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2011–12 ECHL season
League ECHL
Sport Ice hockey
Duration October 4, 2011 – March 31, 2012
Total attendance 3,082,764 (total)
4,282 (average)
Regular season
Season champions Alaska Aces
Season MVP Chad Costello
Top scorer Dustin Gazley
Playoffs
Eastern champions Florida Everblades
  Eastern runners-up Kalamazoo Wings
Western champions Las Vegas Wranglers
  Western runners-up Alaska Aces
Playoffs MVP John Muse
Kelly Cup
Kelly Cup champions Florida Everblades
  Runners-up Las Vegas Wranglers

The 2011–12 ECHL season was the 24th season of the ECHL. The regular season schedule ran from October 4, 2011 to March 31, 2012 and was followed by the 2012 Kelly Cup playoffs beginning on April 2, 2012.

League Business Edit

Team changes Edit

Following the loss of the Victoria Salmon Kings at the end of the 2010–11 season,[1] the league welcomed as its 19th and 20th teams, the Chicago Express, who played home games at the Sears Centre in Hoffman Estates, Illinois[2] and the Colorado Eagles, who moved to the ECHL from the Central Hockey League and played home games at the Budweiser Events Center in Loveland, Colorado. Chicago played in the North Division of the Eastern Conference and Colorado played in the Mountain Division of the Western Conference.

On July 6, 2011 the New Jersey Devils announced that the Trenton Devils were suspending operations immediately, citing a desire to restructure their player development system to more closely mirror those of other NHL franchises. New Jersey was the only NHL team to wholly own its ECHL affiliate. Trenton had failed to qualify for the playoffs for three out of the previous four seasons and had regularly posted league-low attendance numbers. Prior to folding, the team lost $1.5 million during the 2010–11 ECHL season.[3] Later on July 27, an announcement was made that the franchise would re-enter the ECHL for the 2011–12 season as the Trenton Titans, with a press conference officially announcing the team occurring on July 28.[4] However, the ECHL Board of Governors gave the team a new membership on July 28. The new membership allows the team to avoid paying off the debt. The team maintained their place in the Eastern Conference's Atlantic Division spot and will maintain their original schedule for the 2011–12 season.[5]

Annual Board of Governors meetingEdit

The league's annual Board of Governors meeting concluded on August 1, 2011. Announcements included the re-election of Steve Chapman, president of the Gwinnett Gladiators as board president; adoption by the league of an attainable icing rule similar to that employed by the NHL and the league re-alignment for the 2011–12 season. The Colorado Eagles joined the Western Conference's Mountain Division, while in the Eastern Conference, the Wheeling Nailers moved to the Atlantic Division and the Chicago Express occupied the North Division spot left vacant by the Nailers.[6] The league also announced that no All-Star game would be conducted during the 2011–12 season.

2012 Kelly Cup Playoffs format Edit

The format for the 2011 Kelly Cup Playoffs remained unchanged from the previous season.

In the Eastern Conference, postseason berths were awarded to the first-place team in each division and the next five teams in the conference, based on points. The division winners were seeded first, second and third and played the eighth-place finisher, the seventh-place finisher and the sixth-place finisher, respectively, while the fourth-place finisher and the fifth-place finisher met. The conference semifinals had the winner of the first-place and eighth-place matchup meet the winner of the fourth-place and fifth-place game while the winner of the second-place and seventh-place game faced the winner of the third-place and sixth-place matchup.

In the Western Conference, postseason berths were awarded to the first-place team in each division and the next five teams in the conference, based on points. The division winner with the best record in the conference received a bye in the first round. The other division winner was seeded second and met the team that finished seventh in the conference in the first round. The other first round matchups were the third-place finisher in the conference against the sixth-place finisher in the conference and the fourth-place finisher in the conference against the fifth-place finisher in the conference. The conference semifinals had the first-place finisher meet the winner of the fourth-place and fifth-place matchup and the winner of the second-place finisher and seventh-place finisher against the winner of the third-place finisher and the sixth-place finisher.

