The ECHL Hall of Fame is an ice hockey museum dedicated to honoring members that have played in the ECHL (formerly known as the East Coast Hockey League). It was created by the league in 2008. The ECHL Board of Governors created the ECHL Hall of Fame to recognize the achievements of players, coaches, and personnel who dedicated their careers to the league. Hall of Fame members are selected in four categories: Player, Developmental Player, Builder, and Referee/Linesman. Players must have concluded their career as an active player for a minimum of three playing seasons, though not continuous or full seasons. Developmental Players must have begun their career in the ECHL and went on to a distinguished career in the NHL, playing a minimum of 260 regular season games in the NHL, AHL and ECHL. Builders may be active or inactive whereas Referee/Linesman must have concluded their active officiating career for a minimum of three playing seasons.
No more than five candidates are elected to the Hall of Fame each year with no more than three Players, one Developmental Player, two Builders and one Referee/Linesman. The Builder and the Referee/Linesman categories are dependent upon the number of candidates in the Player category.
The nomination and subsequent selection of candidates is determined by the ECHL Hall of Fame Selection Committee which is appointed by the ECHL.
The ECHL Hall of Fame inaugural class was inducted during the 2008 ECHL All-Star Game festivities at Stockton Arena in Stockton, California, and included ECHL founder Henry Brabham, the ECHL's first commissioner Patrick J. Kelly, and former players Nick Vitucci and Chris Valicevic.
List of Hall of Famers
Inductees by team
- 12: Hampton Roads Admirals (includes one owner and two coaches)
- 9: League executives
- 7: Toledo Storm
- 5: Augusta Lynx, Charlotte Checkers (includes one owner and one coach), Dayton Bombers (includes one owner and one coach), Louisiana IceGators, Pensacola Ice Pilots (includes one coach), South Carolina Stingrays (includes on coach)
- 4: Greensboro Monarchs, Greenville Grrrowl (includes owner and one coach), Mobile Mysticks (includes one manager), Wheeling Nailers/Thunderbirds (includes one coach)
- 3: Birmingham Bulls (including one manager), Columbus Chill, Gwinnett Gladiators (including one manager), Johnstown Chiefs (including one president), Richmond Renegades, Tallahassee Tiger Sharks, Winston-Salem Thunderbirds
- 2: Baton Rouge Kingfish, Cincinnati Cyclones, Erie Panthers, Fresno Falcons, Huntington Blizzard, Jackson Bandits (includes one coach), Mississippi Sea Wolves, Pee Dee Pride, Peoria Rivermen, Raleigh Icecaps, Roanoke Express, Trenton Titans/Devils (includes one player/coach and manager)
- 1: Alaska Aces, Arkansas RiverBlades, Atlantic City Boardwalk Bullies, Chesapeake Icebreakers, Greensboro Generals, Jacksonville Lizard Kings, Kalamazoo Wings, Las Vegas Wranglers, Louisville Icehawks, Louisville RiverFrogs, Miami Matadors, Reading Royals (coach), Utah Grizzlies, Victoria Salmon Kings
- ECHL Press Release (January 23, 2008). Inaugural ECHL Hall Of Fame Class Announced. ECHL.com.
- ECHL Press Release (November 5, 2008). 2009 ECHL Hall Of Fame Class is Brophy, Cullen, Nemeth, Taylor. ECHL.
- J.P. Hoornstra (December 3, 2009). 2010 ECHL Hall Of Fame announced. Inside SoCal.
- ECHL Press Release (November 19, 2010). ECHL Announces 2011 ECHL Hall Of Fame Class. Arena Digest.
- Mike Ashmore (January 19, 2012). ECHL Alumni Profile - Bob Woods. ECHL.
- 2012 ECHL Hall of Fame is Coffey, Gorski, Marks, Seitz, and Woods. ECHL (December 1, 2011).
- ECHL Press Release (December 1, 2011). 2012 ECHL Hall Of Fame is Coffey, Gorski, Marks, Seitz, and Woods. ECHL.
- Whitney Baumgartner (December 4, 2011). Head Coach Marks To Be Inducted Into The 2012 ECHL Hall Of Fame. Fargo Force.
- ECHL Press Release (January 18, 2013). Seitz to Enter ECHL Hall of Fame. ECHL.com.
- ECHL Announces 2013 Hall Of Fame Class. Colorado Eagles (December 3, 2012).
- Paul De Los Santos. "Former Wranglers goalie made Las Vegas his home, shined in last stop of career", December 25, 2012.
- Nate Haeni (December 3, 2012). Poapst among 2013 ECHL Hall Of Fame Class. Rockford IceHogs.
- Shawn Rine (December 4, 2012). Schwartz A Worthy Choice. The Intelligencer.
- 11TH CLASS OFFICIALLY JOINS ECHL HALL OF FAME. ECHL (January 19, 2018).
- ECHL Announces 2019 Hall of Fame Class. ECHL (November 15, 2018).
- ECHL Announces 2020 Hall of Fame Class (November 18, 2019).
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