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06-24-2014, 11:52 AM
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2014 ECHL BOG meeting concluded - new alignment revealed

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The Annual ECHL Board of Governors Meeting was held at The Monte Carlo Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada last week.

Conference, divisional alignment set for 2014-15 season

The Board of Governors approved the following conference and divisional alignment for the 2014-15 season.

Eastern Conference

North Division

Cincinnati Cyclones, Elmira Jackals, Reading Royals, Toledo Walleye, Wheeling Nailers

South Division
Florida Everblades, Greenville Road Warriors, Gwinnett Gladiators, Orlando Solar Bears, South Carolina Stingrays

Western Conference

Midwest Division
Colorado Eagles, Evansville IceMen, Fort Wayne Komets, Indy Fuel, Kalamazoo Wings

Pacific Division
Alaska Aces, Bakersfield Condors, Idaho Steelheads, Ontario Reign, Stockton Thunder, Utah Grizzlies

Format determined for 2015 Kelly Cup Playoffs

The top four teams in each division during the regular season will qualify for the 2015 Kelly Cup Playoffs. All four rounds of the playoffs will be played in a best-of-seven format.

The first two rounds of the playoffs will be played entirely within the division with the division winner meeting the fourth-place finisher and the second-place finisher meeting the team that finished in third place in the Division Semifinals. The Division Finals will pit the winner of each series against each other. The winner of the North Division Finals will meet the winner of the South Division Finals in the Eastern Conference Finals while the winner of the Midwest Division will meet the winner of the Pacific Division Finals in the Western Conference Finals. The 2015 Kelly Cup Finals will see the Eastern Conference champion take on the Western Conference champion.

The Board of Governors determined that this would create a more equitable opportunity for all teams to qualify for a playoff position.

Approval of hybrid icing

Following the lead of the National Hockey League, the Board of Governors has approved the implementation of hybrid icing for the 2014-15 season.

The hybrid-icing system allows the linesman to blow the play dead and call an automatic icing if he determines that the puck will cross the goal line and the defending player is not behind in the race to the end-zone faceoff dots in his defensive zone. The faceoff would go to the far end of the ice as it did with icings called in the no-touch icing used by the ECHL in the past.

If the attacking player is leading the race, the linesman is supposed to allow the play to continue.

Change to overtime format for regular season

Teams will start overtime of all regular-season games in the opposite end they started the game.

Gwinnett’s Chapman re-elected Chairman of the Board

Steve Chapman, president of the Gwinnett Gladiators, was re-elected to serve a ninth term as Chairman of the Board of Governors. Chapman was voted ECHL Executive of the Year in 2005 and 2006 becoming the first person in league history to win the award twice.

Bakersfield’s Riley receives Executive of the Year award

Matthew Riley, president of the Bakersfield Condors, was presented with the
ECHL Executive of the Year award for the 2013-14 season. The award is determined in a vote of the ECHL Board of Governors.

Riley, who also won the award in 2006-07, joins Chapman, as the only two-time winners of the Executive of the Year award since it was introduced in 1995.

Riley was named president of the Condors in 2001 and has been with the organization since 1997 and he also serves on the ECHL’s Executive Committee. Prior to joining the Condors, Riley worked in minor league baseball serving as executive director of the Mobile BayBears, general manager of the Mobile Bay Sharks, and assistant general manager of the Chattanooga Lookouts. He began his career in professional sports as an intern with the St. Louis Cardinals. A native of Keokuk, Iowa, Riley received his communications degree from Nebraska Wesleyan University and his master’s degree in sports management from the United States Sports Academy. Riley and his wife, Teri, reside in Bakersfield with their son, Landon.

Seems like they're doing the same kind of playoff style as the NHL. And the OT and icing rules from the NHL.

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06-24-2014, 11:56 AM
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New Divisions - Eagle$ in the Midwest, wait, what??

With Fort Fun, Indy, KZoo, and EVille moving to the Western Conference.

An updated Map:

https://www.google.com/maps/ms?msid=...142,107.138672

Eastern Conference

North Division
Cincinnati Cyclones, Elmira Jackals, Reading Royals, Toledo Walleye, Wheeling Nailers

South Division
Florida Everblades, Greenville Road Warriors, Gwinnett Gladiators, Orlando Solar Bears, South Carolina Stingrays

Western Conference

Midwest Division
Colorado Eagles, Evansville IceMen, Fort Wayne Komets, Indy Fuel, Kalamazoo Wings

Pacific Division
Alaska Aces, Bakersfield Condors, Idaho Steelheads, Ontario Reign, Stockton Thunder, Utah Grizzlies

Colorado becomes another Alaska, with its closest division rival 1,054 miles away.

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Awesome. Wanted Toledo or Cincinnati in the North and got both.

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This is awesome. Would have liked to see them adjust the schedule for this upcoming season. A somewhat balanced schedule is in need. Colorado does not play any team in the mid-west division but it's not a huge deal.

For 15-16 I'd like to see every team visit every barn in their own conference. Regardless, this is a great move by the ECHL. Big fan.

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Yikes, that's going to lead to some unhappy Midwest campers for having to be in the same conference as the Pacific teams.

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Good job, ECHL!

While the new divisions don't impact the schedule, they bring an equitable playoff qualification formula to the league for the first time in a long time. Leaving things at the status quo would simply not have worked.

Really like the fact that a Cincy-Fort Wayne or a Toledo-Evansville Kelly Cup finals is now a possibility. A trip to the opposing team's rink in the finals has a decent possibility of not requiring taking out a second mortgage to attend anymore.


