ECHL Today – Feb. 28

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Stockton Thunder (24-17-10) at Long Beach Ice Dogs (19-30-3) 12:00 p.m. PT
• Long Beach beat Stockton 4-1 on Dec. 23 and is 1-4-1 in season series and 5-4-1 all-time against Thunder.
• Stockton is sixth in the ECHL on the penalty kill on the road with 85.7 percent (168-for-196).
• Ice Dogs’ Mike Brown is 1-0-0 with a goals-against average of 1.00 against Stockton.
• Thunder’s Mike Lalonde and Nathan Martz have team-leading seven points (3g-4a) against Long Beach.

Wheeling Nailers (20-26-4) at Toledo Storm (27-22-1) 7:05 p.m. ET
• Toledo ranks fifth in the ECHL with 38 points at home (19-5-0).
• Wheeling is seventh in the ECHL on the power play on the road with 17.9 percent (25-for-140).
• Storm’s Andrew R. Martin and Matt Zultek each have team-leading six points (2g-4a) against Wheeling.
Joe Guenther leads the Nailers against Toledo with four goals and six points in four games.

Dayton Bombers (25-20-4) at Johnstown Chiefs (24-22-5) 7:30 p.m. ET
• Johnstown is on a three-game unbeaten streak and has 15 points (7-2-1) in the last 10 games.
• Dayton is 14-1-0 when leading after the second period.
• Chiefs’ Dmitri Tarabrin (3g-1a) and Randy Rowe (2g-2a) have four points in three games against Dayton.
Brent Walton leads the Bombers with four goals and six points in four games against Johnstown.

Texas Wildcatters (31-16-9) at Utah Grizzlies (19-30-5) 7:05 p.m. MT
• Texas ranks second in the ECHL on the power play on the road with 18.8 percent (37-for-197).
• Utah is 7-2-3 when tied after the second period.
• Wildcatters’ Kevin Baker has 22 points (10g-12a) in 14 games in February.
Luciano Aquino (6g-5a) and Danny Stewart (5g-6a) lead Utah offense 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.