ECHL Hall of Fame
The ECHL Hall of Fame was established by the ECHL ice hockey league in 2008. The ECHL Board of Governors created the ECHL Hall of Fame in 2008, to recognize the achievements of players, coaches, and personnel who dedicated their careers to the league. Hall of Fame members are selected in four categories: Player, Developmental Player, Builder, and Referee/Linesman. Players must have concluded their career as an active player for a minimum of three playing seasons, though not continuous or full seasons. Development Players must have begun their career in the ECHL and went on to a distinguished career in the NHL, playing a minimum of 260 regular season games in the NHL, AHL and ECHL. Builders may be active or inactive whereas Referee/Linesman must have concluded their active officiating career for a minimum of three playing seasons.
No more than five candidates are elected to the Hall of Fame each year with no more than three Players, one Developmental Player, two Builders and one Referee/Linesman. The Builder and the Referee/Linesman categories are dependent upon the number of candidates in the Player category.
The nomination and subsequent selection of candidates is determined by the ECHL Hall of Fame Selection Committee which is appointed by the ECHL.
The ECHL Hall of Fame inaugural class was inducted during the 2008 ECHL All-Star Game festivities at Stockton Arena in Stockton, California and included ECHL founder Henry Brabham, the ECHL's first commissioner Patrick J. Kelly, and former players Nick Vitucci and Chris Valicevic.
List of Hall of Famers
|2008||Henry Brabham||ECHL founder||League Executive|
|Patrick J. Kelly||Commissioner (1988–96)||League Executive|
|Chris Valicevic||Defenseman||Greensboro Monarchs, Louisiana IceGators|
|Nick Vitucci||Goaltender||Greensboro Monarchs, Hampton Roads Admirals, Toledo Storm, Charlotte Checkers, Greenville Grrrowl|
|2009||John Brophy||Head coach||Hampton Roads Admirals, Wheeling Nailers|
|Blake Cullen||Owner||Hampton Roads Admirals|
|Tom Nemeth||Defenseman||Dayton Bombers, South Carolina Stingrays, Toledo Storm|
|Rod Taylor||Left winger||Hampton Roads Admirals, Richmond Renegades, Roanoke Express, South Carolina Stingrays, Peoria Rivermen, Toledo Storm|
|2010||Cam Brown||Left winger||Columbus Chill, Erie Panthers, Baton Rouge Kingfish, Gwinnett Gladiators|
|E.A. "Bud" Gingher||Owner; Chairman||Board of Governors Chairman (1992–95); Dayton Bombers owner|
|Olaf Kolzig||Goaltender||Hampton Roads Admirals,|
|Darryl Noren||Center||Greensboro Monarchs, Charlotte Checkers|
|2011||Phil Berger||Right winger||Greensboro Monarchs, Charlotte Checkers, Raleigh Icecaps, Hampton Roads Admirals|
|Richard Adams||President/CEO (1995–02)||League Executive|
|Luke Curtin||Left winger||Baton Rouge Kingfish, Atlantic City Boardwalk Bullies, Fresno Falcons|
|Joe Ernst||Referee||League Official|
|2012||Bob Woods||Defenseman||Johnstown Chiefs, Hampton Roads Admirals, Mobile Mysticks, Tallahassee Tiger Sharks, Mississippi Sea Wolves|
|Bill Coffey||Founder||League Executive|
|Sheldon Gorski||Right Winger||Louisville Ice Hawks, Louisville Riverfrogs, Miami Matadors, Pensacola Ice Pilots|
|John Marks||Coach||Charlotte Checkers, Greenville Grrrowl, Pensacola Ice Pilots, Augusta Lynx|
|Dave Seitz||Center||South Carolina Stingrays|
|2013||Dave Craievich||Defenseman||Cincinnati Cyclones, Birmingham Bulls, Mobile Mysticks|
|Marc Magliarditi||Goaltender||Columbus Chill, Florida Everblades, Louisiana IceGators, Richmond Renegades, Las Vegas Wranglers|
|Steve Poapst||Defense||Hampton Roads Admirals|
|Darren Schwartz||Left Winger||Johnstown Chiefs, Winston-Salem Thunderbirds, Tallahassee Tiger Sharks, Wheeling Nailers|
Inductees by team
- 8: Hampton Roads Admirals (includes one owner and one coach)
- 6: League Executives
- 4: Greensboro Monarchs, Charlotte Checkers (includes one coach)
- 3: Toledo Storm, South Carolina Stingrays,
- 2: Baton Rouge Kingfish, Columbus Chill, Greenville Grrrowl (includes one coach), Johnstown Chiefs, Louisiana IceGators, Mobile Mysticks, Pensacola Ice Pilots (includes one coach), Richmond Renegades, Tallahassee Tiger Sharks, Wheeling Nailers (includes one coach), Dayton Bombers (includes one owner)
- 1: Atlantic City Boardwalk Bullies, Augusta Lynx, Birmingham Bulls, Cincinnati Cyclones, Erie Panthers, Fresno Falcons, Gwinnett Gladiators, Las Vegas Wranglers, Louisville Ice Hawks/Riverfrogs, Miami Matadors, Mississippi Sea Wolves, Peoria Rivermen, Raleigh Icecaps, Roanoke Express, Winston-Salem Thunderbirds
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- J.P. Hoornstra (December 3, 2009). "2010 ECHL Hall Of Fame announced". Inside SoCal. Retrieved May 6, 2013.
- ECHL Press Release (November 19, 2010). "ECHL Announces 2011 ECHL Hall Of Fame Class". Arena Digest. Retrieved May 6, 2013.
- Mike Ashmore (January 19, 2012). "ECHL Alumni Profile - Bob Woods". ECHL. Retrieved May 5, 2013.
- "2012 ECHL Hall of Fame is Coffey, Gorski, Marks, Seitz, and Woods". ECHL. December 1, 2011. Retrieved May 5, 2013.
- ECHL Press Release (December 1, 2011). "2012 ECHL Hall Of Fame is Coffey, Gorski, Marks, Seitz, and Woods". ECHL. Retrieved May 5, 2013.
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- ECHL Press Release (January 18, 2013). "Seitz to Enter ECHL Hall of Fame". ECHL.com. Retrieved April 28, 2013.
- "ECHL Announces 2013 Hall Of Fame Class". Colorado Eagles. December 3, 2012. Retrieved May 5, 2013.
- Paul De Los Santos (December 25, 2012). "Former Wranglers goalie made Las Vegas his home, shined in last stop of career". Las Vegas Sun. Retrieved May 5, 2013.
- Nate Haeni (December 3, 2012). "Poapst among 2013 ECHL Hall Of Fame Class". Rockford Icehogs. Retrieved May 5, 2013.
- Shawn Rine (December 4, 2012). "Schwartz A Worthy Choice". The Intelligencer. Retrieved May 5, 2013.