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 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. Developmental 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
Inductees by team
- 10: Hampton Roads Admirals (includes one owner and two coaches)
- 8: League executives
- 5: Charlotte Checkers (includes one owner and one coach)
- 4: Greensboro Monarchs, Louisiana IceGators
- 3: Augusta Lynx, Dayton Bombers (includes one owner), Greenville Grrrowl (includes owner and one coach), Johnstown Chiefs (including one president), Pensacola Ice Pilots (includes one coach), Richmond Renegades, South Carolina Stingrays, Tallahassee Tiger Sharks, Toledo Storm, Wheeling Nailers/Thunderbirds (includes one coach),
- 2: Baton Rouge Kingfish, Columbus Chill, Mississippi Sea Wolves, Mobile Mysticks, Raleigh Icecaps, Roanoke Express
- 1: Alaska Aces, Atlantic City Boardwalk Bullies, Birmingham Bulls, Cincinnati Cyclones, Erie Panthers, Fresno Falcons, Gwinnett Gladiators, Las Vegas Wranglers, Louisville Icehawks, Louisville RiverFrogs, Miami Matadors, Pee Dee Pride, Peoria Rivermen, Trenton Titans/Devils (as a player and coach), Utah Grizzlies, Victoria Salmon Kings, Winston-Salem Thunderbirds
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