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Updates from Midseason Meeting of the ECHL Board of Governors

Thursday, February 18th
Updates from Midseason Meeting of the ECHL Board of Governors

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Feb. 18, 2021

Updates from Midseason Meeting of ECHL Board of Governors

PRINCETON, N.J. – The ECHL has announced the following updates from the Midseason Meeting of the Board of Governors.

Player Rights for 2021-22 Season

The Board of Governors, in conjunction with the Professional Hockey Players’ Association, approved changes to the Player Reserve System for Inactive Member Teams for the 2021-22 Season.

Any Player who had originally signed with one of the 12 Teams not participating in the 2020-21 Season, and went on to sign with one of the 2020-21 Active Teams, shall have his Player Rights revert back to the original Member Team’s Protected List. Any Player who was issued a Qualifying Offer by a Member that elected Pandemic Voluntary Suspension, but never signed the Qualifying Offer, shall be declared a Free Agent for the 2021-22 Season.

Coach Alex Loh  "I am thrilled to learn that we will retain the rights of the players we worked so hard to recruit to the Thunder and Glens Falls. It’s great for the fans to know they will see some familiar faces next fall when we return to the ice. We will also have some new faces that will quickly become fan favorites. I believe the ECHL made the right decision and I can’t wait to see all of the players next October. "

Start Date for 2021-22 Season

The ECHL has announced that the 2021-22 Season will open on Friday, October 22, 2021, and run through Sunday, April 17, 2022.

Brampton Withdraws Membership

The Brampton Beast have withdrawn their Membership in the ECHL, and will cease operations, effective at the conclusion of the 2020-21 Season.

Any Player whose ECHL rights are owned by Brampton will become a free agent upon the completion of the 2020-21 Season.

Coach Alex Loh had this to say, "I am disappointed to hear that Brampton will no longer have an ECHL team. While we are all rivals on the ice, we need everyone to be successful off of it for our league to be strong. I wish all the best to the players and staff of the Beast"

Playoff Eligibility for AHL/NHL Contracted Players

All AHL and NHL Contracted Players must have played in a minimum of five regular-season ECHL games by May 16 in order to be eligible for the 2021 Kelly Cup Playoffs. There is no AHL games played requirement for veteran Players to be eligible for the 2021 Kelly Cup Playoffs. These changes are effective only for the 2020-21 Season.

About the ECHL

Began in 1988-89 with five teams in four states, the ECHL has grown into a coast-to-coast league with 26 teams in 19 states and two Canadian provinces for its 33rd season in 2020-21. There have been 686 players who have gone on to play in the National Hockey League after starting their careers in the ECHL, including eight who have made their NHL debuts in the 2020-21 season. The ECHL has affiliations with 25 of the 31 NHL teams in 2020-21, marking the 24th consecutive season that the league had affiliations with at least 20 teams in the NHL. Further information on the ECHL is available on its website at ECHL.com as well as on Twitter and Facebook.

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