ECHL facts for kids

Kids Encyclopedia Facts
Sport Ice hockey
Founded 1988
No. of teams 30
Country(ies) United States
Most recent champion(s) Alaska Aces
Official website Official website

The ECHL (formerly East Coast Hockey League) is a professional ice hockey league based in the United States and is considered a lower tier than the American Hockey League. The ECHL and the American Hockey League are the only ice hockey leagues that receive recognition by the collective bargaining agreement between the National Hockey League and the National Hockey League Players' Association which means that any player that is signed to an entry-level NHL contract and is designated for assignment must report to a club either in the AHL or the ECHL. The major championship in the ECHL that the two winning team of their conferences play for is the Kelly Cup. There are currently 19 teams in the ECHL.

Teams in the ECHL

Western Conference
Division Team Arena City/area NHL affiliate(s) AHL affiliate(s)
Pacific Bakersfield Condors Rabobank Arena Bakersfield, CA Minnesota Wild Houston Aeros
Las Vegas Wranglers Orleans Arena Las Vegas, NV Phoenix Coyotes San Antonio Rampage
Ontario Reign Citizens Business Bank Arena Ontario, CA Los Angeles Kings Manchester Monarchs
Stockton Thunder Stockton Arena Stockton, CA Edmonton Oilers
San Jose Sharks
Oklahoma City Barons
Worcester Sharks
Mountain Alaska Aces Sullivan Arena Anchorage, AK St. Louis Blues Peoria Rivermen
Idaho Steelheads Qwest Arena Boise, ID Dallas Stars Texas Stars
Utah Grizzlies Maverik Center West Valley City, UT Calgary Flames Abbotsford Heat
Eastern Conference
Division Team Arena City/area NHL affiliate(s) AHL affiliate(s)
Atlantic Elmira Jackals First Arena Elmira, NY Ottawa Senators
Anaheim Ducks
Binghamton Senators
Syracuse Crunch
Reading Royals Sovereign Center Reading, PA Toronto Maple Leafs
Boston Bruins
Toronto Marlies
Providence Bruins
Trenton Devils Sun National Bank Center Trenton, NJ New Jersey Devils Albany Devils
North Cincinnati Cyclones US Bank Arena Cincinnati, OH Florida Panthers
Nashville Predators
Rochester Americans
Milwaukee Admirals
Kalamazoo Wings Wings Stadium Kalamazoo, MI New York Islanders Bridgeport Sound Tigers
Toledo Walleye Huntington Center Toledo, OH Detroit Red Wings
Chicago Blackhawks
Grand Rapids Griffins
Rockford IceHogs
Wheeling Nailers WesBanco Arena &
Cambria County War Memorial Arena
Wheeling, WV Pittsburgh Penguins
Montreal Canadiens
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins
Hamilton Bulldogs
South Florida Everblades Germain Arena Estero, FL Carolina Hurricanes
Tampa Bay Lightning
Charlotte Checkers
Norfolk Admirals
Greenville Road Warriors BI-LO Center Greenville, SC New York Rangers
Philadelphia Flyers
Connecticut Whale
Adirondack Phantoms
Gwinnett Gladiators Arena at Gwinnett Center Duluth, GA Atlanta Thrashers Chicago Wolves
South Carolina Stingrays North Charleston Coliseum North Charleston, SC Washington Capitals Hershey Bears

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