2010–11 ECHL season

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2010–11 ECHL season
League ECHL
Sport Ice hockey
Duration October 5, 2010 – April 2, 2011
Total attendance 2,967,752 (total)
4,339 (average)
Regular season
Brabham Cup Alaska Aces
Season MVP Wes Goldie
Top scorer Justin Donati
Playoffs
Eastern champions Kalamazoo Wings
  Eastern runners-up Wheeling Nailers
Western champions Alaska Aces
  Western runners-up Victoria Salmon Kings
Playoffs MVP Scott Howes
Kelly Cup
Champions Alaska Aces
  Runners-up Kalamazoo Wings
ECHL seasons

The 2010–11 ECHL season was the 23rd season of the ECHL. The regular season schedule ran from October 15, 2010[1] to April 2, 2011.[2] The Kelly Cup playoffs followed the regular season, with the first playoff game held on April 4, 2011,[3] and the final game (between the Alaska Aces and the Kalamazoo Wings) held on May 21, 2011. The league welcomed one new franchise, a relocation of the Johnstown Chiefs to Greenville, South Carolina, who played in the BI-LO Center. The ECHL held its annual All-Star Game and Skills Challenge on January 26 at Rabobank Arena in Bakersfield, California, home of the Bakersfield Condors.[4]

League Business[edit]

Team changes[edit]

In February 2010, Charlotte Checkers owner Michael Kahn purchased the Albany River Rats of the American Hockey League from Capital District Sports and that the team would relocated to Charlotte for the 2010–11 season.[5] Rumors had surfaced that the franchise rights that were held by the Checkers would be transferred to an ownership group with plans of putting a team at the San Diego Sports Arena in San Diego, California,[6] but instead Charlotte returned its franchise to the ECHL.[7]

Also in February 2010, the Johnstown Chiefs, the only member from the original five teams to compete in the league's inaugural season to stay in its original city, announced that they would be relocating to Greenville, South Carolina following the completion of the 2009–10 season.[8] On February 15, 2010, the Greenville Arena District Board announced that they had agreed to a five-year deal to bring the Chiefs to Greenville's BI-LO Center[9] and the ECHL Board of Governors approved the relocation of the Johnstown franchise to Greenville on February 17.[7]

2011 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]

Final League Standings

Conference standings[edit]

Eastern Conference GP W L OTL SOL GF GA PTS
z-Greenville Road Warriors* 72 46 22 3 1 255 192 96
y-Reading Royals* 72 44 23 2 3 257 220 93
y-Kalamazoo Wings* 72 40 24 2 6 255 225 88
x-Wheeling Nailers 72 38 29 0 5 230 210 81
x-South Carolina Stingrays 72 37 29 3 3 194 204 80
x-Florida Everblades 72 37 30 1 4 236 222 79
x-Cincinnati Cyclones 72 33 29 6 4 199 229 76
x-Elmira Jackals 72 32 30 7 3 249 264 74
e-Toledo Walleye 72 33 33 4 2 239 255 72
e-Gwinnett Gladiators 72 30 34 3 5 203 250 68
e-Trenton Devils 72 27 37 2 6 218 257 62

x - clinched playoff spot, y - clinched division title, z - clinched best conference record, e - eliminated from playoff contention

* – division leader

Western Conference GP W L OTL SOL GF GA PTS
b-Alaska Aces* 72 47 22 2 1 241 174 97
y-Bakersfield Condors* 72 41 27 2 2 222 210 86
x-Stockton Thunder 72 37 23 5 7 232 210 86
x-Las Vegas Wranglers 72 38 29 3 2 216 203 81
x-Idaho Steelheads 72 32 27 4 9 225 217 77
x-Utah Grizzlies 72 33 32 4 3 189 227 73
x-Victoria Salmon Kings 72 32 36 2 2 217 234 68
e-Ontario Reign 72 27 39 2 4 195 269 60

x - clinched playoff spot, y - clinched division title, b - clinched Brabham Cup, best record in the conference and first round bye, e - eliminated from playoff contention

* – division leader

Divisional standings[edit]

Eastern Conference
Atlantic Division GP W L OTL SOL GF GA PTS
y-Reading Royals* (TOR) 72 44 23 2 3 257 220 93
x-Elmira Jackals (ANA/OTT) 72 32 30 7 3 249 264 74
Trenton Devils (NJ) 72 27 37 2 6 218 257 62
North Division GP W L OTL SOL GF GA PTS
y-Kalamazoo Wings* (NYI) 72 40 24 2 6 255 225 88
x-Wheeling Nailers (MTL/PIT) 72 38 29 0 5 230 210 81
x-Cincinnati Cyclones (BUF/NAS) 72 33 29 6 4 199 229 76
Toledo Walleye (CHI/DET) 72 33 33 4 2 239 255 72
South Division GP W L OTL SOL GF GA PTS
y-Greenville Road Warriors* (NYR/PHI) 72 46 22 3 1 255 192 96
x-South Carolina Stingrays (WAS) 72 37 29 3 3 194 204 80
x-Florida Everblades (TB/CAR) 72 37 30 1 4 236 222 79
Gwinnett Gladiators (ATL) 72 30 34 3 5 203 250 68

Note: GP = Games played; W = Wins; L = Losses; T = Ties; OTL = Overtime loss; SOL = Shootout loss; GF = Goals for; GA = Goals against; Pts = Points

