1989–90 ECHL season

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The 1989–90 ECHL season was the second season of the ECHL. The league brought back all five teams from the inaugural season and added three more franchises in Greensboro, North Carolina, Nashville, Tennessee, and Norfolk, Virginia. Before the season began, the Carolina Thunderbirds changed their name to the Winston-Salem Thunderbirds. The eight teams played sixty games in the schedule, unchanged from the total games played in the inaugural 1988–89 ECHL season. The Winston-Salem Thunderbirds finished first overall in the regular season. The Greensboro Monarchs won their first Riley Cup championship.

Regular season[edit]

Note: GP = Games played; W = Wins; L= Loses; OTL = Overtime loses; GF = Goals for; GA = Goals against; Pts = Points; Green shade = Clinched playoff spot

East Coast Hockey League GP W L OTL Pts GF GA
Winston-Salem Thunderbirds 60 38 16 6 82 312 257
Erie Panthers 60 38 16 6 82 357 251
Virginia Lancers 60 36 18 6 78 261 218
Greensboro Monarchs 60 29 27 4 62 263 283
Hampton Roads Admirals 60 29 29 2 60 252 267
Nashville Knights 60 26 30 4 56 248 289
Johnstown Chiefs 60 23 31 6 52 233 291
Knoxville Cherokees 60 21 33 6 48 230 300

Riley Cup Playoffs[edit]

Bracket[edit]

  Quarterfinals Semifinals Finals
                           
  1  Winston-Salem 4  
  6  Nashville 1  
    1  Winston-Salem 1
  3  Greensboro 4
  2  Erie 3  
5  Hampton Roads 2  
  2  Erie 0
  3  Greensboro 2  
3  Greensboro 3
  4  Virginia 1  

1st Round[edit]

Winston-Salem vs. Nashville
Away Home
Nashville 3 Winston-Salem 6
Winston-Salem 2 Nashville 6
Winston-Salem 5 Nashville 1
Nashville 2 Winston-Salem 7
Nashville 3 Winston-Salem 6
Winston-Salem wins series 4-1 and
earns bye to Riley Cup Finals
Erie vs. Hampton Roads
Away Home
Hampton Roads 2 Erie 4
Hampton Roads 5 Erie 4 OT
Erie 5 Hampton Roads 9
Erie 4 Hampton Roads 3
Hampton Roads 3 Erie 7
Erie wins series 3-2
Greensboro vs. Virginia
Away Home
Greensboro 3 Virginia 2
Greensboro 4 Virginia 5 OT
Virginia 1 Greensboro 3
Virginia 3 Greensboro 4
Greensboro wins series 3-1

2nd Round[edit]

Greensboro vs. Erie
Away Home
Greensboro 4 Erie 3
Erie 2 Greensboro 3
Greensboro wins series 2-0

Riley Cup Finals[edit]

Winston-Salem vs. Greensboro
Away Home
Greensboro 5 Winston-Salem 3
Greensboro 3 Winston-Salem 6
Winston-Salem 1 Greensboro 5
Winston-Salem 3 Greensboro 4 OT
Greensboro 4 Winston-Salem 1
Greensboro wins series and Riley Cup 4-1

ECHL awards[edit]

See also: ECHL awards
Jack Riley Cup: Greensboro Monarchs
Henry Brabham Cup: Winston-Salem Thunderbirds
ECHL Most Valuable Player: Bill McDougall (Erie)
Riley Cup Playoffs Most Valuable Player: Wade Flaherty (Greensboro)
ECHL Rookie of the Year: Bill McDougall (Erie)
Defenseman of the Year: Bill Whitfield (Virginia)
Leading Scorer: Bill McDougall (Erie)

All-Star Teams[edit]

First All-Star Team[edit]

Forward: Bill McDougall, Erie Panthers
Forward: Trent Kaese, Winston-Salem Thunderbirds
Forward: Len Soccio, Winston-Salem Thunderbirds
Defense: Dave Doucette, Winston-Salem Thunderbirds
Defense: Bill Whitfield, Virginia Lancers
Defense: Andre Brassard, Nashville Knights
Goaltender: Alain Raymond, Hampton Roads Admirals
Head Coach: Dave Allison, Virginia Lancers

Second All-Star Team[edit]

Forward: Joe Ferras, Winston-Salem Thunderbirds
Forward: Glen Engevik, Nashville Knights
Forward: Trevor Jobe, Hampton Roads Admirals
Forward: Brian Martin, Hampton Roads Admirals
Defense: Scott Drevich, Virginia Lancers
Goaltender: Craig Barnett, Erie Panthers
Head Coach: Ron Hansis, Erie Panthers

Note: The East Coast Hockey League did not hold an official All-Star game until the 1992–93 season. All-Star Teams were announced at the conclusion of the season.[edit]

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