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ECH Today - Feb. 8

 

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Florida Everblades (23-16-8) at Orlando Solar Bears (21-23-5)                             7 p.m. ET 

·     Florida’s Mathieu Roy is tied for fifth with 15 power-play assists.

·     Orlando’s John Curry is third with 17 wins.

·     Everblades are tied for second with nine shorthanded goals.

·     Solar Bears are 7-2-3 when outshooting their opponent at home.  

 

Kalamazoo Wings (21-20-5) at Elmira Jackals (24-18-4)                                        7:05 p.m. ET 

·     Kalamazoo’s Joel Martin is second with a .920 save percentage.

·     Elmira’s Louie Caporusso is on a five-game goal streak since Jan. 21 (7g).

·     K-Wings are 13-2-3 when leading after two periods.

·     Jackals are sixth with 3.41 goals per game.  

 

Evansville IceMen (17-27-5) at South Carolina Stingrays (23-23-4)                      7:05 p.m. ET 

·     Evansville’s Todd Robinson leads the league with 23 power-play assists.

·     South Carolina’s Ryan Zapolski leads the league with a 1.93 goals-against average and a .930 save percentage.

·     IceMen are sixth on the penalty kill on the road at 83.2 percent (84-for-101).

·     Stingrays are league’s third-least penalized team with 13.74 penalty minutes per game.  

 

Reading Royals (31-12-5) at Trenton Titans (18-23-6)                                           7:05 p.m. ET 

·     Yannick Tifu leads Reading against the Titans with nine points (5g-4a).

·     Trenton’s Mike Ullrich is on an eight-game point streak since Jan. 20 (6g-7a).

·     Royals are 21-3-4 when scoring first.

·     Titans are first on the penalty kill at 86.2 percent (168-for-195).  

 

Fort Wayne Komets (25-21-2) at Colorado Eagles (23-21-3)                                  7:05 p.m. MT 

·     Fort Wayne’s Tyler Butler is tied for fourth among defensemen with 112 shots on goal.

·     Colorado’s Adam Brown is third among rookie goaltenders with a 2.38 goals-against average.

·     Komets are tied for second with nine shorthanded goals.

·     Eagles are 17-5-0 when outshooting their opponent.  

 

Utah Grizzlies (18-20-6) at Idaho Steelheads (29-12-5)                                           7:10 p.m. MT 

·     Utah’s Mitch Wahl is on a nine-game point streak since Jan. 6 (4g-11a).

·     Matt Case leads Idaho against the Grizzlies with eight points (3g-5a).

·     Grizzlies are first with 33.05 shots per game.

·     Steelheads have outscored their opponents 97-52 at home.  

 

Las Vegas Wranglers (23-19-5) at Bakersfield Condors (14-32-5)                        7 p.m. PT 

·     Eric Lampe leads Las Vegas against the Condors with eight points (2g-6a).

·     Bakersfield’s Scott Freeman is on a five-game point streak since Jan. 30 (1g-8a).

·     Wranglers are third on the penalty kill on the road at 85.9 percent (73-for-85).

·     Condors are 11-1-1 when leading after two periods.  

 

San Francisco Bulls (17-23-6) at Ontario Reign (34-11-3)                          7 p.m. PT 

·     San Francisco’s Peter Sivak leads the league with 187 shots on goal.

·     Derek Couture leads Ontario against the Bulls with six goals and 12 points.

·     Bulls are second on the power play on the road at 23.3 percent (24-for-103).

·     Reign are fourth with 2.69 goals-against per game. 

  

Stockton Thunder (24-18-8) at Alaska Aces (32-11-5)                                            7:15 p.m. AKT 

·     Stockton’s Justin Maylan is tied for second among rookies with 40 points (18g-22a).

·     Alexandre Imbeault leads Alaska against the Thunder with five goals and nine points.

·     Thunder are third with 32.70 shots per game.

·     Aces are 23-0-4 when scoring first.

 

MOST GAMES PLAYED, CAREER 

789 – Cam Brown, 1991-2006 (Baton Rouge, Columbus, Erie, Gwinnett)

771 – Louis Dumont, 1994-2006 (Tallahassee, Wheeling, Louisiana, Augusta, Pensacola, Mississippi, Utah)

697 – Wes Goldie, 1999-2012 (Pee Dee, Victoria, Alaska)

687 – Allan Sirois, 1996-2007 (Baton Rouge, Jacksonville, Pee Dee, Greenville, Texas)

678 – Sam Ftorek, 1998-Present (Mobile, Augusta, Greensboro, Gwinnett, Fresno, Cincinnati, Kalamazoo)

      – Rod Taylor, 1991-2003 (Hampton Roads, Richmond, Roanoke, South Carolina, Peoria, Toledo)

 

Kelly Cup Playoffs Update 

 

Ontario can clinch a berth in the Kelly Cup Playoffs on Friday if:  

 

Ontario wins AND Bakersfield loses in regulation

 

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Premier ‘AA’ Hockey League Fast Facts 

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• The ECHL celebrates its 25th Anniversary in 2012-13 and is the third-longest tenured professional hockey league behind only the National Hockey League and the American Hockey League.

