1998–99 ECHL season

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The 1998–99 ECHL season was the 11th season of the ECHL. Before the start of the season, the league saw the Louisville RiverFrogs move to Miami, FL and the Raleigh Icecaps move to Augusta, GA as well as welcoming two new franchises in Estero, FL and Greenville, SC. The Pee Dee Pride finished first overall in the regular season, winning the Brabham Cup and the Mississippi Sea Wolves won their first Kelly Cup defeating the Richmond Renegades four games to three.

Regular season[edit]

Final standings[edit]

Note: GP = Games played; W = Wins; L= Loses; T = Ties; GF = Goals for; GA = Goals against; Pts = Points; Green shade = Clinched playoff spot; Blue shade = Clinched division; (z) = Clinched home-ice advantage

Northern Conference[edit]

Northeast Division GP W L T Pts GF GA
Roanoke Express 70 38 22 10 86 224 201
Hampton Roads Admirals 70 38 24 8 84 215 213
Richmond Renegades 70 40 27 3 83 239 196
Chesapeake Icebreakers 70 34 25 11 79 229 206
Johnstown Chiefs 70 27 34 9 63 218 265
Northwest Division GP W L T PTS GF GA
Columbus Chill 70 39 24 7 85 257 242
Peoria Rivermen 70 39 25 6 84 243 230
Toledo Storm 70 39 26 5 83 256 246
Dayton Bombers 70 34 27 9 77 239 241
Huntington Blizzard 70 31 33 6 68 221 253
Wheeling Nailers 70 27 37 6 60 206 249

Southern Conference[edit]

Southeast Division GP W L T PTS GF GA
Pee Dee Pride 70 51 15 4 106 289 191
Florida Everblades 70 45 20 5 95 253 180
South Carolina Stingrays 70 40 20 10 90 235 216
Augusta Lynx 70 38 27 5 81 235 233
Jacksonville Lizard Kings 70 35 33 2 72 235 255
Charlotte Checkers 70 29 30 11 69 221 262
Miami Matadors 70 28 32 10 66 208 266
Greenville Grrrowl 70 26 33 11 63 208 241
Southwest Division GP W L T PTS GF GA
Louisiana IceGators 70 46 18 6 98 297 205
Mississippi Sea Wolves 70 41 22 7 89 251 215
Birmingham Bulls 70 37 29 4 78 251 267
New Orleans Brass 70 30 27 13 73 244 261
Mobile Mysticks 70 31 31 8 70 231 259
Baton Rouge Kingfish 70 30 30 10 70 222 228
Tallahassee Tiger Sharks 70 27 34 9 63 212 250
Pensacola Ice Pilots 70 25 41 4 54 199 267

Kelly Cup playoffs[edit]

Northern Conference[edit]

Bracket[edit]

Conference Quarterfinals
(Best of 5)
Conference Semifinals
(Best of 5)
Conference Finals
(Best of 7)
                 
1 Roanoke 3
8 Dayton 1
1 Roanoke 3
7 Chesapeake 1
2 Columbus 1
7 Chesapeake 3
1 Roanoke 0
5 Richmond 4
3 Peoria 1
6 Toledo 3
6 Toledo 0
5 Richmond 3
4 Hampton Roads 1
5 Richmond 3

Quarterfinals[edit]

Semifinals[edit]

Finals[edit]

(1) Roanoke vs. (5) Richmond
Date Away Home
April 30 Richmond 3 Roanoke 2 OT
May 1 Richmond 3 Roanoke 0
May 5 Roanoke 0 Richmond 3
May 7 Roanoke 2 Richmond 4
Richmond wins series 4–0

Southern Conference[edit]

Bracket[edit]

  Conference Wild Card
(Best of 3)
Conference Quarterfinals
(Best of 5)
Conference Semifinals
(Best of 5)
Conference Finals
(Best of 7)
                                     
 
  1 Pee Dee 3  
    11 Baton Rouge 1  
6 Augusta 0
11 Baton Rouge 2  
  1 Pee Dee 3  
  8 New Orleans 1  
 
 
  2 Louisiana 2
    8 New Orleans 3  
8 New Orleans 2
9 Jacksonville 0  
  1 Pee Dee 1
  5 Mississippi 4
 
 
  3 Florida 3
    7 Birmingham 0  
7 Birmingham 2
10 Mobile 0  
  3 Florida 0
  5 Mississippi 3  
 
 
  4 South Carolina 0
    5 Mississippi 3  

Wild Card[edit]

Quarterfinals[edit]

Semifinals[edit]

Finals[edit]

(1) Pee Dee vs. (5) Mississippi
Date Away Home
May 1 Mississippi 1 Pee Dee 0 OT
May 2 Mississippi 3 Pee Dee 4 OT
May 5 Pee Dee 5 Mississippi 7
May 7 Pee Dee 1 Mississippi 3
May 8 Pee Dee 2 Mississippi 3 OT
Mississippi wins series 4–1

Kelly Cup finals[edit]

Kelly Cup Finals
     
N.5 Richmond 3
S.5 Mississippi 4
(S.5) Mississippi vs. (N.5) Richmond
Date Away Home
May 15 Richmond 2 Mississippi 0
May 16 Richmond 3 Mississippi 5
May 19 Mississippi 3 Richmond 5
May 23 Mississippi 0 Richmond 1
May 24 Richmond 0 Mississippi 2
May 28 Mississippi 7 Richmond 3
May 30 Richmond 3 Mississippi 4
Mississippi wins series 4–3

ECHL awards[edit]

Patrick J. Kelly Cup: Mississippi Sea Wolves
Henry Brabham Cup: Pee Dee Pride
Northern Conference Champion: Richmond Renegades
Southern Conference Champion: Mississippi Sea Wolves
John Brophy Award: Bob Ferguson (Florida)
ECHL Most Valuable Player: Chris Valicevic (Louisiana)
Kelly Cup Playoffs Most Valuable Player: Travis Scott (Mississippi)
ECHL Goaltender of the Year: Maxime Gingras (Richmond)
ECHL Rookie of the Year: Maxime Gingras (Richmond)
Defenseman of the Year: Chris Valicevic (Louisiana)
Leading Scorer: John Spoltore (Louisiana)
Sportsmanship Award: Jamie Ling (Dayton)

See also[edit]