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2017–18 ECHL season
League ECHL
Sport Ice hockey
Duration October 13, 2017 – April 8, 2018
Total attendance 4,300,500
Regular season
Season champions Florida Everblades
Season MVP Shawn Szydlowski
Top scorer Shawn Szydlowski
Playoffs
Kelly Cup

The 2017–18 ECHL season is the 30th season of the ECHL. The regular season ran from October 13, 2017, to April 8, 2018 with the Kelly Cup playoffs to follow. Twenty-seven teams in 21 states and one Canadian province each played a 72-game schedule.

The league was shocked by the collapse of Tulsa Oilers head coach Rob Murray during a  November 17, 2017 game against the Quad City Mallards.  The game was suspended and will be completed at a later date.  He was released from the hospital the following day.[1]

A December 15th game between the Manchester Monarchs and the Greenville Swamp Rabbits was suspended with 5:45 remaining in the 3rd period due to issues with the ice surface.  The game was completed the next night with Greenville winning 4-3.[2]

League business Edit

Team changes Edit

Conference realignment Edit

With the addition of another ECHL team in the South, the Jacksonville IceMen, the Cincinnati Cyclones returned to the Western Conference and Central Division after one season in the Eastern Conference. The Worcester Railers took the North Division spot vacated by the folded Elmira Jackals. The Western Conference divisions were reshuffled with the Kansas City Mavericks moving to the Central while the Tulsa Oilers and Wichita Thunder joined the Mountain Division.[14]

Affiliation changesEdit

ECHL team New affiliates Former affiliates
Adirondack Thunder Calgary Flames (NHL)
Stockton Heat (AHL)
Cincinnati Cyclones Buffalo Sabres (NHL)
Rochester Americans (AHL)
Nashville Predators (NHL)
Milwaukee Admirals (AHL)
Jacksonville IceMen Winnipeg Jets (NHL)
Manitoba Moose (AHL)
Dormant
Kalamazoo Wings Vancouver Canucks (NHL)
Utica Comets (AHL)
Tampa Bay Lightning (NHL)
Syracuse Crunch (AHL)
Kansas City Mavericks Calgary Flames (NHL)
Stockton Heat (AHL)[15]
New York Islanders (NHL)
Bridgeport Sound Tigers (AHL)
Norfolk Admirals Nashville Predators (NHL)
Milwaukee Admirals (AHL)[16]
Edmonton Oilers (NHL)
Bakersfield Condors (AHL)
Quad City Mallards Vegas Golden Knights (NHL)
Chicago Wolves (AHL)
Minnesota Wild (NHL)
Iowa Wild (AHL)
Rapid City Rush

[17]

Minnesota Wild (NHL)
Iowa Wild (AHL)
Arizona Coyotes (NHL)
Tucson Roadrunners (AHL)
Tulsa Oilers Winnipeg Jets (NHL)
Manitoba Moose (AHL)
Wichita Thunder Edmonton Oilers (NHL)
Bakersfield Condors (AHL)
Ottawa Senators (NHL)
Binghamton Senators (AHL)
Worcester Railers New York Islanders (NHL)
Bridgeport Sound Tigers (AHL)
Expansion team

Annual Board of Governors meetingEdit

The annual ECHL Board of Governors meeting were held in Las Vegas, Nevada, on June 12 and 13, 2017.[18] The ECHL Board of Governors re-elected Cincinnati Cyclones' president Ray Harris as chairman for a third season. The Board also approved of the the transfer of the Alaska Aces franchise to Portland, Maine, for the 2018–19 season as well as the 2017–18 alignment.[14]

All-star gameEdit

The 2018 CCM/ECHL All-Star Classic will be held on January 15, 2018, at the Indiana Farmers Coliseum in Indianapolis.[19]

StandingsEdit

Eastern ConferenceEdit

North DivisionEdit

Team GP W L OL SL GF GA Pts
Adirondack Thunder 72 41 24 3 4 233 221 89
Manchester Monarchs 72 41 25 3 3 257 214 88
Reading Royals 72 39 24 9 0 232 199 87
Worcester Railers 72 37 27 4 4 194 193 82
Wheeling Nailers 72 35 28 8 1 248 245 79
Brampton Beast 72 28 34 6 4 210 245 66

South DivisionEdit

Team GP W L OL SL GF GA Pts
Florida Everblades 72 53 13 2 4 261 171 112
South Carolina Stingrays 72 48 16 7 1 214 153 104
Orlando Solar Bears 72 33 30 6 3 212 228 75
Atlanta Gladiators 72 32 35 2 3 205 229 69
Jacksonville IceMen 72 26 39 4 3 203 246 59
Norfolk Admirals 72 26 39 6 1 211 269 59
Greenville Swamp Rabbits 72 24 40 7 1 202 284 56