• ECHL began in 1988-89 with five teams in four states and has grown to be a coast-to-coast league with 23 teams in 16 states in 2012-13.

• The league officially changed its name from East Coast Hockey League to ECHL on May 19, 2003.

497 players have played in the NHL after playing in the ECHL including 23 in 2011-12.

• Seven ECHL players have made their NHL debuts this season: former Gwinnett Gladiators forward Matt Anderson (New Jersey on Jan. 29), former Stockton Thunder center and 2011 ECHL All-Star Game Most Valuable Player Mark Arcobello (Edmonton on Feb. 6), former Cincinnati Cyclones forward Cory Conacher (Tampa Bay on Jan. 19), former Toledo Walleye defenseman Brian Lashoff (Detroit on Jan. 21), former Toledo Walleye goaltender Petr Mrazek (Detroit on Feb. 7), former Reading Royals left wing Antoine Roussel (Dallas on Feb. 1) and former Toledo Storm right wing and 2007 ECHL All-Star Jamie Tardif (Boston on Feb. 2).

• The ECHL has had 305 players reach the NHL since 2002-03 when it changed its focus to become the primary developmental league for the NHL and the AHL. The ECHL had 97 players reach the NHL in its first 10 seasons and 215 in the first 15 years.

• 241 ECHL players have played their first game in the last eight seasons for an average of more than 30 per year.

• ECHL had a record 87 players on NHL opening-day rosters in 2012-13, surpassing the 81 from 2011-12 and marking the 10th year in a row that there have been over 50 former ECHL players on opening-day rosters.

• ECHL has affiliations with 25 of the 30 NHL teams in 2012-13, marking the 16th consecutive season that the league had affiliations with at least 20 teams in the NHL.

• 30 coaches with an ECHL background are working behind the benches of teams in the NHL including Anaheim Ducks head coach Bruce Boudreau, Pittsburgh Penguins head coach and 2011 Jack Adams Award winner Dan Bylsma, New York Islanders head coach Jack Capuano, Dallas Stars head coach Glen Gulutzan, Philadelphia Flyers head coach Peter Laviolette and Winnipeg Jets head coach Claude Noel. It is the seventh consecutive season that there have been 11 or more coaches with an ECHL background working in the NHL. Boudreau, who coached Mississippi for three seasons winning the Kelly Cup championship in 1999, was named NHL Coach of the Year in 2007-08 becoming the first former ECHL coach to receive the award.

• 26 former ECHL officials are scheduled to work as part of the NHL officiating team in 2012-13 with referees Darcy Burchell, Francis Charron, Ghislain Hebert, Jean Hebert, Marc Joannette, Trent Knorr, Mike Leggo, Dave Lewis, T.J. Luxmore, Wes McCauley, Jon McIsaac, Dean Morton, Dan O’Rourke, Brian Pochmara, Kevin Pollock, Kyle Rehman, Chris Rooney, Graham Skilliter, Justin St. Pierre and Ian Walsh, and linesmen Steve Barton, Matt MacPherson, Brian Mach, Tim Nowak, Bryan Pancich and Jay Sharrers.

• ECHL was represented for the 12th year in a row on the Stanley Cup champion in 2012 with Los Angeles Kings assistant coach Jamie Kompon, players Dwight King, Jordan Nolan and Jonathan Quick, manager of communications/broadcasting Jeremy Zager and scouts Steve Greeley, Mark Mullen and Mark Yannetti. Quick was named the recipient of the Conn Smythe Trophy as Most Valuable Player of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, marking the second consecutive year a former ECHL player won the award.. There were 43 former players and 13 coaches on the 16 teams competing in the National Hockey League’s Stanley Cup Playoffs, marking the seventh year in a row that there have been at least 30 former ECHL players and the ninth consecutive season that over 25 players with ECHL experience have competed in the NHL postseason.

• Former ECHL broadcasters working in the NHL include John Ahlers and Steve Carroll of the Anaheim Ducks, Tom Callahan of the Nashville Predators, Dave Goucher of the Boston Bruins, Chris Kerber of the St. Louis Blues, Jack Michaels of the Edmonton Oilers, Dave Mishkin of the Tampa Bay Lightning and Bob McElligott of the Columbus Blue Jackets.

• Ryan Stanzel and Jeremy Zager, who were both recipients of the ECHL Media Relations Director of the Year award, are working in the communications department for the Minnesota Wild and the Los Angeles Kings, respectively. Former ECHL assistant director of communications Joe Siville works in the communications department for the Philadelphia Flyers.

• ECHL has affiliations with 25 of the 30 teams in the American Hockey League in 2012-13 and for the past 23 years there has been an ECHL player on the Calder Cup Champion.

• In the last seven seasons the ECHL has had more call-ups to the AHL than all other professional leagues combined with over 3,500 call-ups involving more than 1,800 players and in 2011-12 there were 10 times as many call-ups from the ECHL to the AHL than all other professional leagues.

• The ECHL averaged 4,281 fans per game in 2011-12, marking the eighth consecutive season and the 20th time in the last 22 years that the ECHL has averaged over 4,000 fans.

• Further information on the ECHL is available from its website at ECHL.com, as well as on Facebook and Twitter.