RICHARD ADAMS (Inducted 2011)
Richard Adams joined the ECHL as Vice President of Business Operations prior to the 1994-95 season. The following season, he was named President/CEO, a position he held through the 2001-02 season. Under his leadership, the League executed its first Collective Bargaining Agreement with the Professional Hockey Players’ Association, launched ECHL Properties, unveiled a new logo and launched the official League website, ECHL.com. The League grew from 21 members in 1995-96 to 29 in 2001-02, and moved into 17 markets that had never before had professional hockey. Adams was one of the driving forces behind the addition of six former West Coast Hockey League markets during the summer of 2002.
PHIL BERGER (Inducted 2011)
Phil Berger began playing in the ECHL as a rookie in 1989-90 with Greensboro and played nine seasons in the league with Greensboro, Charlotte, Raleigh and Hampton Roads. He ranks seventh in ECHL history with 599 points and is 11th in both goals (251) and assists (348). His 0.69 goals per game, 0.95 assists per game and 1.64 points per game averages are all fourth-best in league history. Berger led the ECHL in scoring with 130 points (60g-70a) in 1991-92 and with 139 points (56g-83a) in 1993-94. He was named to the All-ECHL Second Team and the ECHL Most Valuable Player in 1991-92 and was named to the All-ECHL First Team in 1993-94. Berger is the ECHL’s all-time leader in postseason scoring with 117 points, is tied for first with 50 postseason goals and is second with 67 postseason assists. He was a member of two Riley Cup championship teams – Greensboro in 1990 and Charlotte in 1996. Berger played in the first two ECHL All-Star Games in 1993 and 1994 and scored three points (2g-1a).
HENRY BRABHAM (Inducted 2008)
Henry Brabham founded the ECHL, formerly known as the East Coast Hockey League, in 1988-89 with five teams in four states. Brabham owned three of the original five teams, including the legendary Johnstown Chiefs who were the last remaining original ECHL team to play in their original city. The dedication of the Virginia businessman was crucial to the league surviving to span from coast-to-coast while advancing more than 450 players and countless coaches, on-ice officials and front office personnel to the National Hockey League.
JOHN BROPHY (Inducted 2009)
John Brophy won a record three ECHL titles with Hampton Roads in 1991, 1992 and 1998. He has coached at all levels of professional hockey, including the National Hockey League, and his more than 1,000 coaching victories rank him second all-time to Scotty Bowman. He retired as the ECHL leader for regular season games (882), regular season wins (480) and years coached (13). He holds the league records for postseason games (94), postseason wins (55), postseason appearances (11) and championships (3). The "Coach of the Year" award is named in his honor.
CAM BROWN (Inducted 2010)
Cam Brown is the ECHL all-time leader with 789 regular season games and 2,425 penalty minutes. He played 13 seasons in the ECHL beginning in 1991-92 and ranks 22nd with 206 goals, 23rd with 499 points and 25th with 293 assists. He retired in 2002-03 to serve as head coach of Baton Rouge, but returned to the ice in 2003-04 and spent three seasons as a player/assistant coach for Gwinnett. He played two seasons with Columbus, three seasons with Erie and six seasons with Baton Rouge while also playing in the American Hockey League and the International Hockey League. He played one game in the National Hockey League as a rookie with Vancouver in 1990-91 and had seven penalty minutes. Brown honored after the 2005-06 season by the Gladiators who created a replica of his locker with gear and sweater in a glass case on the concourse of The Arena at the Gwinnett Center.
BILL COFFEY (Inducted 2012)
Bill Coffey was one of the driving forces behind the creation of the ECHL. Along with inaugural ECHL Hall of Fame inductee Henry Brabham, Coffey came up with the idea to form the league during the summer of 1988. He was the original owner of the Knoxville Cherokees, and also assisted in establishing the Erie Panthers, giving the league five teams for its inaugural season in 1988-89. He also established one of the ECHL’s first expansion teams, the Greensboro Monarchs, who entered the league in 1989-90.
DAVID CRAIEVICH (Inducted 2013)
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.
BLAKE CULLEN (Inducted 2009)
Blake Cullen was the founder and owner of the Hampton Roads Admirals for the team’s first seven seasons in the ECHL. The Admirals advanced to the playoffs every year and won back-to-back Riley Cup championships in their second and third seasons. Hampton Roads drew more than 1.8 million fans during his tenure and led the league in attendance in 1989-90 and 1992-93 while ranking among the attendance leaders every year.
LUKE CURTIN (Inducted 2011)
Luke Curtin made his ECHL debut in 1998-99, and went on to play in 501 games over nine seasons with Baton Rouge, Atlantic City and Fresno. He is fifth in ECHL history with 384 assists and 11th with 577 points. Curtin is second all-time with five ECHL All-Star Game appearances (1999, 2000, 2005, 2006 and 2007) and he was named the Most Valuable Player of the 2006 ECHL All-Star Game with two goals. He was a member of Atlantic City’s 2003 Kelly Cup championship team and finished tied for second during the Kelly Cup Playoffs with 20 points (2g-18a). Curtin is fourth in ECHL postseason history with 58 assists and is tied for fifth with 75 postseason points. He was an All-ECHL First Team selection in 2003-04 and 2005-06 and was named to the ECHL All-Decade Team for 2000-2010 in a vote of fans on ECHL.com.
