Amway Center – Orlando Solar Bears

Amway Center – Orlando Solar Bears

The idea of hockey in Florida should no longer be a foreign one to sports fans – the Florida Panthers and Tampa Bay Lightning have been in the league for several decades with their respective successes in the NHL. The ECHL also has several Florida teams, including the Orlando Solar Bears.

Colorado Eagles Ready to Transition to AHL

Colorado Eagles Ready to Transition to AHL

In October, 2017 it was announced that the Colorado Eagles would become the 31st AHL team beginning with the 2018-2019 hockey season. Advancing leagues is not new to the Colorado Eagles. They began play in the now defunct CHL (Central Hockey League) in 2003. The team transitioned to the ECHL (the “double A” league of hockey) at the conclusion of the 2010-2011 season. And next season, they’ll advance again to the AHL (American Hockey League), the “triple A” league of ice hockey in North America.

WesBanco Arena – Wheeling Nailers

WesBanco Arena – Wheeling Nailers

It may be surprising that the longest tenured ECHL franchise resides in Wheeling, West Virginia, a town of only 28,000. But therein may lie the secret of this franchise’s success. Perfectly blending a small town atmosphere with a lower-level minor league hockey experience, the Nailers and WesBanco Arena have survived where so many other franchises at this level have failed.