Sunday, July 24, 2016

Admirals Add Former Vipers McGregor & Jones To Teams Protected List:

The East Coast Hockey League announced their Protected Lists as submitted by each of its member teams.  The Norfolk Admirals have thirty six players listed on their protected list two are former Vernon Vipers forwards Bryan McGregor & Connor Jones.

Norfolk Admirals Protected List:

Nic Riopel, Philippe Cadorette, Wes Cunningham, Davis Vandane, Sam Windle, Chris Williams, Cole Martin, Gabriel Verpaelst, Jordan Hill, Charles-Olivier Roussel, Joe Marciano, Brendon Nash, Josh Currie, Dylan Gilbert, Nick MacNeil, Robbie Czarnik, Maxime Legault, Steven Whitney, Danick Gauthier, Ryan Salkeld, Matt Cope, Dean Ouellet, Connor Jones, Alexandre Ranger, Chase Schaber, Scott Allen, Jonathan Lessard, Maxime St. Cyr, Marcus Hinds, Bryan McGregor, Devin Mantha, Paul Rodrigues, Kurt Etchegary, Nicolas Blanchard, Francis Verreault-Paul, Luke Judson

Bryan McGregor started the season with the American Hockey League (AHL) Brampton Beast after signing September 24th 2015. McGregor played in 18 games collected (2-goals-3-assists-5-points) before being traded to the ECHL Norfolk Admirals December 18th 2015. McGregor played in just one game with the Admirals before asking for his release in order to sign on with MMKS Podhale Nowy Targ, a club in the Polish Hockey League. 

After four years at Minnesota-Duluth McGregor went on to play three years in the East Coast Hockey League (ECHL) with Pensacola, Johnstown & Idaho before having a short stint with the American Hockey League (AHL) Binghamton Senators. McGregor had spent the past six seasons playing overseas in six different leagues with seven different teams (Sport, HC Trinec, HC Innsbruck, Beibarys Atyrau, Rungsted, Szekesfehervar & Piráti Chomutov) before returning to the AHL & ECHL last season.  

McGregor played parts of one season in Vernon (2002-2003) after coming over in a trade with the Cowichan Valley Capitals for forward Josh Ciocco. In 32 games with the Vipers McGregor collected (21-goals-26-assists-47-points).

Bryan McGregor's Player Profile:

Connor Jones started last season with the East Coast Hockey League (ECHL) Missouri Mavericks after signing a contract September 24 2015. Jones never played a game with Missouri, landed a try out just days later with the American Hockey League (AHL) Bridgeport Sound Tigers. Jones attend the Sound Tigers training camp, made the Sound Tigers roster, signed a contract with Bridgeport December 6th 2016, spent the entire 2015-16 season with the Sound Tigers. In 51 games last year Jones collected (6-goals-7-assists-13-points). During last season the Mavericks traded the rights of Jones to Norfolk November 23rd 2015. Jones never played a single game with the Admirals.

After four years at Quinnipiac University Jones signed his first pro contract with the American Hockey League (AHL) Oklahoma City Barons April 3rd 2014 before splitting the 2014-15 season between the ECHL & AHL.

Jones played four years in Vernon (2006-2010). In 163 regular season games with the Vipers collected (80-goals-118-assists-198-points) Jones is the Vipers all-time franchise points leader (regular season & playoffs) with 228 & all-time franchise goals leader (regular season & playoffs) with 95.

Connor Jones Player Profile:

This is posted on the ECHL website:

ECHL announces Protected Lists

June 2, 2016

The ECHL on Thursday announced the Protected Lists as submitted by each of its Member teams.

Teams are allowed to protect as many players as they wish provided the players protected meet the guidelines as defined in the Collective Bargaining Agreement between the ECHL and the Professional Hockey Players’ Association which state that teams shall retain the rights to each player that:

1. Signed an SPC in 2015-16 with the Member, and has not been traded or released, OR

2. Signed an SPC in 2015-16, and was recalled to the NHL/AHL or IIHF team, and has not been traded or released, OR

3. Had received a Qualifying Offer last summer for the current Season, DID NOT sign an SPC, and has not been traded or released, OR

4. Has been suspended by the Member or League, and has not been traded or released, OR

5. Signed an SPC on or after the first day of the 2015-16 Regular Season, then subsequently signed an NHL/AHL contract, and has not been traded or released, OR

6. Has executed the ECHL Retirement Form, and has not been traded or released.

Protected lists may exceed 20 players.

The ECHL also announced that teams must complete all Future Consideration trades by 3 p.m. ET on June 13 and that teams must submit their Season-Ending Roster by 3 p.m. ET on June 15.

Season-ending rosters may include up to 20 players and cannot include any players who did not sign an ECHL contract in 2015-16.

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