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The 2007-08 ECHL season was the 20th season of the ECHL.

Two teams suspended operations at the end of the 2006-07 season, the Long Beach Ice Dogs and the Toledo Storm. Toledo's suspension was granted after the International League baseball franchise Toledo Mud Hens acquired the Storm and requested a suspension of the team for two years in order to allow a new arena to be built in downtown Toledo to open in 2009, when the team returns to play.

The league officially welcomed back the Mississippi Sea Wolves, who had to suspend operations for two seasons (2005-07) because of damage to the Mississippi Coast Coliseummarker caused by Hurricane Katrina. The Elmira Jackals also joined the ECHL after being in the United Hockey League for their previous existence.Another established team, the Trenton, New Jersey franchise, will enter its ninth season with a new name. The team, now owned by the NHL New Jersey Devils, will adopt the Devils nickname, which is now standard across the team's farm system.

Before the start of the season, the league announced that it would hand out a new award to honor on-ice referees for their dedication and contribution to the league, through the Ryan Birmingham Memorial Award. The award is given in honor of Ryan Birmingham a former ECHL referee who died in an automobile accident, while driving from Chattanooga, Tennesseemarker to Snellville, Georgiamarker in May 2007. Birmingham died at the age of 24.

The Cincinnati Cyclones finished first overall in the regular season winning the Brabham Cup, and became the third team in ECHL history to win the Brabham Cup and Kelly Cup in the same year by defeating the Las Vegas Wranglers four games to two.

League realignment

The ECHL announced the alignment of the 25 teams of the ECHL.

American Conference

North Division



South Division



National Conference

Pacific Division



West Division



Playoff format

The ECHL realigned the playoff format for the two conferences.

National Conference

The top eight teams will advance to the playoffs, with the two division champions being the first and second seeds.The other six teams will be seeded by points.Teams will not be re-seeded.All games are best of seven games.

American Conference

In the North Division, the top five teams will advance to the playoffs, with the division champion being the first seed.The other teams will be seeded by points.The fourth seed and the fifth seed will play a best-of-three series in the Division Quarterfinals.The winner will advance to the best-of-seven Division Semifinalsto meet the division leader.The second seed and the third seed will play a best-of-seven Division Semifinals.The winners will advance to the best-of-seven Division Finals.The winner will advance to the American Conference Finals.

In the South Division,the top eight teams will advance to the playoffs, with the division champion being the first seed.The other teams will be seeded by points.Teams will be re-seeded according to the same criteriawith division leader seeded first and remaining teams seeded in order of regular-season points.All games are best of five games.The winner of the Division Finals will advance to the American Conference Finals.

In the best-of-seven American Conference Finalsthe North Division Winner will face the South Division Winner

Kelly Cup finals

The Kelly Cup finals will be a best-of-seven series between the two conference champions.

Regular season

Final standings

Note: GP = Games played; W = Wins; L= Loses; OTL = Overtime loses; SOL = Shootout loses; GF = Goals for; GA = Goals against; Pts = Points; Green shade = Clinched playoff spot; Blue shade = Clinched division; (z) = Clinched home-ice advantage

American Conference
Northern Division GP W L OTL SOL Pts GF GA
Cincinnati Cyclones (MTL/NSH) (z) 72 55 12 1 4 115 292 178
Elmira Jackals (CBJ) 72 41 24 3 4 89 245 219
Reading Royals (LA) 72 38 26 6 2 83 247 233
Johnstown Chiefs (COL/BOS) 72 36 30 3 3 78 235 234
Dayton Bombers (Independent) 72 29 31 6 6 70 201 229
Trenton Devils (NJ) 72 29 36 3 4 65 183 220
Wheeling Nailers (PIT/PHI) 72 22 43 3 4 51 186 284
Southern Division GP W L OTL SOL Pts GF GA
Texas Wildcatters (MIN) 72 52 9 4 7 115 266 177
South Carolina Stingrays (WSH) 72 47 22 2 1 97 256 192
Gwinnett Gladiators (ATL) 72 44 23 2 3 93 247 198
Florida Everblades (CAR/FLA) 72 39 25 4 4 86 230 198
Columbia Inferno (TOR) 72 33 28 5 6 77 217 227
Charlotte Checkers (NYR) 72 34 31 1 6 75 212 229
Augusta Lynx (ANA) 72 32 35 1 4 69 200 223
Mississippi Sea Wolves (TB) 72 29 40 1 2 61 204 262
Pensacola Ice Pilots (CHI) 72 19 44 4 5 47 157 263


National Conference
Pacific Division GP W L OTL SOL Pts GF GA
Las Vegas Wranglers (CGY) (z) 72 47 13 5 7 106 244 179
Fresno Falcons (Independent) 72 42 22 4 4 92 242 216
Bakersfield Condors (Independent) 72 26 37 2 7 61 230 280
Stockton Thunder (EDM) 72 27 40 3 2 59 200 250
West Division GP W L OTL SOL Pts GF GA
Victoria Salmon Kings (VAN) 72 42 23 4 3 91 256 239
Idaho Steelheads (DAL) 72 40 22 5 5 90 224 183
Alaska Aces (STL) 72 41 26 4 1 87 245 229
Utah Grizzlies (NYI) 72 32 30 2 8 74 239 259
Phoenix RoadRunners (SJ) 72 24 39 5 4 57 208 265
Final league standings

