ECHL announces Training Camp Rosters
PRINCETON, N.J. – The following are the training camp rosters as submitted to the ECHL office by each ECHL team on Sept. 29.
Alaska Aces – Gerald Coleman, G; Wyle Rogers, G; Kane Lafranchise, D; Russ Sinkewich, D; Steve Ward, D; Bryan Miller, D; Chad Anderson, D; Alex Dzielski, D; Brandon Gentile, D; Dan Kissel, F; Gary Nunn, F; Patrick Schafer, F; Brian Swanson, F; Tyler Ruegsegger, F; Wes Goldie, F; Zach Harrison, F; Nick Mazzolini, F; Jordyn Kremyr, F; Jonathan Higgins, F; Phillip Ischi, F; Kevin Petovello, F.
Bakersfield Condors – Bryan Pitton, G; Manny Martinez, G; Jonathan Zion, D; Erik Burgdoerfer, D; Jimmy Martin, D; Alain Goulet, D; Trevor Hunt, D; Eric Tallent, D; Keith Wynn, D; Casey Pierro-Zabotel, F; Michael Gergen, F; Clayton Cumiskey, F; Keegan Dansereau, F; Kevin Lohry, F; Matthew Sisca, F; Michael Gurtler, F; Parker Stanfield, F; Ian McKenzie, F; Jason Williams, F; Malcolm Gwilliam, F; Josh Gillam, F; Joe Schweiger, F.
Chicago Express – Josh Burrows, D; Matt Campanale, D; Darcy Campbell, D; Nathan Lutz, D; Trent Palm, D; Drew Paris, D; Scott Wietecha, D; Mike Embach, F; Pierre-Luc Faubert, F; Scott Freeman, F; Tyler Johnson, F; Bobby Robins, F; Tim Spencer, F; Travis Vermeulen, F.
Cincinnati Cyclones – Ryan Annesley, D; Ryan Blair, D; Chris Reed, D; Charlie Pens, D; Dan Eves, F; Mathieu Aubin, F; Neil Trimm, F; Matt McIlvane, F; Vince Scarsella, F; Erik Boisvert, F; Michael Liambas, F; Matt Pierce, F; Brendan Hull, F.
Colorado Eagles – Kyle Jones, G; Mike Garman, G; Andrew Penner, G; Aaron Schneekloth, D; Jason Beatty, D; Jon Landry, D; Kyle Peto, D; Matt Duffy, D; Alex Penner, D/F; Brad Hau, D; Riley Nelson, F; Steve Haddon, F; Rhett Gordon, F; Liam Huculak, F; Troy Ofukany, F; Anthony Maiani, F; Patrick Knowlton, F; A.J. Hau, F; Shawn Proulx, F; Patrick Cey, F; Nic Polaski, F.
Elmira Jackals – Larry Sterling, G; Michael DiLorenzo, G; Clay Goodall, D; Mario Larocque, D; Vinny Geonnetti, D; Dominic D’Amour, D; Benjamin Dieude-Fauvel, D; Paul Arnott, D; Ryan Dolence, D; Mike Sellitto, F; J.P. Martignetti, F; Evan Barlow, F; Jean Bourbeau, F; Dustin Gazley, F; Rob Bellamy, F; Matt Moffat, F; Jordan Lane, F; Alec Kirschner, F; Jim Chiropoulos, F; Mike Genovese, F.
Florida Everblades – Scott Darling, G; Brian Markowicz, G; Andrew Korbin, G; David Fischer, D; Ryan McGinnis, D; Deron Cousens, D; Josh Van Dyk, D; Tyson Gimblett, D; Ken Trentkowski, D; Leigh Salters, F; Robby Dee, F; Tyler Helfrich, F; Mathieu Roy, F; Trevor Bruess, F; Rylan Galiardi, F; Luc Tardif, F; Gregor Hanson, F; Colin Reddin, F; Ernie Hartlieb, F; Lucas Labelle, F; Oleg Kuzmin, F.
