The Official Site of the South Carolina Stingrays

Washington Capitals

Team News

Bakersfield's Riley Named ECHL Executive of the Year; Stingrays' Abbott named Finalist

06/20/2007 1:14 PM - PRINCETON, N.J. – The ECHL announced on Tuesday that Bakersfield Condors president Matthew Riley is the recipient of the ECHL Executive of the Year Award.

Riley was presented with the award at the Annual Board of Governors Meeting held June 14-15 in Henderson, Nev. The other finalists for the award, which is determined in a vote of ECHL Governors, were Darren Abbott of the South Carolina Stingrays, Dan Chapman of the Stockton Thunder, Gordon Kaye of the Reading Royals and Eric Trapp of the Idaho Steelheads.

“Matthew is a very fitting choice as Executive of the Year,” said ECHL Commissioner Brian McKenna. “Through his leadership the Condors are competitive on the ice, provide great entertainment for the fans of Bakersfield and have strong ties to both the charitable and business community.”

Bakersfield raised a record-breaking $470,000 in goods, services and monetary donations for non-profit organizations and schools in 2006-07 after leading the ECHL in 2005-06 with $405,540 in cash and product. In recognition of its charitable work in the community, the team has received the Beautiful Bakersfield Humanitarian Group Award each of the last two years.

Since joining the ECHL as an expansion team in 2003-04, the Condors have raised their attendance every year and finished fourth in the league in 2006-07 with 5,848 per game. The team surpassed 200,000 fans for the second-consecutive season with a team record 210,531, including five crowds over 8,000 at Rabobank Arena. Bakersfield increased its attendance by 4.4 percent from last year and has seen its average grow by 29.6 percent from 2003-04.

“Obviously this is an organizational award, and I’m very proud and owe a debt of gratitude to our staff, past and present, that has put their sweat into Condorstown,” said Riley. “I’m very fortunate to have been given the opportunity to run an organization in a great town with a great building and a great owner in Jonathan Fleisig.”

Named president of Bakersfield Sports Entertainment in 2001, Riley oversees the operations for the Condors and was integral in the start up of the Las Vegas Wranglers as well as working with the Fresno Falcons. He served as acting commissioner of the West Coast Hockey League in 2002 and played a large role in the transition to the ECHL while overseeing the cease of operations of the WCHL. Bakersfield was named Organization of the Year by the WCHL in Riley’s first season in 1998-99 and he was named Executive of the Year in his second season in 1999-2000.

Before joining the Condors, Riley worked in minor league baseball serving as executive director of the Mobile BayBears, general manager of the Mobile Bay Sharks, and assistant general manager of the Chattanooga Lookouts. He began his career in professional sports as an intern with the St. Louis Cardinals. A native of Keokuk, Iowa, Riley received his communications degree from Nebraska Wesleyan University and his master’s degree in sports management from the United States Sports Academy.

ECHL Executive Of The Year Winners
2007 Matt Riley Bakersfield Condors
2006 Steve Chapman Gwinnett Gladiators
2005 Steve Chapman Gwinnett Gladiators
2004 Terry Parks Alaska Aces
2003 John Butler Peoria Rivermen
2002 Matt Loughran Atlantic City Boardwalk Bullies
2001 Craig Brush Florida Everblades
2000 Brian McKenna Trenton Titans
1999 Carl Scheer Greenville Grrrowl
1998 Charles Felix Pensacola Ice Pilots
1997 David Paitson Columbus Chill
1996 Dave Berryman Louisiana IceGators
1995 Harvey Feuerstein and Craig Laughlin Richmond Renegades
1994 Jean Gagnon and Pierre Paiement Roanoke Express
1993 Larry Kish Wheeling Thunderbirds

The league officially changed its name to ECHL on May 19, 2003.

ECHL began in 1988-89 with five teams in three states and has grown to be a coast-to-coast league that will have 25 teams playing in 17 states and British Columbia in 2007-08, including the Mississippi (Biloxi) Sea Wolves, who return after missing two seasons in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

Opening Day for the 20th Anniversary Season will be Oct. 18 when the Johnstown Chiefs host the Wheeling Nailers at Cambria County War Memorial. The game is a rematch of Game 7 from the first-ever ECHL Finals played in front of a standing-room-only crowd at Cambria County War Memorial. The two teams will wear throwback jerseys for the Opening Day game that begins at 7:30 p.m. ET and will be broadcast worldwide on B2 Networks, the “Official Broadband Broadcast Provider of the ECHL”. The remaining teams will open their seasons the weekend of Oct. 19-21.

