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ECHL Report

Alaska Aces win ECHL championship

Monday, 06.09.2014 / 11:49 PM / ECHL Report


The Alaska Aces won the third ECHL title in their 11-year history by beating the host Cincinnati Cyclones 4-0 Monday in Game 6 of the Kelly Cup Finals.

Nick Mazzolini scored the game's first goal and assisted on another to back a 23-save performance by goaltender Gerard Coleman. The Aces' power play connected twice after a four-game drought.


Ex-Sabres captain Rivet signs in ECHL

Monday, 10.10.2011 / 12:27 PM / ECHL Report

Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

At age 37, defenseman Craig Rivet isn't quite ready to hang up his skates.

On Monday, Rivet signed with the Elmira Jackals of the ECHL.

"We are very excited to sign Craig and give our fans the opportunity to watch such an accomplished and talented player skate at First Arena this season," Jackals general manager Robbie S. Nichols said. "This is a huge signing for the Elmira Jackals."

Jets announce ECHL affiliation with Colorado Eagles

Thursday, 09.08.2011 / 12:02 PM / ECHL Report
True North Sports & Entertainment and the Winnipeg Jets Hockey Club, along with their American Hockey League affiliate the St. John's IceCaps, are pleased to announce a new partnership with the Colorado Eagles as their ECHL affiliate for the 2011-12 season.

"We are excited to add the Colorado Eagles as an affiliate for the upcoming season," said Craig Heisinger, Senior Vice President & Director of Hockey Operations/Assistant General Manager of the Winnipeg Jets. "Player development is one of the most important elements for long term success for an organization and we know Colorado will provide a great opportunity for some of our young players to gain valuable experience and new skills. As the Winnipeg Jets inaugural season approaches, we really look forward to a great first-year with the Eagles organization."

Corbin healed up and ready to play again

Friday, 09.24.2010 / 9:06 AM / ECHL Report

Lindsay Kramer - NHL.com Correspondent

J.D. Corbin's body needed a rest, so he gave it a long one. He hopes the time off pays off.

Corbin, a left wing, signed a free-agent deal with the Bakersfield Condors. He returns to the sport after taking last season off to recover from a hellacious run of injuries during the last five seasons.

As a sophomore at the University of Denver in 2004-05, he suffered a snapped collarbone right before the Frozen Four. In his senior season, he damaged his right ankle when he slid into the boards.

At the end of his rookie professional season in 2007-08, he absorbed a hit in the corner that ripped his right shoulder out of its socket. A season later, playing for Lake Erie of the AHL, a shot shattered the middle finger of his right hand.


Grumet-Morris hoping for quality time in Greenville

Friday, 09.17.2010 / 9:00 AM / ECHL Report

Lindsay Kramer - NHL.com Correspondent

It's taken five years for goalie Dov Grumet-Morris to finally feel like a veteran. He's back in the ECHL to see if he can play like one full-time.
Greenville acquired the rights to Grumet-Morris, 28, in a trade with Utah last week. But the Grizzlies had controlled only his rights, not his actual play. Grumet-Morris spent the past two years in Austria, a detour that was most beneficial for all the wear the netminder got to put on his goaltending gear.
Grumet-Morris stepped on the ice for 83 games in Austria the last two seasons. In his three North American pro seasons before that, he got 80 games, but that number is deceiving. His career had all the momentum of a Zamboni going uphill, as he hopped among five AHL teams, one in the ECHL and one in the CHL.


Cross-country move has Stockton's Clarke excited

Friday, 09.10.2010 / 11:31 AM / ECHL Report

Lindsay Kramer - NHL.com Correspondent

Aaron Clarke's late summer project centers around fixing a house he and his wife, Susie, recently purchased on a lake in Peterborough, Ont.

Fortunately for Aaron -- or maybe not -- he's a pretty handy guy.

"My wife wants stuff done. I wouldn't have touched a thing," he said during a rare break from the hard labor. "She just wants something new."

Fankhouser knows coaching with Skalde was right

Friday, 09.03.2010 / 9:00 AM / ECHL Report

Lindsay Kramer - NHL.com Correspondent

The office of the new Cincinnati coaching staff underwent a remodeling earlier this week.

Incoming assistant coach Scott Fankhouser nudged his desk next to boss Jarrod Skalde, and the work pretty much was done.

"We're good. We just moved a desk around," Fankhouser said. "We moved them more at an angle so we can talk easier. We're doing the nuts and bolts of the buses, the hotels. Now we're ready to get down to talking hockey."

That will be the easiest part of their jobs -- because the two men have a decade's head start on it.

Fankhouser, named an assistant with the Cyclones last week, and Skalde go back to the 2000-01 Orlando Solar Bears of the IHL, where they were teammates. The next season they played together with the AHL Chicago Wolves.


Goepfert readies for his chance in ECHL

Friday, 08.27.2010 / 12:00 PM / ECHL Report

Lindsay Kramer - NHL.com Correspondent

Bobby Goepfert insists he has a smile on his face when he's working. It's just that you can't see it because he keeps his head down and goes about his business.

As a 5-foot-10 goalie who has been underestimated all his career, that's probably the wisest strategy.

"Nobody really believes in smaller guys. It hasn't been easy. That's for sure," he said. "I don't know how I would handle it if it was easy."

Goepfert should feel as comfortable as an old catching glove in the Charlotte Checkers system. He's traveled a long way to probably sit in a traffic jam there. Goepfert, 27, has signed an AHL/ECHL deal with the Checkers after playing last year in Germany. Right now, that drops him into the five-hole on the Carolina Hurricanes' impressive depth chart, behind Cam Ward, Justin Peters, Mike Murphy and Justin Pogge. Ward is on an NHL deal while the last three have NHL/AHL pacts.

Skalde to put lessons he learned as a player to work

Friday, 08.13.2010 / 9:25 AM / ECHL Report

Lindsay Kramer - NHL.com Correspondent

"I entered the NHL as a top-prospect guy. I became one of those in-between guys, to a role player. I've filled a lot of different roles. You learn from everybody. I know stepping in (to coaching) after I retired, this is what I wanted to do. This isn't a convenience thing. This is a passion for me."
-- Jarrod Skalde

Jarrod Skalde attended his first NHL training camp in 1989 with the New Jersey Devils, the team that took him in the second round of the draft that season.

The Devils gave him a small binder with their logo on the cover, filled with various introductory tidbits. In the two decades since then, Skalde has kept that same binder within arm's length, cramming it with whatever useful tips, drills and various handouts he harvested in his journey across the hockey universe.

"It's a little crinkly, some edges are folded over," Skalde said. "I've always been a guy who's kept stuff. I've always wrote stuff down. I knew it'd come in handy at some point."


Summer means rehab for Karlander

Friday, 08.06.2010 / 2:43 PM / ECHL Report

Lindsay Kramer - NHL.com Correspondent

By both choice and force, new Kalamazoo forward Kory Karlander is beginning to see that do-nothing summers are overrated.

Ideally, he likes to use the time to enjoy his three children. Or he continues the wise course at age 38 of preparing for life after hockey by building up his lawn care service in Grand Rapids.
"I'd much rather be enjoying the outside than inside," Karlander said. "I've had to be real hands on. It's another challenge."
That sort of labor is a real vacation compared to what's become another of Karlander's summertime constants - rehab. For each of the past three summers, he's put his free hours toward dealing with and recovering from bad injuries.
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