Greenville Road Warriors – Jerry Kuhn, G; T.J. Reynolds, D; Francis Meilleur, D; John Kennedy, D; Corey Toy, D; Wes Cunningham, D; Woody Klassen, D; Vincent Loverde, D; Peter Boyd, F; Justin Bowers, F; Brandon Wong, F; Sean Berkstresser, F; David Ross, F; Jermey Gouchie, F; Brett Robinson, F; Ryan Hayes, F; David Werner, F.
Gwinnet Gladiators – Paul Flache, D; Brad Miller, D; Dallas Jackson, D; Will Colbert, D; Cody Brookwell, D; Ki-Hoon Han, D; Nikita Kashirsky, F; Joey Haddad, F; Pat Galivan, F; Chris Clackson, F; Andy Brandt, F; Colin Vock, F; Justin Milo, F; Shawn Skelly, F; Calin Wild, F; Nick Pitsikoulis, F.
Idaho Steelheads – Jimmy Spratt, G; Derek Matheson, D; Matt Case, D; Ryan Rorabeck, D; Steven Oleksy, D; Cam Ritchie, D; Matt Cowie, D; Kory Scoran, D; Chris Hepp, D; Chad Nehring, F; Tyson Hobbins, F; Eric Rex, F; Nicholas Petriello, F; Greg Beller, F; Cody Purves, F; Aaron Lewadniuk, F; Marc Rancourt, F; Jason Reese, F.
Kalamazoo Wings – Ryan Carroll, G; Riley Gill, G; Derek Foam, D; Sam Ftorek, D; Adam Ross, D; Blake Miller, D; Matt Russo, D; Darryl Bootland, F; Trent Daavettila, F; Kory Karlander, F; Eric Kattelus, F; Nicholas Sirota, F; David Solway, F; Justin Taylor, F.
Las Vegas Wranglers – Mitch O’Keefe, G; Joe Fallon, G; Shawn Fensel, D; Barry Goers, D; Mike Madill, D; Michael Busto, D; Eddie DelGrosso, D; Luka Vidmar, D; Brian Cooke, D; Judd Blackwater, F; Thomas Kiriakou, F; Geoff Paukovich, F; Scott Campbell, F; Peter MacArthur, F; Robbie Smith, F; Josh Lunden, F; Sean Wiles, F; Ryan Weston, F; Chris Francis, F; Kyle Laughlin, F; Evan Mladenoff, F; Anthony Quaflia, F.
Ontario Reign – Beau Erickson, G; Jase Weslosky, G; Dustin Carlson, G; Darren Yount, G; Pat Bowen, D; Jason Fredricks, D; Iain McPhee, D; Chad Starling, D; Dylan Yeo, D; Bill Bagron, F; Chris Cloud, F; Derek Couture, F; Geoff Irwin, F; Kyle Kraemer, F; Jordan Morrison, F; C.J. Stretch, F; Kyle Reed, F; Mike Thomson, F; Dean Yakura, F; August Aiken, F; Andrew Monesi, F.
Reading Royals – Shane Davis, G; Brian Matesevac, G; Rob Kwiet, D; Channing Boe, D; David Strathman, D; Louis Liotti, D; Arten Gumenyuk, D; Justin Kemmerer, D/F; Ryan Cruthers, F; Casey Haines, F; Bryan Brutlag, F; Rob Shearer, F; John Scrymgeour, F; Peter MacDougall, F; Vladimir Nikiforov, F; Jason O’Bannon, F; Mickey Lang, F.
South Carolina Stingrays – Zach Tarkir, D; Johann Kroll, D; Nick Tabsiz, D; Derek Keller, D; Dan Ehrman, D; Matt Scherer, F; Pierre-Luc O’Brien, F; Trent Campbell, F; Jerry Pollastrone, F; Chase Langeraap, F; James McEwan, F.
