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Brent Thompson Leads Aces to Kelly Cup Championship
Published: May 23rd 2011 @ 12:00 AM

May
23
2011

 

The Alaska Aces, ECHL affiliate of the Peoria Rivermen and St. Louis Blues, won the team’s second Kelly Cup championship on Saturday night with a 5-3 win over the Kalamazoo Wings at Wings Stadium. Alaska won the series 4 games to 1.

 

Head coach Brent Thompson was an assistant coach with the Rivermen from 2005-09 when he left to join the Aces.  In his final two seasons with the Rivermen he worked with Davis Payne, current Blues head coach, who was behind the bench in 2006 when the Aces won their first title. 

 

Defenseman Daryl Boyle played in 26 games for Peoria during the regular season and two playoff games before joining the Aces for the final nine games of their championship run.  Other Aces who spent time with the Rivermen this season were goaltender Gerald Coleman, forwards Chris Langkow (8 GP), Ethan Cox (1 GP), and defenseman Steve Ward (1 GP).  Curtis Fraser, who played 65 games for Peoria in 2008-09, and Bryan Miller, who appeared in three games during that same season were also part of the Aces postseason roster.

 

Alaska went 12-1 during the postseason, setting a new ECHL record for fewest losses in a single postseason. The previous record was two, shared by three teams (Toledo in 1994, Hampton Roads in 1992 and Greensboro in 1990).

 

The Aces become the sixth team in the ECHL’s 23-year history to win multiple championships joining Hampton Roads (1991, 1992 and 1998), South Carolina (1997, 2001 and 2009), Cincinnati (2008 and 2010), Idaho (2004 and 2007) and Toledo (1993 and 1994).

 

Aces’ captain Scott Burt joins Rivermen head coach Jared Bednar as the only individuals to win three Kelly Cups. Burt is the first to win three Kelly Cups as a player. Bednar won titles as a player with South Carolina in 1997 and 2001 and was the Stingrays’ head coach for their 2009 championship.

 

2011 Kelly Cup Finals

Alaska wins series 4-1

Game 1 Kalamazoo 0 at ALASKA 5

Game 2 – Kalamazoo 2 at ALASKA 3 (OT)

Game 3 – Alaska 1 at KALAMAZOO 4

Game 4 – ALASKA 7 at Kalamazoo 5

Game 5 – ALASKA 5 at Kalamazoo 3

 

Kelly Cup Champions

2011 – Alaska defeated Kalamazoo, 4 games to 1

2010 – Cincinnati defeated Idaho, 4 games to 1

2009 – South Carolina defeated Alaska, 4 games to 3

2008 – Cincinnati defeated Las Vegas, 4 games to 2

2007 – Idaho defeated Dayton, 4 games to 1

2006 – Alaska defeated Gwinnett, 4 games to 1

2005 – Trenton defeated Florida, 4 games to 2

2004 – Idaho defeated Florida, 4 games to 1

2003 – Atlantic City defeated Columbia, 4 games to 1

2002 – Greenville defeated Dayton, 4 games to 0

2001 – South Carolina defeated Trenton, 4 games to 1

2000 – Peoria defeated Louisiana, 4 games to 2

1999 – Mississippi defeated Richmond, 4 games to 3

1998 – Hampton Roads defeated Pensacola, 4 games to 2

1997 – South Carolina defeated Louisiana, 4 games to 1

 

Riley Cup Champions

1996 – Charlotte defeated Jacksonville, 4 games to 0

1995 – Richmond defeated Greensboro, 4 games to 1

1994 – Toledo defeated Raleigh, 4 games to 1

1993 – Toledo defeated Wheeling, 4 games to 2

1992 – Hampton Roads defeated Louisville, 4 games to 0

1991 – Hampton Roads defeated Greensboro, 4 games to 1

1990 – Greensboro defeated Winston-Salem, 4 games to 1

1989 – Carolina defeated Johnstown, 4 games to 3

 

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