ECHL Today – Mar. 20

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Wheeling Nailers (17-39-7) at Trenton Devils (24-32-7) 7 p.m. ET
* Nailers have won the last two meetings at Trenton and are 2-1-1 on the road and 4-4-1 overall against the Devils.
* Trenton rookie Tony Zancanaro has two game-winning goals and five points (3g-2a) in his last three games.
* Kevin Croxton leads Wheeling against the Devils with four goals and nine points in nine games.
* Devils rookie Jason Smith is 3-0-0 with two shutouts and a goals-against average of 0.33 in his last three starts.

Florida Everblades (35-21-8) at Gwinnett Gladiators (39-19-5) 7:05 p.m. ET
* Gladiators have won the last three meetings at Gwinnett and are 22-9-4 all-time against Florida.
* Florida’s David Shantz is 6-0-2 with a goals-against average of 2.06 in his last eight starts.
* Gwinnett’s Mike Vigilante has a game-winning goal and five points (3g-2a) in two games against Florida.
* Everblades’ Derek Damon has a 10-game point streak (6g-13a) and a seven-game assist streak (9a).

Augusta Lynx (28-31-4) at Charlotte Checkers (32-25-6) 7:05 p.m. ET
* Checkers are 4-0-0 at home and 5-3-1 overall in the season series to improve to 30-26-8 all-time against Augusta.
* Augusta rookie Matt Christie has seven points (1g-6a) in his last four games.
* Bruce Graham has scored the game-winning goal in each of Charlotte’s last two victories.
* Lynx rookie J.P. Levasseur is 3-2-0 with a goals-against average of 2.37 in five games against Charlotte.

Dayton Bombers (27-25-10) at Elmira Jackals (36-19-7) 7:05 p.m. ET
* Bombers have won the last three meetings and are 2-1-0 at Elmira and 3-2-1 overall against the Jackals.
* Elmira rookie Ervins Mustukovs is 4-0-0 with a shutout and a goals-against average of 2.25 in his last four starts.
* Masahito Nishiwaki leads the Bombers against Elmira with five points and is tied for the team lead with two goals.
* Jackals’ Bobby Robins has a six-game point streak (6g-4a) including two game-winning goals.

Alaska Aces (37-22-5) at Las Vegas Wranglers (41-11-12) 7:05 p.m. PT
* Wranglers won 3-2 on Mar. 18 to extend their regular season home winning streak against Alaska to six games.
* Alaska rookie Josh Soares has a nine-game point streak (7g-8a) and a five-game goal streak (7g).
* Las Vegas rookie Daniel Manzato has won his last four starts to improve to 6-0-3 in his last nine games.
* Aces’ Mike Brown is 7-1-0 with a goals-against average of 2.26 in his last eight starts.

Fresno Falcons (37-17-8) at Phoenix RoadRunners (22-33-9) 7:11 p.m. PT
* Falcons have won the last six meetings and are 6-1-0 in the season series and 14-4-0 all-time against Phoenix.
* RoadRunners rookie Taylor Dakers is 2-0-1 with a goals-against average of 0.97 in his last three starts.
* Fresno’s Jake Moreland is 4-0-0 with a shutout and a goals-against average of 1.22 in four starts against Phoenix.
* Phoenix defenseman Gerard Miller has four assists in five games since being acquired from Cincinnati on Mar. 5.

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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.
351 former ECHL players have played in NHL.
• 22 former ECHL players have made their NHL debut this season: former Peoria Rivermen and Alaska Aces goaltender Chris Beckford-Tseu (St. Louis on Feb. 21), 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 Alaska defenseman Zack FitzGerald (Vancouver on Feb. 5), former Columbia left wing Alex Foster (Toronto on Mar. 18), 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 Wheeling Nailers left wing Joe Jensen (Carolina on Feb. 18), 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 Columbus Chill, Richmond Renegades and Trenton Titans left wing Pete Vandermeer (Phoenix on Feb. 10), 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).
• 206 former ECHL players have played their first game in the NHL in the past seven seasons, including 94 since 2005-06.
• 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.
• 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 ECHL.com.