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Really like the fact that a Cincy-Fort Wayne or a Toledo-Evansville Kelly Cup finals is now a possibility. A trip to the opposing team's rink in the finals has a decent possibility of not requiring taking out a second mortgage to attend anymore.
Didn't even think of this. Colorado/Utah is also possible but unlikely.

Curious to know why they released the schedule and then a couple of week later announced a new divisional alignment. It's not critical but I think Colorado should go east for maybe two weekends and play some divisional teams. Also, Wheeling, Toledo and others will play almost 50% of their games against teams in the other conference. Seems pointless.

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Divisions are fine, but too many teams make the playoffs.
Top two in each division.
5 game series until the finals.
Drop the number of games played during the season.
Never will happen.

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Yay we went oh I don't know...back 5 or 6 years with the playoff format. Not a fan of it. Almost everyone in the East is playoff bound. Guess I can start getting my playoff tickets😅😅😅

Only thing they did I like is they finally did with the icing what I've complained about since seeing the league in 07-08

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Playoff format mirrors the NHL in the 21 team era. Only difference being the further west (Pacific ECHL)having 6 here as opposed to the furthest east (Patrick NHL).

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This is awesome. Would have liked to see them adjust the schedule for this upcoming season. A somewhat balanced schedule is in need. Colorado does not play any team in the mid-west division but it's not a huge deal.

For 15-16 I'd like to see every team visit every barn in their own conference. Regardless, this is a great move by the ECHL. Big fan.

Colorado doesn't play anyone in their own division?

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Colorado doesn't play anyone in their own division?
No, and there was only one intraconference game between Utah & Cincinnati.

Kinda neat, however to see Indianapolis in the West.

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No, and there was only one intraconference game between Utah & Cincinnati.

Kinda neat, however to see Indianapolis in the West.
Yes Colorado does play a team in their division, K-zoo is scheduled to come to come to Colorado for 3 games in late March.

And there may be some change to the schedule:

http://www.news-sentinel.com/apps/pb...ORTS/140629823

And no, Utah could not play Colorado in the finals, they are both in the Western Conference.

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This is awesome. Would have liked to see them adjust the schedule for this upcoming season. A somewhat balanced schedule is in need. Colorado does not play any team in the mid-west division but it's not a huge deal.

For 15-16 I'd like to see every team visit every barn in their own conference. Regardless, this is a great move by the ECHL. Big fan.
You're Colorado and in a division where your playoff status is determined against teams you never play, except for the Division Winner, KZoo, who are all playing their games in a weaker conference. Wow. Colorado playing 69 games against the much tougher Pacific teams, without the defunct Las Vegas and a team that folded mid season, San Fran, who they went 13-2-2-1 against combined. They were 21-24-5-4 against the rest of the teams last season.

Without Vegas and SF, Colorado probably doesn't make the playoffs based on last seasons results if they were in the MW division (Take Colorado's 51 points against everyone except Vegas and SF, divide it by the 53 games they played against everyone else and multiply it by 71 games gives you 68 points, well behind EVille's 73 points and 11th overall in the Eastern conference, and assuming Indy doesn't finish in the bottom four playing in the softer East, Colorado's on the outside looking in for the playoffs). They now actually have to battle for a playoff spot, unlike last season, where everyone who finished the season made the playoffs.

My maff might be a little off, but I'd be PO'd if I were Colorado.

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You're Colorado and in a division where your playoff status is determined against teams you never play, except for the Division Winner, KZoo, who are all playing their games in a weaker conference. Wow. Colorado playing 69 games against the much tougher Pacific teams, without the defunct Las Vegas and a team that folded mid season, San Fran, who they went 13-2-2-1 against combined. They were 21-24-5-4 against the rest of the teams last season.

Without Vegas and SF, Colorado probably doesn't make the playoffs based on last seasons results if they were in the MW division (Take Colorado's 51 points against everyone except Vegas and SF, divide it by the 53 games they played against everyone else and multiply it by 71 games gives you 68 points, well behind EVille's 73 points and 11th overall in the Eastern conference, and assuming Indy doesn't finish in the bottom four playing in the softer East, Colorado's on the outside looking in for the playoffs). They now actually have to battle for a playoff spot, unlike last season, where everyone who finished the season made the playoffs.

My maff might be a little off, but I'd be PO'd if I were Colorado.

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Then again, maybe since we aren't guaranteed a playoff spot, we will have to play harder and make changes to the team as needed. It may screw us in the end, but I kinda like it.

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Kills a lot of rivalries for Toledo in terms of divisional ones, but they still play the K-Wings like 14 bloody times or something ridiculous.

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Seems like they're doing the same kind of playoff style as the NHL. And the OT and icing rules from the NHL.
No the NHL copied our icing rule

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One post BOG agreement has the Kelly Cup champions facing the expansion team... in the preseason.

http://www.indyfuelhockey.com/fuel-a...n-games-alaska
http://www.alaskaaces.com/news/aces/...fuel-announced

These are the only two preseason games for these two teams, and the only time the Fuel will face a Pacific Division opponent. I still find it odd that we'll have a division rival in Colorado and not play them once.

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One post BOG agreement has the Kelly Cup champions facing the expansion team... in the preseason.

http://www.indyfuelhockey.com/fuel-a...n-games-alaska
http://www.alaskaaces.com/news/aces/...fuel-announced

These are the only two preseason games for these two teams, and the only time the Fuel will face a Pacific Division opponent. I still find it odd that we'll have a division rival in Colorado and not play them once.
If you look at the AHL Charlotte is in the west and I highly doubt they will be flying to play any of their divison. In the minor leagues nothing makes much sense.

As for Alaska I would assume they are paying the airfare and they usually do play eastern teams in preseason.

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Its still not a perfect alignment, however it does provide a better solution than what they had before.

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