Since the Federal Hockey League was formed for the 2010-11 season, the Danbury Whalers are the only team that has remained planted in one spot. Commissioner’s Cup champions in 2012-13, the Whalers are home to two Ontario Hockey League grads. Another OHL alumnus was on the team at the start of 2014-15 but has not been on the active roster since December 12. One of those grads, a 12 month per year player, is second in FHL scoring and leads the league in assists.
Liscomb played four years in the Ontario Hockey League from 2003-04 to 2006-07 with the Windsor Spitfires and Ottawa 67’s. Brett was a fifth round pick by the Spits at the 2002 OHL Priority Selection, 88th overall. He was part of a deadline trade between Windsor and Ottawa in 2005-06.
Undrafted to the NHL, Liscomb spent two years at St. Francis Xavier University before turning pro in 2009-10. Since, he has appeared in the CHL, SPHL, FHL and Australia’s AIHL.
In 2013-14, Brett played the winter months in the SPHL with the Fayetteville FireAntz. During the North American summer, Liscomb played for the Adelaide Adrenaline in Australia. Over 26 games, his 29 assists placed him ninth in the AIHL and his 36 points was good enough to tie him for 14th. Check out this interesting article from the AIHL official site on life for import players: AIHL Imports
Currently, Liscomb has 14 goals and 53 assists for 67 points over 41 games with the Whalers. He is second in the FHL for points and leads the league for assists.
Goaltender Mike Brown played three years in the OHL from 2002-03 to 2004-05 with the Saginaw Spirit and Owen Sound Attack. Mike was a fourth round pick by the North Bay Centennials at the 2001 OHL Priority Selection, 71st overall. He was traded midway through his final season in the league.
A fifth round pick by the Boston Bruins at the 2003 NHL Entry Draft, 153rd overall, Brown has played pro hockey since 2005-06 in the AHL, ECHL, Germany’s 2.Bundesliga, CHL, SPHL, AIHL and the FHL. This is his third year with Danbury.
In 2012-13, as team captain, the Whalers won the championship. Looking at the FHL rule book, goalies are no longer allowed to wear the ‘C’, as in most leagues. This past season, 2013-14, Brown had the lowest goals against average and save percentage in the FHL and earned Goaltender of the Year honours. Currently, he again leads the league in both those categories.
Mead played three years in the Ontario Hockey League from 2008-09 to 2010-11 with the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds. After time in the U.S. juniors and a bit of college hockey, David played his first pro hockey this year with the Whalers. He appeared in 12 games and has not played since December 12.
Danbury Whalers and the FHL
Affiliated with the Evansville Icemen in the ECHL, the Whalers play out of the Danbury Ice Arena in Danbury, Connecticut. The venue seats between 2,000 and 3,000, depending on the source, and opened in 1999.
A charter member of the Federal Hockey League, the Whalers began play in 2010-11. They are the only franchise to remain stationary over the history of the league. The team won the champioship in 2012-13 with a three game sweep over the Dayton Demonz. This year, the team sits third in the six team league. Danbury is a city of around 82,000 that sits about 70 miles out of New York City.
The FHL currently consists of six team, all in the U.S. Northeast. However, it looks like one of the six has folded up shop for the rest of 2014-15. The league sits below the ECHL and equal to a bit below the SPHL. There was a recent neutral site game in Port Huron, Michigan which might mark the return of minor pro to the border town for 2015-16.
The FHL employs a proper three points per game system, which all league’s should have. Why should a game sometimes have two total points and sometimes three? A regulation win gets three points and the loser gets nothing. A win in overtime or the shootout gets two points, while the loser gets a single point.