ECHL Today – Jan. 29


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Fort Wayne Komets (17-14-8) at Wheeling Nailers (19-16-6)                                7:05 p.m. ET  

·     Fort Wayne’s Brandon Marino and Chris Auger are tied for third in the league with 18 goals each.

·     Wheeling’s Sahir Gill is tied for third among rookies with 29 points (8g-21a).

·     Komets have outscored their opponents 42-29 in the first period.

·     Nailers are 8-1-6 in one-goal games.   


Kalamazoo Wings (22-15-3) at Elmira Jackals (13-22-4)                                        7:05 p.m. ET  

·     Kalamazoo’s Matt Caria is tied for second among rookies with 13 goals.

·     Elmira’s Jordan Pietrus is third with 137 shots on goal.

·     K-Wings lead the league with 10 shorthanded goals.

·     Jackals are first on the penalty kill at home at 93.5 percent (58-for-62).   


Greenville Road Warriors (20-18-3) at Florida Everblades (22-14-3)                    7:30 p.m. ET  

·     Jordie Johnston leads Greenville with 13 goals.

·     Florida’s Kyle Bonis leads rookies with 14 goals.

·     Road Warriors are second on the penalty kill on the road at 89.9 percent (80-for-89).

·     Everblades are 15-0-1 when leading after two periods.   


Reading Royals (23-14-1) at Cincinnati Cyclones (24-12-2)                                   7:35 p.m. ET  

·     Reading’s Domenic Monardo is third among rookies with 112 shots on goal.

·     Barry Almeida leads Cincinnati against the Royals with five points (3g-2a).

·     Royals are sixth with 31.58 shots per game.

·     Cyclones are 14-6-1 when outshooting their opponent.   


Toledo Walleye (13-22-3) at Evansville IceMen (21-9-8)                                       7:15 p.m. CT  

·     Travis Novak leads Toledo against the IceMen with seven points (4g-3a).

·     Evansville’s Matt Krug is tied for third among defensemen with 25 points (9g-16a).

·     Walleye are 8-1-2 when leading after two periods.

·     IceMen lead the league with 15 home wins (15-2-4).   


Las Vegas Wranglers (10-23-4) at Utah Grizzlies (17-16-7)                                   7:05 p.m. MT  

·     Carlo Finucci leads Las Vegas against the Grizzlies with five points (1g-4a).

·     Utah’s Aaron Dell is tied for fourth with a 2.10 goals-against average.

·     Wranglers are fourth on the power play on the road at 20.0 percent (16-for-80).

·     Grizzlies are fifth with 31.70 shots per game.   


Colorado Eagles (21-11-7) at Ontario Reign (27-8-5)                                              7 p.m. PT  

·     Colorado’s Marc Nemec leads rookies in plus-minus at +27.

·     Kyle Kraemer leads Ontario against the Eagles with four goals.

·     Eagles are tied for second on the power play on the road at 20.8 percent (11-for-53).

·     Reign are third with 2.50 goals-against per game.  


Idaho Steelheads (20-15-4) at Alaska Aces (25-10-3)                                             7:15 p.m. AKT  

·     Brett Robinson leads Idaho against the Aces with 10 points (1g-9a).

·     Alaska’s Peter Sivak is on a seven-game point streak since Jan. 10 (4g-9a).

·     Steelheads are tied for the league lead with 50 goals in the third period.

·     Aces are 19-1-2 when scoring first.


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Premier ‘AA’ Hockey League Fast Facts 

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• The ECHL celebrated 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 21 teams in 15 states in 2013-14. 

• The league officially changed its name from East Coast Hockey League to ECHL on May 19, 2003.

527 players have played in the NHL after playing in the ECHL including 22 in 2012-13. 

• 15 ECHL players have made their NHL debuts in 2013-14: former Reading Royals Will Acton (Edmonton on Oct. 1), former Kalamazoo Wings left wing Darren Archibald (Vancouver on Oct. 25), former Colorado Eagles defensemen Ben Chiarot (Winnipeg on Nov. 2) former San Francisco Bulls left wing Jamie Devane (Toronto on Oct. 5), former Idaho Steelheads left wing Luke Gazdic (Edmonton on Oct. 1), former Toledo Walleye center Luke Glendening (Detroit on Oct. 12), former Wheeling Nailers defenseman Alex Grant (Anaheim on Nov. 30), former Cincinnati Cyclones goaltender Magnus Hellberg (Nashville on Oct. 26), former Ontario Reign goaltender Martin Jones (Los Angeles on Dec. 3), former Wheeling Nailers defenseman Philip Samuelsson (Pittsburgh on Dec. 16), former Wheeling Nailers center Zach Sill (Pittsburgh on Nov. 16), former Toledo Walleye goaltender Kent Simpson (Chicago on Dec. 14), former Greenville Road Warriors goaltender Cam Talbot (New York Rangers on Oct. 24), former Reading Royals defenseman Patrick Wey (Washington on Dec. 7) and former Ontario Reign goaltender Jeff Zatkoff (Pittsburgh on Oct. 11).

• The ECHL has had 335 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. 

• 271 ECHL players have played their first game in the last nine seasons for an average of more than 30 per year. 

• ECHL had a record 93 players on NHL opening-day rosters in 2013-14, surpassing the 87 from 2012-13 and marking the 11th year in a row that there have been over 50 former ECHL players on opening-day rosters.

• ECHL has affiliations with 26 of the 30 NHL teams in 2013-14, marking the 17th consecutive season that the league has affiliations with at least 20 teams in the NHL. 

• 29 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 Dan Bylsma, New York Islanders head coach Jack Capuano and Florida Panthers interim head coach Peter Horachek. It is the ninth consecutive season that there have been 11 or more coaches with an ECHL background working in the NHL.

• 27 former ECHL officials are scheduled to work as part of the NHL officiating team in 2013-14 with referees Darcy Burchell, Francis Charron, Tom Chmielewski, 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 13th year in a row on the Stanley Cup champion in 2013 with Chicago Blackhaws assistant coach Jamie Kompon, players Sheldon Brookbank and Daniel Carcillo, vice president/assistant to the president Al MacIsaac, director of pro scouting Ryan Stewart and general manager of minor league affiliations Mark Bernard. The ECHL was represented by 53 former players and 18 coaches on the 16 teams competing in the National Hockey League’s Stanley Cup Playoffs, marking the eighth year in a row that there have been at least 30 former ECHL players and the 10th consecutive season that over 25 players with ECHL experience have competed in the NHL postseason. 

• Former ECHL broadcasters working in the NHL include John Ahlers and Steve Carroll of the Anaheim Ducks, 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 26 of the 30 teams in the American Hockey League in 2013-14 and for the past 24 years there has been an ECHL player on the Calder Cup champion

• In the last nine seasons the ECHL has had more call-ups to the AHL than all other professional leagues combined 4,000 with over call-ups involving more than 2,100 players and in 2012-13 there were 10 times as many call-ups from the ECHL to the AHL than all other professional leagues. 

• The ECHL averaged 4,695 fans per game in 2012-13, the highest single-season average since 1999-2000, and marking the ninth consecutive season and the 21st time in the last 23 years that the ECHL has averaged over 4,000 fans.  

• Further information on the ECHL is available from its website at, as well as on Facebook and Twitter.