Hockey Talk Podcast Episode #21: ECHL Commissioner Ryan Crelin
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On this edition of the Hockey Talk Podcast, Matthew Harding is joined by ECHL Commissioner Ryan Crelin. They discuss the delayed start to the 2020-21 season, Everett Fitzhugh‘s promotion to NHL’s Seattle Kraken, as well as update the situation prospective franchises in Trois-Rivieres, Quebec and Coralville, Iowa. Source
Bear Tracks - Episode 11 with Ryan Crelin - 6-11-20
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Solar Bears play-by-play broadcaster Jesse Liebman catches up with ECHL commissioner Ryan Crelin in the latest episode of Bear Tracks to discuss the state of the league following the cancellation of the 2019-20 season, and the efforts being taken to ensure the 2020-21 season is played later this year.
This week, Josh sits down with Ryan Crelin, the Commissioner of the ECHL to discuss the current state of sports amidst the COVID-19 Pandemic. Ryan Crelin is the Commissioner of the East Coast Hockey League and has been for the past two seasons. Prior to this he was the Chief Operating Officer of the ECHL and has been involved with several league-wide changes in his tenure with the league. Ryan has been responsible for league-wide partnerships and contracts, ticket and corporate sponsorship sales, and arena lease agreements. He is heavily invested in the ECHL and in the greater hockey community. The ECHL is hosting a jersey auction right now to help supply funds to some of their players that are in need. If you're interested in helping them out, the auctions for individual jerseys end periodically throughout the next week and a half. You can find their jersey auction here: https://www.echl.com/en/news/2020/3/dc-comics-jersey-auction-to-benefit-echl-player-relief-fund
Hockey Talk Podcast Episode #15: ECHL Commissioner Ryan Crelin
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WICHITA, Kan. – The 2020 Kelly Cup Playoffs were supposed to be underway, that is until the Coronavirus pandemic shut everything down less than a month ago. On this edition of the Hockey Talk Podcast, Matthew Harding chats with ECHL Commissioner Ryan Crelin about what went into canceling the rest of the 2019-20 season, how COVID-19 could impact the league moving forward, a fund that’s been set up... Source
Ryan Crelin, ECHL Commissioner – Work In Sports Podcast
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Hey everybody, I’m Brian Clapp VP of Content and Engaged Learning at WorkInSports.com and this is the Work In Sports podcast.If you’ve ever heard me talk before about networking, you know that I believe there are 5 types of people you need in your network. One of those people I call the connector. They are the person who knows everyone and loves to connect the dots between who they know. This is a special attribute within some people. They are naturals at getting to know people and then figuring out ways their connections should get to know each other. For me, connectors are an extremely valuable part of my network. I need them. When i have my sights set on a guest for this show, the first thing I seek is… which of my connector friends may know them. A little over a month ago, I read a story on Ryan Creelin, commissioner of the ECHL. The story explained how he was an intern at the ECHL, and over 17 years worked himself up to eventually become the commissioner. That kind of story gives me tingles. Seriously -- isn’t that all of our dream? Get an internship at a great organization, then get hired, then advance, then become the boss. It sounds like something out of a cheesy movie on Lifetime, but this is real life. I had to land Ryan as a guest. My first guess was… Bill Guertin. Bill is a former guest on the podcast, he’s a sales trainer, one of the best in the business...and he is the very definition of a connector.I knew Bill did a lot of sales training with minor league hockey teams and leagues… so the chance he would know Ryan was solid. So I reached out. Within 30 minutes, Bill was connecting Ryan and I for today’s interview.Networking is more than just knowing the right people to help you get a job. It’s having advisors who can help you through tough decisions, connectors who can introduce you to the right people, insiders who know what’s happening in the industry at all times, idealists who see the potential in everything, and realists who keep you grounded when you need to be.Today's guest Ryan Crelin as I mentioned is the commissioner of the ECHL, a minor league hockey league with 26 teams spread across the US and Canada -- the teams roughly equate to a Double-A baseball team. A minor league feeder system for the NHL. As a reminder -- this interview was conducted before Coronavirus became a thing when their league was in operation and games were being played… so there is no mention of their suspended season or how it will affect them moving forward… but there is a ton of knowledge personally about Ryan advancing through the organization to become commissioner, and on how a minor league can survive on the sports scene…Questions for Ryan Crelin, ECHL Commissioner1: There something I really love about your resume. You graduated from Seton Hall in 2006, been working at the ECHL since 2005. There something really endearing about that.I talk to people who jump all over the place during their career- heck I’m one of those people – why has it been important for you to get into the ECHL and stay there?2: To start as an intern and develop into the league commissioner almost sounds like a lifetime movie script, a feel-good story, that seems somewhat farcical – but you are very real.What was your mentality and approach when you first started out in the ECHL – did you envision this?3: Give us a little bit of insight into your path – we know you were an intern, and we know you are now commissioner – but what specific skills did you refine, and roles did you take on, during your ascension?4: When you look around now, at the teams in your league, at your league offices – are you looking for people, like you, that have that extra drive and focus?5: I know of at least one member of our audience who currently works for an ECHL team, Scott McDonald with the Atlanta Gladiators – he’s in ticket sales now – how important is it for a young person getting going to show they can generate revenue for an organization?
Hockey Talk Podcast Episode #12: ECHL Commissioner Ryan Crelin
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On this edition of the Hockey Talk Podcast, The Sin Bin’s Matthew Harding catches up with the ECHL Commissioner, Ryan Crelin, at the 2020 ECHL All-Star Classic in Wichita, Kansas. The two discuss a wide variety of topics, including: The viability of the ECHL All-Star Classic Inclusion of women in the 2020 ECHL All-Star Classic and will we see it going forward Should the All-Star Classic be seen as... Source
On the 25th episode of The Chirp with Daren Millard we bring on the commissioner of the ECHL Ryan Crelin. Daren and Ryan get into the ECHL as a whole and the way it’s perceived, marketing, SpongeBob, team names, his competition and commissioners being booed. Ryan dishes on the fun parts of his job and the parts that he doesn’t enjoy. Ryan takes pride in being a progressive league. Ryan had a lot of hockey eyes on the ECHL this year when he executed a radical idea for a 3 on 3 running clock the All-Star game with a skills competition built in. Ryan explains how that idea came about and how they put it into action. Ryan discusses his future in the business, consulting with other commissioners, balancing the present and the future and some new ideas he’s going to attempt to table to keep the ECHL progressive and trendsetting. Stay tuned!