Big Changes for the ECHL; Including Division Realignment for Trenton

(PR) ECHL Concludes Mid-Season Board of Governors Meeting

PRINCETON, N.J. – The Mid-Season ECHL Board of Governors Meeting was officially concluded and adjourned on Mar. 27.

The following items were approved by the Board of Governors:

Ontario Hosts 2010 ECHL All-Star Game

The Board unanimously approved the Ontario Reign as the host of the 2010 ECHL All-Star Game and Skills Competition on Jan. 19-20, 2010. The Reign had more than 27,000 for their final three regular season games, including back-to-back sellout crowds of 9,644 on Mar. 21 and 22, to average 5,856 per game in their first season.

Walleye Bring ECHL Back To Toledo

The ECHL returns to Toledo when the Walleye take the ice at the brand-new Lucas County Arena scheduled to open this fall in the downtown Toledo entertainment district. The Walleye have already sold 18 of the 20 suites at the new facility that seats 7,500 as well as more than 1,500 season tickets, including suites, and enough merchandise to rank among the league leaders. Toledo is coached by Nick Vitucci, who holds the record with five ECHL titles and was a member of the first class inducted into the ECHL Hall of Fame in 2008.

Dayton, Mississippi Suspend Operations

The Dayton Bombers and Mississippi Sea Wolves informed the ECHL that they will not be playing in 2009-10. Dayton and Mississippi must inform the Board of their future plans at the Annual Meeting in June.

Phoenix Will Cease Operations

The Phoenix RoadRunners informed the Board that they will not be playing in 2009-10 and will cease operations at the conclusion of the current season.

Voluntary Suspension Extensions Granted To Columbia, Myrtle Beach

The Board unanimously approved requests from Myrtle Beach, S.C. and Columbia, S.C. to extend their Voluntary Suspension for the 2009-10 season as both work towards constructing new facilities.

2009-10 Division Realignment

The Board approved the following conference and division alignment for 2009-10:

American Conference – North Division
Cincinnati, Elmira, Johnstown, Toledo and Wheeling

American Conference – South Division
Charlotte, Florida, Gwinnett, Reading, South Carolina and Trenton

National Conference – West Division
Alaska, Idaho, Utah and Victoria

National Conference – Pacific Division
Bakersfield, Las Vegas, Ontario and Stockton

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4 Responses to “Big Changes for the ECHL; Including Division Realignment for Trenton”

  1. Al (Philly Devil) Says:

    Well the boys better get used to longer bus rides. It be cool to see new teams, but the rivalries will be missed. On a positive, we swept that entire division this year and we get to play Charlotte..the NYR team, gert the hate worked up early. When Dayotn is back with their new stadium, will they realign again? Whatever…T Devs are on the ice, the opponent does not matter.

  2. Al (Philly Devil) Says:

    Opps…I forgot about Phoenix..will they PLEASE take out hockey in that state on EVERY level.

  3. CapCityDevil Says:

    I’m thinking the division-heavy schedules are going to be thrown out the window. Look for more intra-divisional matchups and if they’re up to it, more West Coast teams playing as well. As far as a playoff format, Top 8 for the conference would seem very likely.

  4. JB Says:

    I’m sure there will be more inter-divisional games; Trenton is not going to play Florida 12 times next year. They just might play them four or six times instead of once or twice, if at all. And they might play Cincinnati, Toledo and Wheeling only four or six times instead of the current 10 or 12.

    Don’t expect trips to the west outside of the playoffs; I don’t think the T-Devils have gone out west since they played Alaska in the playoffs in ’05.

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