ECHL Today – Feb. 5

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Charlotte Checkers (20-18-4) at South Carolina Stingrays (28-15-2) 7:05 ET
• South Carolina has won last two meetings and is 3-2-0 in season series and 56-41-16 all-time against Charlotte.
• Checkers are 2-2-1 in season series, including 2-1-0 at South Carolina, and 57-46-10 all-time against Stingrays.
Chris Capraro leads Charlotte against the Stingrays with six assists and six points in five games.
Matt W. Reid (2g-3a) and Travis Morin (1g-4a) lead South Carolina in scoring against the Checkers.

Columbia Inferno (17-18-10) at Pensacola Ice Pilots (11-30-4) 7:05 CT
• Pensacola won 2-1 on Monday to tie the season series 1-1-0 and improve to 13-10-3 all-time against the Inferno.
• Columbia is 94.3 percent on the penalty kill (50-for-53) in their last 10 games.
• Ice Pilot rookie Bryan Esner tied his career best with two goals on Monday against Columbia.
• Inferno’s Owen Fussey has four points (2g-2a) in his last four games, including scoring a goal on Monday.

Las Vegas Wranglers (29-9-7) at Phoenix RoadRunners (16-24-6) 7:11 MT
• Wranglers lead season series 5-0-1, including 3-0-0 at Phoenix, and are 19-2-3 all-time against the RoadRunners.
• Phoenix rookie Peder Skinner has scored 11 points (7g-4a) in his last nine games.
Tyler Mosienko leads the Wranglers against Phoenix with eight assists and 11 points in six games.
• RoadRunners rookie Gino Guyer has nine points (4g-5a) in his last nine games.

Utah Grizzlies (22-20-4) at Fresno Falcons (25-11-6) 7:00 PT
• Utah is 2-2-0 in season series, including 1-1-0 at Fresno, and is 7-7-2 all-time against the Falcons.
• Fresno is 4-0-1 in their last five games and is 6-2-2 in their last 10 games.
• Grizzlies’ Ryan Kinasewich has two game-winning goals and five points (2g-3a) in his last four games.
Oren Eizenman (4g-1a) and Daryl Marcoux (5a) lead the Falcons against Utah with five points each.

Victoria Salmon Kings (27-11-5) at Bakersfield Condors (13-22-8) 7:00 PT
• Victoria is 5-1-0 this season against Bakersfield and is 12-12-3 all-time against the Condors.
• Bakersfield’s Andrew Ianiero has six points (2g-4a) in his last five games.
Ash Goldie leads the Salmon Kings against Bakersfield with seven goals, seven assists and 14 points in six games.
• Condor rookie Mark Derlago has two game-winning goals and eight points (6g-2a) in his last six games.

Most Career Coaching Wins
480 – John Brophy, Hampton Roads (1989-2000) and Wheeling (2001-03)
477 – John Marks, Pensacola, Charlotte (1993-98) and Greenville (1998-2006)
336 – 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.
346 former ECHL players have played in NHL.
• 17 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 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 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).
• 201 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