The first round in each Conference was a best of five series with each subsequent round being a best of seven series.

Regular Season Edit

Standings Edit

By Division Edit

End of season standings
Eastern Conference

Atlantic Division
GP W L OTL SOL GF GA Pts
1 Elmira Jackals 72 45 22 2 3 228 204 95
2 Wheeling Nailers 72 37 26 4 5 219 202 83
3 Reading Royals 72 36 28 4 4 229 235 80
4 Trenton Titans 72 21 41 4 6 211 271 52
North Division
GP W L OTL SOL GF GA Pts
1 Kalamazoo Wings 72 38 26 2 6 264 237 84
2 Chicago Express 72 34 26 8 4 216 234 80
3 Cincinnati Cyclones 72 35 28 2 7 228 227 79
4 Toledo Walleye 72 28 38 2 4 189 258 48
South Division
GP W L OTL SOL GF GA Pts
1 Gwinnett Gladiators 72 41 20 7 4 214 200 93
2 Greenville Road Warriors 72 41 25 2 4 232 215 88
3 Florida Everblades 72 39 26 2 5 260 218 85
4 South Carolina Stingrays 72 37 28 4 3 191 180 81

Western Conference

Mountain Division
GP W L OTL SOL GF GA Pts
1 Alaska Aces 72 43 18 3 8 224 172 97
2 Colorado Eagles 72 38 28 1 5 250 252 82
3 Utah Grizzlies 72 33 33 0 6 183 223 72
4 Idaho Steelheads 72 31 32 2 7 194 236 71
Pacific Division
GP W L OTL SOL GF GA Pts
1 Ontario Reign 72 43 21 5 3 242 193 94
2 Las Vegas Wranglers 72 42 22 1 7 235 198 92
3 Stockton Thunder 72 34 33 1 4 204 216 73
4 Bakersfield Condors 72 24 41 4 3 199 241 55

By Conference Edit

End of season standings

Eastern Conference
R Div GP W L OTL SOL GF GA Pts
1 z - Elmira Jackals * AT 72 45 22 2 3 228 204 95
2 y - Gwinnett Gladiators * SO 72 41 20 7 4 214 200 93
3 y - Kalamazoo Wings * NO 72 38 26 2 6 264 237 84
4 Greenville Road Warriors SO 72 41 25 2 4 232 215 88
5 Florida Everblades SO 72 39 26 2 5 260 218 85
6 Wheeling Nailers AT 72 37 26 4 5 219 202 83
7 South Carolina Stingrays SO 72 37 28 4 3 191 180 81
8 Reading Royals AT 72 36 28 4 4 229 235 80
8.5
9 Chicago Express NO 72 34 26 8 4 216 234 80
10 Cincinnati Cyclones NO 72 35 28 2 7 228 227 79
11 Toledo Walleye NO 72 28 38 2 4 189 258 62
12 Trenton Titans AT 72 21 41 4 6 211 271 52
Divisions: AT - Atlantic, NO - North, SO - South

* – Division leader; y – Won division; z – Won conference (and division)

Western Conference
R Div GP W L OTL SOL GF GA Pts
1 z - Alaska Aces * MT 72 43 18 3 8 224 172 97
2 y - Ontario Reign * PA 72 43 21 5 3 242 193 94
3 Las Vegas Wranglers PA 72 42 22 1 7 235 198 92
4 Colorado Eagles MT 72 38 28 1 5 250 252 82
5 Stockton Thunder PA 72 34 33 1 4 204 216 73
6 Utah Grizzlies MT 72 33 33 0 6 183 223 72
7 Idaho Steelheads MT 72 31 32 2 7 194 236 71
8.5
8 Bakersfield Condors PA 72 24 41 4 3 199 241 55
Divisions: MT - Mountain, PA - Pacific

* – Division leader; y – Won division; z – Won conference (and division)