JOE ERNST (Inducted 2011)
Joe Ernst, who is the first inductee in the Referee/Linesman category, is celebrating his 20th season in the ECHL in 2010-11. Ernst spent 16 seasons as a referee with the ECHL beginning in 1991-92, and after retiring was named Assistant Director of Officiating. This season is his second as the Director of Officiating. Ernst officiated 1,061 regular-season games and over 200 postseason games, and is the only referee in ECHL history to have worked over 1,000 games. He was a member of the NHL Trainee Program for seven seasons and worked preseason games in the National Hockey League, as well as games in the American Hockey League and International Hockey League. Ernst was selected to work the 1999 ECHL All-Star Game and worked nine ECHL Finals series (1993-1995 Riley Cup Finals and 2002-2007 Kelly Cup Finals).
E.A. "BUD" GINGHER (Inducted 2010)
E.A. “Bud” Gingher, who passed away in 2002, co-founded the Dayton Bombers in 1991 and served as President and Governor until he sold the team in 1998. He was Chairman of the ECHL Board of Governors from 1992-95 and is a member of both the Dayton Hockey Hall of Fame and the Peoria Rivermen Hockey Hall of Fame. The club that advances to the Kelly Cup Finals as the winner of the American Conference is presented with the E.A. “Bud” Gingher Memorial Trophy. Dayton was the inaugural recipient of the trophy after its renaming and the Bombers captured it again in 2006-07.
SHELDON GORSKI (Inducted 2012)
Sheldon Gorksi began playing in the ECHL as a rookie in 1990-91 with the Louisville IceHawks, and went on to play eight season in the league with the Icehawks, Louisville RiverFrogs, Miami Matadors and Pensacola Ice Pilots. He ranks sixth in ECHL history with 316 goals and 608 points, and is tied for fifth with a 0.67 goals-per game average. Three times during his career, Gorski scored 50 or more goals, including a career-high 56 in 1991-92. He was an All-ECHL Second Team selection in 1990-91 and was named to the All-ECHL First Team in 1991-92. Gorski played in the 1993 and 1998 ECHL All-Star Games, tallying five assists, which is tied for third all time. He is one of just three players in league history to tally 100 or more points in consecutive seasons (1990-91 and 1991-92).
PATRICK J. KELLY (Inducted 2008)
Patrick J. Kelly was the inaugural Commissioner of the ECHL which from 1988-96 experienced the greatest expansion in minor league hockey history, growing from five teams to 21. He was instrumental in establishing affiliations with teams in the NHL, creating the opportunity for players, on-ice officials and front office personnel to develop and move up the hockey ladder. He became Commissioner Emeritus in 1996 and since 1997 has presented the postseason champion with the Patrick J. Kelly Cup.
OLAF KOLZIG (Inducted 2010)
The first inductee in the Developmental Player category, Olaf Kolzig was 11-9-1 and ranked third in the ECHL with a 3.41 goals against average in 21 regular season games and 1-2-0 with a 4.66 goals against average in three postseason games with Hampton Roads in 1990-91. In 1991-92 with Hampton Roads, Kolzig led the ECHL in the regular season with a .914 save percentage while going 11-3-0 with a 2.90 goals against average in 14 regular season games. He was selected as an NHL All-Star in 1998 and 2000 and became the first former ECHL player to win the Vezina Trophy in 1999-2000. Kolzig appeared in 719 career NHL games and ranks 21st all-time with 303 wins while posting 35 shutouts and having a goals-against average of 2.71 and a save percentage of .906. He played his first 15 NHL seasons with Washington where he was 301-293-86 with 35 shutouts and a 2.70 goals-against average in 711 regular season games and 20-24 with six shutouts and a goals-against average of 2.14 in 45 playoff games. He led the Capitals to the Stanley Cup Finals in 1997-98 registering four shutouts and a goals-against average of 1.95. He had 41 wins, five shutouts and a goals-against average of 2.24 in 1999-2000 earning a selection to the NHL All-Star Game and First Team All-NHL while winning the Vezina Trophy.
MARC MAGLIARDITI (Inducted 2013)
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.
JOHN MARKS (Inducted 2012)
John Marks ranks as one of the most successful coaches in the ECHL’s 24-year history. He joined the league as head coach of the expansion Charlotte Checkers in 1993-94 and won at least 35 games nine times. He posted an all-time record of 491-422-95 in 15 seasons as an ECHL head coach with Charlotte, Greenville, Pensacola and Augusta, and is the league’s all-time leader in games coached (1,008), wins (491) and seasons (15). His teams also excelled during the postseason as he led Charlotte to the 1996 Riley Cup championship and Greenville to the 2002 Kelly Cup championship, joining 2009 ECHL Hall of Fame inductee John Brophy as the only coaches to win both a Riley Cup and Kelly Cup title. His 10 postseason appearances are second behind only Brophy, while his 81 postseason games coached are third and his 45 wins are tied for third.
