SIX PACKS ON ICE, ECHL EDITION: Rivalries Keep ECHL Great
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again — rivalries can be healthy. Unfortunately for the ECHL though, it’s hard to maintain a decent rivalry because of frequent player changes. That doesn’t have to impact the way fans feel towards their most-hated teams though. Even the team name just makes them breathe fire out of their noses. We all have our least favorite teams (in any sport), but for some teams in the ECHL the history between them will never fade.
The Alaska Aces and the Las Vegas Wranglers may have the most bitter rivalry in the league. The two teams have a past of fighting for the Western Division title.
In the 2005-06 season, the Wranglers finished one point behind the Aces and Alaska claimed the West. In 2006, the Aces eliminated Las Vegas during the Western Division finals.
Las Vegas isn’t the only team that has a history with Alaska. The Idaho Steelheads also consider the Aces a fierce rival, and the rivalry dates back to the teams’ WCHL days. Idaho has the edge in the series, defeating the Aces in three out of four games so far this season. The two teams will see each other three more times in March, but Alaska would have to win all three games to come out the victor of regular-season match ups.
The league’s newest rivalry is between the two Florida teams — the Orlando Solar Bears and the Florida Everblades. The teams have met 13 times so far this season, and Orlando has a 7-5 record against the Everblades so far. There will be four more meetings between the two teams so anything is possible in the Sunshine State.
More rivalries are born every day, and each new season may fuel a new hatred for a team. Who knows how it will turn out, but we love watching to see how it all goes down.
In other news, have you seen the video of the the Bakersfield Condors‘ mascot, Queen Victoria, taking over the ice? If not, you can check it out here:
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— Bakersfield Condors (@Condors) February 9, 2013
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