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2020–21 ECHL season
League ECHL
Sport Ice hockey
Duration December 11, 2020 – June 6, 2021
Regular season
Brabham Cup Florida Everblades
Season MVP Anthony Beauregard (Wichita)
Top scorer Aaron Luchuk (Orlando)
Playoffs
Eastern champions South Carolina Stingrays
  Eastern runners-up Greenville Swamp Rabbits
Western champions Fort Wayne Komets
  Western runners-up Allen Americans
Playoffs MVP Stephen Harper (Fort Wayne Komets
[[2021 Kelly Cup playoffs#Kelly Cup Finals|Kelly Cup]]
Champions Fort Wayne Komets
  Runners-up South Carolina Stingrays
ECHL seasons

This is the 2020-21 ECHL season. This is the league's 33rd season.

Resumption of Play

Under the split-season guidelines, the following 13 teams will begin a 72-game season on December 11th - Allen, Florida, Greenville, Indy, Jacksonville, Kansas City, Orlando, Rapid City, South Carolina, Tulsa, Utah, Wheeling and Wichita. Additionally, remaining ECHL teams will begin their Season on January 15, 2021, competing in a 62-game season upon jurisdictional approval.[1]


Membership changes

  • On October 20th the Norfolk Admirals opted out of the 2020-21 season under the ECHL's COVID-19 voluntary suspension policy.[2]
  • On January 5th the league announced a finalized schedule for the balance of the season and it had announced that the Toledo Walleye had announced they were voluntarily suspending operations for the 2020-21 season.
  • On February 18, 2021 the league announced as part of its mid-season Board of Governors meeting that the Brampton Beast had withdrawn from the league effective the end of the season (after already sitting out the 2020-21 season.[8]

Teams

Standings

Due to the imbalanced schedule during the pandemic, teams are ranked on points percentage.

Final standings[9]

Eastern Conference GP W L OTL SOL GF GA Pts Pts%
zFlorida Everblades (NSH) 69 42 19 5 3 233 193 92 .667
xGreenville Swamp Rabbits (FLA) 72 38 19 12 3 210 204 91 .632
xIndy Fuel (CHI) 69 37 24 8 0 204 199 82 .594
xSouth Carolina Stingrays (WSH) 70 34 23 10 3 216 212 81 .579
Orlando Solar Bears (TB) 72 36 29 6 1 218 232 79 .549
Jacksonville Icemen (WPG) 71 34 30 3 4 205 212 75 .528
Wheeling Nailers (PIT) 68 22 39 6 1 196 241 51 .375
Western Conference GP W L OTL SOL GF GA Pts Pts%
yAllen Americans (MIN) 72 45 23 3 1 236 196 94 .653
xWichita Thunder (EDM) 71 41 22 6 2 218 190 90 .634
xFort Wayne Komets (VGK) 51 29 17 3 2 170 136 63 .618
xUtah Grizzlies (COL) 72 35 26 5 6 207 219 81 .563
Tulsa Oilers (ANA) 72 30 28 11 3 180 203 74 .514
Kansas City Mavericks (CGY) 72 31 31 8 2 205 226 72 .500
Rapid City Rush (ARI) 71 32 35 3 1 197 232 68 .479

  x  – clinched playoff spot;   y  – clinched regular season conference title;   z Brabham Cup (regular season) champion

2021 Kelly Cup playoffs

Format

The top four teams in each division qualify. Division based format with 1 vs 4 and 2 vs 3 with winners advancing to division final. Division winners meet for Kelly Cup. All rounds are best-of-five.

Due to the North Charleston Coliseum being unavailable for the playoffs, the South Carolina Stingrays play at the Carolina Ice Palace.[10]

Bracket

As of July 2, 2021.[11]

Conference Semifinals Conference Finals Kelly Cup Finals
         
E1 Florida Everblades 2
E4 South Carolina Stingrays 3
E4 South Carolina Stingrays 3
Eastern Conference
E2 Greenville Swamp Rabbits 1
E2 Greenville Swamp Rabbits 3
E3 Indy Fuel 1
E4 South Carolina Stingrays 1
W3 Fort Wayne Komets 3
W1 Allen Americans 3
W4 Utah Grizzlies 0
W1 Allen Americans 1
Western Conference
W3 Fort Wayne Komets 3
W2 Wichita Thunder 2
W3 Fort Wayne Komets 3


