It wasn’t that long ago when being sent to the ECHL was akin to hockey banishment. Out of sight, out of mind.
But that was then and this is now. “The organization,” said center Giorgio Estephan, speaking of the Toronto Maple Leafs, “has proven that we’re not forgotten about down here. There’s a feeling within this team that we really are part of the Leafs’ organization, that we really are part of their plans. That’s a good feeling to have.”
Almost as good, if you’re Estephan and the plethora of fellow rookies on the Newfoundland Growlers, as the feeling of winning a Kelly Cup title. The Growlers won the ECHL championship in their first year of operation, dispatching the Toledo Walleye in a six-game final, with Estephan, the 22-year-old from Edmonton, scoring a pair of goals and adding an...
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