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Echl
The ECHL
ECHL
(formerly the EAST COAST HOCKEY LEAGUE) is a mid-level professional ice hockey league based in Princeton , New Jersey
New Jersey
, with teams scattered across the United States and one franchise in Canada. It is a tier below the American Hockey League
American Hockey League
. The ECHL
ECHL
and the AHL are the only minor leagues recognized by the collective bargaining agreement between the National Hockey League and the National Hockey League Players\' Association , meaning any player signed to an entry-level NHL contract and designated for assignment must report to a club in either the ECHL
ECHL
or the AHL. Additionally, the league's players are represented by the Professional Hockey Players\' Association in negotiations with the ECHL
ECHL
itself. Some 623 players have played at least one game in both the NHL and the ECHL
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2017–18 ECHL Season
The 2017–18 ECHL SEASON is the 30th season of the ECHL . The regular season is scheduled to run from October 13, 2017, to April 8, 2018 with the Kelly Cup playoffs to follow. Twenty-seven teams in 21 states and one Canadian province will each play a 72-game schedule
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Ice Hockey
ICE HOCKEY is a contact team sport played on ice , usually in a rink , in which two teams of skaters use their sticks to shoot a vulcanized rubber puck into their opponent's net to score points. The sport is known to be fast-paced and physical, with teams usually consisting of six players each: one goaltender , and five players who skate up and down the ice trying to take the puck and score a goal against the opposing team. Ice hockey is most popular in Canada , central and eastern Europe , Scandinavia , and the northern regions of the United States
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Colorado Eagles
The COLORADO EAGLES are a professional minor league ice hockey team based in Loveland, Colorado
Loveland, Colorado
. The Eagles play in the Mountain Division of the ECHL
ECHL
's Western Conference. The Eagles were founded as an expansion franchise in 2003 in the Central Hockey League and remained in the league until June 2011. During their time in the CHL, the Eagles won two Ray Miron President\'s Cups , three regular season titles, five conference titles and six division titles in eight seasons. The Eagles play at the Budweiser Events Center
Budweiser Events Center
in Loveland and serve the Fort Collins-Loveland metropolitan area . The team has been granted a membership as an expansion team in the American Hockey League
American Hockey League
beginning with the 2018–19 season
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Alaska Aces (ECHL)
The ALASKA ACES, known as the ANCHORAGE ACES until 2003, were a minor league ice hockey team in Anchorage, Alaska
Anchorage, Alaska
. Home games were played at Sullivan Arena in Anchorage. The Aces won three Kelly Cup championships, with their last championship following the 2013–14 ECHL season The Aces were formed as a semi-professional team in the Pacific Southwest Hockey League (PSHL) in 1989 and became a charter member of the professional West Coast Hockey League (WCHL) in 1995. When the WCHL was absorbed by the East Coast Hockey League in 2003, the team joined the merged ECHL . The Aces official team mascot was a polar bear named Boomer. Aces fans were known for using small, ceremonial cow bells painted with the Aces insignia to show their support during games. In 2017, the ownership group announced that the 2016–17 season would be the team's last, after which the franchise would cease operations
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Hampton Roads Admirals
Blue, Gold, White AFFILIATES Washington Capitals ( NHL ) Portland Pirates (AHL ) FRANCHISE HISTORY 1989–2000 HAMPTON ROADS ADMIRALS 2001–2004 Columbus Cottonmouths CHAMPIONSHIPS REGULAR SEASON TITLES None DIVISION CHAMPIONSHIPS 1991, 1994 KELLY CUPS 1991, 1992, 1998The HAMPTON ROADS ADMIRALS were an American professional ice hockey team in the East Coast Hockey League (ECHL) . They played in Norfolk, Virginia at the Norfolk Scope Arena from 1989 until 2000, when the owners purchased an expansion American Hockey League franchise that became the Norfolk Admirals . In 2015, the AHL Admirals were relocated and the ECHL returned to Norfolk with the current Norfolk Admirals
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South Carolina Stingrays
The SOUTH CAROLINA STINGRAYS are a professional minor league ice hockey team based in North Charleston, South Carolina
North Charleston, South Carolina
. The Stingrays play in the South Division of the ECHL
ECHL
's Eastern Conference. They play their home games at the North Charleston Coliseum
North Charleston Coliseum
. The Carolina Ice Palace , also located in North Charleston, serves as a practice facility and backup arena for the Stingrays. Established in 1993, the team has been owned by a conglomerate of local business owners since 1995. The team was affiliated with the Washington Capitals
Washington Capitals
of the National Hockey League
National Hockey League
and the Hershey Bears
Hershey Bears
of the American Hockey League starting in 2004 and ending in July 2012 when the Capitals announced their affiliation with the ECHL's Reading Royals
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Sportsnet
SPORTSNET is a Canadian English-language sports specialty service . It was established in 1998 as CTV SPORTSNET, a joint venture between CTV , Liberty Media , and Rogers Media . CTV parent Bell Globemedia then was required to divest its stake in the network following its 2001 acquisition of competing network TSN . Rogers then became the sole owner of Sportsnet in 2004 after it bought the remaining minority stake that was held by Fox . The Sportsnet license comprises four 24-hour programming services; Sportsnet was originally licensed by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) as a category A service , operating as a group of regional sports networks offering programming tailored to each feed's region (in contrast to TSN, which was licensed at the time to operate as a national sports service, and could only offer limited regional opt-outs)