Western ConferenceEdit

Central DivisionEdit

Team GP W L OL SL GF GA Pts
Toledo Walleye 72 50 17 3 2 242 170 105
Fort Wayne Komets 78 46 20 5 1 296 219 98
Cincinnati Cyclones 72 39 30 3 0 229 226 81
Indy Fuel 72 36 30 5 1 242 248 78
Kalamazoo Wings 72 34 31 4 3 251 251 75
Kansas City Mavericks 72 34 32 4 2 204 223 74
Quad City Mallards 72 25 42 4 1 196 295 55

Mountain DivisionEdit

Team GP W L OL SL GF GA Pts
Colorado Eagles 72 48 18 4 2 265 214 102
Idaho Steelheads 72 44 20 5 3 244 188 96
Allen Americans 72 35 29 6 2 235 232 78
Wichita Thunder 72 34 30 6 2 222 235 76
Tulsa Oilers 72 31 29 3 9 214 233 74
Utah Grizzlies 72 28 29 9 6 230 256 71
Rapid City Rush 72 25 41 3 3 203 268 56

2018 Kelly Cup PlayoffsEdit

In the Mountain Division Semifinals, the Idaho Steelheads come back from an 3 games to none deficit to win the series becoming just the second team in ECHL history to accomplish the feat.[20]

FormatEdit

At the end of the regular season the top four teams in each division qualifies for the 2018 Kelly Cup playoffs and be seeded one through four based on highest point total earned in the season. Then the first two rounds of the playoffs are held within the division with the first seed facing the fourth seed and the second seed facing the third. The division champions then play each other in a conference championship. The Kelly Cup finals pits the Eastern Conference champion against the Western Conference champion. All four rounds are a best-of-seven format.[14]

North Division SemifinalsEdit

South Division SemifinalsEdit

Central Division SemifinalsEdit

Mountain Division SemifinalsEdit

North Division FinalEdit

South Division FinalEdit

Central Division FinalEdit

Mountain Division FinalEdit

Eastern Conference FinalEdit

Western Conference FinalEdit

Kelly Cup FinalEdit

2018 ECHL Kelly Cup Champions Colorado Eagles

ReferencesEdit

  1. http://qctimes.com/sports/hockey/professional/minor/tulsa-head-coach-rob-murray-taken-to-hospital-with-medical/article_0c23ac0c-fcd9-595d-ad3b-76cf98e116ca.html
  2. http://www.unionleader.com/article/20171216/SPORTS070201/171219433/1003
  3. "Alaska Aces to Cease Operations at Conclusion of 2016-17 Season", KTUU-TV, February 23, 2017. Retrieved on February 23, 2017. 
  4. Portland lands a pro hockey team for the fall of 2018. Portland Press Herald (June 15, 2017).
  5. AMERICANS ANNOUNCE PLAN TO EXPAND ROOTS IN DFW. Allen Americans (March 31, 2017).
  6. First Arena Gets New Owner, Jackals Will Fold. WETM-TV (March 10, 2017).
  7. MISSOURI MAVERICKS TO BECOME KANSAS CITY MAVERICKS IN 2017-18. ECHL (March 11, 2017).
  8. Meet the Jacksonville Icemen, our new hockey team. WTLV (February 8, 2017).
  9. Introducing the Worcester Railers professional hockey team. Worcester Magazine (April 3, 2016).
  10. https://arenadigest.com/2018/03/13/st-johns-echl-approved-2018-19-launch/
  11. https://arenadigest.com/2018/05/23/new-2018-19-newfoundland-growlers/
  12. https://arenadigest.com/2018/03/13/quad-city-mallards-withdrawing-echl-membership/
  13. https://arenadigest.com/2018/05/23/sphl-quad-city-squad-play-taxslayer-center/
  14. 14.0 14.1 14.2 Annual ECHL Board of Governors Meeting Concludes. ECHL (June 20, 2017).
  15. MAVERICKS BECOME ECHL AFFILIATE OF CALGARY, STOCKTON. ECHL (June 8, 2017).
  16. "Nashville Predators become new parent club of the Admirals", The Virginian-Pilot, May 4, 2017. Retrieved on May 5, 2017. 
  17. RUSH JOIN FORCES WITH MINNESOTA, IOWA. ECHL (June 19, 2017).
  18. 2017 ECHL HOCKEY SUMMER MEETINGS PRESENTED BY BRANDIOSE TO BE HELD JUNE 12-16 IN LAS VEGAS. ECHL (May 2, 2017).
  19. INDY FUEL TO HOST 2018 CCM/ECHL ALL-STAR CLASSIC. ECHL (January 18, 2017).
  20. https://www.echl.com/steelheads-cap-comeback-0-3-deficit

External linksEdit

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