It will be the dogs and the fish this weekend with the ECHL’s Kelly Cup up for grabs.
The Toledo Walleye and the Newfoundland Growlers begin their best-of-seven league final Saturday night at Mile One at 7:00 with game two Sunday night at 7:00. The series then switches to Ohio for the next three games, all of which are sold out. Keep in mind that Toledo’s that their facility has a capacity of about 8,000.
The parent team, Toronto Maple Leafs, prefers to start their players in the ECHL before promoting them to the next level. Team COO Glenn Stanford says that approach has worked well.
He says most ECHL teams probably get four, five or six teams from their affiliate while the Growlers have upwards of a dozen.
Dean McDonald loves the wide-open game with plenty of open ice for players to show their stuff.
He says they’re a young team, about two to three years younger than the league average, and it’s fast hockey.
Glen Stanford and Dean MacDonald spoke on the VOCM Morning Show. Listen below: