ECHL opens 18th season October 21
October 7, 2005 - ECHL (ECHL) News Release
PRINCETON, N.J. - The ECHL on Friday released its revised playing schedule
for the 2005-06 season.
The league was forced to revise the schedule in the aftermath of Hurricane
Katrina and Hurricane Rita which forced the Mississippi Sea Wolves and
Texas Wildcatters to suspend operations for 2005-06. The Sea Wolves have
already reopened their office and have begun preparations for 2006-07 while
the Wildcatters have announced that they will reopen their offices as soon
as possible looking towards next season.
The ECHL welcomes the Phoenix RoadRunners, the Stockton (California)
Thunder and the Utah (Salt Lake City) Grizzlies and will play 900 games,
beginning October 21 and ending April 8, with 25 teams in 14 states and
The Premier 'AA' Hockey League, the ECHL has affiliations with 25 of the 30
teams in the National Hockey League and there have been 258 players who
have gone on to play in the NHL after playing in the ECHL. The ECHL has
affiliations with 21 of the 27 teams in the American Hockey League and for
the past 16 years there has been an ECHL player on the Calder Cup Champion.
The league opens its 18th season on October 21 with 10 games, including the
newest member, the Utah Grizzlies, playing their first ECHL game when they
host Phoenix at The "E" Center. The Alaska Aces will celebrate their
regular season division and conference titles and their postseason division
title when they host the San Diego Gulls. Ted Dent will make his debut as a
head coach when Columbia celebrates another regular season division title
as it hosts original ECHL member Johnstown while Gwinnett hosts Charlotte
in a rematch of the conference semifinals, which the Checkers won in four
games. Florida will celebrate division and conference titles when it hosts
Las Vegas while Idaho hosts Long Beach in a division semifinals rematch.
Longtime Ohio rivals Dayton and Toledo will meet at the historic Toledo
Sports Arena while Victoria visits Fresno and its new coach Matt Thomas.
The final opening night match-up has South Carolina traveling to Augusta
under the new leadership of Bob Ferguson. Pensacola will celebrate its
Brabham Cup title when it hosts Greenville, which eliminated the Ice Pilots
from the Kelly Cup Playoffs.
October 22 has 12 games, including the Trenton Titans raising their
division, conference and Kelly Cup Championship banners at the Sovereign
Bank Arena when they host the Wheeling Nailers. The Phoenix RoadRunners
will play their first ECHL game when Utah visits America West Arena and
Stockton takes the ice for the first time when the Thunder visits Fresno.
Victoria travels to Bakersfield and the battle of Ohio continues with
Toledo visiting Dayton while another set of in-state rivals get
reacquainted when the Columbia Inferno visits the South Carolina Stingrays.
Johnstown will open its 18th consecutive season in the ECHL when it hosts
Reading while Greenville hosts Charlotte. In other games, Alaska hosts San
Diego, Las Vegas plays at Florida, Long Beach visits Idaho and Gwinnett
travels to Pensacola.
Opening weekend concludes on October 23 when Columbia travels to Augusta while Long Beach concludes its series at Idaho and Utah plays again at Phoenix.
Las Vegas hosts Utah in its home opener on October 25 while there are two
home openers on October 28 with Long Beach hosting Fresno and Wheeling
hosting Reading. Reading will celebrate its regular season division title
when it hosts Trenton, which beat the Royals in the division finals, on
October 29. San Diego hosts Stockton in the Gulls home opener on November 5
while the Charlotte Checkers move downtown when they play their first home
game on November 6, hosting South Carolina at the New Charlotte Arena.
Victoria plays its first-ever game at the new Save-On-Foods Centre when it
hosts Stockton on November 10 while the Thunder will open the new Stockton
Arena on December 3 when they host Fresno.
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