ECHL Today – Dec. 2

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Greenville Road Warriors (10-7-0) at Toledo Walleye (8-9-0)                               7 p.m. ET  

·     Greenville’s Justin Bowers is second with 15 assists.

·     Toledo’s Carter Hutton is 5-1-0 in his last six starts with a 2.18 goals-against average and a .927 save percentage.

·     Road Warriors are first on the power play on the road at 29.6 percent (8-for-27).

·     Walleye are 5-1-0 when leading after two periods. 

 

Wheeling Nailers (10-5-0) at Reading Royals (7-9-4)                                             7:05 p.m. ET  

·     Wheeling’s Chris Barton is third with 12 goals.

·     Reading’s Denny Urban leads rookies with 10 power-play points (2g-8a).

·     Nailers are first with 3.67 goals per game.

·     Royals are 5-1-4 in one-goal games. 

 

Kalamazoo Wings (10-6-1) at South Carolina Stingrays (12-6-1)               7:05 p.m. ET  

·     Kalamazoo’s Sam Ftorek is fourth among defensemen with 13 points (1g-12a).

·     South Carolina’s Philipp Grubauer is second with a 1.80 goals-against average.

·     K-Wings are fourth with 32.82 shots per game.

·     Stingrays are first on the penalty kill at home at 89.1 percent (41-for-46). 

 

Gwinnett Gladiators (10-6-5) at Florida Everblades (9-9-2)                                    7:30 p.m. ET  

·     Gwinnett’s Will Colbert is fourth among defensemen with 42 shots.

·     Florida’s Leigh Salters is fourth with a 30.4 percent shooting percentage (7-for-23).

·     Gladiators are 7-2-1 when scoring first.

·     Everblades are 8-1-1 when leading after two periods.

 

Trenton Titans (7-10-1) at Elmira Jackals (9-9-0)                                                   7:35 p.m. ET  

·     Trenton’s Rob Bordson is on a four-game goal streak since Nov. 20 (5g).

·     Elmira’s Brian Stewart is tied for first with a 1.000 shootout save percentage (8-for-8).

·     Titans are second on the power play at 24.4 percent (19-for-78).

·     Jackals are fourth with 3.33 goals per game.

 

Colorado Eagles (9-7-1) at Utah Grizzlies (11-6-0)                                      7:05 p.m. MT  

·     Colorado’s Chad Costello is on a seven-game point streak since Nov. 11 (4g-10a).

·     Mitch Fadden leads Utah against the Eagles with five points (0g-5a).

·     Eagles have scored five or more goals in four consecutive games.

·     Grizzlies are first on the penalty kill at 88.6 percent (78-for-88). 

 

Alaska Aces (13-4-2) at Bakersfield Condors (5-13-2)                                           7 p.m. PT  

·     Garry Nunn leads Alaska against the Condors with three goals and five points.

·     Bakersfield’s Scott Freeman leads rookies with 22 points (10g-12a).

·     Aces are 11-1-0 when scoring first.

·     Condors are tied for second with five shorthanded goals. 

 

Idaho Steelheads (7-9-3) at Las Vegas Wranglers (10-6-3)                                    7:05 p.m. PT  

·     Kael Mouillierat leads Idaho against the Wranglers with four goals.

·     Las Vegas’ Judd Blackwater is tied for third with 23 points (10g-13a).

·     Steelheads are fourth on the penalty kill at 84.0 percent (16-for-100).

·     Wranglers are fifth with 2.79 goals-against per game. 

 

Ontario Reign (9-6-2) at Stockton Thunder (9-6-3)                                                 7:30 p.m. PT  

·     Ontario’s Derek Couture is tied for fourth with five power-play goals.

·     Ian O’Connor (3g-2a) and Matt Foy (2g-3a) lead Stockton against the Reign with five points each.

·     Reign are fourth with 28.47 shots-against per game.

·     Thunder are 7-1-3 in one-goal games.

 

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Premier ‘AA’ Hockey League Fast Facts 

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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.

474 players have played in the NHL after playing in the ECHL including 23 in 2010-11.

Seven ECHL players have made their NHL debut in 2011-12: former Greenville Road Warriors defenseman Marc-Andre Bourdon (Philadelphia on Nov. 21), former Victoria Salmon Kings defenseman Kris Fredheim (Minnesota on Nov. 17), former Toledo Storm and Reading Royals center Bracken Kearns (Florida on Oct. 20), former Bakersfield Condors center Maxime Macenauer (Anaheim on Oct. 7), former Reading Royals goaltender Ben Scrivens (Toronto on Nov. 3), former Cincinnati Cyclones defenseman Frederic St. Denis (Montreal on Nov. 16) and former Ontario Reign defenseman Colten Teubert (Edmonton on Nov. 3).

• The ECHL has had 282 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.

• 218 ECHL players have played their first game in the last seven seasons for an average of more than 31 per year.

• ECHL had a record 81 players on NHL opening-day rosters in 2011-12, surpassing the 79 from 2010-11 and marking the ninth 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, marking the 15th 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 in 2011-12 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.

• 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.

• ECHL has affiliations with 24 of the 30 teams in the American Hockey League in 2011-12 and for the past 22 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 1,600 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.

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