ECHL Board of Governors Annual Meeting Concludes
June 23, 2008 - ECHL (ECHL) News Release
PRINCETON, N.J. - The Annual ECHL Board of Governors Meeting was
held in Westminster, Colo. on June 19-20.
The following items were approved by the Board of Governors:
Gwinnett's Chapman Re-Elected Chairman Of The Board
Steve Chapman of the Gwinnett Gladiators was unanimously re-elected to
serve a third term as Chairman of the Board of Governors. Chapman was voted
ECHL Executive of the Year in 2005 and 2006 becoming the first person in
league history to win the award twice.
Division, Conference Alignments Finalized
The following division and conference alignments were unanimously approved
by the Board for 2008-09:
American Conference (13 teams)
North Division (7 teams) - Cincinnati, Dayton, Elmira, Johnstown,
Reading, Trenton and Wheeling
South Division (6 teams) - Augusta, Charlotte, Florida, Gwinnett,
Mississippi and South Carolina
National Conference (10 teams)
West Division (5 teams) - Alaska, Idaho, Phoenix, Utah and
Pacific Division (5 teams) - Bakersfield, Fresno, Las Vegas, Ontario
2009 Kelly Cup Playoffs Format Approved
The Board approved the format for the 2009 Kelly Cup Playoffs as follows.
The top four finishers in each division will be seeded based on regular
season point totals.
The Division Semifinals will have the first seed meeting the fourth seed
and the second seed meeting the third seed in a best-of-seven series.
The winners of the Division Semifinals will advance to the Division Finals
which is a best-of-seven series.
The Division Finals winners will advance to the Conference Finals which is
a best-of-seven series.
The winner of the American Conference and the winner of the National
Conference will meet in the Kelly Cup Finals, a best-of-seven game series.
Home-ice advantage will be determined by regular season points.
2009 Kelly Cup Playoffs Format
Division Semifinals (Best-of-Seven Series)
No. 1 Seed (Division Winner) vs. No. 4 Seed
No. 2 Seed (Division Winner) vs. No. 3 Seed
Division Finals (Best-of-Seven Series)
Semifinals Winner vs. Semifinals Winner
Conference Finals (Best-of-Seven Series)
Division Winner vs. Division Winner
2009 Kelly Cup Finals (Best-of-Seven Series)
National Conference Champion vs. American Conference Champion
Columbia, Myrtle Beach, Reno, Toledo Provide Updates
Columbia advised the Board that it has made progress on a new arena and
that it has retained the nucleus of its staff with the plan to return to
the ice in 2009-10.
Myrtle Beach advised the Board that it continues to work toward
construction of a facility on the campus of Coastal Carolina University
with the hope of beginning play in 2009-10.
The Board unanimously approved a request from Reno for a one-year
extension to its Home Arena Pending as the ownership group continues its
work toward an arena project.
Toledo advised the Board that construction on the new Lucas County Arena
is going very well. The team has already sold suites, sponsorships and
merchandise and will begin selling club level seats on Monday.
Intermission, Pregame Warm-Up Times Shortened
The Board unanimously approved that between-period intermissions can be no
less than 15 minutes and no longer than 18 minutes, at the home team's
The Board unanimously approved that pregame warm-up time will be shorted
from 20 minutes to 16 minutes which is the same amount of time used by both
the National Hockey League and the American Hockey League.
Summer Player Contracts Limited To 24
The Board unanimously approved that teams are not allowed to sign more
than 24 players to contracts during the summer.
ECHL Director of Officiating Bryan Lewis provided a complete update on
officiating for the Board. Lewis said that the NHL has taken a greater
interest observing more ECHL games than ever in 2007-08 and placing several
ECHL officials on its "watch list". He added that many of the top officials
from Canadian Junior Hockey and USA Junior Hockey are interested in working
in the ECHL and noted that the league's recruiting and coaching efforts are
earning officials the opportunity to work in both the American Hockey
League and the NHL.
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.
The Premier 'AA' Hockey League began in 1988-89 with five teams in four
states and has grown to be a coast-to-coast league that will play with 24
teams in 16 states and British Columbia in 2008-09.
The league officially changed its name to ECHL on May
The ECHL has affiliations with 26 of the 30 teams in the NHL in 2007-08,
marking the 11th consecutive season that the league has had affiliations
with at least 20 teams in the NHL.
There have been 355
former ECHL players who have gone on to play in the NHL after playing in
the ECHL, including 99 in the last three seasons. There have been 210
former ECHL players who have played their first game in the NHL in the past
There are 15 coaches in the NHL who have ECHL experience including former
Mississippi and current Washington Capitals coach Bruce
Boudreau, who is the 2007-08 winner of the NHL
Coach of the Year award, and former Wheeling coach Peter Laviolette,
who is head coach of the Carolina Hurricanes.
The ECHL is represented for the eighth consecutive year on the National
Hockey League championship team in 2008 with Detroit Red Wings forward Aaron
The ECHL has affiliations with 26 of the 29 teams in the American Hockey
League in 2007-08 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 2,300 call ups involving more
than 1,200 players. In each of the last three seasons there have been more
than 225 players who have played in both the ECHL and the AHL in the same
Further information on the ECHL is available from its website at ECHL.com.
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