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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.

In the 2017–18 season, all but four National Hockey League teams have affiliations with an ECHL
ECHL
team with Columbus , Florida
Florida
, Ottawa , and Tampa Bay having no official affiliations as of August 8, 2017. However, these teams do sometimes lend contracted players to ECHL teams for development and increased playing time.

The league's regular season begins in October and ends in April. The current ECHL
ECHL
champion is the Colorado Eagles .

CONTENTS

* 1 History

* 2 Teams

* 2.1 Current * 2.2 Future * 2.3 Future teams * 2.4 Defunct and relocated teams * 2.5 Timeline

* 3 Kelly Cup playoff format * 4 ECHL Hall of Fame * 5 See also * 6 References * 7 External links

HISTORY

Cincinnati
Cincinnati
Reading Toledo Wheeling Florida
Florida
Greenville Atlanta Orlando South Carolina
South Carolina
Colorado
Colorado
Fort Wayne Indy Jacksonville Kalamazoo Idaho
Idaho
Utah
Utah
Norfolk Manchester Adirondack Brampton
Brampton
Kansas
Kansas
City Quad City Rapid City Allen Tulsa Wichita Worcester Portland (2018 ) Teams in the ECHL
ECHL
as of the 2017–18 season . Dot colors correspond to division colors in the league chart.

The league, which combined teams from the defunct Atlantic Coast Hockey League and All- American Hockey League
American Hockey League
, began play as the East Coast Hockey League in 1988 with 5 teams—the (Winston-Salem, North) Carolina Thunderbirds (now the Wheeling Nailers
Wheeling Nailers
); the Erie Panthers (folded in 2011 as the Victoria Salmon Kings ); the Johnstown Chiefs (now the Greenville Swamp Rabbits ); the Knoxville Cherokees (ceased operations as the Pee Dee Pride in 2005; folded in 2009 following failed relocation efforts); and the Virginia Lancers
Virginia Lancers
(now the Utah Grizzlies ).

In 2003, the West Coast Hockey League ceased operations, and the ECHL Board of Governors approved membership applications from the Anchorage (now Alaska) Aces , the Bakersfield Condors
Bakersfield Condors
, the Fresno Falcons , the Idaho Steelheads , the Las Vegas Wranglers , the Long Beach Ice Dogs and the San Diego Gulls as well as from potential teams in Ontario, California and Reno, Nevada . Alaska, Bakersfield, Fresno, Idaho, Las Vegas, Long Beach and San Diego began play in the 2003–04 season as expansion teams. In a change reflective of the league's now-nationwide presence, the East Coast Hockey League shortened its name to the orphan initialism ECHL
ECHL
on May 19, 2003. The ECHL
ECHL
reached its largest size to date (31 teams) that season before being reduced to 28 teams for the 2004–05 season .

The ECHL
ECHL
has attempted to be more tech-friendly to its fans. Some improvements on the league's website have included a new schedule and statistics engine powered by League Stat, Inc. (introduced in 2006 ), internet radio coverage for most teams, and pay-per view broadcasting of ECHL
ECHL
games through B2 Networks (a subsidiary of America One Broadcasting ). In 2008, the league introduced the ECHL
ECHL
toolbar for internet browsers which gave users short cut access to statistics, scores, transactions, and news updates. ECHL
ECHL
action, October 2012 in Toledo, Ohio between the Kalamazoo Wings and the Toledo Walleye .

At the annual ECHL
ECHL
Board of Governors Meeting on June 15, 2010, in Henderson, Nevada, the Board of Governors approved changes to the names of the conferences and divisions. The former American Conference (comprising eleven East Coast and Midwest teams) was renamed the Eastern Conference, while the National Conference (consisting of 8 West Coast teams, including the league's only Canadian team at the time), was re-designated the Western Conference. Within the Eastern Conference, the East Division was renamed the Atlantic Division, and the Western Conference's former West Division was dubbed the Mountain Division.

The league lost its only Canadian team with the folding of the Victoria Salmon Kings subsequent to the 2010–11 season . The league increased to 20 teams for the 2011–12 season with the addition of the expansion franchise Chicago Express and the Colorado Eagles who previously played in the Central Hockey League .

