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Greenville Road Warriors (39-25-6) at Florida Everblades (36-27-8) 7 p.m. ET
· Jordie Johnston leads Greenville against the Everblades with eight goals and 16 points.
· Florida’s Brandon MacLean is tied for second in the league with four shorthanded goals.
· Road Warriors are third with 32.73 shots per game.
· Everblades are third with 3.340 goals per game.
Reading Royals (45-22-4) at Orlando Solar Bears (42-22-4) 7 p.m. ET
· Reading’s Domenic Monardo leads rookies with 10 power-play goals.
· Orlando’s Mickey Lang is third in the league with 76 points (44g-32a).
· Royals are fourth with 2.56 goals-against per game.
· Solar Bears have outscored their opponents 84-68 in the first period.
Elmira Jackals (24-39-8) at Gwinnett Gladiators (28-38-5) 7:05 p.m. ET
· Elmira’s Jordan Pietrus is second in the league with 244 shots on goal.
· Joey Haddad leads Gwinnett with 42 points (18g-24a).
· Jackals are 19-0-3 when leading after two periods.
· Gladiators are league’s third-least penalized team with 12.34 penalty minutes per game.
Evansville IceMen (30-30-11) at Kalamazoo Wings (42-22-7) 7:30 p.m. ET
· Evansville’s Matt Krug is tied for sixth among defensemen with 12 goals.
· Kalamazoo’s Matt Caria is third among rookies with 17 power-play points (8g-9a).
· IceMen are first on the power play on the road at 19.9 percent (27-for-136).
· K-Wings are tied for the league lead with 14 shorthanded goals.
Wheeling Nailers (38-27-6) at Cincinnati Cyclones (40-22-8) 7:35 p.m. ET
· Wheeling’s Denver Manderson is tied for second in the league with four shorthanded goals.
· Dan Eves leads Cincinnati against the Nailers with 10 points (2g-8a).
· Nailers are 12-4-6 in one-goal games.
· Cyclones lead the league with 3.47 goals per game.
Toledo Walleye (21-43-6) at Fort Wayne Komets (35-24-12) 7:35 p.m. ET
· Maxim Shalunov leads Toledo with 16 goals.
· Fort Wayne’s Jordon Southorn is tied for fourth among defensemen with 13 goals.
· Walleye are fourth on the power play on the road at 18.6 percent (26-for-140).
· Komets are 7-0-1 against Toledo this season.
Bakersfield Condors (35-29-6) at Ontario Reign (44-19-7) 6 p.m. PT
· Gary Steffes leads Bakersfield against the Reign with eight goals and 10 points.
· Matt White leads Ontario with 22 goals and 57 points.
· Condors are third on the penalty kill on the road at 87.8 percent (129-for-147).
· Reign are third with 26.89 shots-against per game.
Alaska Aces (45-18-7) at Colorado Eagles (32-26-12) 7:05 p.m. MT
· Alaska’s Brett Findlay is tied for fifth among rookies with 22 goals.
· Kyle Ostrow leads Colorado against the Aces with seven points (3g-4a).
· Aces are 32-4-5 when scoring first.
· Eagles are 20-12-4 when outshooting their opponent.
Idaho Steelheads (38-26-7) at Utah Grizzlies (38-24-8) 7:05 p.m. MT
· David de Kastrozza leads Idaho against the Grizzlies with five goals.
· Utah’s Aaron Dell is tied for fourth with a 2.16 goals-against average.
· Steelheads lead the league with nine shorthanded goals on the road.
· Grizzlies are fourth with 26.93 shots-against per game.
Las Vegas Wranglers (19-43-8) at Stockton Thunder (32-31-8) 7:30 p.m. PT
· Las Vegas’ Travis Fullerton leads the league with 1,406 saves.
· Stockton’s Jeremy Langlois is tied for first among rookies with 58 points (18g-40a).
· Wranglers are tied for second on the power play on the road at 19.0 percent (26-for-137).
· Thunder are 26-1-6 when leading after two periods.
Kelly Cup Playoffs Update:
South Carolina can clinch the South Division title on Saturday if:
Kalamazoo can clinch the North Division title on Saturday if:
Kalamazoo wins OR Cincinnati loses in regulation OR Kalamazoo loses in overtime/shootout AND Cincinnati loses
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• The ECHL celebrated 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 21 teams in 15 states in 2013-14.
• The league officially changed its name from East Coast Hockey League to ECHL on May 19, 2003.
• 537 players have played in the NHL after playing in the ECHL including 22 in 2012-13.
