2002–03 ECHL season

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2002–03 ECHL season
League East Coast Hockey League
Sport Ice hockey
Regular season
Brabham Cup Toledo Storm
Season MVP Bud Smith (Arkansas)
Top scorer Bud Smith (Arkansas)
Playoffs
Northern champions Atlantic City Boardwalk Bullies
  Northern runners-up Cincinnati Cyclones
Southern champions Columbia Inferno
  Southern runners-up Mississippi Sea Wolves
Playoffs Playoffs MVP Kevin Colley (Atlantic City)
Finals
Champions Atlantic City Boardwalk Bullies
  Runners-up Columbia Inferno
ECHL seasons

The 2002–03 ECHL season was the 15th season of the East Coast Hockey League. The Brabham Cup regular season champions were the Toledo Storm and the Kelly Cup playoff champions were the Atlantic City Boardwalk Bullies.

League changes[edit]

The Macon Whoopee relocated to Lexington, Kentucky, as the Lexington Men O' War.

The New Orleans Brass ceased operations due to the arrival of the New Orleans Hornets basketball team. The NBA team moved into the Brass' arena but wanted the Brass to pay for every conversion between the hockey and basketball configuration, an expense the Brass could not afford.

The Mobile Mysticks also suspended operations prior to the season and would relocate to Duluth, Georgia, beginning with the 2003–04 season.

All-Star Game[edit]

The ECHL All-Star Game was held at Germain Arena in Estero, Florida and was hosted by the Florida Everblades. The Northern Conference All-Stars dominated the game, beating the Southern Conference All-Stars 8–2. Atlantic City's Scott Stirling was named Most Valuable Player.

Regular season[edit]

Final standings[edit]

Note: GP = Games played; W = Wins; L= Losses; SOL = Shootout Losses; GF = Goals for; GA = Goals against; Pts = Points
Green shade = Clinched playoff spot; Blue shade = Clinched division; (z) = Clinched home-ice advantage
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Northern Conference[edit]

Northeast Division GP W L SOL Pts GF GA
Atlantic City Boardwalk Bullies 72 41 19 12 94 268 224
Greensboro Generals 72 42 21 9 93 235 211
Roanoke Express 72 42 24 6 90 265 239
Trenton Titans 72 38 24 10 86 229 207
Charlotte Checkers 72 41 28 3 85 262 234
Richmond Renegades 72 35 31 6 76 240 239
Reading Royals 72 32 35 5 69 261 303
Northwest Division GP W L SOL Pts GF GA
Toledo Storm (z) 72 47 15 10 104 247 196
Peoria Rivermen 72 48 17 7 103 241 181
Cincinnati Cyclones 72 36 29 7 79 257 236
Lexington Men O' War 72 34 31 7 75 188 212
Johnstown Chiefs 72 28 33 11 67 214 243
Wheeling Nailers 72 28 41 3 59 193 261
Dayton Bombers 72 24 38 10 58 191 247

Southern Conference[edit]

Southeast Division GP W L SOL Pts GF GA
Columbia Inferno (z) 72 47 23 2 96 265 202
South Carolina Stingrays 72 42 22 8 92 248 225
Pee Dee Pride 72 40 26 6 86 244 213
Florida Everblades 72 35 23 14 84 239 243
Greenville Grrrowl 72 28 36 8 64 217 262
Augusta Lynx 72 27 39 6 60 203 256
Columbus Cottonmouths 72 25 39 8 58 197 270
Southwest Division GP W L SOL Pts GF GA
Mississippi Sea Wolves 72 44 24 4 92 250 211
Louisiana IceGators 72 40 20 12 92 249 210
Arkansas RiverBlades 72 37 24 11 85 238 236
Jackson Bandits 72 38 26 8 84 210 195
Pensacola Ice Pilots 72 33 30 9 75 228 241
Baton Rouge Kingfish 72 20 43 9 49 184 266

Kelly Cup playoffs[edit]

Northern Conference[edit]