With the folding of the Chicago Express at the conclusion of the 2011–12 season and the announcement of expansion franchises in Orlando , San Francisco , Evansville and Fort Wayne (both in Indiana and both from the Central Hockey League ) the league played the 2012–13 season with 23 teams. That number dropped to 22 for the 2013–14 season with the folding of the Trenton Titans and subsequently fell to 21 with the mid-season folding of the San Francisco Bulls on January 27, 2014. On November 26, 2013, the ECHL announced that the Indy Fuel
Indy Fuel
would begin play for the 2014–15 season and would play its home games at the Fairgrounds Coliseum, a 6,145-seat building located on the Indiana
Indiana
State Fairgrounds in Indianapolis
Indianapolis
.

On October 7, 2014, the ECHL
ECHL
announced that the seven remaining active members of the Central Hockey League (the Allen Americans , Brampton Beast , Quad City Mallards
Quad City Mallards
, Missouri Mavericks , Rapid City Rush , Tulsa Oilers and Wichita Thunder ) would be admitted as new members for the 2014–15 season, raising the number of teams to 28 and placing a team in Canada for the first time since 2011.

Before the 2015–16 season , the AHL's creation of a Pacific Division lead the three California ECHL
ECHL
teams to relocate to former AHL cities with the Bakersfield Condors
Bakersfield Condors
, Ontario
Ontario
Reign , and Stockton Thunder relocating to become the Norfolk Admirals , Manchester Monarchs , and Adirondack Thunder , respectively.

TEAMS

CURRENT

The league, because of geographical anomalies, has used unbalanced conferences and divisions, making for some extremely varied playoff formats and limited inter-conference play. Due to travel costs, the league has attempted to placate owners in keeping those costs down, which has led to the sometimes-odd playoff structures.

DIVISION TEAM CITY ARENA FOUNDED JOINED HEAD COACH NHL AFFILIATE AHL AFFILIATE

EASTERN CONFERENCE

NORTH ADIRONDACK THUNDER Glens Falls , NY Cool Insuring Arena 1990* Brad Tapper New Jersey
New Jersey
Devils Binghamton Devils

BRAMPTON BEAST Brampton
Brampton
, ON Powerade Centre 2013 2014 Colin Chaulk Montreal Canadiens Laval Rocket

MANCHESTER MONARCHS Manchester , NH SNHU Arena 1993* Richard Seeley Los Angeles Kings Ontario
Ontario
Reign

READING ROYALS Reading , PA Santander Arena 1991* Kirk MacDonald Philadelphia Flyers Lehigh Valley Phantoms

WHEELING NAILERS Wheeling , WV WesBanco Arena 1981* 1988 Jeff Christian Pittsburgh Penguins
Pittsburgh Penguins
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins

WORCESTER RAILERS Worcester , MA DCU Center 2017 Jamie Russell New York Islanders Bridgeport Sound Tigers
Bridgeport Sound Tigers

SOUTH ATLANTA GLADIATORS Duluth , GA Infinite Energy Arena 1995* Andy Brandt Boston Bruins Providence Bruins

FLORIDA EVERBLADES Estero , FL Germain Arena 1998 Brad Ralph Carolina Hurricanes Charlotte Checkers

GREENVILLE SWAMP RABBITS Greenville , SC Bon Secours Wellness Arena 1987* 1988 Brian Gratz New York Rangers Hartford Wolf Pack

JACKSONVILLE ICEMEN Jacksonville , FL Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena 1992* 2012 Jason Christie Winnipeg Jets Manitoba Moose

NORFOLK ADMIRALS Norfolk , VA Norfolk Scope 1995* 2003 Robbie Ftorek Nashville Predators Milwaukee Admirals

ORLANDO SOLAR BEARS Orlando , FL Amway Center
Amway Center
2012 Drake Berehowsky Toronto Maple Leafs Toronto Marlies
Toronto Marlies

SOUTH CAROLINA STINGRAYS N. Charleston , SC North Charleston Coliseum 1993 Ryan Warsofsky Washington Capitals Hershey Bears

