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ECHL Today - Feb. 1

 

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Greenville Road Warriors (28-15-4) at Orlando Solar Bears (19-22-5)                             7 p.m. ET 

·     Greenville’s Jordie Johnston is fourth among rookies with a 23.1 percent shooting percentage (12-for-52).

·     Orlando’s Ryan Cruthers is on a five-game goal streak since Jan. 19 (5g).

·     Road Warriors are tied for first with one shorthanded goal against on the road.

·     Solar Bears are sixth on the penalty kill at home at 87.1 percent (81-for-93).  

 

Reading Royals (30-10-5) at Wheeling Nailers (21-15-8)                                                   7 p.m. ET 

·     David Marshall leads Reading against the Nailers with four goals.

·     Wheeling’s Peter Delmas is seventh with a 2.42 goals-against average.

·     Royals are 20-2-4 when scoring first.

·     Nailers are league’s least-penalized team with 12.61 penalty minutes per game.  

 

Elmira Jackals (22-17-4) at Toledo Walleye (24-17-4)                                                        7:05 p.m. ET 

·     Elmira’s Andrew Rowe is on a 10-game point streak since Dec. 22 (4g-12a).

·     Toledo’s Wes O’Neill is third among defensemen with 10 goals.

·     Jackals are 15-2-1 when leading after two periods.

·     Walleye are tied for fourth with eight shorthanded goals.  

 

Trenton Titans (17-21-6) at Florida Everblades (22-15-7)                                       7:30 p.m. ET 

·     Trenton’s Scott Wedgewood is fourth with 824 saves.

·     Florida’s Matt Marquardt is tied for third with six game-winning goals.

·     Titans are first on the penalty kill at 85.7 percent (162-for-189).

·     Everblades are second on the power play at home at 26.5 percent (22-for-83).  

 

South Carolina Stingrays (22-22-4) at Gwinnett Gladiators (27-17-3)                                7:35 p.m. ET 

·     South Carolina’s Ryan Zapolski leads the league with a 1.97 goals-against average and a .927 save percentage.

·     Casey Pierro-Zabotel leads Gwinnett against the Stingrays with 10 points (2g-8a).

·     Stingrays are 7-0-0 when leading after two periods on the road.

·     Gladiators are 24-1-2 when scoring first.  

 

Kalamazoo Wings (19-20-5) at Fort Wayne Komets (24-19-2)                                           8 p.m. ET 

·     Kalamazoo’s Sam Ftorek is tied for third among defensemen with 22 assists.

·     Thomas Beauregard leads Fort Wayne against the K-Wings with eight goals.

·     K-Wings are league’s third-least penalized team with 13.70 penalty minutes per game.

·     Komets are 15-2-2 in one-goal games.  

 

Cincinnati Cyclones (26-15-5) at Evansville IceMen (16-26-4)                                          7:15 p.m. CT 

·     Michael Pelech leads Cincinnati against the IceMen with 10 points (0g-10a).

·     Evansville’s Todd Robinson leads the league with 21 power-play assists.

·     Cyclones have outscored their opponents 55-36 in the third period.

·     IceMen are 14-2-3 when leading after two periods.  

 

Colorado Eagles (20-20-3) at Bakersfield Condors (13-30-4)                                             7 p.m. PT 

·     Kevin Ulanski leads Colorado against the Condors with four goals and six points.

·     Bakersfield’s Peter Boyd is on a nine-game point streak since Jan. 13 (8g-4a).

·     Eagles are tied for second with nine shorthanded goals.

·     Condors are 10-1-1 when leading after two periods.  

 

Utah Grizzlies (17-19-5) at Ontario Reign (32-10-3)                                                            7 p.m. PT 

·     Utah’s Mitch Wahl leads the league with 25 power-play points (6g-19a).

·     Ontario’s Mario Lamoureux leads rookies in plus-minus at +20.

·     Grizzlies are first on the power play on the road at 23.4 percent (25-for-107).

·     Reign are 11-2-1 in their last 14 games.  

 

Alaska Aces (32-11-3) at Las Vegas Wranglers (19-19-5)                                                  7:05 p.m. PT 

·     Alaska’s Mark Guggenberger is fourth with 16 wins.

·     Andrew Sarauer leads Las Vegas against the Aces with four points (2g-2a).

·     Aces are 23-0-2 when scoring first.

·     Wranglers are fifth with 32.19 shots per game.  

 

Idaho Steelheads (27-11-5) at Stockton Thunder (23-16-8)                                                7:30 p.m. PT 

·     Idaho’s Matt Case is second among defensemen in plus-minus at +24.

·     Stockton’s Harrison Reed leads the league with 11 power-play goals.

·     Steelheads lead the league with 10 shorthanded goals.

·     Thunder are third with 32.36 shots per game.  

 

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

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

 

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Premier ‘AA’ Hockey League Fast Facts 

• Watch games live on America One Sports, the “Official Broadband & Mobile Broadcaster” of the ECHL.

• 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.

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

• Two ECHL players have made their NHL debuts this season: former Gwinnett Gladiators forward Matt Anderson (New Jersey on Jan. 29) and former Cincinnati Cyclones forward Cory Conacher (Tampa Bay on Jan. 19).

• The ECHL has had 300 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.

• 236 ECHL players have played their first game in the last eight seasons for an average of more than 29 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.

• ECHL was represented in the 2012 NHL All-Star Game by Dan Girardi of the New York Rangers, Jonathan Quick of the Los Angeles Kings and Tim Thomas of the Boston Bruins.  

• 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.