Divisional Semifinals
April 2–8
Division Finals
April 11–18
Conference Finals
April 23-May 3
                 
NE1 Atlantic City 3
NE4 Trenton 0
NE1 Atlantic City 3
NE2 Greensboro 1
NE2 Greensboro 3
NE3 Roanoke 1
NE1 Atlantic City 4
NW3 Cincinnati 3
NW2 Peoria 1
NW3 Cincinnati 3
NW1 Toledo 1
NW3 Cincinnati 3
NW1 Toledo 3
NW4 Lexington 0

Division semifinals[edit]

Northeast Division Semifinals
Atlantic City vs. Trenton
Date Away Home
April 2 Trenton 3 Atlantic City 4
April 4 Trenton 0 Atlantic City 4
April 7 Atlantic City 7 Trenton 3
Atlantic City wins series 3–0
Northeast Division Semifinals
Greensboro vs. Roanoke
Date Away Home
April 3 Roanoke 2 Greensboro 7
April 4 Roanoke 3 Greensboro 1
April 5 Greensboro 3 Roanoke 2
April 8 Greensboro 5 Roanoke 3
Greensboro wins series 3–1
Northwest Division Semifinals
Toledo vs. Lexington
Date Away Home
April 2 Lexington 1 Toledo 9
April 4 Lexington 0 Toledo 3
April 5 Lexington 1 Toledo 5
Toledo wins series 3–0
Northwest Division Semifinals
Peoria vs. Cincinnati
Date Away Home
April 1 Cincinnati 4 Peoria 3
April 2 Cincinnati 1 Peoria 2 OT
April 5 Peoria 0 Cincinnati 1 OT
April 6 Peoria 3 Cincinnati 4 2OT
Cincinnati wins series 3–1

Division finals[edit]

Northeast Division Finals
Atlantic City vs. Greensboro
Date Away Home
April 11 Greensboro 2 Atlantic City 3 OT
April 12 Greensboro 3 Atlantic City 2 OT
April 16 Atlantic City 6 Greensboro 3
April 18 Atlantic City 3 Greensboro 2
Atlantic City wins series 3–1
Northwest Division Finals
Toledo vs. Cincinnati
Date Away Home
April 11 Cincinnati 2 Toledo 1
April 12 Cincinnati 4 Toledo 2
April 15 Toledo 1 Cincinnati 0
April 16 Toledo 1 Cincinnati 4
Cincinnati wins series 3–1

Conference finals[edit]

Northern Conference Finals
Atlantic City vs. Cincinnati
Date Away Home
April 23 Cincinnati 4 Atlantic City 5
April 25 Cincinnati 0 Atlantic City 5
April 26 Atlantic City 3 Cincinnati 1
April 28 Atlantic City 1 Cincinnati 3
April 29 Atlantic City 3 Cincinnati 6
May 2 Cincinnati 4 Atlantic City 3
May 3 Cincinnati 2 Atlantic City 3
Atlantic City wins series 4–3
and Gingher Memorial Trophy

Southern Conference[edit]

  Divisional Wildcards
April 1
Divisional Semifinals
April 2–7
Divisional Finals
April 9–16
Conference Finals
April 23-May 2
                                     
    SE1  Columbia 3  
SE4  Florida 0     SE5  Greenville 0    
  SE1  Columbia 3  
SE5  Greenville 1    
  SE3  Pee Dee 0    
SE2  South Carolina 1
   
  SE3  Pee Dee 3  
    SE1  Columbia 4
  SW1  Mississippi 2
  SW2  Louisiana 3    
SW3  Arkansas 0    
  SW2  Louisiana 0
SW4  Jackson 0  
  SW1  Mississippi 3  
SW5  Pensacola 1     SW1  Mississippi 3
 
    SW5  Pensacola 0  

1st round[edit]

