ECHL Announces Season-Opening Rosters
PRINCETON, N.J. – Following are the rosters as submitted by ECHL teams for the opening of the 2010-11 regular season which begins Friday.
Gerald Coleman, G; Alex Petizian, G; Mark Isherwood, D; Daryl Boyle, D; Alex Dzielski, D; Craig Gaudet, D; Bryan Miller, D; Brandon Gentile, D; Chad Anderson, D; Kory Falite, F; Brian Swanson, F; Wes Goldie, F; Scott Burt, F; Ethan Cox, F; Jerad Stewart, F; Pierce Norton, F; Garry Nunn, F; T.J. Battani, F; Chris Langkow, F; Devin Timberlake, F.
Josh Tordjman, G; Peter Hirsch, G; Erik Burgdoerfer, D; Evan Stoflet, D; Antonin Manavian, D; Sebastian Strom, D; Yan Turcotte, D; Jay Cascalenda, D; Jason Lepine, D; Rylan Kaip, F; Jean-Philipp Chabot, F; Adam Naglich, F; Erick Lizon, F; Carter Smith, F; Jean-Marc Beaudoin, F; Adam Chorneyko, F; J.D. Corbin, F; Andrew Ianiero, F; Karl Gagne, F.
Marc Cheverie, G; Pat Street, G; T.J. Fast, D; David Sloane, D; Brian O’Hanley, D; J.C. Sawyer, D; Adam Bartholomay, D; Brock Sheahan, D; James DeLory, F; Dylan Hunter, F; Barret Ehgoetz, F; Mathieu Aubin, F; Christiaan Minella, F; Ryan Del Monte, F; Matt Pierce, F; Brett Robinson, F; Matt Butcher, F; Chris Morehouse, F; Sam D’Agostino, F.
Marco Cousineau, G; Eric Regan, D; John de Gray, D; Brennan Turner, D; Patrick Coulombe, D; Chris Frank, D; Brad Miller, D; R.J. Anderson, D; Ryan Hillier, F; Eric Lampe, F; Yannick Tifu, F; Adam Perry, F; Oren Eizenman, F; Justin Donati, F; Andrew Sweetland, F; Brock McBride, F; Brett Gallant, F; Dustin Cameron, F; Kevin DeVergilio, F.
Nicola Riopel, G; Dov Grumet-Morris, G; Sam Klassen, D; Blake Parlett, D; Julien Brouillette, D; Cullen Eddy, D; T.J. Reynolds, D; Brad Cole, D; Wes Cunningham, D; Chris Chappell, F; Shane Harper, F; Marc-Olivier Vallerand, F; Matt Schepke, F; Sean Berkstresser, F; Justin Bowers, F; Igor Gongalsky, F; Connor Shields, F; Brendan Connolly, F; Mark Voakes, F; Andrew Carroll, F.
Chris Carrozzi, G; Bill Sauer, G; Matt Krug, D; Will Colbert, D; Tim Filangieri, D; Sam Roberts, D; Paul Flache, D; Matt Case, D; Cody Brookwell, D; Danick Paquette, F; Chris Poli, F; Dan Kissel, F; Ryan Garbutt, F; Andy Brandt, F; Tim Miller, F; Aaron Bendickson, F; Derek Nesbitt, F; Dan Sullivan, F; Matt Francis, F.
Tyler Beskorowany, G; Bill Blasé, G; Guillaume Monast, D; Tyler Ludwig, D; Brendan Milnamow, D; Dustin Molle, D; Dustin Friesen, D; Mike Gabinet, D; Steve Oleksy, D; Lane Caffaro, D; Michael Neal, F; Matt Tassone, F; Matt McKnight, F; Kael Mouillierat, F; John Swanson, F; Marty Flichel, F; Geoff Irwin, F; Mark Derlago, F; John-Scott Dickson, F; Cody Purves, F.
Ryan Nie, G; Corey Syvret, D; Steven Tarasuk, D; Blake Friesen, D; A.J. Thelen, D; Jon Landry, D; Mitch Versteeg, D; Sam Ftorek, F/D; Kory Karlander, F; Darryl Lloyd, F; Jay Sprague, F; Trent Daavettila, F; Patrick Asselin, F; Jordan Fulton, F; Anton Kharin, F; Brian McGuirk, F; Brian McMillin, F; Brandon Svendsen, F.
