Kelly Cup
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Kelly Cup
Kelly Cup
Kelly Cup.jpg
SportIce hockey
Given forTeam that wins the playoffs of the ECHL
First award1997
Most recentColorado Eagles

The Patrick J. Kelly Cup goes to the play-off champion of the ECHL. The Kelly Cup has been awarded to teams since 1997. Prior to 1997, the playoff winner was awarded the Riley Cup, named after former American Hockey League President Jack Riley. The current cup is named after Patrick J. Kelly, the league's first commissioner. The cup is loaned to the winning team for one year and is returned at the start of the following year's playoffs.[1] The Kelly Cup Playoffs Most Valuable Player award is also given out as part of the Kelly Cup Championship ceremonies. Nick Vitucci and Dave Gagnon are the only players to win the award on multiple occasions.[2]

17 different teams have won the ECHL Championship, with eight (Alaska, Allen, Cincinnati, Colorado, Hampton Roads, Idaho, South Carolina, and Toledo) winning multiple times. The Hampton Roads Admirals, the Alaska Aces and the South Carolina Stingrays hold the record for most championships won with three.[3] Current possession of the trophy belongs to the Colorado Eagles, who won it in 2018 after a four-games-to-three win over the Florida Everblades in the Kelly Cup Finals. The Eagles will not be defending the title, as the franchise is moving to the American Hockey League in 2018-19.

Playoff format

The Kelly Cup playoffs is an elimination tournament, consisting of four rounds of a best-of-seven series. The format has changed often throughout the years. Since 2016-17, the top four point earners from each division qualify. The first two playoff rounds are played within each division, followed by the conference finals (contested between the four division winners), and ending with the Kelly Cup finals (featuring the two conference champions).

List of ECHL champions

The Kelly Cup MVP Trophy
The Kelly Cup MVP Trophy
  MVP was a member of the defeated team in the Kelly Cup Finals
Season Winning team Score Losing team MVP
1989 Carolina Thunderbirds (1) 4-3 Johnstown Chiefs Nick Vitucci
1990 Greensboro Monarchs (1) 4-1 Winston-Salem Thunderbirds Wade Flaherty
1991 Hampton Roads Admirals (1) 4-1 Greensboro Monarchs Dave Flanagan / Dave Gagnon
1992 Hampton Roads Admirals (2) 4-0 Louisville Icehawks Mark Bernard
1993 Toledo Storm (1) 4-2 Wheeling Thunderbirds Rick Judson
1994 Toledo Storm (2) 4-1 Raleigh IceCaps Dave Gagnon
1995 Richmond Renegades (1) 4-1 Greensboro Monarchs Blaine Moore
1996 Charlotte Checkers (1) 4-0 Jacksonville Lizard Kings Nick Vitucci
1997 South Carolina Stingrays (1) 4-1 Louisiana IceGators Jason Fitzsimmons
1998 Hampton Roads Admirals (3) 4-2 Pensacola Ice Pilots Sebastien Charpentier
1999 Mississippi Sea Wolves (1) 4-3 Richmond Renegades Travis Scott
2000 Peoria Rivermen (1) 4-2 Louisiana IceGators J. F. Boutin / Jason Christie
2001 South Carolina Stingrays (2) 4-1 Trenton Titans Dave Seitz
2002 Greenville Grrrowl (1) 4-0 Dayton Bombers Simon Gamache / Tyrone Garner
2003 Atlantic City Boardwalk Bullies (1) 4-1 Columbia Inferno Kevin Colley
2004 Idaho Steelheads (1) 4-1 Florida Everblades Dan Ellis
2005 Trenton Titans (1) 4-2 Florida Everblades Leon Hayward
2006 Alaska Aces (1) 4-1 Gwinnett Gladiators Mike Scott
2007 Idaho Steelheads (2) 4-1 Dayton Bombers Steve Silverthorn
2008 Cincinnati Cyclones (1) 4-2 Las Vegas Wranglers Cedrick Desjardins
2009 South Carolina Stingrays (3) 4-3 Alaska Aces James Reimer
2010 Cincinnati Cyclones (2) 4-1 Idaho Steelheads Robert Mayer / Jeremy Smith
2011 Alaska Aces (2) 4-1 Kalamazoo Wings Scott Howes
2012 Florida Everblades (1) 4-1 Las Vegas Wranglers John Muse
2013 Reading Royals (1) 4-1 Stockton Thunder Riley Gill
2014 Alaska Aces (3) 4-2 Cincinnati Cyclones Rob Madore
2015 Allen Americans (1) 4-3 South Carolina Stingrays Greger Hanson
2016 Allen Americans (2) 4-2 Wheeling Nailers Chad Costello
2017 Colorado Eagles (1) 4-0 South Carolina Stingrays Matt Register
2018 Colorado Eagles (2) 4-3 Florida Everblades Michael Joly

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