12 Alums Win ECHL's Kelly Cup

Four of top five scorers played NCAA; Vermont's Madore named MVP despite loss.
The Alaska Aces won their third Kelly Cup and second in four years (Photo by echl.com).

Providence alum Nick Mazzolini scored his ECHL-leading 11th playoff goal in the deciding Game 6 as he and 11 other former NCAA players led the Alaska Aces to the Kelly Cup in a 4-2 series win vs. Cincinnati.


Twelve schools were represented on the Aces' playoff roster. Four of the team's top five playoff scorers were NCAA alums, with Brendan Connolly (Ferris State), Evan Trupp (North Dakota) and John Ramage (Wisconsin) trailing Mazzolini. Mazzolini finished the playoffs with 31 points in 21 games, also leading the club in plus/minus (+15) and penalty minutes (46).

Vermont alum Rob Madore became the first player from the losing team to be named MVP of the Kelly Cup Playoffs. The Cincinnati goaltender played every second in net for the Cyclones and posted a .930 save percentage. He is the third consecutive NCAA alum to win playoff MVP honors, following Riley Gill (Reading/Western Michigan) and John Muse (Florida/Boston College).

Four of the Aces' top five scorers in the playoffs were NCAA alums, 

Alaska Aces Former College Players
Brendan Connolly Ferris State
Zach Davies Quinnipiac
Kane Lafranchise Alaska Anchorage
Drew MacKenzie Vermont
Nick Mazzolini Providence
Zach McKelzie Army
Tom Mele American International
John Ramage Wisconsin
Brad Richard Hobart
Ross Ring-Jarvi Gustavus Adolphus
Andy Taranto Alaska Fairbanks
Evan Trupp North Dakota

Includes all players who have seen action in the playoffs

Note: This article initially failed to include Hobart alum Brad Richard.

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