whether or not to extend a franchise's league license until the next Board of Governors Meeting. ECHL_sentence_35

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. ECHL_sentence_36

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. ECHL_sentence_37

In 2020, Newfoundland Growlers' majority owner Dean MacDonald came to agreements with the cities of Trois-Rivières, Quebec, and Coralville, Iowa, to place a team at their new arenas, the Colisée de Trois-Rivières replacement and Xtream Arena respectively, for an expansion team in each location, pending league approval, to start in the 2021–22 season. ECHL_sentence_38

The proposed Trois-Rivières team finalized a lease agreement on November 30, 2020, in preparation for being granted an expansion franchise. ECHL_sentence_39

Defunct and relocated teams ECHL_section_6

Main article: List of defunct ECHL teams ECHL_sentence_40

Since starting with five franchises in its inaugural season, the ECHL has had dozens of franchises join and leave the league. ECHL_sentence_41

Typically, these teams fold or relocate due to operation issues or financial losses. ECHL_sentence_42

The 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. ECHL_sentence_43

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 (now the Toledo Walleye) and Mississippi Sea Wolves (now defunct) were granted two-year suspensions—the Sea Wolves because of Hurricane Katrina and the Storm in order to demolish their present arena and construct a new one in downtown Toledo. ECHL_sentence_44

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. ECHL_sentence_45

The cost of suspending operations to an ECHL franchise was "about $100,000" in 2003, and has remained unchanged as of the 2011–12 ECHL season. ECHL_sentence_46

After the 2013–14 season the 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. ECHL_sentence_47

The Wranglers were authorized by the league to return for the 2015–16 season pending a successful search for a new arena. ECHL_sentence_48

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. ECHL_sentence_49

On March 30, 2009, the Dayton Bombers and Mississippi Sea Wolves announced that they would suspend operations for the 2009–10 season. ECHL_sentence_50

Dayton would receive a franchise in the International Hockey League and Biloxi, Mississippi, would receive a team in the Southern Professional Hockey League that same year. ECHL_sentence_51

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. ECHL_sentence_52

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. ECHL_sentence_53

Seven former ECHL franchises have been directly replaced in their respective markets by American Hockey League franchises. ECHL_sentence_54

The Greensboro Monarchs were the first, being replaced by the Carolina Monarchs in 1995. ECHL_sentence_55

The Hampton Roads Admirals were the second, giving way to the Norfolk Admirals in 2000. ECHL_sentence_56

The Peoria Rivermen were the third. ECHL_sentence_57

In their case, the replacement franchise retained the Worcester IceCats history but assumed the Rivermen identity for their first AHL season of 2005–06. ECHL_sentence_58

The Charlotte Checkers were the fourth, yielding to a franchise that retained the Albany River Rats history following the club's move to Charlotte following the 2009–10 season and assumed the Checkers identity. ECHL_sentence_59

In each of these cases, the ECHL franchise was relinquished to the league by its respective ownership group. ECHL_sentence_60

In 2015, the three California franchises (Bakersfield Condors, Ontario Reign, and Stockton Thunder) were displaced by the formation of an AHL Pacific Division. ECHL_sentence_61

Each ECHL franchise involved in the territorial shift were either owned or purchased by their NHL affiliate prior to being relocated. ECHL_sentence_62

Timeline ECHL_section_7

Kelly Cup playoff format ECHL_section_8

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. ECHL_sentence_63

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. ECHL_sentence_64

This eliminated the Western Conference first-round bye. ECHL_sentence_65

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. ECHL_sentence_66

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. ECHL_sentence_67

The Board of Governors also elected to change the playoff format such that all rounds of the playoffs are now best of seven series. ECHL_sentence_68

For 2012–13, the Conference Finals and Kelly Cup Finals will use a two-referee system. ECHL_sentence_69

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. ECHL_sentence_70

For the realignment prior to the 2015–16 season, the playoffs changed once again to a six-division format. ECHL_sentence_71

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. ECHL_sentence_72

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. ECHL_sentence_73

All four rounds will be a best-of-seven format. ECHL_sentence_74

The alignment changed back to four divisions for the 2016–17 season, but the playoffs kept the divisional format. ECHL_sentence_75

The top four teams in each division qualifies for the playoffs and play in division for the first two rounds. ECHL_sentence_76

After the division finals, the winners then play the conference finals and followed by the Kelly Cup finals. ECHL_sentence_77

ECHL Hall of Fame ECHL_section_9

Main article: ECHL Hall of Fame ECHL_sentence_78

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. ECHL_sentence_79

See also ECHL_section_10

ECHL_unordered_list_1


Credits to the contents of this page go to the authors of the corresponding Wikipedia page: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ECHL.