This is a guide to help ECHL fans become familiar with the critical dates during the 2021-22 season and answer some of the frequently asked questions.
26 – Players may report to Training Camp
27 – Opening Day for ECHL Training Camps
9 – Opening Night rosters due into ECHL offices by 3 pm ET
12 – 32nd ECHL Regular Season begins
1 – Deadline for submission of ECHL Hall of Fame candidates
10 – Active rosters must be trimmed down from 21 to 20 by 3 pm ET
22 – Christmas waiver/trade freeze begins at 3 pm ET
23-25 – Christmas break (no games or practices)
26 – Christmas waiver/trade freeze ends at Noon ET
22 – ECHL All-Star Classic in Wichita, Kansas
24 – Jersey reversal date
15 – Overseas Deadline at 3 pm ET
4 – Recall/Reassignment deadline at 11:59 pm local time
5 – ECHL Trade Deadline at 3 pm ET
3 – Last day to place a player on waivers (must be done by 5 pm ET)
5 – Last day of 2018-19 ECHL Regular Season
6 – Kelly Cup Playoff rosters due by 3 pm ET
8 – Opening night of the 2019 Kelly Cup Playoffs
1 – Protected Lists due by 3 pm ET
12 – Future Consideration trades must be done by 3 pm ET
15 – Season-ending rosters due by 3 pm ET
16 – Opening day of the 2019 free agency period
30 – Qualifying offers due to players for the 2019-20 season by 11:59 pm ET
Here are some frequently asked questions regarding the salary cap within the new Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) between the ECHL and the Professional Hockey Players Association (PHPA). The CBA was agreed to in May 2018 and will run for five years, expiring June 30, 2023.
First 30 days of season (due to one extra roster slot):
- 2019/20- $13,780 US
- 2020/21- $14,090 US
- 2021/22- $14,400 US
- 2022/23- $14,610 US
Rest of Season:
- 2019/20- $13,300 US
- 2020/21- $13,600 US
- 2021/22- $13,900 US
- 2022/23- $14,100 US
Rookie Salary Cap
The Rookie Salary Cap is the maximum weekly allowable salary for a player who has played fewer than 25 regular season professional games. The amounts are as follows:
- 2019/20- $560 US
- 2020/21- $575 US
- 2021/22- $585 US
- 2022/23- $600 US
This is the minimum total salary paid by teams to players who are on the active roster:
- 2019-20: $10,100 US
- 2020-21: $10,350 US
- 2021-22: $10,600 US
- 2022-23: $10,750 US
Weekly Salary Floor
There are weekly salary minimums for teams to meet. For rookies, those with 25 games or less of pro experience, the figures are:
- 2019-20: $480 US
- 2020-21: $490 US
- 2021-22: $500 US
- 2022-23: $510 US
For all other players, including veterans:
- 2019-20: $520 US
- 2020-21: $530 US
- 2021-22: $545 US
- 2022-23: $555 US
Here are some frequently asked questions regarding playing rosters within the new Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) between the ECHL and the Professional Hockey Players Association (PHPA). The CBA was agreed to in May 2018 and will run for five years, expiring June 30, 2023.
ECHL teams can carry a maximum of 20 players (21 for the first 30 days of the regular season) on their active roster (not counting players on reserve or injured reserve).
How Many Players Can Dress for Each Game?
Teams may dress a maximum of eighteen (18) players for each regular season and playoff game, of which two (2) must be goaltenders. No team can play with only one designated goaltender on the lineup card.
ECHL teams can have an unlimited number of players on the 14-day injured reserve. Teams cannot count the date of the game in which the player was injured as the first day of his IR. Once placed on the injured reserve, the player must remain on the IR for a minimum of 14 days. Players on injured reserve may not skate in any pregame warm-up.
A veteran is a player, excluding a goaltender, who has played in 260 professional regular season games. Each team is allowed to have four (4) veterans on their playing roster. Games from the following leagues (in alphabetical order by country) count toward the total:
Czech Extraliga (Czech Republic)
Kontinental Hockey League (Russia)
Swedish Elite League (Sweden)
National League (Switzerland)
American Hockey League (United States)
Central Hockey League (Defunct – United States)
ECHL (United States)
National Hockey League (United States)
Each team may designate one player as the Player/Assistant Coach during the season, but there will be no additional compensation or benefits except as provided in the CBA.
A player is deemed a rookie if he has played less than 25 games as a professional.
Each ECHL team can protect as many players as they want, provided they meet designated criteria as agreed to by the ECHL & Professional Hockey Players Association (PHPA):
1. Signed a standard player contract (SPC) in 2019-20 with a team, and has not been traded or released, OR
2. Signed an SPC in 2019-20, and was recalled to the NHL/AHL or IIHF team, and has not been traded or released, OR
3. Had received a qualifying offer last summer for the current season, DID NOT sign an SPC, and has not been traded or released, OR
4. Has been suspended by the team or league, and has not been traded or released, OR
5. Signed an SPC on or after the first day of the 2019-20 regular season, then subsequently signed an NHL/AHL contract, and has not been traded or released, OR
6. Has executed the ECHL Retirement Form, and has not been traded or released.
Protected Lists often exceed 20 players.
Season-Ending Rosters and Qualifying Offers
This list has a cap of 20 players and cannot include players who did not sign an ECHL contract in 2019-20. From this list, coaches will select eight players to give qualifying offers to. Those must be done by June 30.
Of the eight qualified players, no more than four can be veterans (260 regular season professional hockey games played as of the start of the 2019-20 season). Players on open qualifying offers cannot be traded. Teams are not required to extend a qualifying offer to players who sign a contract prior to June 30.
The qualifying offer must remain open for acceptance until July 16 at which time the qualifying offer becomes null and void and the team may sign the qualified player to any salary or may elect to take no further action. Teams that extend a valid qualifying offer to a non-veteran player shall retain the rights to that qualified player for one playing season.
A team that extends a valid qualifying offer to a veteran player, or to a goaltender who has played more than 180 regular-season games, will retain the rights to that player until July 16. After July 16, if the veteran player or goaltender is not signed to a contract by the team, the veteran or goaltender shall be deemed a restricted free agent and shall be entitled to seek and secure offers of employment from other ECHL teams.
If a restricted free agent is not signed to either an offer sheet or a contract by an ECHL team by August 1, the player shall be declared an unrestricted free agent.