WHO: Savannah Ghost Pirates
WHAT: Inaugural ECHL Season
WHERE: Enmarket Arena (6,700)
WHEN: Oct. 22 - April 16 (36 home games; 72 total, plus playoffs)
NHL AFFILIATE: Las Vegas Golden Knights
AHL AFFILIATE: Henderson Silver Knights
MORE INFO: GhostPiratesHockey.com
COLORS: Green, Black and White
MASCOT: Davy, the Ghost Pirate
ALL ABOUT THE ECHL
A member of the ECHL, the Ghost Pirates are two steps removed from the National Hockey League (NHL) as an affiliate of the Las Vegas Golden Knights. Last season, 29 former ECHL players played in their first NHL game and the total number of ECHL players to have played in the NHL is up to 727. In the last 17 seasons, 471 former ECHL players have played in the NHL.
“The way I describe it to some people who are more familiar with baseball is that (the ECHL) is like the Double-A level in minor league baseball,” said Naas when asked how he would explain what level of hockey the Ghost Pirates are at. “So you have Double-A (Savannah), Triple-A (Henderson) and then the NHL (Las Vegas).”
The ECHL is in its 35th season and includes 28 teams split into the Eastern and Western Conferences. Each conference has two seven-team divisions (North, South, Central, Mountain) and each division’s top-four teams will make the Kelly Cup playoffs where each round is a best-of-seven series.
Savannah is in the Eastern Conference’s South Division alongside the Atlanta Gladiators, Greenville Swamp Rabbits, Jacksonville Icemen, Florida Everblades, South Carolina Stingrays and Orlando Solar Bears. The Everblades are the defending Kelly Cup champions.
STANDARD GAME TIMES
Monday – Thursday, Saturday: 7 p.m.
Friday: 7:30 p.m.
Sunday: 3 p.m.