ECHL Today – Feb. 25

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Stockton Thunder (23-17-10) at Texas Wildcatters (31-15-9) 2:05 p.m. CT
* Series tied at one game each with Thunder winning 2-1 on Feb. 24 and Wildcatters winning 2-1 on Feb. 23.
* Texas’ Daniel Sparre has a four-game point streak (1g-3a).
* Mathieu Melanson has scored all three Stockton goals against Texas, his first two games with the Thunder.
* Kevin Baker leads Wildcatters in February with nine goals and 21 points in 13 games.

Wheeling Nailers (19-26-4) at Trenton Titans (26-21-5) 4:00 p.m. ET
* Nailers won 3-2 on Feb. 17 to improve to 2-0-1 at Trenton and 3-3-1 overall against Titans in 2006-07.
* Troy Riddle (4g-4a) and Jim Henkel (2g-6a) lead the Titans offense against Wheeling.
* Jordan Cameron leads Wheeling against Trenton with five goals and 10 points in seven games.
* Trenton’s Scott Bertoli has a two-game goal streak (4g) and an 11-game point streak (7g-14a).

Charlotte Checkers (28-20-3) at South Carolina Stingrays (26-20-7) 4:00 p.m. ET
* Checkers have won last four meetings and are 3-0-0 on the road and 6-2-0 overall against Stingrays.
* Evan Schwabe leads South Carolina against the Checkers with seven assists and 10 points in eight games.
* Bruce Graham leads Charlotte against the Stingrays with seven goals and 11 points in seven games.
* Cail MacLean leads the Stingrays at home with 15 goals, 26 assists and 41 points in 28 games.

Pensacola Ice Pilots (17-35-2) at Gwinnett Gladiators (31-17-6) 7:05 p.m. ET
* Gladiators are 3-0-0 at home and 4-2-0 overall against Pensacola in 2006-07.
* David Wrigley leads the Ice Pilots against Gwinnett with eight assists and 11 points in five games.
* Rookie Jamie Milam leads Gwinnett defensemen in February with three goals, 10 assists and 13 points.
* Pensacola’s John Hecimovic has six-game goal streak (10g) and seven-game point streak (10g-6a).

Fresno Falcons (27-20-4) at Long Beach Ice Dogs (19-29-3) 5:00 p.m. PT
* Falcons are 3-0-1 at Long Beach and 4-0-2 overall against Ice Dogs in 2006-07.
* Long Beach rookie Chris Collins has nine points (3g-6a) in his last six games.
* Fresno’s Luke Curtin has a six-game assist streak (6a) and a six-game point streak (1g-6a).
* Ash Goldie leads Ice Dogs with 22 goals, including team-high seven goals in February.

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Premier ‘AA’ Hockey League Fast Facts
* Affiliations with 25 of the 30 teams in the National Hockey League marking 10th consecutive season that the league has had affiliations with at least 20 teams in the NHL.
* 322 former ECHL players have played in NHL.
* 177 have played their first NHL game in the last five seasons.
* 98 former ECHL players have played in the NHL this season and all 30 teams have had a former ECHL player play for them.
* More than 100 players under contract to NHL teams have played in the ECHL this season.
* 19 ECHL players who have played their first NHL game this season: former Greenville and Richmond right wing Krys Barch (Dallas on Jan. 15), former Mississippi defenseman Sheldon Brookbank (Nashville on Feb. 6), former Reading goaltender Barry Brust (Los Angeles on Nov. 30), former Toledo center Matt Ellis (Detroit on Dec. 18), former Wheeling defenseman Drew Fata (New York Islanders on Feb. 4), former Reading defenseman Jeff Finger (Colorado on Feb. 20), former Bakersfield and Reading goaltender Yutaka Fukufuji (Los Angeles on Jan. 13), former Charlotte defenseman Daniel Girardi (New York Rangers on Jan. 27), former Long Beach goaltender Jaroslav Halak (Montreal on Feb. 18), former Trenton goaltender Martin Houle (Philadelphia on Dec. 13), former Alaska left wing D.J. King (St. Louis on Oct. 5), former Florida center Drew Larman (Florida on Nov. 13), former Florida defenseman Martin Lojek (Florida on Feb. 3), former Toledo goaltender Joey MacDonald (Detroit on Oct. 19), former Pensacola center Kris Newbury (Toronto on Dec. 23), former Augusta right wing Pierre Parenteau (Chicago on Feb. 7), former Columbia right wing Jesse Schultz (Vancouver on Nov. 28), former ECHL All-Star goaltender Mike Smith (Dallas on Oct. 21) and former Augusta goaltender Mike Wall (Anaheim on Nov. 26).
* Record 47 former ECHL players played their first NHL game in 2005-06.
* ECHL has been represented on last six Stanley Cup champions.
* Two NHL head coaches (Peter Laviolette & Jim Playfair) and 9 assistant coaches have ECHL experience.
* Affiliations with 24 of the 27 teams in the American Hockey League.
* ECHL has been represented on last 17 Calder Cup champions.
* ECHL has affiliations with 24 of the 27 teams in the American Hockey League and for the past 17 years there has been an ECHL player on the Calder Cup Champion.
* 86 players under contract to AHL teams have played in the ECHL this season.
* For each of the past four seasons, the ECHL has had more players called up to the AHL than all other professional leagues combined with 1,646 call ups involving almost 1,000 players, including 2005-06 when there were 416 call ups involving 263 players.
* 2008 ECHL All-Star Game and Skills Competition will be hosted by Stockton Thunder, City of Stockton and Stockton Arena on Jan. 22-23, 2008.
* ECHL and its member teams contributed more than $2.3 million for charity and relief funds in 2005-06.
* Further information on the ECHL is available from its website at ECHL.com.