Southeast Division Wildcard
Florida vs. Greenville
Date Away Home
April 1 Greenville 3 Florida 2
Greenville wins series 1–0
Southwest Division Wildcard
Jackson vs. Pensacola
Date Away Home
April 1 Pensacola 3 Jackson 2 OT
Pensacola wins series 1–0

Division Semifinals[edit]

Southeast Division Semifinals
Columbia vs. Greenville
Date Away Home
April 2 Greenville 2 Columbia 6
April 4 Greenville 4 Columbia 6
April 7 Columbia 6 Greenville 4
Columbia wins series 3–0
Southeast Division Semifinals
South Carolina vs. Pee Dee
Date Away Home
April 2 Pee Dee 3 South Carolina 0
April 4 Pee Dee 1 South Carolina 7
April 5 South Carolina 3 Pee Dee 4
April 7 South Carolina 3 Pee Dee 4 OT
Pee Dee wins series 3–1
Southwest Division Semifinals
Mississippi vs. Pensacola
Date Away Home
April 2 Pensacola 1 Mississippi 5
April 4 Pensacola 1 Mississippi 5
April 5 Mississippi 5 Pensacola 1
Mississippi wins series 3–0
Southwest Division Semifinals
Louisiana vs. Arkansas
Date Away Home
April 2 Arkansas 0 Louisiana 2
April 3 Arkansas 1 Louisiana 2
April 5 Louisiana 3 Arkansas 1
Louisiana wins series 3–0

Division finals[edit]

Southeast Division Finals
Columbia vs. Pee Dee
Date Away Home
April 11 Pee Dee 2 Columbia 5
April 12 Pee Dee 1 Columbia 2
April 16 Columbia 5 Pee Dee 1
Columbia wins series 3–0
Southwest Division Finals
Mississippi vs. Louisiana
Date Away Home
April 9 Louisiana 2 Mississippi 5
April 12 Mississippi 4 Louisiana 0
April 14 Louisiana 2 Mississippi 3
Mississippi wins series 3–0

Conference finals[edit]

Southern Conference Finals
Columbia vs. Mississippi
Date Away Home
April 23 Mississippi 2 Columbia 5
April 25 Mississippi 2 Columbia 3 OT
April 27 Columbia 4 Mississippi 3
April 28 Columbia 1 Mississippi 3
April 30 Columbia 1 Mississippi 2 OT
May 2 Mississippi 2 Columbia 4
Columbia wins series 4–2
and Bruce Taylor Trophy

Kelly Cup finals[edit]

Columbia vs. Atlantic City
Date Away Home
May 7 Atlantic City 1 Columbia 0
May 9 Atlantic City 3 Columbia 0
May 10 Columbia 5 Atlantic City 3
May 12 Columbia 1 Atlantic City 3
May 14 Columbia 1 Atlantic City 3
Atlantic City wins series 4–1
and Kelly Cup

ECHL awards[edit]

See also: ECHL awards
Patrick Kelly Cup: Atlantic City Boardwalk Bullies
Henry Brabham Cup: Toledo Storm
Gingher Memorial Trophy: Atlantic City Boardwalk Bullies
Bruce Taylor Trophy: Columbia Inferno
John Brophy Award: Claude Noel (Toledo)
CCM TACKS Most Valuable Player: Bud Smith (Arkansas)
Kelly Cup Playoffs Most Valuable Player: Kevin Colley (Atlantic City)
Reebok Hockey Goaltender of the Year: Alfie Michaud (Peoria)
CCM Tacks Rookie of the Year: Jason Jaffray (Roanoke)
Defenseman of the Year: Jim Baxter (Mississippi)
Leading Scorer: Bud Smith (Arkansas)
Reebok Hockey Plus Performer Award: Dennis Vial (Columbia)
Mike Glumac (Pee Dee)
Sportsmanship Award: Rejean Stringer (Columbia)

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2002–03 ECHL Standings". HockeyDB. Retrieved March 8, 2017. 
  2. ^ "2002–03 ECHL Stats" (PDF). ECHL. Retrieved March 8, 2017. 

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