ECHL Announces Bellevue University Scholarship Recipients


ECHL announced the first five scholarship recipients on Thursday by Bellevue Universitythe official higher education partner of ECHL.

Under this partnership, all ECHL players, officials, staff and employees could apply for a scholarship to start or complete a bachelor’s or graduate program of their choice at Bellevue University.

The first class of fellows includes:

  • Jake Flegel, Player – Wheeling Nailers (Bachelor)
  • Jason Franzone, Assistant Coach – Worcester Railers (Bachelor)
  • Frederic Letourneau, player – Idaho Steelheads (graduate degree)
  • Brian Perkins, Director of Ticketing Strategy, Data and Analytics – Toledo Walleye (Graduate Degree)
  • Davids Rozitis, Linesman – ECHL (Graduate Diploma)

“This scholarship opportunity is one of the most exciting parts of the ECHL/Bellevue University relationship, as we have a wonderful inaugural class of two players, an assistant coach, a front desk staff member and an on-ice official. “, said Commissioner ECHL. Ryan Crelin. “It is an honor to be able to see these colleagues continue their education through this program and we look forward to seeing them on their journey to graduation.”

“Bellevue University is delighted to welcome these ECHL Fellows,” said Bellevue University President Dr. Mary Hawkins. “We have nearly 30 years of experience in online learning and we know how to support learners to reach their goals and achieve their dreams – on and off the ice.

About ECHL

Launched in 1988-89 with five teams in four states, the ECHL has grown into a coast-to-coast league with 27 teams in 20 states and two Canadian provinces entering its 34th season in 2021-22. There have been 719 players who played in the National Hockey League after beginning their careers in the ECHL, including 21 who made their NHL debut in the 2021-22 season. The ECHL has affiliations with 27 of the NHL’s 32 teams in 2021-22, marking the 25th straight season the league has affiliations with at least 20 NHL teams. Further information on ECHL is available on its website as well as on Twitter and Facebook.

About Bellevue University

Founded in 1966, Bellevue University is a not-for-profit university with nearly 60,000 graduates worldwide. The University is a recognized national leader in preparing students for lifelong success through career-relevant knowledge and skills, while making college affordable. Consistently ranked among the nation’s top military and accessible institutions, the University welcomes students in residence to its main campus in Bellevue, Nebraska, and everyone online with more than 80 degree programs specifically designed for working adults. . The University is accredited by the Higher Education Commission (


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