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The '''2001-02 ECHL season''' was the [[List of ECHL seasons|fourteenth]] season of the [[ECHL|East Coast Hockey League]]. Before the start of the season, the league saw one expansion franchise and five relocations, three of which were through the buying of the franchise rights of former clubs that had ceased operations. These relocations include the rights to the [[Columbus Chill]] moving to [[Reading Royals|Reading, PA]], the rights to the [[Hampton Roads Admirals]] moving to [[Columbus Cottonmouths|Columbus, GA]], and the rights to the [[Miami Matadors]] relocating to the former ECHL market of [[Cincinnati Cyclones|Cincinnati, OH]]. The league also saw current franchises [[Birmingham Bulls (ECHL)|Birmingham Bulls]] move to [[Atlantic City Boardwalk Bullies|Atlantic City, NJ]] and [[Tallahassee Tiger Sharks]] move to [[Macon Whoopee|Macon, GA]]. The league also welcomed it's fourth franchise from the state of [[South Carolina]] with an expansion franchise in the state's capital of [[Columbia Inferno|Columbia, SC]]. The [[Louisiana IceGators]] finished first overall in the regular season, winning the [[Brabham Cup]] with the best record in league history. The [[Greenville Grrrowl]] won their first [[Kelly Cup]] sweeping the [[Dayton Bombers]] in four games.
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The '''2001-02 ECHL [[Season (sports)|season]]''' was the [[List of ECHL seasons|fourteenth]] season of the [[ECHL|East Coast Hockey League]]. Before the start of the season, the league saw one expansion franchise and five relocations, three of which were through the buying of the franchise rights of former clubs that had ceased operations. These relocations include the rights to the [[Columbus Chill]] moving to [[Reading Royals|Reading, PA]], the rights to the [[Hampton Roads Admirals]] moving to [[Columbus Cottonmouths|Columbus, GA]], and the rights to the [[Miami Matadors]] relocating to the former ECHL market of [[Cincinnati Cyclones|Cincinnati, OH]]. The league also saw current franchises [[Birmingham Bulls (ECHL)|Birmingham Bulls]] move to [[Atlantic City Boardwalk Bullies|Atlantic City, NJ]] and [[Tallahassee Tiger Sharks]] move to [[Macon Whoopee|Macon, GA]]. The league also welcomed it's fourth franchise from the state of [[South Carolina]] with an expansion franchise in the state's capital of [[Columbia Inferno|Columbia, SC]]. The [[Louisiana IceGators]] finished first overall in the regular season, winning the [[Brabham Cup]] with the best record in league history. The [[Greenville Grrrowl]] won their first [[Kelly Cup]] sweeping the [[Dayton Bombers]] in four games.
   
 
During the opening weekend of the ECHL season, the league had a moment of silence for former South Carolina Stingrays player [[Mark Bavis]], who had been killed in the September 11 terrorist attacks. Ryan Brindley, who was wearing #12 for the Stingrays in the previous season, changed to #55 after the team retired the number that Bavis had worn during his two seasons (1994-96) with the Stingrays.
 
During the opening weekend of the ECHL season, the league had a moment of silence for former South Carolina Stingrays player [[Mark Bavis]], who had been killed in the September 11 terrorist attacks. Ryan Brindley, who was wearing #12 for the Stingrays in the previous season, changed to #55 after the team retired the number that Bavis had worn during his two seasons (1994-96) with the Stingrays.
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==Team Photos==
 
 
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01-02PeoRiv.jpg|[[Peoria Rivermen]]
 
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==See also==
 
==See also==
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{{ECHL}}
 
{{ECHL}}
   
 
[[Category:ECHL seasons]]
 
[[Category:2001 in hockey|ECHL season, 2001–02]]
 
[[Category:2002 in hockey|ECHL season, 2001–02]]
   
   
 
{{Wikipedia}}
 
{{Wikipedia}}
[[Category:ECHL seasons]]
 
[[Category:2001 in hockey|ECHL season, 2001–02]]
 
[[Category:2002 in hockey|ECHL season, 2001–02]]
 

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