2011-12 Kelly Cup PlayoffsEdit

BracketEdit

  Conference Quarterfinals[7] Conference Semifinals[8] Conference Finals Kelly Cup Finals[9]
                                     
1  Elmira 3  
8  Reading 2  
  1  Elmira 1  
  5  Florida 4  
4  Greenville 0
5  Florida 3  
  5  Florida 4  
Eastern Conference
  3  Kalamazoo 1  
2  Gwinnett 1  
7  South Carolina 3  
  7  South Carolina 1
  3  Kalamazoo 4  
3  Kalamazoo 3
6  Wheeling 1  
  E5  Florida 4
  W3  Las Vegas 1
1  Alaska  
8  BYE  
  1  Alaska 4
  5  Stockton 1  
4  Colorado 0
5  Stockton 3  
  1  Alaska 1
Western Conference
  3  Las Vegas 4  
2  Ontario 2  
7  Idaho 3  
  7  Idaho 1
  3  Las Vegas 4  
3  Las Vegas 3
6  Utah 0  


Player statisticsEdit

Scoring leaders Edit

The following were the top ten players in the league in points at the conclusion of the 2011–12 season.[10]

GP = Games played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; PIM = Penalty minutes

Player Team GP G A Pts PIM
Gazley, DustinDustin Gazley Elmira Jackals 72 25 60 85 73
Miller, AdamAdam Miller Las Vegas Wranglers 71 32 52 84 45
Bowers, JustinJustin Bowers Greenville Road Warriors 69 19 59 78 37
Costello, ChadChad Costello Colorado Eagles 47 29 47 76 26
Daavettila, TrentTrent Daavettila Kalamazoo Wings 69 18 56 74 40
Tifu, YannickYannick Tifu Reading Royals 69 23 47 70 65
Kissel, DanDan Kissel Alaska Aces 70 35 33 68 30
Aubin, MathieuMathieu Aubin Cincinnati Cyclones 62 30 38 68 59
Ulanski, KevinKevin Ulanski Colorado Eagles 56 27 41 68 60
Lampe, EricEric Lampe Las Vegas Wranglers 52 37 30 67 38

Leading goaltenders Edit

The following were the top ten goaltenders in the league in goals against average at the conclusion of the 2011–12 season.[11]

GP = Games played; Min = Minutes played; 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 Min W L OTL SOL GA SO SV% GAA
Coleman, GeraldGerald Coleman Alaska Aces 27 1644 18 5 1 3 53 3 .926 1.93
Jakaitis, JeffJeff Jakaitis Gwinnett Gladiators 26 1538 17 6 1 1 52 5 .930 2.03
Grubauer, PhilippPhilipp Grubauer South Carolina Stingrays 43 2536 23 13 4 1 94 1 .918 2.22
Courchaine, AdamAdam Courchaine Alaska Aces 34 2022 19 10 2 3 80 3 .908 2.37
Fallon, JoeJoe Fallon Las Vegas Wranglers 47 2739 30 10 1 3 109 3 .912 2.39
Carrozzi, ChrisChris Carrozzi Ontario Reign 30 1669 17 7 2 2 67 3 .918 2.41
Muse, JohnJohn Muse Florida Everblades 25 1489 16 6 1 2 60 1 .920 2.42
Roy, OlivierOlivier Roy Stockton Thunder 40 2388 16 18 1 4 99 4 .925 2.49
Delmas, PeterPeter Delmas Wheeling Nailers 37 2113 18 14 1 2 88 3 .909 2.50
Stewart, BrianBrian Stewart Elmira Jackals 40 2294 26 11 1 1 98 1 .917 2.56