Scoring leaders

Note: GP = Games played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; PIM = Penalty minutes
Player Team GP G A Pts PIM
David Desharnais Cincinnati Cyclones 68 29 77 106 18
Jeff Campbell Gwinnett Gladiators 65 26 65 91 42
Travis Morin South Carolina Stingrays 68 34 50 84 30
Ash Goldie Victoria Salmon Kings 70 40 43 83 24
Benoit Doucet Elmira Jackals 71 31 52 83 96
John McNabb Texas Wildcatters 71 32 50 82 87
Josh Soares Alaska Aces 61 36 45 81 85
Pierre-Luc Faubert Elmira Jackals 72 31 45 76 76
Jeff Miles Columbia Inferno 68 29 47 76 48
Derek Damon Florida Everblades 51 25 50 75 76


Data referenced from ECHL website

Leading goaltenders

Note: GP = Games Played; TOI = Time on ice (minutes); W = Wins; L = Losses; OTL = Overtime losses; SOL = Shootout losses; GA = Goals against; SO = Shutouts; SV% = Save percentage; GAA = Goals against average
Player Team GP TOI W L OTL SOL GA SO SV% GAA
Anton Khudobin Texas Wildcatters 27 1549 20 1 1 3 51 3 .934 1.98
Kevin Lalande Las Vegas Wranglers 27 1607 17 5 1 3 55 3 .932 2.05
Davis Parley South Carolina Stingrays 35 2090 24 9 2 0 80 4 .924 2.30
Craig Kowalski Gwinnett Gladiators 44 2574 29 11 0 2 100 2 .923 2.33
Kellen Briggs Idaho Steelheads 31 1802 17 11 0 2 71 3 .920 2.36


Data referenced from ECHL website

Kelly Cup playoffs

American Conference

National Conference

Kelly Cup finals

  • No. is short for North Division
  • So. is short for South Division
  • Na. is short for National Conference
Playoff tables referenced from ECHL website

First round

*if necessary
Times listed are local.

American Conference

(No. 4) Johnstown Chiefs vs. (No. 5) Dayton Bombers
(So. 1) Texas Wildcatters vs. (So. 8) Mississippi Sea Wolves
(So. 2) South Carolina Stingrays vs. (So. 7) Augusta Lynx
(So. 3) Gwinnett Gladiators vs. (So. 6) Charlotte Checkers
(So. 4) Florida Everblades vs. (So. 5) Columbia Inferno

Conference quarterfinals

American Conference

(No. 1) Cincinnati Cyclones vs. (No. 4) Johnstown Chiefs
(No. 2) Elmira Jackals vs. (No.3) Reading Royals
(So. 1) Texas Wildcatters vs. (So. 5) Columbia Inferno
(So. 2) South Carolina Stingrays vs. (So. 3) Gwinnett Gladiators

National Conference

(1) Las Vegas Wranglers vs. (8) Stockton Thunder
(2) Victoria Salmon Kings vs. (7) Bakersfield Condors
(3) Fresno Falcons vs. (6) Utah Grizzlies
(4) Idaho Steelheads vs. (5) Alaska Aces

Conference semifinals

American Conference

(No. 1) Cincinnati Cyclones vs. (No. 3) Reading Royals
(So. 2) South Carolina Stingrays vs. (So. 5) Columbia Inferno

National Conference

(1) Las Vegas Wranglers vs. (5) Alaska Aces
(2) Victoria Salmon Kings vs. (6) Utah Grizzlies

Conference finals

American Conference

(No. 1) Cincinnati Cyclones vs. (So. 2) South Carolina Stingrays

National Conference

(1) Las Vegas Wranglers vs. (6) Utah Grizzlies

2008 Kelly Cup finals

(No.1) Cincinnati Cyclones vs. (Na.1) Las Vegas Wranglers

ECHL awards

Patrick Kelly Cup: Cincinnati Cyclones
Henry Brabham Cup: Cincinnati Cyclones
Gingher Memorial Trophy: Cincinnati Cyclones
Bruce Taylor Trophy: Las Vegas Wranglers
John Brophy Award: Chuck Weber (Cincinnati)
CCM Vector Most Valuable Player: David Desharnais (Cincinnati)
Kelly Cup Playoffs Most Valuable Player: Cedrick Deshardains
Reebok Hockey Goaltender of the Year: Anton Khudobin (Texas)
CCM Tacks Rookie of the Year: David Desharnais (Cincinnati)
Defenseman of the Year: Peter Metcalf (Alaska)
Leading Scorer: David Desharnais (Cincinnati)
Reebok Hockey Plus Performer Award: Chad Starling (Cincinnati)
Sportsmanship Award: Jeff Campbell (Gwinnett)
Birmingham Memorial Award: David Jones


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