Curtin in ECHL Hall of Fame

A former member of the Tacoma and Kelowna Rockets was inducted into the ECHL Hall of Fame last week after an illustrious minor pro career.

A former member of the Tacoma and Kelowna Rockets was inducted into the ECHL Hall of Fame last week after an illustrious minor pro career.

Luke Curtin played a single game for the Tacoma Rockets franchise before playing three seasons in Kelowna from 1995-96 to 97-98. He had 77 points in 61 games in his final season after putting up 47 and 60 point years his first two seasons

Curtin made his ECHL debut in 1998-99 and went on to play in 501 games over nine seasons with Baton Rouge, Atlantic City and Fresno.

He is fifth in ECHL history with 384 assists and 11th with 577 points.

Curtin is second all-time with five ECHL All-Star Game appearances (1999, 2000, 2005, 2006 and 2007) and he was named the Most Valuable Player of the 2006 ECHL All-Star Game with two goals.

Curtin was a member of Atlantic City’s 2003 Kelly Cup championship team and finished tied for second during the Kelly Cup Playoffs with 20 points (2g-18a).

He is fourth in ECHL post-season history with 58 assists and is tied for fifth with 75 post-season points.

He was an All-ECHL First Team selection in 2003-04 and 2005-06 and was named to the ECHL All-Decade Team for 2000-2010 in a vote of fans on ECHL.com.

The ECHL inducted Curtin, along with Richard Adams, Phil Berger and Joe Ernst, at the ECHL Hall of Fame luncheon ceremony presented by BFL Canada, held in conjunction with the 2011 ECHL All-Star Classic on Jan. 26 at the Bakersfield Marriott Hotel, the official host hotel of the 2011 ECHL All-Star Classic.

“This is a special and diverse group of inductees. It includes four individuals who made special contributions to the ECHL, but in very different ways,” said ECHL Commissioner Brian McKenna.

“Phil Berger was one of the very first stars of the ECHL and put up impressive numbers in both the regular season and playoffs,” he added. “More recently, Luke Curtin provided fans with a level of skill and consistency which few have matched. This is a very worthy group of inductees.”

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