Joe Fallon, G; Michael Ouzas, G; Craig Switzer, D; Sean McMonagle, D; Barry Goers, D; Aaron Power, D; Jamie Fritsch, D; Justin Bernhardt, F; Ned Lukacevic, F; Tyler Mosienko, F; Geoff Paukovich, F; Dan Bertram, F; Ryan Huddy, F; Blair Riley, F; Greg Collins, F; Matt Price, F; Jamie Bates, F.
Martin Jones, G; Kellen Briggs, G; Chad Starling, D; David Walker, D; Luke Beaverson, D; Eric Doyle, D; Reggie Traccitto, D; Matt Delahey, D; Jon Francisco, F; Shawn Collymore, F; Chaz Johnson, F; Brett O’Malley, F; Tim Kraus, F; Jeff Corey, F; Aaron Lewadniuk, F; Kyle Kraemer, F; Jordan Morrison, F; C.J. Stretch, F; Luke Popko, F.
Jared DeMichiel, G; Beau Erickson, G; Dustin Stevenson, D; Josh Godfrey, D; Dylan Yeo, D; Patrick Cullity, D; Nate Kiser, D; Grant Farrell, D; Zach Jones, D; Jake Hauswirth, F; Anton Gustafsson, F; Nikita Kashirsky, F; Rob Ricci, F; David de Kastrozza, F; Dan Eves, F; Tommy Goebel, F; Maxime Lacroix, F; Matt Scherer, F; Pierre-Luc O’Brien, F; Trent Campbell, F.
Tyson Sexsmith, G; Matt Pamidi, G; Ryan Constant, D; Daryl Marcoux, D; Anthony Aiello, D; Cam Brodie, D; Steve Vanoosten, D; Chase Ryan, D; Mark Arcobello, F; Jesse Gimblett, F; Fraser Clair, F; Jim McKenzie, F; Craig Valette, F; Aaron Clarke, F; Jason Pitton, F; Chris D’Alvise, F; Scott Howes, F; Matt Jones, F; Chris Lawrence, F.
Jordan Pearce, G; Scott Fletcher, D; Nick Duff, D; Tyler Gotto, D; Ryan Stokes, D; Kyle Page, D; Brett Blatchford, D; Joe Charlebois, D; Peter Leblanc, F; Andy Bohmbach, F; Zack Torquato, F; Randy Rowe, F; Scooter Smith, F; Adam Keefe, F; Sal Peralta, F; Mike Hedden, F; Robin Richards, F; Evan Rankin, F.
Injured reserve: Joe Palmer, G; Dominic Osman, F.
David Caruso, G; Jeff Lerg, G; T.J. Miller, D; Andy Thomas, D; Justin Pender, D; Martin Nolet, D; Justin Coutu, D; Jordan Southorn, D; David Leaderer, D; Jean-Sebastien Berube, F; Kory Nagy, F; Trevor Kell, F; Matt Lombardi, F; Jeff Prough, F; Darcy Zajac, F; Matt Kang, F; Ryan Hayes, F; Ryan Ginand, F; Tony Zancanaro, F; Jeremy Akeson, F.
David Shantz, G; Riley Gill, G; Taylor Ellington, D; Derick Martin, D; Ryan Turek, D; Peter Vandermeer, D; Mike Wilson, D; PJ Atherton, D; Josh Aspenlind, F; Derek Couture, F; Milan Gajic, F; Rob Hennigar, F; Ryan MacMurchy, F; Kiel McLeod, F; Matt Siddall, F; Matt Stefanishion, F; Ryan Dingle, F; Rick Cleaver, F.
Patrick Killeen, G; Mattias Modig, G; Jason DeSantis, D; Peter Merth, D; Chad Morin, D; Nick Tuzzolino, D; Kyle Bushee, D; Mike Gershon, D; Dan Henningson, D; Alan Dorich, D; Joey Haddad, F; Andrew Orpik, F; Ben Street, F; Andrew Lord, F; Kris Vernarsky, F; Marc Rechlicz, F; Darryl Smith, F; David Marshall, F; Alex Smigelski, F; Brett Watson, F.