Western Conference
Pacific Division GP W L OTL SOL GF GA PTS
y-Bakersfield Condors* (MIN) 72 41 27 2 2 222 210 86
x-Stockton Thunder (SJ/EDM) 72 37 23 5 7 232 210 86
x-Las Vegas Wranglers (PHX) 72 38 29 3 2 216 203 81
Ontario Reign (LA) 72 27 39 2 4 195 269 60
Mountain Division GP W L OTL SOL GF GA PTS
y-Alaska Aces* (STL) 72 47 22 2 1 241 174 97
x-Idaho Steelheads (DAL) 72 32 27 4 9 225 217 77
x-Utah Grizzlies (CGY) 72 33 32 4 3 189 227 73
x-Victoria Salmon Kings (VAN) 72 32 36 2 2 217 234 68

Note: GP = Games played; W = Wins; L = Losses; T = Ties; OTL = Overtime loss; SOL = Shootout loss; GF = Goals for; GA = Goals against; Pts = Points

2010-11 Kelly Cup Playoffs[edit]

Bracket[edit]

Conference Quarterfinals[10] Conference Semifinals[11] Conference Finals[12][13] Kelly Cup Finals[14][15]
                       
1 Greenville 3
8 Elmira 1
1 Greenville 3
4 Wheeling 4
4 Wheeling 3
5 South Carolina 1
4 Wheeling 2
Eastern Conference
3 Kalamazoo 4
2 Reading 3
7 Cincinnati 1
2 Reading 0
3 Kalamazoo 4
3 Kalamazoo 3
6 Florida 1
W1 Alaska 4
E3 Kalamazoo 1
1 Alaska
8 BYE
1 Alaska 4
5 Idaho 0
4 Las Vegas 2
5 Idaho 3
1 Alaska 4
Western Conference
7 Victoria 0
2 Bakersfield 1
7 Victoria 3
7 Victoria 4
6 Utah 0
3 Stockton 1
6 Utah 3


ECHL awards[edit]

See also: ECHL awards
Patrick Kelly Cup: Alaska Aces
Henry Brabham Cup: Alaska Aces
Gingher Memorial Trophy: Kalamazoo Wings
Bruce Taylor Trophy: Alaska Aces
John Brophy Award: Brent Thompson (Alaska Aces)
CCM U+ Most Valuable Player: Wes Goldie (Alaska Aces)
Kelly Cup Playoffs Most Valuable Player: Scott Howes (Alaska Aces)
Reebok Hockey Goaltender of the Year: Gerald Coleman (Alaska Aces)
CCM Rookie of the Year: Ben Street (Wheeling Nailers)
Defenseman of the Year: Eric Regan (Elmira Jackals)
Leading Scorer: Justin Donati (Elmira Jackals)
Reebok Plus Performer Award: Trent Daavettila (Kalamazoo Wings)
Brendan Connolly (Greenville Road Warriors)
Sportsmanship Award: Brian Swanson (Alaska Aces)
Birmingham Memorial Award: Paul Carnathan

All-ECHL Teams[edit]

ECHL All-Rookie Team[edit]

ECHL-All Rookie Team

United States F Andy Bohmbach (Toledo)
Canada F Kael Mouillierat (Idaho)
Canada F Ben Street (Wheeling)
Canada D Mark Isherwood (Alaska)
Canada D Bobby Raymond (Florida)
Canada G Brian Stewart (Bakersfield)

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://echl.com/stats/schedule.php?date=2010-10-05
  2. ^ http://echl.com/stats/schedule.php?date=2011-04-02
  3. ^ http://www.oursportscentral.com/services/releases/?id=4177322
  4. ^ Press Release (February 18, 2010). "Bakersfield Selected To Host 2011 All-Star Game". ECHL. Retrieved April 4, 2012. 
  5. ^ Scott, David (February 11, 2010). "Checkers moving up in the world". The Charlotte Observer. Retrieved May 25, 2010. 
  6. ^ Sullivan, Tim (March 9, 2010). "No home for hockey this time". San Diego Union-Tribune. Retrieved May 29, 2010. 
  7. ^ a b Press release (February 17, 2010). "ECHL Concludes Mid-Season Board of Governors Meeting". ECHL. Retrieved April 4, 2012. 
  8. ^ Mastovich, Mike (February 15, 2010). "Chiefs plan to move franchise to South Carolina". Tribune-Democrat. Retrieved May 29, 2010. 
  9. ^ Staff report (February 16, 2010). "Deal done for ECHL team in Greenville". Post and Courier. Archived from the original on April 4, 2012. 
  10. ^ Press release (April 4, 2011). "Conference quarterfinals preview". ECHL. Retrieved April 5, 2011. 
  11. ^ Press release (April 13, 2011). "Conference semifinals preview". ECHL. Retrieved April 14, 2011. 
  12. ^ Press release (April 27, 2011). "Preview of Kelly Cup playoffs Western Conference finals". ECHL. Retrieved April 28, 2011. 
  13. ^ Press release (April 29, 2011). "Kelly Cup playoffs Eastern Conference finals preview". ECHL. Retrieved April 29, 2011. 
  14. ^ Press release (May 13, 2011). "Preview of 2011 Kelly Cup finals". ECHL. Retrieved May 16, 2011. 
  15. ^ Press release (May 21, 2011). "Alaska wins second Kelly Cup title". ECHL. Retrieved May 23, 2011. 

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