ECHL awards Edit

See also: ECHL awards
Patrick Kelly Cup: Florida Everblades
Henry Brabham Cup: Alaska Aces
Gingher Memorial Trophy: Florida Everblades
Bruce Taylor Trophy: Las Vegas Wranglers
John Brophy Award: Rob Murray (Alaska Aces)
John Wroblewski (Gwinnett Gladiators)
CCM U+ Most Valuable Player: Chad Costello (Colorado Eagles)
Kelly Cup Playoffs Most Valuable Player: John Muse (Florida Everblades)
Reebok Hockey Goaltender of the Year: Jeff Jakaitis (Gwinnett Gladiators)
CCM Rookie of the Year: Dustin Gazley (Elmira Jackals)
Defenseman of the Year: Aaron Schneekloth (Colorado Eagles)
Leading Scorer: Dustin Gazley (Elmira Jackals)
Reebok Plus Performer Award: Mathieu Aubin (Cincinnati Cyclones)
Sportsmanship Award: Kevin Ulanski (Colorado Eagles)
Community Service Award: Jason Fredricks (Ontario Reign)
Birmingham Memorial Award: Jason Rollins[12]

All-ECHL TeamsEdit

All-ECHL First Team

Flag of the United States F Chad Costello (Colorado)
Flag of the United States F Dustin Gazley (Elmira)
Flag of the United States F Eric Lampe (Las Vegas)
Flag of the United States D Bryan Miller (Alaska)
Flag of Canada D Aaron Schneekloth (Colorado)
Flag of the United States G Jeff Jakaitis (Gwinnett)

All-ECHL Second Team

Flag of Canada F Justin Bowers (Greenville)
Flag of the United States F Dan Kissel (Alaska)
Flag of the United States F Adam Miller (Las Vegas)
Flag of Canada D Andrew Hotham (Wheeling)
Flag of the United States D Johann Kroll (South Carolina)
Flag of the United States G Joe Fallon (Las Vegas)

ECHL All-Rookie TeamEdit

ECHL-All Rookie Team

Flag of Canada F Chris Barton (Wheeling)
Flag of the United States F Dustin Gazley (Elmira)
Flag of Canada F Matthew Sisca (Cincinnati)
Flag of Canada D Andrew Hotham (Wheeling)
Flag of the United States D Mike Little (Stockton)
Flag of Germany G Philipp Grubauer (South Carolina)

ReferencesEdit

  1. Dheenshaw, Cleve (May 7, 2011). RG opts to fold Salmon Kings franchise. Times Colonist. Retrieved on May 19, 2011.
  2. Press release (June 24, 2010). Expansion membership approved for Chicago. ECHL. Retrieved on May 25, 2011.
  3. Abdur-Rahman, Sulaiman (July 6, 2011). ECHL's Trenton Devils suspend operations. The Trentonian. Retrieved on July 7, 2011.
  4. Rosenau, Joshua. "Trenton Titans minor league hockey team to be revived at Sun National Bank Center", The Times of Trenton, July 27, 2011. Retrieved on July 28, 2011. 
  5. Press release. "ECHL Board of Governors approves membership for Trenton Titans", ECHL, July 28, 2011. Retrieved on July 28, 2011. 
  6. Press release. "Annual ECHL Board of Governors meeting concludes", ECHL, August 1, 2011. Retrieved on August 1, 2011. 
  7. Press release (April 1, 2012). ECHL announces schedule for conference quarterfinals of 2012 Kelly Cup playoffs. ECHL. Retrieved on April 3, 2012.
  8. Press release (April 12, 2012). 2012 Kelly Cup playoffs conference semifinals preview. ECHL. Retrieved on April 13, 2012.
  9. Press release (May 5, 2012). 2012 KELLY CUP FINALS SCHEDULE ANNOUNCED. ECHL. Retrieved on May 5, 2012.
  10. Top Scorers 2011-12 Regular Season - All Players. ECHL. Archived from the original on April 4, 2012.
  11. Top Goalies 2011-12 Regular Season - Goals Against Average. ECHL. Archived from the original on April 4, 2012.
  12. Rollins wins Birmingham Memorial Award. ECHL. Retrieved on 9 May 2012.


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