PRINCETON, NJ – The announcement that a majority of ECHL fans have been anticipating all summer has finally arrived. On Tuesday afternoon, the league unveiled it’s divisional alignment for the 2017-18 season, which was voted upon and approved by the league’s Board of Governors at the ECHL’s Summer Meetings in Las Vegas last week.
The new divisional alignment released today isn’t much different than the one used for the 2016-17 campaign as there will once again be three seven-team divisions and one six-team division, however the major holes that were plaguing the alignment have now been fixed. The only real “changes” that were made is a couple teams were switched around to make more sense geographically. Two new teams were added in the Jacksonville IceMen and Worcester Railers as both clubs will enter their first season of ECHL play while the Alaska Aces and Elmira Jackals both ceased operations after the season came to its conclusion.
The 2017-2018 ECHL Conference/Divisional Alignment:
Mountain Division: Allen Americans, Colorado Eagles, Idaho Steelheads, Rapid City Rush, Tulsa Oilers, Utah Grizzlies, and Wichita Thunder
Central Division: Cincinnati Cyclones, Fort Wayne Komets, Indy Fuel, Kalamazoo Wings, Kansas City Mavericks, Quad City Mallards, and Toledo Walleye
North Division: Adirondack Thunder, Brampton Beast, Manchester Monarchs, Reading Royals, Wheeling Nailers, and Worcester Railers
South Division: Atlanta Gladiators, Florida Everblades, Greenville Swamp Rabbits, Jacksonville IceMen, Norfolk Admirals, Orlando Solar Bears, and South Carolina Stingrays
The playoff format for the 2018 Kelly Cup Playoffs will remain the same as the top four teams in each division will clinch a berth in the postseason. The first two rounds of the playoffs will be played entirely within the division, with the winners of each division facing in the Conference Finals, then the two Conference champions meeting in the Kelly Cup Finals.