ECHL Today – Feb. 15

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Dayton Bombers (21-19-8) at Reading Royals (26-17-3) 7:05 p.m. ET
• Dayton is 3-1-3 this season, including 1-0-2 on the road, and 17-26-4 all-time against Reading.
• Reading is 17-2-2 when scoring first.
• Bombers’ Rejean Beauchemin is 2-0-3 with a 2.49 goal-against average in six games against Reading.
Brock Hooton leads the Royals against Dayton with three goals and seven points.

Mississippi Sea Wolves (21-27-3) at Columbia Inferno (20-19-10) 7:05 p.m. ET
• Mississippi is 3-0-0 this season against Columbia and 5-0-2 all-time against the Inferno.
• Columbia has won their last two games and is 3-2-0 in their last five games.
• Sea Wolves’ Ryan Munce is 2-0-0 with a 1.50 goals-against average in two games against Columbia.
Brad Ralph leads the Inferno against Mississippi with three assists and is tied for the lead with three points.

Pensacola Ice Pilots (12-31-6) at South Carolina Stingrays (30-17-2) 7:05 p.m. ET
• South Carolina is 5-0-0 this season against Pensacola and is 24-8-2 all-time against the Ice Pilots.
• Pensacola is 6-4-2 when tied after the second period.
Chris Chaput leads the Stingrays against Pensacola with four goals and six points.
• Ice Pilots’ Bryan Esner has seven goals and 11 points in his last 10 games.

Texas Wildcatters (39-4-7) at Johnstown Chiefs (21-23-3) 7:05 p.m. ET
• Texas is 2-0-0 and has outscored their opponents 9-3 on their four-game North Division road trip.
• Johnstown is 16-5-2 when they out shoot their opponents.
• Wildcatters’ Brandon Benedict has five points (1g-4a) in his last three games.
• Chiefs’ Randy Rowe has a four-game point streak (2g-5a).

Charlotte Checkers (23-19-5) at Florida Everblades (26-19-4) 7:30 p.m. ET
• Florida is 1-0-0 this season against Charlotte and is 24-11-3 all-time against the Checkers.
• Charlotte is 19-2-2 when leading after the second period.
Ernie Hartlieb leads the Everblades against Charlotte with two goals and three points.
Mark Smith (1g-1a) and Kenton Smith (2a) lead the Checkers against Florida with two points.

Cincinnati Cyclones (35-8-3) at Trenton Devils (18-26-5) 7:30 p.m. ET
• Cincinnati is 6-1-0 this season, including 3-0-0 on the road, and 12-12-1 all-time against Trenton.
• Trenton is 9-2-0 when leading after the second period.
David Desharnais is tied for the Cyclones lead against Trenton with eight points (3g-5a) in seven games.
Ryan Gunderson leads the Devils with 32 assists and 36 points.

Gwinnett Gladiators (28-14-5) at Elmira Jackals (30-13-4) 7:35 p.m. ET
• Elmira is 1-0-0 against the Gladiators after winning 6-3 at Gwinnett on Nov. 20.
• Gladiators are 20-5-1 this season when scoring first.
• Rookie Benoit Doucet leads the Jackals with 34 assists and 48 points.
Jeff Campbell leads the Gladiators and the ECHL with 47 assists and is second in the league with 60 points.

Bakersfield Condors (15-24-9) at Utah Grizzlies (26-20-5) 7:05 p.m. MT
• Bakersfield won 7-6 in a shootout at Utah on Thursday to improve to 1-2-0 this season against Grizzlies.
• Utah is 7-1-2 in their last 10 games.
Todd Griffith (2g-2a) and Sean Venedam (4a) lead the Condors against Utah with four points each.
Garett Bembridge leads the Grizzlies against Bakersfield with six assists and seven points.

Phoenix RoadRunners (17-26-6) at Idaho Steelheads (27-16-7) 7:10 p.m. MT
• Phoenix won 3-2 at Idaho on Wednesday to improve to 3-5-1 this season against the Steelheads.
• Idaho ranks second in the ECHL on the power play at home with 25.4 percent (35-for-138).
Peder Skinner leads the RoadRunners against Idaho with four assists and six points.
Lance Galbraith leads the Steelheads against Phoenix with 11 assists and 14 points.