• 25 ECHL players have made their NHL debuts in 2013-14: former Reading Royals Will Acton (Edmonton on Oct. 1), former Kalamazoo Wings left wing Darren Archibald (Vancouver on Oct. 25), former Columbia Inferno, Charlotte Checkers, Greenville Road Warriors and Reading Royals defenseman Julien Brouillette (Washington on Feb. 6), former Colorado Eagles defensemen Ben Chiarot (Winnipeg on Nov. 2) former San Francisco Bulls left wing Jamie Devane (Toronto on Oct. 5), former Elmira Jackals and Reading Royals left wing Brett Gallant (New York Islanders on April 8), former Idaho Steelheads left wing Luke Gazdic (Edmonton on Oct. 1), former Toledo Walleye center Luke Glendening (Detroit on Oct. 12), former Wheeling Nailers defenseman Alex Grant (Anaheim on Nov. 30), former Florida Everblades goaltender Kristers Gudlevskis (Tampa Bay on April 11), former Cincinnati Cyclones goaltender Magnus Hellberg (Nashville on Oct. 26), former Reading Royals and Ontario Reign goaltender Michael Hutchinson (Winnipeg on April 7), former Alaska Aces, Idaho Steelheads, Utah Grizzlies and Cincinnati Cyclones right wing Justin Johnson (New York Islanders on April 11), former Ontario Reign goaltender Martin Jones (Los Angeles on Dec. 3), former Greenville Road Warriors goaltender Nathan Lieuwen (Buffalo on March 16) former Alaska Aces goaltender Joni Ortio (Calgary on Feb. 27), former Wheeling Nailers center Adam Payerl (Pittsburgh on April 6), former Wheeling Nailers defenseman Philip Samuelsson (Pittsburgh on Dec. 16), former Wheeling Nailers center Zach Sill (Pittsburgh on Nov. 16), former Toledo Walleye goaltender Kent Simpson (Chicago on Dec. 14), former Greenville Road Warriors goaltender Cam Talbot (New York Rangers on Oct. 24), former Cincinnati Cyclones center and 2010 Kelly Cup champion Mark Van Guilder (Nashville on March 30), former Reading Royals defenseman Patrick Wey (Washington on Dec. 7), former Cincinnati Cyclones forward Garrett Wilson (Florida on March 18) and former Ontario Reign goaltender Jeff Zatkoff (Pittsburgh on Oct. 11).
• Six players have played in the ECHL and NHL in 2013-14: John Curry with Orlando and Minnesota, Kristers Gudlevskis with Florida and Tampa Bay, Magnus Hellberg with Cincinnati and Nashville, Michael Hutchinson with Ontario and Winnipeg, Joni Ortio with Alaska and Calgary and Patrick Wey with Reading and Washington.
• The ECHL has had 345 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.
• 281 ECHL players have played their first game in the last nine seasons for an average of more than 31 per year.
• ECHL had a record 93 players on NHL opening-day rosters in 2013-14, surpassing the 87 from 2012-13 and marking the 11th year in a row that there have been over 50 former ECHL players on opening-day rosters.
• ECHL has affiliations with 26 of the 30 NHL teams in 2013-14, marking the 17th consecutive season that the league has affiliations with at least 20 teams in the NHL.
• 29 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 Dan Bylsma, New York Islanders head coach Jack Capuano and Florida Panthers interim head coach Peter Horachek. It is the ninth consecutive season that there have been 11 or more coaches with an ECHL background working in the NHL.
• 27 former ECHL officials are scheduled to work as part of the NHL officiating team in 2013-14 with referees Darcy Burchell, Francis Charron, Tom Chmielewski, 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 13th year in a row on the Stanley Cup champion in 2013 with Chicago Blackhaws assistant coach Jamie Kompon, players Sheldon Brookbank and Daniel Carcillo, vice president/assistant to the president Al MacIsaac, director of pro scouting Ryan Stewart and general manager of minor league affiliations Mark Bernard. The ECHL was represented by 53 former players and 18 coaches on the 16 teams competing in the National Hockey League’s Stanley Cup Playoffs, marking the eighth year in a row that there have been at least 30 former ECHL players and the 10th 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, 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.
• In the last nine seasons the ECHL has had more call-ups to the AHL than all other professional leagues combined 4,000 with over call-ups involving more than 2,100 players and in 2012-13 there were 10 times as many call-ups from the ECHL to the AHL than all other professional leagues.
• The ECHL averaged 4,695 fans per game in 2012-13, the highest single-season average since 1999-2000, and marking the ninth consecutive season and the 21st time in the last 23 years that the ECHL has averaged over 4,000 fans.