WESTERN CONFERENCE

CENTRAL CINCINNATI CYCLONES Cincinnati
Cincinnati
, OH U.S. Bank Arena 1995* Matt Macdonald Buffalo Sabres Rochester Americans

FORT WAYNE KOMETS Fort Wayne , IN Allen County War Memorial Coliseum
Allen County War Memorial Coliseum
1985* 2012 Gary Graham Arizona Coyotes Tucson Roadrunners

INDY FUEL Indianapolis
Indianapolis
, IN Indiana
Indiana
Farmers Coliseum 2014 Bernie John Chicago Blackhawks Rockford IceHogs

KALAMAZOO WINGS Kalamazoo , MI Wings Event Center 1999* 2009 Nick Bootland Vancouver Canucks Utica Comets

KANSAS CITY MAVERICKS Independence , MO Silverstein Eye Centers Arena 2009 2014 John-Scott Dickson Calgary Flames Stockton Heat

QUAD CITY MALLARDS Moline , IL iWireless Center 2009 2014 Phil Axtell Vegas Golden Knights Chicago Wolves

TOLEDO WALLEYE Toledo , OH Huntington Center 1991 Dan Watson Detroit Red Wings
Detroit Red Wings
Grand Rapids Griffins

MOUNTAIN ALLEN AMERICANS Allen , TX Allen Event Center
Allen Event Center
2009 2014 Steve Martinson San Jose Sharks San Jose Barracuda
San Jose Barracuda

COLORADO EAGLES Loveland , CO Budweiser Events Center 2003 2011 Aaron Schneekloth Colorado
Colorado
Avalanche San Antonio Rampage
San Antonio Rampage

IDAHO STEELHEADS Boise , ID CenturyLink Arena Boise 1997 2003 Neil Graham Dallas Stars Texas
Texas
Stars

RAPID CITY RUSH Rapid City , SD Rushmore Plaza Civic Center 2008 2014 Daniel Tetrault Minnesota Wild
Minnesota Wild
Iowa Wild

TULSA OILERS Tulsa , OK BOK Center 1992 2014 Rob Murray St. Louis Blues

UTAH GRIZZLIES West Valley City , UT Maverik Center 1981* 1988 Tim Branham Anaheim Ducks San Diego Gulls

WICHITA THUNDER Wichita , KS Intrust Bank Arena
Intrust Bank Arena
1992 2014 Malcolm Cameron Edmonton Oilers Bakersfield Condors
Bakersfield Condors

FUTURE

TEAM CITY/AREA ARENA FOUNDED JOINING HEAD COACH NHL AFFILIATE(S) AHL AFFILIATE(S)

PORTLAND Portland , ME Cross Insurance Arena 1989 2018* TBD TBD TBD

Notes

* _An asterisk (*) denotes a franchise move. See the respective team articles for more information._

FUTURE TEAMS

Representatives from all potential expansion franchises, markets that have been granted expansion franchises and franchises that have suspended operations must attend the league's annual Board of Governors Meeting between seasons and provide progress reports on their situations in order to keep their ECHL
ECHL
franchise rights. The Board of Governors then votes whether or not to extend the franchises' league licenses until the next Board of Governors Meeting.

At the 2012 Board of Governors Meeting, the Board elected to limit the league to 26 teams, with an emphasis on adding teams to the Western Conference. However, it was decided at the 2015 Board of Governors meeting that the cap should be expanded to 30 teams, hoping to eventually match the NHL and AHL's 30-team total.

The ECHL
ECHL
listed Reno, Nevada , as a "future market" and has been considered for an expansion team since the 2003 WCHL- ECHL
ECHL
merger, but efforts to establish a team in the market have been repeatedly thwarted by failed attempts to find or build a suitable arena. Reno has not had a minor league hockey team since its WCHL franchise folded in 1998. After being listed for about a decade, Reno was eventually removed from the future markets' page in spring 2016. However, in September 2016, new ownership group called Reno Puck Club, LLC came forward and began negotiations with the Reno city council about bringing in an ECHL
ECHL
team.

