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Toledo recognized by ECHL for Overall Excellence

Toledo recognized by ECHL for Overall Excellence

TOLEDO, OH — The Toledo Walleye receive the ECHL Overall Award of Excellence for the fourth consecutive year and the sixth time overall in the past nine seasons.

The award recognizes the ECHL organization that executes a well-rounded business plan including, but not limited to sales, marketing, media relations, and merchandising while also distinguishing themselves in their community, on and off the ice.

GM Neil Neukam: “It’s very humbling for our organization to be recognized for the fourth consecutive season with the ECHL Award of Excellence.  It truly reflects the efforts and dedication given by everyone associated with the team from our front office staff, coaching and support staff and our partners at the Huntington Center.  We have a great team in Toledo and I’m very proud to be associated with their accomplishment!”

The 2017-18 was a special one with the Walleye setting more than 28 records on and off the ice, including most sellouts (28), single-season attendance record (273,613), School Education Day attendance record (12,286), and most home wins (28).

Head Coach Dan Watson reached a milestone in his coaching career with 101 wins in two years as a head coach, and Broadcast Analyst Matt Melzak called his one-thousandth game during the 2017-18 season.

ECHL Award of Excellence Winners

2017-18      Toledo Walleye
2016-17      Toledo Walleye
2015-16      Toledo Walleye
2014-15      Toledo Walleye
2013-14      Ontario Reign
2012-13      Orlando Solar Bears
2011-12       Toledo Walleye
2010-11       Bakersfield Condors
2009-10      Toledo Walleye
2008-09      Stockton Thunder
2007-08      Gwinnett Gladiators
2006-07      Stockton Thunder
2005-06      Alaska Aces
2004-05      Pensacola Ice Pilots
2003-04      Florida Everblades and Johnstown Chiefs

Your Toledo Walleye will open their 10th season downtown at the Huntington Center on Saturday, October 27 against division rival Fort Wayne Komets.  FINatic memberships are on sale now by visiting or by calling the Walleye box office at 419-725-9255.  Keep up with all your Walleye action by following us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.