1995–96 ECHL season

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The 1995–96 ECHL season was the eighth season of the ECHL. Before the season started, the Greensboro Monarchs franchise moved up to the American Hockey League and became the Carolina Monarchs. The league saw the addition of four new teams for the 1995–96 season, which included the relocation of the Louisville IceHawks to Jacksonville, FL and expansion franchises in Laffayette, LA and Mobile, AL, as well as a return to Louisville, KY, bringing the number of teams in the league to twenty-one. With the increase in the number of teams the league decided to increase the number of games played in the regular season from 68 to 70. The Richmond Renegades finished first overall in the regular season, winning the Brabham Cup and the Charlotte Checkers won their first Riley Cup sweeping the Jacksonville Lizard Kings in four games.

Regular season[edit]

Note: GP = Games played, W = Wins, L = Losses, SOL = Shootout losses, Pts = Points, GF = Goals for, GA = Goals against, Green shade = Clinched playoff spot, Blue shade = Clinched division

East Division GP W L SOL Pts GF GA
Richmond Renegades 70 46 11 13 105 314 225
Charlotte Checkers 70 45 21 4 94 294 250
South Carolina Stingrays 70 40 22 8 88 284 251
Roanoke Express 70 36 28 6 78 231 260
Hampton Roads Admirals 70 32 15 13 77 278 265
Raleigh Icecaps 70 23 34 13 59 215 266
North Division GP W L SOL Pts GF GA
Toledo Storm 70 48 14 8 104 301 240
Wheeling Thunderbirds 70 42 23 5 89 289 261
Louisville River Frogs 70 39 24 7 85 266 237
Columbus Chill 70 37 28 5 79 285 268
Dayton Bombers 70 35 28 7 77 247 237
Erie Panthers 70 25 40 5 55 227 293
Johnstown Chiefs 70 21 38 11 53 249 322
Huntington Blizzard 70 21 39 10 52 232 309
South Division GP W L OTL Pts GF GA
Louisiana IceGators 70 43 21 6 92 312 261
Nashville Knights 70 42 22 6 90 368 307
Tallahassee Tiger Sharks 70 42 22 6 90 283 260
Knoxville Cherokees 70 37 29 4 78 323 303
Jacksonville Lizard Kings 70 33 29 8 74 267 288
Birmingham Bulls 70 26 39 5 57 258 360
Mobile Mysticks 70 22 37 11 55 265 325

Riley Cup playoffs[edit]

Bracket[edit]

First Round
(Best of 5)
Quarterfinals
(Best of 5)
Semifinals
(Best of 5)
Finals
(Best of 7)
                       
Richmond 3
Hampton Roads 2
Richmond 0
Jacksonville 3
Louisiana 0
Jacksonville 3
Jacksonville 3
Toledo 2
Toledo 3
Dayton 0
Toledo 3
Knoxville 0
Nashville 1
Knoxville 3
Jacksonville 0
Charlotte 4
Charlotte 3
Roanoke 0
Charlotte 3
South Carolina 0
South Carolina 3
Louisville 0
Charlotte 3
Tallahassee 0
Tallahassee 3
Raleigh 1
Tallahassee 3
Wheeling 2
Wheeling 3
Columbus 0

ECHL awards[edit]

See also: ECHL awards
Jack Riley Cup: Charlotte Checkers
Henry Brabham Cup: Richmond Renegades
John Brophy Award: Roy Sommer (Richmond)
ECHL Most Valuable Player: Hugo Belanger (Nashville)
Riley Cup Playoffs Most Valuable Player: Nick Vitucci (Charlotte)
ECHL Goaltender of the Year: Alain Morissette (Louisville)
ECHL Rookie of the Year: Keli Corpse (Wheeling)
Defenseman of the Year: Chris Valicevic (Louisiana)
Leading Scorer: Hugo Belanger (Nashville)

References[edit]

All stats come from Internet Hockey Database

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