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SportECHL claims Colorado Eagles refuse to return Kelly Cup

23:50  01 june  2019
23:50  01 june  2019 Source:   sportingnews.com

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The Patrick J. Kelly Cup goes to the playoff champion of the ECHL . The Kelly Cup has been awarded to teams since 1997. Prior to 1997, the playoff winner was awarded the Riley Cup , named after former American Hockey League president Jack Riley.

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The ECHL claims the Colorado Eagles, who won the championship last June, haven't given back the Kelly Cup.

Patrick Kelly, the former ECHL commissioner and the trophy's namesake, said during an appearance on sports radio show Friday that the league had to make a replica Cup because the team refused to give back the original. The trophy has been awarded to the ECHL champion since 1997.

"I don't know if I should say this or not, but Colorado kept the trophy, if you can believe it," Kelly said (per ESPN). "They still have it. This is a new trophy. They won the Cup two years in a row, and their owner just said, 'We're going to keep it.'"

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The Colorado Eagles , who left the ECHL to become the AHL affiliate of the Colorado Avalanche after last season, neglected to return the Kelly Cup to Eagles owner Martin Lind released a statement on Friday regarding Kelly 's claim : " The management of the ECHL has full knowledge of the situation

The returned Kelly Cup will return to circulation and be presented to the ECHL champion by its namesake, ECHL Commissioner Emeritus Patrick J Began in 1988-89 with five teams in four states , the ECHL has grown into a coast -to- coast league with 26 teams in 19 states and two Canadian

The ECHL released a statement Saturday explained the league's predicament:

"Despite a confirmed plan with Eagles' management to return the Kelly Cup to the ECHL in December 2018, the arrangement was not fulfilled. In reaction to this, the League created a new Kelly Cup, complete with the history of players, coaches, and staff that have earned ECHL Championships over the past 30 years, including the inscription of 'Patrick J. Kelly' on the Cup itself to honor the man that is the trophy's namesake. This Cup represents the fourth Kelly Cup in ECHL history, with the older models enshrined in the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto. If the Colorado Eagles do intend to return the Kelly Cup, the ECHL welcomes its return so that it too may be a part of hockey history."

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This Cup represents the fourth Kelly Cup in ECHL history, with the older models enshrined in the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto. If the Colorado Eagles do intend to return the Kelly Cup , the ECHL welcomes its return so that it too may be a part of hockey history. There are plenty of twists and turns

The Eagles won the Kelly Cup in May, 2018, and have not yielded it to ECHL officials, according to Kelly . The ECHL officials brought the current version of the Kelly Cup trophy, which weighs about 35 “This is a new trophy,” Kelly said. Colorado owner Martin Lind refuted that claim in a statement

While the Kelly Cup is still in Colorado, Eagles owner Martin Lind denies that his team refused to give back the trophy.

He released a statement in response to the claim: "The management of the ECHL has full knowledge of the situation with the Kelly Cup. We have made numerous attempts to return it. They have chosen to ignore our requests, therefore the Kelly Cup remains in Colorado. This is all that will be released regarding this matter."

Kelly said he didn't think the league tried to litigate the matter.

"I've never heard of this in the history of hockey," Kelly said.

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