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Sportsnet One
SPORTSNET ONE (stylized SPORTSNET ONE or SN ONE) is a Canadian English-language Category C digital cable and satellite specialty channel that is owned by Rogers Media ; it operates as a national sports channel complementing the Sportsnet group of regional sports networks . In addition to the national feed, the service operates a number of additional part-time "companion channels" which carry programming restricted to the local broadcast territories of the teams involved, such that the main feed remains available nationwide. According to Rogers, Sportsnet One is available in 6.1 million Canadian homes
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TVA Sports
TVA SPORTS is a Canadian French language Category C specialty channel . The channel is owned by the TVA Group , a publicly traded subsidiary of Quebecor Media . The channel is a general-interest sports network, and the first major competitor to RDS , the only other French-language sports channel in the country. TVA Sports obtains much of its programming via sub-licensing and resource-sharing agreements with the English-language network Sportsnet and its owner Rogers Communications . As of the 2014-15 season, TVA Sports is the national French-language broadcaster of the National Hockey League and Major League Soccer in Canada (the latter including the league's expansion club, the Montreal Impact ), and also carries coverage of the Canadian Hockey League , Toronto Blue Jays baseball, and other events
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NHL Network (U.S. TV Network)
NHL NETWORK is an American sports-oriented cable and satellite television network that is owned as a joint venture between the National Hockey League
National Hockey League
(which owns a controlling 84.4% interest) and NBCUniversal
NBCUniversal
(which owns the remaining 15.6%). Dedicated to ice hockey , the network features live game telecasts from the NHL and other professional and collegiate hockey leagues, as well as NHL-related content including analysis programs, specials and documentaries . The channel's headquarters and studios are located in the Secaucus, New Jersey facilities also utilized by MLB Network . CONTENTS * 1 History * 2 Carriage agreements * 2.1 Carriage disputes * 3 Programming * 3.1 Hockey telecasts * 3.2 Other programs * 4 References * 5 External links HISTORY Logo used from 2007 to 2009
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Professional Sports
PROFESSIONAL SPORTS, as opposed to amateur sports , are sports in which athletes receive payment for their performance. Professional athleticism has come to the fore through a combination of developments. Mass media and increased leisure have brought larger audiences, so that sports organizations or teams can command large incomes. As a result, more sportspeople can afford to make athleticism their primary career, devoting the training time necessary to increase skills, physical condition, and experience to modern levels of achievement. This proficiency has also helped boost the popularity of sports. Most sports played professionally also have amateur players far outnumbering the professionals
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Princeton, New Jersey
PRINCETON is a municipality with a borough form of government in Mercer County , New Jersey
New Jersey
, United States, that was established in its current form on January 1, 2013, through the consolidation of the Borough of Princeton and Princeton Township . As of the 2010 United States Census , the municipality's population was 28,572, reflecting the former township's population of 16,265, along with the 12,307 in the former borough. Princeton was founded before the American Revolution
American Revolution
and is best known as the location of Princeton University
Princeton University
, located in the community since 1756
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New Jersey
NEW JERSEY is a state in the Northeastern and mid-Atlantic regions of the United States. It is a peninsula , bordered on the north and east by the state of New York ; on the east, southeast, and south by the Atlantic Ocean
Atlantic Ocean
; on the west by the Delaware Riverand Pennsylvania; and on the southwest by the Delaware Bayand Delaware. New Jerseyis the fourth-smallest state by area but the 11th-most populous and the most densely populated of the 50 U.S. states . New Jerseylies entirely within the combined statistical areas of New York Cityand Philadelphiaand is the second-wealthiest U.S. stateby per capita income as of 2014. New Jerseywas inhabited by Native Americans for more than 2,800 years, with historical tribes such as the Lenapealong the coast
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American Hockey League
The AMERICAN HOCKEY LEAGUE (AHL) is a 30-team professional ice hockey league based in the United States and Canada that serves as the primary developmental league for the National Hockey League (NHL). Since the 2010–11 season , every team in the league has an affiliation agreement with one NHL team. When NHL teams do not have an AHL affiliate, players are assigned to AHL teams affiliated with other NHL teams. Twenty-six AHL teams are located in the United States and the remaining four are in Canada. The league offices are located in Springfield, Massachusetts , and its current president is David Andrews . The annual playoff champion is awarded the Calder Cup , named for Frank Calder , the first President (1917–1943) of the NHL. The reigning champions are the Grand Rapids Griffins
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National Hockey League
The NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE (NHL; French : _Ligue nationale de hockey—LNH