Awards

See also: ECHL awards
Award Winner
Patrick Kelly Cup: Fort Wayne Komets
Henry Brabham Cup: Florida Everblades
Gingher Memorial Trophy: South Carolina Stingrays
Bruce Taylor Trophy: Fort Wayne Komets
John Brophy Award: Bruce Ramsay, Wichita[12]
Most Valuable Player: Anthony Beauregard, Wichita[13]
Kelly Cup Playoffs Most Valuable Player:
Goaltender of the Year: Jake Hildebrand, Florida[14]
Rookie of the Year: Matthew Boucher, Utah[15]
Defenseman of the Year: Les Lancaster, Allen[16]
Leading Scorer: Aaron Luchuk, Orlando[17]
Plus Performer Award: John McCarron, Florida[18]
Sportsmanship Award: Aaron Luchuk, Orlando[19]
Community Service Award:

All-ECHL teams

First Team

  • Jake Hildebrand (G) – Florida[20]
  • Samuel Jardine (D) – Greenville[20]
  • Les Lancaster (D) – Allen[20]
  • Anthony Beauregard (F) – Wichita[20]
  • Aaron Luchuk (F) – Orlando[20]
  • John McCarron (F) – Florida[20]

Second Team

All-Rookie

  • Evan Weninger (G) – Wichita[21]
  • Ben Finkelstein (D) – Greenville[21]
  • Dean Stewart (D) – Wichita[21]
  • Matthew Boucher (F) – Utah[21]
  • Jay Dickman (F) – Wichita[21]
  • Joseph Garreffa (F) – Orlando[21]

References

  1. https://www.oursportscentral.com/services/releases/echl-confirms-start-date-for-2020-21-season/n-5646931
  2. https://www.dailypress.com/sports/norfolk-admirals/vp-sp-norfolk-admirals-20201020-bs3ud7ssbnc4ffa7slbkyllrmu-story.html
  3. https://www.oursportscentral.com/services/releases/echl-north-division-elects-suspension-of-play-mariners-issue-statement/n-5652772
  4. https://www.echl.com/en/news/2020/12/cincinnati-idaho-and-kalamazoo-elect-suspension-of-play-for-2020-21-season
  5. https://www.echl.com/en/news/2021/1/echl-approves-two-expansion-memberships
  6. INTRODUCING THE TROIS-RIVIÈRES LIONS (June 10, 2021).
  7. https://www.echl.com/en/news/2021/1/echl-approves-expansion-membership-for-savannah
  8. https://www.echl.com/en/news/2021/2/updates-from-midseason-meeting-of-echl-board-of-governors
  9. 2020–21 Conference Standings.
  10. https://www.postandcourier.com/sports/minor_leagues/s-c-stingrays-earn-playoff-berth-but-not-at-north-charleston-coliseum/article_1c87ad10-c6fe-11eb-a16e-4bef377d8945.html
  11. 2021 playoff schedule.
  12. WICHITA'S RAMSAY RECEIVES JOHN BROPHY AWARD AS ECHL COACH OF THE YEAR (June 8, 2021).
  13. Wichita's Beauregard Named 2020-21 Warrior Hockey/ECHL Most Valuable Player (June 11, 2021).
  14. FLORIDA'S HILDEBRAND NAMED WARRIOR HOCKEY/ECHL GOALTENDER OF THE YEAR (June 10, 2021).
  15. Utah's Boucher Named ECHL Rookie of the Year (June 7, 2021).
  16. Allen's Lancaster Named ECHL Defenseman of the Year (June 9, 2021).
  17. ORLANDO'S LUCHUK WINS 2020-21 ECHL SCORING TITLE (June 6, 2021).
  18. FLORIDA'S MCCARRON IS AMI GRAPHICS/ECHL PLUS PERFORMER OF THE YEAR (June 6, 2021).
  19. ORLANDO'S LUCHUK RECEIVES 2020-21 ECHL SPORTSMANSHIP AWARD (June 4, 2021).
  20. 20.00 20.01 20.02 20.03 20.04 20.05 20.06 20.07 20.08 20.09 20.10 20.11 All-ECHL First and Second Teams Announced (June 3, 2021).
  21. 21.0 21.1 21.2 21.3 21.4 21.5 ECHL Announces 2020-21 All-Rookie Team (June 2, 2021).

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