2007–08 Victoria Salmon Kings season

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2007-08 Victoria Salmon Kings
West Division champions
League 7th ECHL
Division 1st West
Conference 2nd National
2007-08 record 42-23-4-3
Home record 24-7-3-2
Road record 18-16-1-1
Goals for 256
Goals against 239
Team information
General Manager Dan Belisle
Coach Mark Morrison
Assistant Coach Quinten Van Horlick
Steve Lingren
Captain Kiel McLeod (Oct-Feb)
Jordan Krestanovich
Alternate captains Jordan Krestanovich (Oct-Feb)
Gary Gladue
Paul Ballantyne
Arena Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre
Average attendance 4,871
Team leaders
Goals Wes Goldie (42)
Assists Jordan Krestanovich (52)
Points Ash Goldie (83)
Penalties in minutes Robin Gomez (142)
Plus/minus Kevin Estrada (+9)
Wins Julien Ellis (24)
Goals against average Julien Ellis (3.18)
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Season summary[edit]

The 2007–08 Victoria Salmon Kings season is the Salmon Kings' 4th season in the ECHL. The season saw the Salmon Kings establish themselves in the ECHL with a 91-point season, and winning 42 of 72 games. Before the start of the season, the Salmon Kings signed players Ash Goldie, Kevin Estrada, Gary Gladue, and goaltender Billy Thompson to complement their returning star players Wes Goldie, Milan Gajic, Kiel McLeod, and Ryan Wade. With their new additions and returning players the Salmon Kings became an elite team in the 2007-08 season, going 15-5-0-0 through their first 20 games and continued to earn wins going into the ECHL All-Star Game. At the 2008 All-Star Game festivities in Stockton, Ash Goldie showed his impressive skills during the two-day event. At the skills competition, Goldie became the first player in the ECHL to go 5 for 5 in the target shooting event. The following night at the All-Star Game, Goldie scored an All-Star record 6 points, recording 3 goals and 3 assists to earn All-Star M.V.P. honours. After the All-Star game, the Salmon Kings struggled after going through numerous injuries and call ups, but managed to narrowly win the National West division title, and took the number two seed into the Kelly Cup playoffs. In the playoffs, the Salmon Kings won their first-ever playoff round by eliminating the Bakersfield Condors in six games. Unfortunately in the second round, the Salmon Kings were eliminated from the playoffs by the Utah Grizzlies in five games. In their West Division title season, the Salmon Kings were led offensively by the Goldie brothers. Ash Goldie finished fourth in league scoring with 83 points, second in goals with 40, and first in power play goals with 20, while his brother, Wes led the league with 42 goals and 6 shorthanded goals.

Standings[edit]

Division standings[edit]

West Division GP W L OTL SOL Pts GF GA
Victoria Salmon Kings (VAN) 72 42 23 4 3 91 256 239
Idaho Steelheads (DAL) 72 40 22 5 5 90 224 183
Alaska Aces (STL) 72 41 26 4 1 87 245 229
Utah Grizzlies (NYI) 72 32 30 2 8 74 239 259
Phoenix RoadRunners (SJ) 72 24 39 5 4 57 208 265

Conference standings[edit]

National Conference GP W L OTL SOL PTS GF GA
Las Vegas Wranglers (CGY) (y) 72 47 13 5 7 106 244 179
Victoria Salmon Kings (VAN) (y) 72 42 23 4 3 91 256 239
Fresno Falcons (Independent) 72 42 22 4 4 92 242 216
Idaho Steelheads (DAL) 72 40 22 5 5 90 224 183
Alaska Aces (STL) 72 41 26 4 1 87 245 229
Utah Grizzlies (NYI) 72 32 30 2 8 74 239 259
Bakersfield Condors (Independent) 72 26 37 2 7 61 230 280
Stockton Thunder (EDM) 72 27 40 3 2 59 200 250
Phoenix RoadRunners (SJ) 72 24 39 5 4 57 208 265