Injured reserve: Mikael Bedard, F.
Premier ‘AA’ Hockey League Fast Facts
• Watch games live on America One, the “Official Broadband Broadcast Provider” of the ECHL.
• The ECHL celebrated its 20th Anniversary in 2007-08 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 19 teams in 14 states and British Columbia in 2010-11.
• The league officially changed its name from East Coast Hockey League to ECHL on May 19, 2003.
• 443 players have played in the NHL after playing in the ECHL including 35 in 2009-10.
• 35 ECHL players made their NHL debut in 2009-10. The most recent are: former Dayton, Mississippi, Kalamazoo and South Carolina goaltender Jeremy Duchesne (Philadelphia on April 1), former South Carolina Stingrays and Utah Grizzlies center Micheal Haley (New York Islanders on April 10), former Mississippi SeaWolves defenseman Scott Jackson (Tampa Bay on April 11), former Alaska Aces and Las Vegas Wranglers left wing and 2004 ECHL All-Star Charles Linglet (Edmonton on April 2) and former Texas Wildcatters defenseman Maxim Noreau (Minnesota on April 8).
• 6 players played in the ECHL and the NHL in 2009-10: Kyle Calder with Bakersfield and Anaheim, Jeremy Duchesne with Kalamazoo and Philadelphia, Tomas Kana with Alaska and Columbus, Dan Sexton with Bakersfield and Anaheim, MacGregor Sharp with Bakersfield and Anaheim and Matt Zaba with Charlotte and the New York Rangers.
• The ECHL has had 251 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.
• 187 ECHL players have played their first game in the last five seasons for an average of more than 37 per year.
• ECHL had a record 79 players on NHL opening-day rosters in 2010-11, surpassing the 78 from 2009-10 and marking the eighth year in a row that there have been over 50 former ECHL players on opening-day rosters.
• Every ECHL team has an affiliation with an NHL team in 2010-11 and the league has affiliations with 27 of the 30 NHL teams, marking the 14th 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 Washington Capitals head coach Bruce Boudreau, New York Islanders head coach Scott Gordon, Philadelphia Flyers head coach Peter Laviolette and St. Louis Blues head coach Davis Payne. It is the sixth 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.
• 20 former ECHL officials are working as part of the NHL officiating team in 2010-11 with referees David Banfield, Francis Charron, Chris Ciamaga, Ghislain Hebert, Jean Hebert, Marc Joannette, Mike Leggo, Wes McCauley, Dean Morton, Dan O’Rourke, Brian Pochmara, Kevin Pollock, Kyle Rehman, Chris Rooney, Justin St. Pierre and Ian Walsh, and linesmen Steve Barton, Brian Mach, Tim Nowak and Jay Sharrers..
• ECHL was represented for the 10th year in a row on the Stanley Cup champion with Chicago Blackhawks assistant coaches Mike Haviland and John Torchetti, developmental goaltending coach Wade Flaherty, senior director of hockey administration Al MacIsaac, general manager of minor league affiliations Mark Bernard and scout Ryan Stewart. There were 35 former players and 14 former coaches on 15 of the 16 teams competing in the National Hockey League’s Stanley Cup Playoffs, marking the fifth year in a row that there have been at least 30 former ECHL players and the seventh 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, Bob McElligott and John Michael of the Columbus Blue Jackets and Rob Simpson, who is a producer/host for The NHL Network.
• 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 and Kelly Murray are now with the Philadelphia Flyers and the Washington Capitals, respectively, while former ECHL director of communications Jason Rothwell is the creative director for the Columbus Blue Jackets.
• ECHL has affiliations with 26 of the 30 teams in the American Hockey League in 2010-11 and for the past 21 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 3,000 call-ups involving more than 1,500 players and in 2009-10 there were 10 times as many call-ups from the ECHL to the AHL than all other professional leagues.
• The ECHL averaged 4,486 fans per game in 2009-10, the highest single-season average since 1999-00, and is the only minor professional hockey league to increase average attendance each of the last three seasons. It is the sixth consecutive season and the 18th time in the last 20 years that the ECHL has averaged over 4,000 fans and the league drew over 3 million fans for the 17th year in a row.
• Further information on the ECHL is available from its website at ECHL.com.