WICHITA, Kan. – Today, The Sin Bin is proud to announce a tremendous addition to our 2019 ECHL Trade Deadline Coverage. Cincinnati Cyclones head coach Matt Thomas will join Matthew Harding and C.C. Hawkley as they recap the ECHL’s trade deadline on Thursday, March 7.
“WE COULD NOT BE MORE THRILLED TO HAVE Matt Thomas JOIN US FOR OUR ECHL TRADE DEADLINE COVERAGE,” SAID Matthew Harding, EDITOR-IN-CHIEF OF THE SIN BIN. “Matt will provide a wealth of knowledge from his years coaching professional hockey and mentoring young men at the University level. WE LOOK FORWARD TO HIS INSIGHTS SURROUNDING THE TRADE DEADLINE, WHAT GOES ON BEHIND THE SCENES, AND HOW TEAMS STRATEGIZE DURING WHAT IS AN INCREDIBLY IMPORTANT AND CRUCIAL TIME FOR EVERY ORGANIZATION.”
Thomas played collegiately at the Rochester Institute of Technology (R.I.T.) where he totaled 72 points in 102 career games (25G, 47A). He served as the team’s captain during his senior year in 1997-98.
Once his collegiate career was over, Thomas moved behind the bench, serving as an assistant coach with the NCAA hockey powerhouse University of Maine Black Bears from 2000-02.
Thomas broke into the professional ranks as an assistant coach with the Atlantic City Boardwalk Bullies in 2002 and won a Kelly Cup championship with the club in 2003, before taking over the reins of the franchise prior to the 2004-05 season. From there, he went to California and had significant success with the Fresno Falcons and Stockton Thunder, compiling a 310-193-62 record, including a trip to the 2013 Kelly Cup Finals with the Stockton Thunder.
Thomas is putting together an ECHL Hall of Fame career. He currently sits sixth all-time in wins (390), holds the ECHL record for most career playoff games coached (97), has the third most wins in the Kelly Cup Playoffs (49), and is tied for the third most all-time playoff appearances with nine.
The addition of Thomas will bolster an already strong content lineup for the site. Starting today, our 2019 ECHL Trade Tracker will be live with all of the trades in the league since January 1.
On Friday, March 1, fans will get a breakdown of some of the frequently asked questions at the trade deadline, with input from the ECHL’s Director of Hockey Administration, Dan Petrino. Saturday, March 2, we will examine three different storylines heading into the trade deadline. Starting on Sunday, March 3, we will have daily divisional previews of each team’s needs heading into the deadline.
Here is the schedule:
Sunday 3/3 – North Division
Monday 3/4 – South Division
Tuesday 3/5 – Central Division
Wednesday 3/6 – Mountain Division
On deadline day itself, we will have a moderated chat room open for fans to discuss trades and more from 10am-5pm ET.
Then, at 7:30 pm ET, join Harding, Hawkley, and Thomas for a two-hour look at the moves made around the ECHL. The ECHL Trade Deadline Show will be aired live on TheSinBin.net, The Sin Bin app, and The Sin Bin’s Facebook page. During the show, coaches and media representatives on from around the league will join the panel, breaking down their teams as they make the four-week push to the 2019 Kelly Cup Playoffs.
You can also join in our social media conversation by using the hashtag #ECHLDeadlineDay.