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2006–07 ECHL season
League ECHL
Sport Ice hockey
Duration October, 2006–May, 2007
Regular season
Season MVP Flag of Canada Brad Schell (Gwinnett)
Top scorer Flag of Canada Brad Schell (Gwinnett)
Playoffs
American champions Dayton Bombers
  American runners-up Florida Everblades
National champions Idaho Steelheads
  National runners-up Alaska Aces
Playoffs MVP Flag of Canada Steve Silverthorn (Idaho)
Finals
Finals champions Idaho Steelheads
  Runners-up Dayton Bombers

The 2006-07 ECHL Season was the 19th season of the ECHL. Two teams returned to the ECHL after suspensions: the Texas Wildcatters (who had to suspend operations for the 2005-06 season as a byproduct of damage to their home arena caused by Hurricane Rita) and the Cincinnati Cyclones (who had ceased operations after the 2003-04 season. As a result of the failure of the AHL to return to the area, owners decided to restart their franchise in the ECHL).

The ECHL Board of Governors announced in the June 2006 meetings that the league revoked the Greenville Grrrowl franchise, and the San Diego Gulls had returned its franchise. The league had 25 teams for 2006-07.

League RealignmentEdit

At the 2006 pre-season meeting of the ECHL Board of Governors, the ECHL announced the alignment of the 25 teams of the ECHL.

American ConferenceEdit

North DivisionEdit

South DivisionEdit

National ConferenceEdit

Pacific DivisionEdit

West DivisionEdit

Regular SeasonEdit

Final StandingsEdit

Note: GP = Games played; W = Wins; L= Loses; OTL = Overtime loses; SOL = Shootout loses; GF = Goals For; GA = Goals Against; PTS = Points; Green shade = Clinched Playoff Spot; Blue shade = Clinched Division; (z) = Clinched Home-Ice Advantage

American Conference
Northern Division GP W L OTL SOL PTS GF GA
Dayton Bombers (CBJ) 723726 2 7 83213191
Toledo Storm (Det/Chi) 723930 1 2 81211220
Cincinnati Cyclones (Mtl) 723729 4 2 80213198
Trenton Titans (Phi) 723631 1 4 77250242
Johnstown Chiefs (TB) 723333 3 3 72216232
Reading Royals (LA) 723233 2 5 71221235
Wheeling Nailers (Pit) 723234 2 4 70215255
Southern Division GP W L OTL SOL PTS GF GA
Florida Everblades (Car/Fla) (z) 724422 4 2 94272212
Texas Wildcatters (Independent) 724122 5 4 91265222
Gwinnett Gladiators (Atl) 724124 5 2 89289256
Charlotte Checkers (NYR) 724227 1 2 87252220
Augusta Lynx (Ana) 723929 1 3 82258265
South Carolina Stingrays (Was) 723627 4 5 81250251
Columbia Inferno (Tor) 722934 4 5 67217256
Pensacola Ice Pilots (NYI) 722046 2 4 46233318
National Conference
Pacific Division GP W L OTL SOL PTS GF GA
Las Vegas Wranglers (Cal) (z) 724612 6 8 106231187
Bakersfield Condors (Independent) 724119 3 9 94270236
Stockton Thunder (Edm) 723824 5 5 86225197
Fresno Falcons (SJ) 723429 5 4 77195197
Long Beach Ice Dogs (Bos) 722742 0 3 57209267
West Division GP W L OTL SOL PTS GF GA
Alaska Aces (StL) 724916 3 4 105270176
Idaho Steelheads (Dal) 724224 2 4 90240208
Victoria Salmon Kings (Van) 723632 1 3 76239249
Phoenix RoadRunners (Phx) 722740 2 3 59201255
Utah Grizzlies (Independent) 722242 4 4 52184294

Final league standings[1]

Scoring LeadersEdit

Note: GP = Games played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; PIM = Penalty Minutes

Player Team GP G A Pts PIM
Brad Schell Gwinnett Gladiators 63 25 85 110 60
Scott Mifsud Gwinnett Gladiators 70 26 68 94 66
Yannick Tifu Phoenix RoadRunners/Dayton Bombers 78 28 61 89 104
Marty Flichel Idaho Steelheads 70 39 49 88 95
Kevin Baker Texas Wildcatters 62 36 45 81 76
Derek Nesbitt Idaho Steelheads 66 30 51 81 32
Kimbi Daniels Alaska Aces 70 18 63 81 128
Mark Lee Charlotte Checkers 59 26 54 80 64
Scott Bertoli Trenton Titans 64 31 48 79 118
Mike Bayrack Texas Wildcatters 66 33 45 78 71

Data referenced from ECHL website[2]

Leading GoaltendersEdit

Note: GP = Games Played; TOI = Time On Ice (minutes); W = Wins; L = Losses; OTL = Overtime Losses; SOL = Shootout Losses GA = Goals Against; SO = Shutouts; Sv% = Save Percentage; GAA = Goals Against Average

Player Team GP TOI W L OTL SOL GA SO Sv% GAA
Mike McKenna Las Vegas Wranglers 38 2258 27 4 2 5 83 5 .927 2.21
Derek Gustafson Alaska Aces 43 2536 29 11 2 1 100 5 .918 2.37
Adam Berkhoel Dayton Bombers 43 2584 23 17 0 3 105 5 .910 2.44
Ryan MacDonald Fresno Falcons 39 2134 16 14 5 1 88 1 .924 2.47
Cedrick Desjardins Cincinnati Cyclones 44 2648 24 19 1 0 112 4 .917 2.54

Data referenced from ECHL website[3]

Playoff FormatEdit

The ECHL realigned the playoff format for the two conferences.

