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ECHL Today - Jan. 12

 

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Orlando Solar Bears (15-19-4) at Greenville Road Warriors (22-14-3)                 7 p.m. ET 

·     Orlando’s John Curry is tied for fourth with 13 wins.

·     Marc-Olivier Vallerand leads Greenville against the Solar Bears with seven points (1g-6a).

·     Solar Bears are 10-3-0 when scoring first.

·     Road Warriors are tied for sixth with 3.41 goals per game.  

 

Reading Royals (26-8-3) at Wheeling Nailers (16-13-6)                                         7 p.m. ET 

·     Yannick Tifu leads Reading against the Nailers with six points (2g-4a).

·     Wheeling’s Cody Wild is fifth among defensemen with 24 points (5g-19a).

·     Royals are tied for fourth with 2.78 goals-against per game.

·     Nailers are third on the power play at home at 25.3 percent (20-for-79).  

 

Toledo Walleye (19-15-4) at Florida Everblades (17-13-7)                         7 p.m. ET 

·     Toledo’s Willie Coetzee is tied for the league lead with 144 shots on goal.

·     Florida’s Brayden Irwin is on a four-game goal streak since Jan. 5 (5g).

·     Walleye are league’s third-least penalized team with 14.50 penalty minutes per game.

·     Everblades are 11-0-1 when leading after two periods.   

 

Evansville IceMen (14-21-4) at Elmira Jackals (18-15-3)                                       7:05 p.m. ET 

·     Evansville’s Todd Robinson is tied for second with 16 power-play assists.

·     Dustin Gazley leads Elmira against the IceMen with four points (2g-2a).

·     IceMen are 13-2-3 when leading after two periods.

·     Jackals are fourth on the power play at 21.6 percent (29-for-134).  

 

South Carolina Stingrays (17-18-4) at Trenton Titans (14-16-5)                             7:05 p.m. ET 

·     Tyler Johnson leads South Carolina against the Titans with five points (2g-3a).

·     Trenton’s Andy Bohmbach is tied for second with four shorthanded points (3g-1a).

·     Stingrays are 6-2-1 against Atlantic Division opponents.

·     Titans are third on the penalty kill at 85.3 percent (128-for-150). 

  

Kalamazoo Wings (15-17-3) at Gwinnett Gladiators (24-12-1)                               7:05 p.m. ET 

·     Kalamazoo’s Sam Ftorek is third among defensemen with 20 assists.

·     Gwinnett’s Casey Pierro-Zabotel is tied for fourth in plus-minus at +17.

·     K-Wings are 9-1-2 when leading after two periods.

·     Gladiators are 21-1-1 when scoring first.  

 

Cincinnati Cyclones (21-12-3) at Fort Wayne Komets (20-16-2)                            7:30 p.m. ET 

·     David Pacan leads Cincinnati against the Komets with three goals.

·     Fort Wayne’s Tyler Butler is third among defensemen with 93 shots on goal.

·     Cyclones are third with 2.69 goals-against per game.

·     Komets are 8-0-0 when leading after one period.  

 

Stockton Thunder (19-13-7) at Colorado Eagles (19-16-3)                          7:05 p.m. MT 

·     Stockton’s Justin Maylan leads rookies with 33 points (15g-18a).

·     Trent Daavettila leads Colorado against the Thunder with seven points (1g-6a).

·     Thunder are second with 32.21 shots per game.

·     Eagles have outscored their opponents 52-38 in the second period.  

 

Las Vegas Wranglers (16-15-4) at Utah Grizzlies (14-15-5)                                   7:05 p.m. MT 

·     Sean Wiles leads Las Vegas against the Grizzlies with three goals.

·     Colin Vock leads Utah in plus-minus at +11.

·     Wranglers are third with 32.14 shots per game.

·     Grizzlies are 11-1-2 when leading after two periods.  

 

Idaho Steelheads (23-8-5) at Bakersfield Condors (9-25-3)                                    7 p.m. PT 

·     Idaho’s Matt Case is tied for the league lead in plus-minus at +21.

·     Peter Boyd leads Bakersfield against the Steelheads with four goals.

·     Steelheads are tied for fifth on the penalty kill at 84.8 percent (151-for-178).

·     Condors are 7-0-1 when leading after two periods. 

  

Ontario Reign (24-10-3) at Alaska Aces (30-8-1)                                                    7:15 p.m. AKT 

·     Ontario’s Mario Lamoureux is tied for third among rookies with 15 goals.

·     Alaska’s Gerald Coleman is third with a 2.10 goals-against average.

·     Reign are first with 24.59 shots-against per game.

·     Aces are 22-0-1 when scoring first.

 

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Premier ‘AA’ Hockey League Fast Facts 

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• 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.

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

• The ECHL has had 298 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.

• 234 ECHL players have played their first game in the last seven seasons for an average of more than 33 per year.

• ECHL had a record 81 players on NHL opening-day rosters in 2011-12, surpassing the 79 from 2010-11 and marking the ninth 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.