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Minor League Ice Hockey
January 2003

New Jersey has two minor league ice hockey teams – the Trenton Titans and the Atlantic City Boardwalk Bullies, both of the East Coast Hockey League (ECHL). The Titans are affiliated with the NHL's New York Islanders and Philadelphia Flyers and the American Hockey League's (AHL) Bridgeport Sound Tigers and Philadelphia Phantoms. The Boardwalk Bullies are independent of NHL and AFL affiliates.

The Titans' first Kelly Cup playoff run – the minor league equivalent to the Stanley Cup Playoffs – came in 2000. They reached the Northern Conference finals before losing to the eventual Kelly Cup Champion Peoria Rivermen. Seven of the team's former stars – Stephen Valiquette, Ruslan Fedotenko, Todd Fedoruk, Francis Belanger, Jesse Boulerice, Matt Henderson, and Cody Rudkowsky – now play for NHL teams.

In its first ECHL season, the Boardwalk Bullies participated in the 2002 Kelly Cup Playoffs and were the 2002 Northeast Division Champions. The team is contending for the Northeast Division title again this year and is poised to have another playoff run later this spring.

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