Stockton Thunder – Ryan Zapolski, G; Matt Pamidi, G; Javier Rabago, G; Jody Pederson, D; Nathan Deck, D; Colten Hayes, D; Mike Little, D; Balazs Deifik, D; Greg Brown, D; Jeff Sawhill, D; Dan Sulitzer, D; Garet Hunt, F; Jason Morgan, F; Kevin Baker, F; Jordan Fulton, F; Jordan Foreman, F; Andrew Favot, F; Matt Foy, F; Jesse Fratkin, F; Drew Sanders, F; Todd Chinova, F; Brandon Burlingame, F.
Toledo Walleye –Michael Bacashihua, G; Kal Saimbhi, G; Scott Fletcher, D; Kyle Page, D; Phil Rauch, D; Tim Brownell, D; Michael Jordan, D; Lee McClure, D/F; Aaron Lewicki, F; Joey Martin, F; Mike Pelech, F; Evan Rankin, F; Harrison Reed, F; Kyle Rogers, F; Dale Warkentin, F; Chris Chambers, F; Brent Clarke, F; Anthony Iaquinto, F; Kyle Granville, F; Anthony Longo, F; Sean Mahoney, F; Nikita Mandrik, F.
Trenton Titans – Chris Berengeur, D; Dustin Cameron, F.
Utah Grizzlies – Roster will be announced at a later date.
Wheeling Nailers – Zach Hansen, D; Joe Tolles, D; Mickael Bedard, F; Tim Crowder, F; Christiaan Minella, F; T.J. Battani, F.
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• 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 20 teams in 16 states in 2011-12.
• The league officially changed its name from East Coast Hockey League to ECHL on May 19, 2003.
• 467 players have played in the NHL after playing in the ECHL including 23 in 2010-11.
• The ECHL has had 275 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.
• 211 ECHL players have played their first game in the last six seasons for an average of more than 35 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.
• 31 coaches with an ECHL background were working behind the benches of teams in the NHL in 2010-11 including Washington Capitals 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, Winnipeg Jets head coach Claude Noel and St. Louis Blues head coach Davis Payne. 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.
• 22 former ECHL officials are scheduled to work as part of the NHL officiating team in 2011-12 with referees David Banfield, Francis Charron, 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, Graham Skilliter and Ian Walsh, and linesmen Steve Barton, Brian Mach, Matt MacPherson, Tim Nowak, Bryan Pancich and Jay Sharrers.
• ECHL was represented for the 11th year in a row on the Stanley Cup champion with Boston Bruins assistant coach Geoff Ward, players Rich Peverley, Michael Ryder and Tim Thomas, radio broadcaster Dave Goucher and scout Tom McVie. Thomas is the first former ECHL player to win the Conn Smythe Trophy as Most Valuable Player of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. There were 34 former players and 19 coaches on the 16 teams competing in the National Hockey League’s Stanley Cup Playoffs, marking the sixth year in a row that there have been at least 30 former ECHL players and the eighth consecutive season that over 25 players with ECHL experience have competed in the NHL postseason.
• Former Hampton Roads Admirals left wing Andrew Brunette became the first ECHL alum to play in 1,000 regular-season NHL games when he reached the milestone with the Minnesota Wild on Feb. 1, 2011.
• Former ECHL and current Boston Bruins goaltender Tim Thomas was the recipient of the Vezina Trophy as the top goaltender in the NHL in 2010-11, marking the second time he has won the award in the past three seasons. Thomas set a single-season NHL record with a .938 save percentage.
• Former ECHL player and current Pittsburgh Penguins head coach Dan Bylsma was the recipient of the Jack Adams Award as the NHL’s Coach of the Year in 2010-11.
• ECHL was represented in the 2011 NHL All-Star Game by Tim Thomas of the Boston Bruins, while former ECHL coaches Mike Haviland and Peter Laviolette served as coaches for the All-Star Game.
• 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 and John Michael 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 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.
• 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 1,600 players and in 2010-11 there were 10 times as many call-ups from the ECHL to the AHL than all other professional leagues.
• The ECHL averaged 4,339 fans per game in 2010-11, marking the seventh consecutive season and the 19th time in the last 21 years that the ECHL has averaged over 4,000 fans.