TOM NEMETH (Inducted 2009)
Tom Nemeth won the ECHL Defenseman of the Year award three times and was selected First Team All-ECHL three years. He holds the ECHL records for assists and points by a defenseman in a season with 82 assists and 98 points in 1993-94. He is third all-time among defensemen with 345 assists and 463 points and he led all defensemen in 2000-01 with 20 goals, 48 assists and 68 points. He played in the ECHL All-Star Game in 1993, 1994, 1998 and 2001, tying him for the third-most appearances.
DARRYL NOREN (Inducted 2010)
Darryl Noren began playing in the ECHL as a rookie in 1990-91 with Greensboro and played 10 seasons including his final six with the Charlotte Checkers. He ranks third in ECHL history with 685 points, fourth with 390 assists, seventh with 295 goals and 14th with 549 games. He finished his career in 1999-2000 as the ECHL all-time leader in games, assists and points. Noren scored 30-or-more goals five times including a career-high 46 in 1994-95. He tied the ECHL record with three consecutive three-or-more goal games in December of 1994 and had seven games with three-or-more goals in 1994-95. He helped the Checkers capture the Riley Cup Championship in 1996 and had 41 points (18g-23a) in 48 postseason games. He was selected to the 15th Anniversary All-ECHL Team in voting by coaches, players, front office personnel and media from the first 15 years of the ECHL and was inducted into the inaugural class of the Charlotte Hockey Hall of Fame in 2008. He was chosen to play in the ECHL All-Star Game in 1995, 1997 and 1998.
STEVE POAPST (Inducted 2013)
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 (Inducted 2013)
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.
DAVE SEITZ (Inducted 2012)
Dave Seitz played in 489 games over eight seasons with the South Carolina Stingrays. He ranks sixth in ECHL history with 384 assists, is 10th with 587 points and is 19th with 217 goals. Seitz was part of South Carolina’s 1997 and 2001 Kelly Cup championship teams, and was named Most Valuable Player of the 2001 Kelly Cup Playoffs after leading the postseason with 15 assists and 28 points and tying for the lead with 13 goals. His 73 postseason points are tied for seventh all-time, while his 44 assists are tied for ninth and his 29 goals are tied for 13th. Seitz played in the 1998 and 1999 ECHL All-Star Games, and is tied for third in All-Star history with five career assists.
ROD TAYLOR (Inducted 2009)
Rod Taylor is the ECHL career leader with 368 goals and holds the record for most 30-goal seasons (8) and most consecutive 30-goal seasons (6). He played all but 19 of his professional games in the ECHL. He retired as the all-time leader in points (689) and games (678) and remains second in scoring and fourth in games. He helped Hampton Roads win the Riley Cup as a rookie in 1992, scoring a league record-tying 16 goals in 14 games, and the Kelly Cup in 1998. He is third in career postseason goals (39) and tied for sixth in postseason games (78).
CHRIS VALICEVIC (Inducted 2008)
During his nine-year career, Chris Valicevic established himself as not only one of the best defensemen in league history, but one of the greatest players overall while playing for the Greensboro Monarchs and the Louisiana IceGators. He was selected to a record seven All-Star Games and was named First Team All-ECHL five times while being named the league Most Valuable Player in 1998-99. He is the all-time leader with 102 postseason games and is the career regular season and postseason leader among defensemen in assists and points.
NICK VITUCCI (Inducted 2008)
Nick Vitucci has won a record five ECHL championships, four as a player and one as an assistant coach, and has been involved with the league as a player and coach every season since the league’s inception. Named the postseason Most Valuable Player twice, he played 14 seasons and is the career leader among goaltenders in games, minutes and wins for both the regular season and the postseason. He played in two All-Star Games and was named First Team All-ECHL in 1991-92 and 1997-98. He was head coach of the Toledo Storm from 2003-07 and was named ECHL Coach of the Year in 2004-05. Vitucci is in his third season as head coach of the Toledo Walleye.
BOB WOODS (Inducted 2012)
Bob Woods ranks sixth in ECHL history with 599 games played, and is the all-time leader among defensemen with 159 goals, over 10 seasons with Johnstown, Hampton Roads, Mobile, Tallahassee and Mississippi. He is eighth all-time with 364 assists and his 523 points are 22nd all-time. Both marks are second among defensemen, trailing only 2008 ECHL Hall of Fame inductee Chris Valicevic. Woods holds the ECHL record for shots on goal in a game with 17 on March 14, 1998 and was an All-ECHL Second Team selection three times (1996-97, 1998-99 and 2000-01). Woods, who led ECHL defensemen in points in 1996-97 and in goals in 1998-99, was part of Mississippi’s 1999 Kelly Cup championship team. Following his retirement as a player, he was head coach of the Sea Wolves from 2001-2005.