Schedule and results[edit]

Regular season[edit]

2007–08 Game log

Legend:   Win (2 points)   Loss (0 points)   Overtime/shootout loss (1 point)

Playoffs[edit]

2008 Kelly Cup playoffs

Legend:   Win   Loss

Player stats[edit]

Skaters[edit]

Note: GP = Games played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; +/- = Plus/Minus; PIM = Penalty Minutes

Goaltenders[edit]

Note: GP = Games Played; TOI = Time On Ice (minutes); W = Wins; L = Losses; OT = Overtime Losses; SOL = Shootout Losses; GA = Goals Against; GAA= Goals Against Average; Sv% = Save Percentage; SO= Shutouts

Regular season
Player GP TOI W L OT SOL GA GAA Sv% SO
Ellis, JulienJulien Ellis 42 2412 24 11 2 3 128 3.18 .908 2
Thompson, BillyBilly Thompson 34 1897 18 12 2 0 106 3.24 .907 2
Playoffs
Player GP TOI W L GA GAA Sv% SO
Thompson, BillyBilly Thompson 9 534 4 5 31 3.48 .881 0
Ellis, JulienJulien Ellis 3 136 1 1 9 3.97 .857 0

Denotes player spent time with another team before joining Victoria. Stats reflect time with the Salmon Kings only.
Denotes player no longer with the team. Stats reflect time with Salmon Kings only.

Transactions[edit]

Trades[edit]

June 15, 2007 To Victoria Salmon Kings
Free Trade
To Augusta Lynx
Warren McCutcheon
December 6, 2007 To Victoria Salmon Kings
Free Trade
To Phoenix RoadRunners
Bryan Nathe

Free agents acquired[edit]

Player Former team
Ash Goldie Long Beach Ice Dogs
Kevin Estrada Florida Everblades
Gary Gladue Long Beach Ice Dogs
Ty Morris Peiting EC (GerObL)
Alex Lalonde Calgary Dinos (CWUAA)
Chris Shaw Huntsville Havoc (SPHL)
Billy Thompson Bridgeport Sound Tigers (AHL)
Kalvin Sagert Prince George Cougars (WHL)
Jonathan Labelle Brock Badgers (CIS)
Darren Deschamps Lethbridge Pronghorns (CWUAA)
Dylan Yeo Calgary Hitmen (WHL)
Daniel Rahimi IF Björklöven (SEL-1)
Brad Zanon UBC Thunderbirds (CWUAA)
Trevor Blanchard Concordia Stingers (CIS)
Nathan Barrett Visp (Swiss-B)
Jacob Dietrich Portland Winterhawks (WHL)

Free agents lost[edit]

Player New team
Francois-Pierre Guenette Alaska Aces
Mike Stutzel Edinburgh Capitals (EIHL)
Steve Lingren Retired
Seamus Young Wheeling Nailers
Gustav Engman Nybro Vikings (SEL-1)
Phil Cole Stockton Thunder
Bryan Bridges Colorado Eagles (CHL)

Released Players Pickup[edit]

Player From
Eric Nelson Utah Grizzlies
Bryan Nathe Johnstown Chiefs
Chris St. Jacques Stockton Thunder

Players Released[edit]

Player Date
Ty Morris* October 30, 2007
Eric Nelson November 27, 2007
Alex Lalonde December 6, 2007
Ryan Lowe December 18, 2007
Nathan Barrett February 23, 2008
Chris Shaw February 29, 2008
Trevor Blanchard March 24, 2008
Robin Gomez March 28, 2008
Jonathan Labelle April 6, 2008
Kalvin Sagert April 27, 2008
*-Suspended by Team

Professional affiliations[edit]

Vancouver Canucks[edit]

The Salmon Kings' NHL affiliate based in Vancouver, British Columbia.

Manitoba Moose[edit]

The Salmon Kings' AHL affiliate based in Winnipeg, Manitoba.