Victoria Salmon Kings (30-13-5) at Las Vegas Wranglers (33-9-7) 7:05 p.m. PT
• Victoria won 3-1 at Las Vegas on Jan. 12 to tie the season series 2-2-0 and improve to 7-15-2 all-time.
• Las Vegas is 9-1-0 in their last 10 games.
Wes Goldie (4g) and Milan Gajic (4a) lead the Salmon Kings against Las Vegas with four points each.
Chris Ferraro leads the Wranglers against Victoria with five assists and six points.

Most Career Coaching Wins
480 – John Brophy, Hampton Roads (1989-2000) and Wheeling (2001-03)
478 – John Marks, Pensacola, Charlotte (1993-98) and Greenville (1998-2006)
338 – Jeff Pyle, Gwinnett (2003 to present) and Mobile (1998-2002)
332 – Frank Anzalone, Nashville (1991-92), Roanoke (1993-98), Pee Dee (1999-2001) and Johnstown (2005-07)

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Premier ‘AA’ Hockey League Fast Facts
• Celebrating its 20th Anniversary in 2007-08, the ECHL 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 25 teams playing 900 games in 17 states and British Columbia in 2007-08.
• The league officially changed its name to ECHL on May 19, 2003.
• Affiliations with 26 of the 30 teams in the National Hockey League, marking the 11th consecutive season that the league has had affiliations with at least 20 teams in the NHL.
348 former ECHL players have played in NHL.
• 19 former ECHL players have made their NHL debut this season: former Florida Everblades center David Brine (Florida on Feb. 2), former Idaho Steelheads right wing B.J. Crombeen (Dallas on Jan. 19), former Gwinnett Gladiators left wing Kevin Doell (Atlanta on Jan. 4), former Alaska defenseman Zack FitzGerald (Vancouver on Feb. 5), former Fresno goaltender Thomas Greiss (San Jose on Jan. 14), former Roanoke Express and Wheeling Nailers left wing Jason Jaffray (Vancouver on Dec. 12), former Toledo Storm goaltender Drew MacIntyre (Vancouver on Dec. 13), former San Diego Gulls left wing Cody McLeod (Colorado on Dec. 19), former Alaska Aces and Pensacola Ice Pilots center Chris Minard (Pittsburgh on Jan. 21), former Columbia Inferno center Brandon Nolan (Carolina on Dec. 22), former Johnstown Chiefs and Fresno Falcons goaltender Dmitri Patzold (San Jose on Oct. 7), former Gwinnett Gladiators and Louisiana IceGators left wing Pascal Pelletier (Boston on Jan. 17), former Reading Royals goaltender Jonathan Quick (Los Angeles on Dec. 6), former Stockton Thunder left wing Liam Reddox (Edmonton on Dec. 7), former Gwinnett Gladiators left wing Colin Stuart (Atlanta on Dec. 29), former Columbus Chill, Richmond Renegades and Trenton Titans left wing Pete Vandermeer (Phoenix on Feb. 10), former San Diego goaltender Tyler Weiman (Colorado on Oct. 4), former Charlotte Checkers right wing Craig Weller (Phoenix on Oct. 4) and former Phoenix RoadRunners center Daniel Winnik (Phoenix Coyotes on Oct. 4).
• 203 former ECHL players have played their first game in the NHL in the past seven seasons .
• Twenty-six former ECHL players made their NHL debut in 2006-07, including two who played in both the ECHL and the NHL as goaltender Yutaka Fukufuji played for Reading and Los Angeles while defenseman Bryan Young skated for Stockton and Edmonton. Dave McKee played for Augusta and dressed for five games as the backup goaltender for Stanley Cup champion Anaheim.
• Record 51 former ECHL players played their first NHL game in 2005-06.
• ECHL has been represented on last seven Stanley Cup champions.
• There are 15 coaches in the NHL who have ECHL experience including former Wheeling coach Peter Laviolette, who is head coach of the Carolina Hurricanes, and former Mississippi coach Bruce Boudreau, who is head coach of the Washington Capitals.
• ECHL has affiliations with 26 of the 29 teams in the American Hockey League, marking the seventh consecutive season that it has had affiliations with 20 or more teams in the AHL.
• ECHL has been represented on last 18 Calder Cup champions.
• In the last five seasons the ECHL has had more call-ups to the AHL than all other professional leagues combined with over 2,000 call-ups involving more than 1,000 players since 2002-03.
ECHL and its member teams contributed nearly $3 million for charity and relief funds in 2006-07.
• Further information on the ECHL is available from its website at