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About the ECHL


Founded in 1988, the East Coast Hockey League originally consisted of the Carolina Thunderbirds, Erie Panthers, Johnstown Chiefs, Knoxville Cherokees and Virginia Lancers. Teams played a 60-game schedule compared to the 72-game schedule the ECHL’s teams now play. By the 1991-92 season, there were 15 teams in the league, and teams played a 64-game schedule.

2003 marked a big year in ECHL history, as the ECHL expanded to the western United States and became a 31-team league. At this point, the league’s teams were divided into the Eastern Conference and the Western Conference.

In the 2009-10 season, as the league continued to grow, a record 35 former ECHL players played in their first NHL game. This pushed the total of ECHL players to play in the NHL to 443.

During the 2012-13 season, the ECHL celebrated its 25th anniversary, making the league the third-longest tenured professional hockey league in North American history, behind only the National Hockey League and the American Hockey League.

In the fall of 2014, the Indy Fuel joined the remaining seven Central Hockey League teams as one of eight expansion teams for the 2014-15 season.  The expansion brought the ECHL to a 28-member league.

WESTERN CONFERENCE

Midwest Division

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CINCINNATI CYCLONES

NHL Affiliate: Nashville Predators
AHL Affiliate: Milwaukee Admirals

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EVANSVILLE ICEMEN

NHL Affiliate: Ottawa Senators
AHL Affiliate: Binghamton Senators

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FORT WAYNE KOMETS

NHL Affiliate: Colorado Avalanche
AHL Affiliate: San Antonio Rampage

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INDY FUEL

NHL Affiliate: Chicago Blackhawks
AHL Affiliate: Rockford IceHogs

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QUAD CITY MALLARDS

NHL Affiliate: Minnesota Wild
AHL Affiliate: Iowa Wild

West Division

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ALASKA ACES

NHL Affiliate: TBA
AHL Affiliate: TBA

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COLORADO EAGLES

NHL Affiliate: TBA
AHL Affiliate: TBA

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IDAHO STEELHEADS

NHL Affiliate: Dallas Stars
AHL Affiliate: Texas Stars

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RAPID CITY RUSH

NHL Affiliate: Arizona Coyotes
AHL Affiliate: Springfield Falcons

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UTAH GRIZZLIES

NHL Affiliate: Anaheim Ducks
AHL Affiliate: San Diego Gulls

 Central Division

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ALLEN AMERICANS

NHL Affiliate: San Jose Sharks
AHL Affiliate: San Jose Barracuda

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MISSOURI MAVERICKS

NHL Affiliate: New York Islanders
AHL Affiliate: Bridgeport Sound Tigers

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TULSA OILERS

NHL Affiliate: Winnipeg Jets
AHL Affiliate: Manitoba Moose

Wichita-Thunder

WICHITA THUNDER

NHL Affiliate: Independent
AHL Affiliate: Independent

EASTERN CONFERENCE

North Division

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BRAMPTON BEAST

NHL Affiliate: Montreal Canadiens
AHL Affiliate: St. John’s IceCaps

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KALAMAZOO WINGS

NHL Affiliate: Columbus Blue Jackets
AHL Affiliate: Lake Erie Monsters

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TOLEDO WALLEYE

NHL Affiliate: Detroit Red Wings
AHL Affiliate: Grand Rapids Griffins

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WHEELING NAILERS

NHL Affiliate: Pittsburgh Penguins
AHL Affiliate: Wilkes Barre/Scranton Penguins

East Division

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ADIRONDACK THUNDER

NHL Affiliate: Calgary Flames
AHL Affiliate: Stockton Heat

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ELMIRA JACKALS

NHL Affiliate: Buffalo Sabres
AHL Affiliate: Rochester Americans

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MANCHESTER MONARCHS

NHL Affiliate: Los Angeles Kings
AHL Affiliate: Ontario Reign

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NORFOLK ADMIRALS

NHL Affiliate: Edmonton Oilers
AHL Affiliate: Bakersfield Condors

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READING ROYALS

NHL Affiliate: Philadelphia Flyers
AHL Affiliate: Lehigh Valley Phantoms

South Division

Florida-Everblades

FLORIDA EVERBLADES

NHL Affiliate: Carolina Hurricanes
AHL Affiliate: Charlotte Checkers

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GREENVILLE SWAMP RABBITS

NHL Affiliate: New York Rangers
AHL Affiliate: Hartford Wolf Pack

ATLANTA GLADIATORS

NHL Affiliate: Boston Bruins
AHL Affiliate: Providence Bruins

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ORLANDO SOLAR BEARS

NHL Affiliate: Toronto Maple Leafs
AHL Affiliate: Toronto Marlies

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SOUTH CAROLINA STINGRAYS

NHL Affiliate: Washington Capitals
AHL Affiliate: Hershey Bears