Kelly Cup

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Kelly Cup
Kelly Cup.jpg
Award details
Sport Ice hockey
Given for Team that wins the playoffs of the ECHL
First award 1997
Most recent Allen Americans

The Patrick J. Kelly Cup goes to the play-off champion of the ECHL. The Kelly Cup has been awarded to teams since 1997. Prior to 1997, the playoff winner was awarded the Riley Cup, named after former American Hockey League President Jack Riley. The current cup is named after Patrick J. Kelly, the league's first commissioner. The cup is loaned to the winning team for one year and is returned at the start of the following year's playoffs.[1] The Kelly Cup Playoffs Most Valuable Player award is also given out as part of the Kelly Cup Championship ceremonies. Nick Vitucci and Dave Gagnon are the only players to win the award on multiple occasions.[2]

16 different teams have won the ECHL Championship, with seven (Alaska, Allen, Cincinnati, Hampton Roads, Idaho, South Carolina, and Toledo) winning multiple times. The Hampton Roads Admirals, the Alaska Aces and the South Carolina Stingrays hold the record for most championships won with three.[3] Current possession of the trophy belongs to the Allen Americans, who won it in 2016 after a six-game victory over the Wheeling Nailers in the Kelly Cup Finals.

Playoff format[edit]

The Kelly Cup playoffs is an elimination tournament, consisting of four rounds of a best-of-seven series. The format has changed often throughout the years, but, for the 2016–17 season, the top four point earners from each division qualify. The first two playoff rounds are played within each division, followed by the conference finals (contested between the four division winners), and ending with the Kelly Cup finals (featuring the two conference champions).

List of ECHL champions[edit]

The Kelly Cup MVP Trophy
The Kelly Cup MVP Trophy
  MVP was a member of the defeated team in the Kelly Cup Finals
Season Winning team Score Losing team MVP
1988–89 Carolina Thunderbirds (1) 4–3 Johnstown Chiefs Nick Vitucci
1989–90 Greensboro Monarchs (1) 4–1 Winston-Salem Thunderbirds Wade Flaherty
1990–91 Hampton Roads Admirals (1) 4–1 Greensboro Monarchs Dave Flanagan / Dave Gagnon
1991–92 Hampton Roads Admirals (2) 4–0 Louisville Icehawks Mark Bernard
1992–93 Toledo Storm (1) 4–2 Wheeling Thunderbirds Rick Judson
1993–94 Toledo Storm (2) 4–1 Raleigh IceCaps Dave Gagnon
1994–95 Richmond Renegades (1) 4–1 Greensboro Monarchs Blaine Moore
1995–96 Charlotte Checkers (1) 4–0 Jacksonville Lizard Kings Nick Vitucci
1996–97 South Carolina Stingrays (1) 4–1 Louisiana IceGators Jason Fitzsimmons
1997–98 Hampton Roads Admirals (3) 4–2 Pensacola Ice Pilots Sebastien Charpentier
1998–99 Mississippi Sea Wolves (1) 4–3 Richmond Renegades Travis Scott
1999–00 Peoria Rivermen (1) 4–2 Louisiana IceGators J. F. Boutin / Jason Christie
2000–01 South Carolina Stingrays (2) 4–1 Trenton Titans Dave Seitz
2001–02 Greenville Grrrowl (1) 4–0 Dayton Bombers Simon Gamache / Tyrone Garner
2002–03 Atlantic City Boardwalk Bullies (1) 4–1 Columbia Inferno Kevin Colley
2003–04 Idaho Steelheads (1) 4–1 Florida Everblades Dan Ellis
2004–05 Trenton Titans (1) 4–2 Florida Everblades Leon Hayward
2005–06 Alaska Aces (1) 4–1 Gwinnett Gladiators Mike Scott
2006–07 Idaho Steelheads (2) 4–1 Dayton Bombers Steve Silverthorn
2007–08 Cincinnati Cyclones (1) 4–2 Las Vegas Wranglers Cedrick Desjardins
2008–09 South Carolina Stingrays (3) 4–3 Alaska Aces James Reimer
2009–10 Cincinnati Cyclones (2) 4–1 Idaho Steelheads Robert Mayer / Jeremy Smith
2010–11 Alaska Aces (2) 4–1 Kalamazoo Wings Scott Howes
2011–12 Florida Everblades (1) 4–1 Las Vegas Wranglers John Muse
2012–13 Reading Royals (1) 4–1 Stockton Thunder Riley Gill
2013–14 Alaska Aces (3) 4–2 Cincinnati Cyclones Rob Madore
2014–15 Allen Americans (1) 4–3 South Carolina Stingrays Greger Hanson
2015–16 Allen Americans (2) 4–2 Wheeling Nailers Chad Costello

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