There have been
329 former ECHL players who have gone on to play in the NHL after playing in the ECHL, including a record 47 in 2005-06 and 26 in 2006-07. There have been 184 former ECHL players who have played their first game in the NHL in the past five seasons and 107 former ECHL players have skated in the NHL this season. More than 100 players under contract to NHL teams have played in the ECHL this season.

The ECHL is represented for the seventh consecutive year on the National Hockey League championship team in 2007 with Anaheim assistant coach Dave Farrish, players Francois Beauchemin and George Parros and broadcasters John Ahlers and Steve Carroll.

The ECHL has affiliations with 24 of the 27 teams in the American Hockey League in 2006-07 and for the past 17 years there has been an ECHL player on the Calder Cup champion.

In each of the last two seasons there have been more than 225 players who have played in both the ECHL and the AHL and there were over 800 call-ups involving more than 500 players.

In the last five seasons the ECHL has had more call-ups to the AHL than all other professional leagues combined with over 2,000 call-ups involving more than 1,000 players since 2002-03.

2008 ECHL All-Star Game and Skills Competition will be hosted by Stockton Thunder, City of Stockton and Stockton Arena on Jan. 22-23, 2008.

Further information on the ECHL is available from its website at

Search Archive »

Browse by Year »


Browse by Month »

April 2016
March 2016
February 2016
January 2016
December 2015
November 2015
October 2015
September 2015
August 2015
July 2015
June 2015
May 2015
April 2015
March 2015
February 2015
January 2015
December 2014
November 2014
October 2014
September 2014
August 2014
July 2014
June 2014
May 2014
April 2014
March 2014
February 2014
January 2014
December 2013
November 2013
October 2013
September 2013
August 2013
July 2013
June 2013
May 2013
April 2013
March 2013
February 2013
January 2013
December 2012
November 2012
October 2012
September 2012
August 2012
July 2012
June 2012
May 2012
April 2012
March 2012
February 2012
January 2012
December 2011
November 2011
October 2011
September 2011
August 2011
July 2011
June 2011
May 2011
April 2011
March 2011
February 2011
January 2011
December 2010
November 2010
October 2010
September 2010
August 2010
July 2010
June 2010
May 2010
April 2010
March 2010
February 2010
January 2010
December 2009
November 2009
October 2009
September 2009
August 2009
July 2009
June 2009
May 2009
April 2009
March 2009
February 2009
January 2009
December 2008
November 2008
October 2008
September 2008
August 2008
July 2008
June 2008
May 2008
April 2008
March 2008
February 2008
January 2008
December 2007
November 2007
October 2007
September 2007
August 2007
July 2007
June 2007
May 2007
April 2007
March 2007
February 2007
January 2007
December 2006
November 2006
October 2006
September 2006
August 2006
July 2006
June 2006
May 2006

Our Sponsors

Jason Hehr
Coastal Kids Dental
Jimmy Johns
Uncle Bobs Self Storage
King Street Grille
QEI Security & Technology
Savage Law Firm
Crews Subaru
Charleston ENT
Crews Chevy
Chas Country Environmental Management
Trident Pain Center
Ms Roses
CiCi's Pizza
Southside 17
Climate Makers
Bison Branding
Coastal Vascular
Great Clips
Dick's Sporting Goods
o2 Fitness
The Post and Courier
SC Sports Med
Blackbeards Cove
Visionary Insurance Advocates
Smooth Move
Fatz Cafe
Trident Health
SC Aquarium
Children's Museum of Lowcountry
Carolina Ice Palace
Orange Theory
Health First
Sessions Chiro
Oceanside Advisors
Charleston GI
Hyatt Place
Life Careers
Wild Wing Cafe
Appaliacian Springs
East Bay Deli
Heritage Trust
South Carolina Advocates for Epilepsy