On May 11, 2016, a plan to put the ECHL
ECHL
in Portland, Maine , by the 2017–18 season, with either an expansion or relocated team, was announced by a group of former Portland Pirates executives. Their intentions were announced while the Portland AHL franchise was pending a sale and relocation to Springfield, Massachusetts
Massachusetts
, to replace the relocating Springfield Falcons . It would take an extra season for the Portland team to form with Comcast Spectacor purchasing the recently dormant Alaska Aces franchise to begin play in 2018.

DEFUNCT AND RELOCATED TEAMS

While the ECHL
ECHL
has stated in recent years they would not grant voluntary suspensions of franchises for more than one year, both the Toledo Storm (now the Toledo Walleye ) and Mississippi Sea Wolves (now defunct) were granted two-year suspensions—the Sea Wolves because of Hurricane Katrina and the Storm in order to demolish their present arena and construct a new one in downtown Toledo. The Mississippi Sea Wolves resumed play for the 2007–08 season, while the Toledo Walleye resumed play in their new arena for the 2009–10 season. The cost of suspending operations to an ECHL
ECHL
franchise was "about $100,000" in 2003, and has remained unchanged as of the 2011–12 ECHL
ECHL
season.

On March 30, 2009, the Dayton Bombers and Mississippi Sea Wolves announced that they would suspend operations for the 2009–10 season, while the Phoenix RoadRunners announced that they would cease operations at the end of the 2008–09 season. Dayton would receive a franchise in the International Hockey League and Biloxi, Mississippi would receive a team in the Southern Professional Hockey League that same year.

On February 15, 2010, the Tribune-Democrat reported that the Johnstown Chiefs , the only remaining founding franchise of the East Coast Hockey League to remain in its original city, would be relocating to Greenville, South Carolina, the former home of the Greenville Grrrowl (1998–2006) following the completion of the 2009–10 season .

The Victoria Salmon Kings , prior to 2014 the only Canadian franchise in league history, folded following their Western Conference finals loss in the 2011 Kelly Cup playoffs to make way for a Western Hockey League , ( Victoria Royals ) franchise at the Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre . RG Properties opted to withdraw the franchise from the ECHL with full approval from the league's Board of Governors, folding the franchise instead of selling the club's ECHL
ECHL
rights to be moved to another market, marking the end of a franchise that began as the Erie Panthers, one of the ECHL's charter teams.

The league announced on April 6, 2012, that the expansion franchise Chicago Express had withdrawn from the ECHL, effective immediately. The Express finished their inaugural season ninth in the Eastern Conference with a record of 34 wins, 26 losses, 8 overtime losses, and 4 losses in shootouts, eliminating them from playoff contention. The team also finished last in the league for attendance, averaging 2,508 fans per game (compared to the league average of 4,282 fans per game).

After the 2013–14 season the Las Vegas Wranglers voluntarily suspended operations for the 2014–15 season due to an inability to locate a new venue in a timely manner after losing their lease at the Orleans Arena . The Wranglers were authorized by the league to return for the 2015–16 season pending a successful search for a new arena. However, after a year of searching for a new home, as well as NHL interest in the Las Vegas market, the Wranglers announced on January 30, 2015, that the team had folded and withdrawn their membership from the ECHL.

Seven former ECHL
ECHL
franchises have been directly replaced in their respective markets by American Hockey League
American Hockey League
franchises. The Greensboro Monarchs were the first, being replaced by the Carolina Monarchs in 1995 . The Hampton Roads Admirals were the second, giving way to the Norfolk Admirals in 2000 . The Peoria Rivermen were the third. In their case, the replacement franchise retained the Worcester IceCats history but assumed the Rivermen identity for their first AHL season of 2005–06 . The Charlotte Checkers were the fourth, yielding to a franchise that retained the Albany River Rats history following the club's move to Charlotte following the 2009–10 season and assumed the Checkers identity . In each of these cases, the ECHL franchise was relinquished to the league by its respective ownership group. In 2015, the three California franchises ( Bakersfield Condors
Bakersfield Condors
, Ontario
Ontario
Reign , and Stockton Thunder ) were displaced by the formation of an AHL Pacific Division. Each ECHL
ECHL
franchise involved in the territorial shift were either owned or purchased by their NHL affiliate prior to being relocated.

