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ECHL announces 2017-18 division alignments

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Tuesday, June 20, 2017 02:01 pm

Annual ECHL Board of Governors Meeting concludes

From an ECHL press release:

PRINCETON, N.J. – The ECHL held its Annual Board of Governors Meeting at the New York-New York Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada on June 12 and 13. The following items were approved by the Board.

Conference and Divisional Alignment for 2017-18 Season

As approved by the Board of Governors, the Conference and Divisional alignment for the 2017-18 Season will be as follows:

Eastern Conference

North Division
Adirondack Thunder, Brampton Beast, Manchester Monarchs, Reading Royals, Wheeling Nailers, Worcester Railers

South Division
Atlanta Gladiators, Florida Everblades, Greenville Swamp Rabbits, Jacksonville IceMen, Norfolk Admirals, Orlando Solar Bears, South Carolina Stingrays

Western Conference

Central Division
Cincinnati Cyclones, Fort Wayne Komets, Indy Fuel, Kalamazoo Wings, Kansas City Mavericks, Quad City Mallards, Toledo Walleye

Mountain Division
Allen Americans, Colorado Eagles, Idaho Steelheads, Rapid City Rush, Tulsa Oilers, Utah Grizzlies, Wichita Thunder

The first two rounds of the Kelly Cup Playoffs will once again be played entirely within the division, with the division winner playing the fourth-place finisher and the second-place team meeting the third-place team in the Division Semifinals. The winners of each series will meet in the Division Finals, leading to the Conference Finals and Kelly Cup Finals.

Transfer of Alaska Aces Membership to Portland, Maine

As announced last week, the Board approved the Transfer of Controlling Interest of the Alaska Aces’ Membership to Comcast-Spectacor, and also approved the Transfer of Home Territory of the Membership to Portland, Maine.

Portland will begin play in the ECHL during the 2018-19 season, which begins in October 2018.

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