Sunday, May 26, 2013

Galiev Wins ECHL Championship

Stanislav Galiev is an East Coast Hockey League Champion.

Galiev and the Reading Royals won the ECHL’s Kelly Cup last night with a 6-0 victory over the Stockton Thunder. The Royals won the series 4-1.

For the Royals, the Washington Capiatls ECHL affiliate, it was their first league title in team history. According to the ECHL website, “Reading becomes the 17th different team to capture the ECHL title, and are 12th different winner of the Kelly Cup.”

Galiev had a goal, an assist, three shots, and a +1 rating in last night's game. He was playing in his first game of the series and first game since April 26 due to injury.

Despite missing some time, the Russian forward still put up solid playoff numbers, recording four goals and seven assists in 10 games. In 46 regular season games he registered 23 goals and 24 assists in 46 games.

The 21-year old also played in 17 games with the AHL’s Hershey Bears this season and had one assist. He’ll be looking to stay up with the Bears full time next season.

This is the third straight season Galiev has won a league championship following back-to-back Quebec Major Junior Hockey League titles with Saint John.

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