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The 2008 Kelly Cup Playoffs of the ECHL began on April 6, 2008. 21 teams qualified for the playoffs (13 from the American Conference and 8 from the National Conference). In the American Conference, the top eight teams from the nine team South Division and five teams from the seven team North Division. In the National Conference, the top eight teams in the conference standings qualified for the playoffs.

The Kelly Cup Final ended on June 5, 2008, with the Cincinnati Cyclones defeating the Las Vegas Wranglers four games to two to win the first Kelly Cup in team history. Cincinnati goaltender Cedrick Desjardins was named the Kelly Cup Playoffs Most Valuable Player.

Playoff Format Edit

National ConferenceEdit

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. Teams will not be re-seeded. All games are best of seven games.

American ConferenceEdit

In the North Division, the top five teams will advance to the playoffs, with the division champion being the first seed. The other teams will be seeded by points. The fourth seed and the fifth seed will play a best-of-three series in the Division Quarterfinals. The winner will advance to the best-of-seven Division Semifinals to meet the division leader. The second seed and the third seed will play a best-of-seven Division Semifinals. The winners will advance to the best-of-seven Division Finals. The winner will advance to the American Conference Finals.

In the South Division,the top eight teams will advance to the playoffs, with the division champion being the first seed. The other teams will be seeded by points. Teams will be re-seeded according to the same criteria with division leader seeded first and remaining teams seeded in order of regular-season points. All games are best of five games. The winner of the Division Finals will advance to the American Conference Finals.

In the best-of-seven American Conference Finals the North Division Winner will face the South Division Winner

Kelly Cup FinalsEdit

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

Playoff Seeds Edit

After the 2007-08 ECHL regular season, 21 teams qualified for the playoffs. The Cincinnati Cyclones were the American Conference regular season champions, as well the Henry Brabham Cup winners with the best regular season record. The Las Vegas Wranglers were the National Conference regular season champions.

American Conference Edit

North Division Edit

  1. Cincinnati Cyclones - American Conference regular season champions; Henry Brabham Cup winners, 115 points
  2. Elmira Jackals - 89 points
  3. Reading Royals - 83 points
  4. Johnstown Chiefs - 78 points
  5. Dayton Bombers - 70 points

South Division Edit

  1. Texas Wildcatters - 115 points
  2. South Carolina Stingrays - 97 points
  3. Gwinnett Gladiators - 93 points
  4. Florida Everblades - 86 points
  5. Columbia Inferno - 77 points
  6. Charlotte Checkers - 75 points
  7. Augusta Lynx - 69 points
  8. Mississippi Sea Wolves - 61 points

National Conference Edit

  1. Las Vegas Wranglers - Pacific Division and National Conference regular season champions, 106 points
  2. Victoria Salmon Kings - West Division champions, 91 points
  3. Fresno Falcons - 92 points
  4. Idaho Steelheads - 90 points
  5. Alaska Aces - 87 points
  6. Utah Grizzlies - 74 points
  7. Bakersfield Condors - 61 points
  8. Stockton Thunder - 59 points

Playoff Brackets Edit

American Conference Edit

  American Conference
1st Round
American Conference
Quarterfinals
American Conference
Semifinals
American Conference
Finals
                                     
        
  No.1  Cincinnati 4  
    No.4  Johnstown 0  
No.4  Johnstown 2
No.5  Dayton 0  
  No.1  Cincinnati 4  
North Division
  No.3  Reading 3  
        
        
  No.2  Elmira 2
    No.3  Reading 4  
      
        
  No.1  Cincinnati 4
  So.2  South Carolina 1
So.1  Texas 3  
So.8  Mississippi 1  
  So.1  Texas 2
    So.5  Columbia 3  
So.4  Florida 0
So.5  Columbia 3  
  So.5  Columbia 2
South Division
  So.2  South Carolina 3  
So.3  Gwinnett 3  
So.6  Charlotte 0  
  So.3  Gwinnett 2
    So.2  South Carolina 3  
So.2  South Carolina 3
So.7  Augusta 2

