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2020 ECHL All-Star Classic

Hockey Talk Podcast Episode #12: ECHL Commissioner Ryan Crelin

Matthew Harding catches up with the ECHL Commissioner, Ryan Crelin, at the 2020 ECHL All-Star Classic

Hockey Talk Podcast Episode #12: ECHL Commissioner Ryan Crelin

On this edition of the Hockey Talk Podcast, The Sin Bin’s Matthew Harding catches up with the ECHL Commissioner, Ryan Crelin, at the 2020 ECHL All-Star Classic in Wichita, Kansas.
The two discuss a wide variety of topics, including:

  • The viability of the ECHL All-Star Classic
  • Inclusion of women in the 2020 ECHL All-Star Classic and will we see it going forward
  • Should the All-Star Classic be seen as a developmental showcase or should it be a competition that features the best players in the league?
  • Instant replay feedback
  • Feedback about the new fighting rule in the league and how does the new rule make it important is it to have a tight leash on repeat offenders?
  • Rule change on the number of games contracted players need to play in order to be eligible for the Kelly Cup Playoffs
  • Is there concern that the league will become a less-desirable place for non-contracted players to play because AHL/NHL teams are loading up ECHL teams with contracted players?
  • The relationship with the ECHL & SPHL
  • Expansion; including the possibility of a franchise in Trois-Rivieres, Quebec
  • Future markets on the horizon; possibly Iowa City, Iowa and Fort Worth, Texas
  • What benefits has the league seen from the former Central Hockey League franchises?
  • Status of the two-referee system
  • Reducing the number of games in the regular season
  • Navigating the first season at the helm of the ECHL
  • Thoughts on AHL President David Andrews‘ imminent retirement

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    Matthew Harding is the Managing Editor for Field Pass Hockey, covers the ECHL and the Wichita Thunder. Follow and interact with him on Twitter @FPHThunder.

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