* Alaska Aces (2003–17; purchased and relocated to Portland, Maine , for the 2018–19 season.) * Arkansas RiverBlades (1999–2003) * Atlantic City Boardwalk Bullies (2001–05; moved to Stockton, California .) * Augusta Lynx (1998–2008; suspended operations and relinquished their membership back to the ECHL
ECHL
after their ownership group was unable to continue to operate in 2008–09. The first ECHL
ECHL
team to fold in mid-season.) * Bakersfield Condors
Bakersfield Condors
(2003–15; team moved to Norfolk, Virginia, to become the Norfolk Admirals .) * Baton Rouge Kingfish (1996–2003; moved to Victoria, British Columbia, as the Victoria Salmon Kings .) * Birmingham Bulls (1992–2001; moved to Atlantic City, New Jersey ; now the Adirondack Thunder .) * Carolina/Winston-Salem Thunderbirds (1988–92; moved to Wheeling, West Virginia
West Virginia
, as the Wheeling Thunderbirds before being renamed as the Wheeling Nailers
Wheeling Nailers
.) * Charlotte Checkers (1993–2010; replaced by the Charlotte Checkers of the AHL.) * Chesapeake Icebreakers (1997–99; moved to Jackson, Mississippi .) * Chicago Express (2011–12; membership relinquished to ECHL.) * Columbia Inferno
Columbia Inferno
(2001–08; voluntarily suspended operations.) * Columbus Chill (1991–99; suspended operations due to the then-impending entry of the Blue Jackets into the NHL; franchise purchased and relocated to Reading, Pennsylvania .) * Columbus Cottonmouths (2001–04; team moved down to what is now the Southern Professional Hockey League ; ECHL
ECHL
franchise moved to Bradenton-Sarasota, Florida, to play as Gulf Coast Swords , franchise revoked in summer 2006 after construction halted on proposed home arena.) * Dayton Bombers (1991–2009; relinquished their membership back to ECHL.) * Elmira Jackals
Elmira Jackals
(2007–17) * Erie Panthers (1988–96; moved to Baton Rouge, Louisiana .) * Evansville IceMen
Evansville IceMen
(2012–16; moved to Jacksonville, Florida
Florida
, after a one-year hiatus.) * Fresno Falcons (2003–08; suspended operations and relinquished their membership back to the ECHL
ECHL
after their ownership group were unable to continue to operate in 2008–09. The second ECHL
ECHL
team to fold in mid-season.) * Greensboro Generals (1999–2004) * Greensboro Monarchs (1989–95; replaced by the Carolina Monarchs of the AHL .) * Greenville Grrrowl (1998–2006) * Hampton Roads Admirals (1989–2000; replaced by the Norfolk Admirals of the AHL; ECHL
ECHL
franchise purchased in 2001 and moved to Columbus, Georgia, to become the Cottonmouths.) * Huntington Blizzard (1993–2000; moved to Beaumont, Texas
Texas
, to become the Texas
Texas
Wildcatters .) * Huntsville Blast (1993–94; moved to Tallahassee, Florida
Florida
.) * Jackson Bandits (1999–2003) * Jacksonville Lizard Kings
Jacksonville Lizard Kings
(1995–2000)

