David Craievich began playing in the ECHL as a rookie in 1991-92 with the Cincinnati Cyclones, and went on to play 516 games over nine seasons in the league with the Cyclones, Birmingham Bulls and Mobile Mysticks. He ranks third all-time among ECHL defensemen with 123 goals and 467 points while ranking fourth among blue-liners with 344 assists. Twice during his career he scored at least 20 goals, and in 1995-96, he led the expansion Mysticks in scoring with 74 points (23g-51a) in 65 games. Craievich played in three ECHL All-Star Games, and was selected as a starter for the 1994 and 1996 games. He was named to the All-ECHL Second Team in 1993-94, 1995-96 and 1997-98.
Marc Magliarditi becomes the second goaltender to join the ECHL Hall of Fame. He is the League’s all-time leader with 25 career shutouts and ranks second behind 2008 Hall of Fame inductee Nick Vitucci with 217 career wins and 21,154 minutes played. He played in 366 games, which is third all-time among goaltenders, with the Columbus Chill, Florida Everblades, Louisiana IceGators, Richmond Renegades and Las Vegas Wranglers. Six times in his ECHL career he won at least 20 games, and is tied for the league’s all-time mark with two seasons of 30 or more wins. He also ranks 17th in ECHL history with 15 career postseason wins.
Steve Poapst joins his former ECHL, AHL and NHL teammate Olaf Kolzig as the second inductee in the Developmental Player category. Poapst began his professional career in the ECHL with the Hampton Roads Admirals in 1991-92, scoring 28 points (8g-20a) in 55 regular-season games and adding five points (1g-4a) in 14 postseason games, helping the Admirals to claim their second consecutive Riley Cup championship. He returned to Hampton Roads the following season, tallying 45 points (10g-35a) in 63 games. Poapst made his NHL debut with the Washington Capitals in 1995-96, scoring one goal in three regular-season games, while also seeing action in six games during the Stanley Cup Playoffs. He appeared in 307 career National Hockey League games with Washington, Chicago, Pittsburgh and St. Louis, tallying 36 points (8g-28a). Poapst also registered 205 points (45g-160a) in 498 career games in the American Hockey League with Baltimore, Portland and Norfolk. He is currently in his third season as an assistant coach with the AHL’s Rockford IceHogs.
Darren Schwartz arrived in the ECHL during the league’s second season in 1989-90 and played eight seasons in the league with the Johnstown Chiefs, Winston-Salem Thunderbirds, Wheeling Thunderbirds, Tallahassee Tiger Sharks and Wheeling Nailers. Schwartz made his biggest mark in the ECHL during Wheeling’s inaugural season in 1992-93. He scored a team record 62 goals in 62 games that season, becoming one of just eight players in ECHL history to score at least 60 goals in a single season. He set the ECHL record with a 16-game goal streak, scoring 25 goals from Jan. 14-Feb. 21, 1993; tallied a hat trick in a span of 30 seconds on Dec. 20, 1992; and was named the Most Valuable Player of the league’s inaugural All-Star Game with four points (2g-2a). Schwartz ranks seventh in ECHL history with 313 goals, is 13th with 571 points, is tied for seventh with 32 postseason goals and is 11th with 70 postseason points. He was named to the All-ECHL First Team in 1992-93, 1993-94 and 1994-95 and upon his retirement following the 1998-99 season, held the ECHL career record with 490 games played.