E.A. “Bud” Gingher, who passed away in 2002, co-founded the Dayton Bombers in 1991 and served as President and Governor until he sold the team in 1998. He was Chairman of the ECHL Board of Governors from 1992-95 and is a member of both the Dayton Hockey Hall of Fame and the Peoria Rivermen Hockey Hall of Fame. The club that advances to the Kelly Cup Finals as the winner of the Eastern Conference is presented with the E.A. “Bud” Gingher Memorial Trophy. Dayton was the inaugural recipient of the trophy after its renaming and the Bombers captured it again in 2006-07.