* Johnstown Chiefs (1988–2010; relocated to Greenville, South Carolina, as the Greenville Road Warriors .) * Knoxville Cherokees (1988–97; moved to Florence, South Carolina, as the Pee Dee Pride .) * Las Vegas Wranglers (2003–14; team suspended operations for the 2014–15 season and later relinquished their membership.) * Lexington Men O\' War (2002–03; moved to West Valley City, Utah, to become the Utah Grizzlies ) * Long Beach Ice Dogs
Long Beach Ice Dogs
(2003–07) * Louisiana IceGators (1995–2005) * Louisville IceHawks
Louisville IceHawks
(1990–94; moved to Jacksonville, Florida
Florida
.) * Louisville RiverFrogs (1995–98; moved to Miami, Florida
Florida
.) * Macon Whoopee (2001–02; moved to Lexington, Kentucky, to become the Lexington Men O\' War .) * Miami Matadors (1998–99; moved to Cincinnati, Ohio
Ohio
.) * Mississippi Sea Wolves (1996–2009; replaced in market by the Mississippi Surge of the SPHL.) * Mobile Mysticks (1995–2002; moved to Duluth, Georgia
Duluth, Georgia
.) * Nashville Knights (1989–96; moved to Pensacola, Florida.) * New Orleans Brass (1997–2002; team relinquished their league membership after the arrival of the NBA's New Orleans Hornets .) * Ontario
Ontario
Reign (2008–15; team moved to Manchester, New Hampshire, to become the Manchester Monarchs .) * Pee Dee Pride (1997–2005; suspended operations after the 2004–05 season and planned to move to the Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, area but later relinquished their membership.) * Pensacola Ice Pilots (1996–2008; replaced in market by the Ice Flyers of the SPHL.) * Peoria Rivermen (1996–2005; replaced by the Peoria Rivermen of the AHL .) * Phoenix RoadRunners (2005–09) * Raleigh IceCaps (1991–98; moved to Augusta, Georgia .) * Richmond Renegades (1990–2003) * Roanoke Express (1993–2004) * San Diego Gulls (2003–06) * San Francisco Bulls (2012–14; ceased operations and relinquished their membership back to the ECHL
ECHL
after their ownership group were unable to continue to operate in 2013–14. The third ECHL
ECHL
team to fold in mid-season.) * Stockton Thunder (2005–15; team moved to Glens Falls, New York, to become the Adirondack Thunder .) * Tallahassee Tiger Sharks (1994–2001; moved to Macon, Georgia .) * Texas
Texas
Wildcatters (2003–08; moved to Ontario, California .) * Trenton Titans (1999–2013) * Victoria Salmon Kings (2004–11; replaced in market by the WHL 's Victoria Royals .) * Virginia Lancers
Virginia Lancers
/Roanoke Valley Rebels /Rampage (1988–93; moved to Huntsville, Alabama .)

TIMELINE

KELLY CUP PLAYOFF FORMAT

For the 2012–13 season, eight teams still qualify in the Eastern Conference: the three division winners plus the next five teams in the conference. With the addition of the expansion franchise in San Francisco , the Board of Governors changed the Western Conference seeding such that eight teams qualify: two division winners and the next six teams in the conference. This eliminated the Western Conference first-round bye.

Similar to the NHL at the time, the division winners were seeded as the top three seeds in the Eastern Conference and the top two seeds in the Western Conference; the conference winner faced the eighth seed, second faces seventh, third faces sixth and fourth faces fifth in the conference quarterfinal round. The winner of the 1st/8th series played the winner of the 4th/5th series while 2nd/7th winner played against the 3rd/6th winner in the conference semifinal series. The Board of Governors also elected to change the playoff format such that all rounds of the playoffs are now best of seven series. For 2012-13, the Conference Finals and Kelly Cup Finals will use a two-referee system.

Because of the late addition of the CHL teams for the 2014–15 season and its subsequent conference alignment, the top four teams in each division qualified for the playoffs and the first two playoff rounds were played within the divisions.

For the realignment prior to the 2015–16 season , the playoffs changed once again to a six-division format. At the end of the regular season the top team in each division qualified for the playoffs and be seeded either 1, 2, or 3 based on highest point total earned in the season. Then the five non-division winning teams with the highest point totals in each conference qualified for the playoffs and be seeded 4 through 8. All four rounds will be a best-of-seven format.

The alignment changed back to four divisions for the 2016–17 season , but the playoffs kept the divisional format. The top four teams in each division qualifies for the playoffs and play in division for the first two rounds. After the division finals, the winners then play the conference finals and followed by the Kelly Cup finals.

ECHL
ECHL
HALL OF FAME

Main article: ECHL Hall of Fame

In celebration of the league's 20th year of play, the ECHL
ECHL
Board of Governors created the ECHL Hall of Fame in 2008, to recognize the achievements of players, coaches, and personnel who dedicated their careers to the league.

SEE ALSO

* Kelly Cup * ECHL All-Star Game * List of ECHL seasons * List of developmental and minor sports leagues * List of ice hockey leagues

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