National ConferneceEdit

The ECHL will use a straight-up, eight team knockout format for the National Conference.

The top eight teams will advance to the playoffs, with the two division champions being the first and second seeds. The other six teams will be seeded by points.

In the second round, the best team remaining from each division is seeded first and second, and the other two teams are seeded by points.

The better team gains home-ice advantage for the conference finals.

All games are best of seven games.

American ConferenceEdit

Because of the unbalance of the ECHL (15 teams in the American Conference compared to 10 teams in the National), the ECHL will have ten teams in the playoffs from the American Conference.

To save on travel expenses, both divisions will have individual playoffs before meeting in the conference finals. The top three teams in each division receive a bye and advance to the first round. A best-of-three "play-in" round will be held between the fourth and fifth place teams. The winner gains the fourth seed headed to the first round, a best-of-five series. The winners of the two series in the first round play in the division finals, a best-of-seven series.

The winners of the two division finals play in a best-of-seven conference final.

Kelly Cup FinalsEdit

The Kelly Cup Finals will be a best-of-seven series between the two conference champions.

Kelly Cup PlayoffsEdit

Playoff BracketEdit

AmericanEdit

  Divisional Quarterfinals
April 8-12
Divisional Semifinals
April 13-22
Divisional Finals
April 23-May 5
Conference Finals
May 7-19
                                     
    No.1  Dayton 3  
No.4  Trenton 2     No.4  Trenton 0  
  No.1  Dayton 4  
No.5  Johnstown 0    
  No.3  Cincinnati 3  
No.2  Toledo 0
 
  No.3  Cincinnati 3  
    No.1  Dayton 4
  So.1  Florida 3
  So.2  Texas 3  
So.3  Gwinnett 1  
  So.2  Texas 2
So.4  Charlotte 2  
  So.1  Florida 4  
So.5  Augusta 0     So.1  Florida 3
    So.4  Charlotte 0  
  • So. is short for South Division
  • No. is short for North Division

NationalEdit

  Conference Quarterfinals
April 9-21
Conference Semifinals
April 23-May 5
Conference Finals
May 7-19
                           
  1  Las Vegas 4  
8  Phoenix 0  
  1  Las Vegas 2  
  4  Idaho 4  
4  Idaho 4
  5  Stockton 2  
    4  Idaho 4
  2  Alaska 1
  3  Bakersfield 4  
6  Fresno 2  
3  Bakersfield 0
  2  Alaska 4  
2  Alaska 4
  7  Victoria 2  

Last FourEdit


  Conference Finals
May 7-19
Kelly Cup Finals
May 23-June 6
                 
No.1 Dayton 4  
So.1 Florida 3  
    No.1 Dayton 1
  Na.4 Idaho 4
Na.4 Idaho 4
Na.2 Alaska 1  
  • No. is short for North Division (American Conference).
  • So. is short for South Division (American Conference).
  • Na. is short for National Conference.

Playoff tables referenced from ECHL website[4].

ECHL AwardsEdit

See also: ECHL awards
Patrick Kelly Cup: Idaho Steelheads
Henry Brabham Cup: Las Vegas Wranglers
Gingher Memorial Trophy: Dayton Bombers
Bruce Taylor Trophy: Idaho Steelheads
John Brophy Award: Davis Payne (Alaska)
CCM Vector Most Valuable Player: Brad Schell (Gwinnett)
Kelly Cup Playoffs Most Valuable Player: Steve Silverthorn (Idaho)
Reebok Hockey Goaltender of the Year: Adam Berkhoel (Dayton)
CCM Tacks Rookie of the Year: Colton Fretter (Gwinnett)
Defenseman of the Year: Jon Awe (Gwinnett)
Leading Scorer: Brad Schell (Gwinnett)
Reebok Hockey Plus Performer Award: Matt Shasby (Alaska)
Sportsmanship Award: Derek Nesbitt (Idaho)

Team PhotosEdit

ReferencesEdit

See alsoEdit


ECHL seasons
1988-89 · 1989-90 · 1990-91 · 1991-92 · 1992-93 · 1993-94 · 1994-95 · 1995-96 · 1996-97 · 1997-98 · 1998-99
1999-00 · 2000-01 · 2001-02 · 2002-03 · 2003-04 · 2004-05 · 2005-06 · 2006-07 · 2007-08 · 2008-09 · 2009-10 · 2010-11


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