ECHL Today – Mar. 14

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Toledo Storm (31-26-1) at Wheeling Nailers (23-29-6) 7:00 p.m. ET
• Toledo ranks fourth in the ECHL on the penalty kill with 85.9 percent (342-for-398).
• Wheeling won 3-1 at Toledo on Mar. 7 and is 3-2-1 this season and 58-59-11 all time against the Storm.
Matt Zultek leads Storm against Wheeling with four goals and eight points in six games.
• Nailers’ Sean Collins has team-leading seven points (3g-4a) in five games against Toledo.

Reading Royals (27-28-6) at Cincinnati Cyclones (32-22-4) 7:30 p.m. ET
• Cincinnati is sixth in the ECHL on the penalty kill at home with 86.4 percent (165-for-191).
• Reading is 17-2-3 when leading after the second period.
• Cyclones’ Cedrick Desjardins is 5-2-0 with a 2.29 goals-against average in seven games against Reading.
• Royals’ Joe Zappala has seven points (1g-6a) in nine games against Cincinnati.

South Carolina Stingrays (31-23-7) at Florida Everblades (37-18-5) 7:30 p.m. ET
• Stingrays won 7-6 in shootout on Mar. 13 and are 3-3-2 this season and 29-28-9 all-time against Everblades.
• Everblades are fifth in the ECHL with 3.75 goals per game.
• Stingrays’ Jarrett Konkle had two goals and an assist on Mar. 13 against Florida.
• Florida’s Vince Bellissimo had two points (1g-1a) on Mar. 13 against South Carolina.

Idaho Steelheads (33-21-5) at Stockton Thunder (27-21-10) 7:00 p.m. PT
• Stockton ranks eighth in the ECHL on the power play at home with 18.0 percent (41-for-228).
• Steelheads’ Marty Flichel has team-leading nine points (4g-5a) in seven games against Stockton.
• Stockton’s Mathieu Melanson is on a five-game goal streak (6g).
• Idaho is fifth in the ECHL on the power play with 18.9 percent (75-for-397).

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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.
* 327 former ECHL players have played in NHL.
* 182 have played their first NHL game in the last five seasons.
* 103 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.
* 24 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 Wheeling left wing Daniel Carcillo (Phoenix on Mar. 3), 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 Wheeling defenseman David Koci (Chicago on Mar. 10), 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 South Carolina and Reading center Rich Peverley (Nashville on Mar. 4), 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), former Reading left wing Shay Stephenson (Los Angeles on Mar. 1), former Augusta goaltender Mike Wall (Anaheim on Nov. 26) and former Stockton defenseman Bryan Young (Edmonton on Mar. 9).
* 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.