National Conference Edit

  National Conference
Quarterfinals
National Conference
Semifinals
National Conference
Conference Finals
                           
  1  Las Vegas 4  
8  Stockton 2  
  1  Las Vegas 4  
  5  Alaska 1  
4  Idaho 0
  5  Alaska 4  
    1  Las Vegas 4
  6  Utah 0
  3  Fresno 2  
6  Utah 4  
6  Utah 4
  2  Victoria 1  
2  Victoria 4
  7  Bakersfield 2  

Kelly Cup Finals Edit

  2008 Kelly Cup Championship
                 
No.1 Cincinnati 4
Na.1 Las Vegas 2
  • No. is short for North Division
  • So. is short for South Division
  • Na. is short for National Conference

Playoff tables referenced from ECHL website

First round Edit

Note 1: All times are local.
Note 2: Game times in italics signify games to be played only if necessary.
Note 3: Home team is listed first.

American Conference Edit

(No. 4) Johnstown Chiefs vs. (No. 5) Dayton Bombers Edit

Johnstown wins series 2 – 0


(So. 1) Texas Wildcatters vs. (So. 8) Mississippi Sea Wolves Edit

Texas wins series 3 – 1


(So. 2) South Carolina Stingrays vs. (So. 7) Augusta Lynx Edit

South Carolina wins series 3 – 2


(So. 3) Gwinnett Gladiators vs. (So. 6) Charlotte Checkers Edit

Gwinnett wins series 3 – 0

(So. 4) Florida Everblades vs. (So. 5) Columbia Inferno Edit

Columbia wins series 3 – 0


Conference quarterfinals Edit

American Conference Edit

(No. 1) Cincinnati Cyclones vs. (No. 4) Johnstown Chiefs Edit

Cincinnati wins series 4 – 0

(No. 2) Elmira Jackals vs. (No.3) Reading Royals Edit

Reading wins series 4 – 2


(So. 1) Texas Wildcatters vs. (So. 5) Columbia Inferno Edit

Columbia wins series 3 – 2


(So. 2) South Carolina Stingrays vs. (So. 3) Gwinnett Gladiators Edit

South Carolina wins series 3 – 2


National Conference Edit

(1) Las Vegas Wranglers vs. (8) Stockton Thunder Edit

Las Vegas wins series 4 – 2


(2) Victoria Salmon Kings vs. (7) Bakersfield Condors Edit

Victoria wins series 4 – 2


(3) Fresno Falcons vs. (6) Utah Grizzlies Edit

Utah wins series 4 – 2


(4) Idaho Steelheads vs. (5) Alaska Aces Edit

Alaska wins series 4 – 0


Conference semifinals Edit

American Conference Edit

(No. 1) Cincinnati Cyclones vs. (No. 3) Reading Royals Edit

Cincinnati wins series 4 – 3


(So. 2) South Carolina Stingrays vs. (So. 5) Columbia Inferno Edit

South Carolina wins series 3 – 2


National Conference Edit

(1) Las Vegas Wranglers vs. (5) Alaska Aces Edit

Las Vegas wins series 4 – 1


(2) Victoria Salmon Kings vs. (6) Utah Grizzlies Edit

Utah wins series 4 – 1


Conference finals Edit

American Conference Edit

(No. 1) Cincinnati Cyclones vs. (So. 2) South Carolina Stingrays Edit

Cincinnati wins series 4 – 1


National Conference Edit

(1) Las Vegas Wranglers vs. (6) Utah Grizzlies Edit

Las Vegas wins series 4 – 0


2008 Kelly Cup Finals Edit

(No.1) Cincinnati Cyclones vs. (Na.1) Las Vegas Wranglers Edit

Cincinnati wins series 4 – 2


See also Edit

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